If you’re looking for reasonable vacation ideas with spring now on the horizon, consider taking a trip up north to visit our neighbors in Canada. Not only is the trip a feasible one in terms of logistics – doable for even a long weekend – it is as cheap as it’s been since 2009.

As of this publication, the American dollar was worth $1.26 Canadian dollar. Two years ago, the exchange was about equal, with one U.S. dollar actually being a little less than one Canadian dollar. You have to go back as far as 2009 to find an exchange range as favorable as it is currently for the U.S. traveler.

Looking for ideas? How about eating your way through the capital,...

Winter is not over yet and parts of our region can expect more than a dusting of snowfall overnight Tuesday. While snow removal is nothing new now is a good reminder for why you should take care when shoveling your driveway.

Its the sound of winter thats usually followed by grunts and groans.

Is this for my health insurance for when I drop over? asked Damon Namkin while shoveling snow from his sidewalk.

Its fine, I get my exercise doing this! said Robert Ricketts, who works for a local snow removal service.

Snow shovelling is a chore most of us would like to avoid. First off its cold out and second without a snow blower it can be a lot harder than it looks. Its for that...

Danville, VA– Teachers are always looking for interactive ways to help children learn.

A team from Danville Parks and Recreation is helping third and fifth grade teachers in Danville Public Schools do just that.

Theyre in early stages of writing a 36-page childrens book to help kids learn about the history, ecology, and good stewardship of the Dan River. The main character is Dannie the River Otter.

The way we see it is Dannie taking a trip. Maybe his grandpa or his sister or friends tag along. He learns things about vegetation, and whats in the Dan River. That will turn into field trips where we have an otter trail along the river. They can actually come out and participate...

A link between overweight women during pregnancy and the future health of their babies has been discovered.

According to the Dorian Consortium, gaining too much weight during pregnancy was found to increase the chance an obese mother’s baby will go on to develop complex health issues later in life such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

The ‘developmental origins of healthy and unhealthy ageing: the role of maternal obesity’ (DORIAN) consortium carried out a three-year study funded by the European Commission that was run by 10 institutions from six different EU member states.

Pregnant women are being urged by researchers to lead healthy lives throughout...

In step with the 14th annual National Resident Awareness Week, we are working across the province to let the public know about the important role resident doctors play in our healthcare system.

There are over 1,200 resident doctors working across British Columbia. While the majority are in Greater Vancouver, there are residents from Penticton to Peace Liard. Residents are doctors who, having already completed medical school, are undergoing specialty training in areas such as family medicine, surgery, and internal medicine. We work in clinics and hospitals as the first point of contact for patients, and we are often the doctors who provide overnight patient care.

Residency training...

Local and national military experts are joining forces with faculty members from the University of Southern Indiana to teach future care providers about the challenges facing combat veterans and their families. The Veteran Interprofessional Team Workshop, planned for Tuesday, February 17, at USI, will give USI undergraduate and graduate students an introduction to military culture and make them aware of post-combat readjustment experiences and the often complex needs of veterans of all ages.

“Over the past 50 years, nearly 8 million United States military personnel have been deployed to wars in Vietnam, Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan,” said Dr. Vaughn DeCoster, associate professor...

Have you ever wondered why doctors and hospitals own your medical records? You pay for the visits, labs, scans and hospitalizations but you have no product to show for it. And getting a hold of your data about your body is often exceedingly difficult. The good news: this tight clench of your medical information is about to be released.

Thats because you will be generating quite a bit of your medical information via your little mobile devices. The remarkable impact that smartphones have had on our everyday lives is currently being extended to your health care. The range of data that can be captured and processed via a smartphone is mind-blowing. This includes input from sensors —...

Health-care future?

The future of health looks a lot like the fitness tracker you might already wear on your wrist or your waistband.

This year, the Mardi Paws Celebrity Monarch was Jamie Lynn Spears, country singer, Hammond resident and sister of pop star Britney Spears. Spears appeared with her family and their 2 ½-year-old chocolate Labrador retriever named Nice.

Reigning as 2015 parade Grand Marshals were Ella Vidal and Clayton Burke, two local children who play sports in the Miracle League, a program of Childrens Hospital New Orleans, one of the events charity beneficiaries.Other nonprofits served include Scotts Wish, which aids leukemia patients and the St. Tammany Spay amp; Neuter Program, which provides low cost spay/neutering services for rescue animals and pets from low-income households.

John and Barbara...

Pumped-hydro energy storage technology has not changed an awful lot since Popular Science announced the first US energy storage plant. Today, pumped-hydro is the most widely used grid storage technology in the United States by far, comprising 22 of the 23 gigawatts of energy storage capacity installed as of 2011. Much of it serves the same purpose that Connecticut Electric Light and Power Company’s plant did in 1930: it pumps water uphill to store electricity when the demand for power is low, and then allows the water to flow downhill and generate electricity when electricity demand peaks. By doing so, pumped-hydro storage reduces the amount of power plants needed to meet peak electricity...