Monthly Archives: January 2014

GPS Gadgets Let You Track Your Kid, Elderly Loved One, or Car

One of the greatest fears of families with a member who has dementia is that the person will walk or drive away and just never return. This is less a concern when the family member is in assisted living than … Continue reading

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America’s Worst Charities

We’re coming into the time of year when so many of us get calls or e-mails from charities, asking us to help their causes. There are a few charities we all know to be reputable, such as the Red Cross. … Continue reading

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Poison Control Centers Seeing Increased Calls About E-Cigarettes

The Knoxville (TN) News Sentinel reports that, according to a Kosair Children’s Hospital report, nationwide poison control centers have seen calls concerning e-cigarettes increase 161%. Researchers also found that approximately 30% of e-cigarettes contain almost as much formaldehyde and acrolein as conventional … Continue reading

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FDA Says Diabetes Medicine’s Risks Could Be Greater Than Benefits

Bloomberg News reports the risks of cancer and liver toxicity from the diabetes medication from Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. and AstraZeneca Plc (AZN) “may outweigh any benefit the drug has on the heart,” according to FDA panel members. The disclosure from the … Continue reading

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Ten Warning Signs That Can Indicate Alzheimer’s

How do you know when a family member or close friend might have the beginnings of Alzheimer’s or dementia? There is no one sure way to know, but a recent article in the Dallas Morning News listed ten indicators. Be … Continue reading

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U.S. Far Behind Other Countries in Adopting More Secure Credit Cards

You no doubt read the unsettling details of the computer hacking attack that allowed someone to steal huge amounts of credit card information from shoppers at hundreds of Target stores across the nation. What you may not know is that … Continue reading

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A Report on Shortfalls in Medicaid Funding for Nursing Center Care

The American Health Care Association recently released a troubling report that stated the past year was the worst ever so far as the gap between long-term care costs and Medicaid payments. As health care costs continue to rise much faster than … Continue reading

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When Faced With A Death — An Important Checklist

The site FuneralResources.com is just what it sounds like. One of the resources is a good checklist to use when there’s a death in the family — not just for a funeral, but for other matters as well. Here is … Continue reading

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Report card: Texas Fails Another National Health Care Test

Sometimes I think the Texas government is actively trying to make our state last in every category regarding health care and education, all in an effort to make the state tax-friendly for businesses. Here’s the latest evidence — we are … Continue reading

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Are You Overweight? I May Have Some Bad News For You.

Are you a little obese? Several recent studies has concluded that sightly obese people live longer than thin people. But a new study says that’s not true. The details were in an article in The Week magazine. Here are excerpts: … Continue reading

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