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December 11, 2001

Eeeeeeeek!   No matter what, some people -- including the members of the Society of Disney Haters -- are simply not going to have a good time around anything featuring mouse ears. Story

At USF lectures, only happy endings
News item: As a consequence of deep cuts in the state education budget, University of South Florida president Judy Genshaft announced that the university will hold classes at the University 16 movie theater complex.

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With wit, wisdom, she reaches 95th year
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When stress saps holiday spirit, it's time to simplify. Decide what gives you joy and concentrate on those things alone. Story [Times art: Teresanne Cossetta]   Heave some ho, ho, ho

Help for the holidays
The Tampa Bay Professional Coaching Association is offering a free month of coaching for individuals, businesses and others who need help post-Sept. 11 and during the holidays.

Make your list, check it twice
The season's stresses will bury the joy if you don't set priorities for what makes you and yours happy, mental health experts say. To decide what you want most for the holidays, rank the following activities, then focus on your top few.

Does your surgeon have a Sharpie?
A permanent marker is a patient's best defense against being a victim of a surgical error, a hospital accrediting agency says.

My left, or your left?
The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations recently issued an alert warning patients, doctors and hospitals to take care to avoid wrong and wrong-site surgeries. The alert included recommendations for hospitals and doctors, as well as these recommendations for patients:

Tamoxifen doesn't increase risk of depression
THE QUESTION: Does tamoxifen, used by many women to treat or reduce the risk of developing breast cancer, lead to depression?

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