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FDA approves device that drains food out of your stomach (+video)

The most surprising thing about the Food and Drug Administration’s approval of the obesity-control device called AspireAssist may be how little mainstream attention it attracted. Because, frankly, a weight-loss machine that lets you eat all you want and then drains the food out of your stomach is a pretty startling invention.

Ruiz 4 Kids distributes 64 local scholarships

A total of 64 local students were the recent recipients of $1,000 scholarships from the non-profit Ruiz 4 Kids organization. The 2016 increase in scholarships distributed in 2016 is a 40 percent increase over 2015 - the largest amount ever awarded. The money was raised via the Louis F. Ruiz Golf Invitational. Since 1985, Ruiz 4 Kids has awarded more than $2 million in scholarships and is celebrating its 25-year anniversary of supporting the education needs of area youths.

Hospice earns recognition; and other local lifestyles news in brief

Home Hospice of Grayson, Cooke and Fannin Counties is a recent Hospice Honors recipient. The award, given by HEALTHCAREfirst, bases its criteria on National Hospice Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) survey results in which award recipients were identified by evaluating hospices’ performance on a set of 24 quality indicator measures. Hospice Honors recipients scored above the Deyta Analytics Performance Score on at least 20 of the 24 evaluated questions.

Americans’ diets improve, but ethnic and income gaps widen (+video)

More American adults are eating better, but a new analysis of American diets between 2000 and 2012 shows that the trend of improved nutrition is largely limited to middle- and upper-income white Americans. The result: a widening nutrition gap separating white Americans from African-Americans and Mexican-Americans.

Answer Angel: Fun hats that offer shelter from the summer sun

Dear Answer Angel Ellen: I’m looking for a summer hat that not only offers real protection from the sun but is cute and packable. Washable would be nice too. Yes, I’ve looked at the outdoorsy khaki hats with the chin strap (some have flaps to protect the back of the neck). Those are emphatically not my definition of cute. Any ideas?