Our lifestyles are killing Americans

Less than half of all Americans meet the federal guidelines for activity.  Unfortunately, even those adults that meet the guideline often negate the benefits of their activity by pursuing long periods of inactivity either through work (by sitting at a desk all day or commuting) or in their leisure time (by watching television, playing on…

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Common herbs may play a role in controlling diabetes

If your garden includes any edibles, it probably includes rosemary and oregano.  Not only do they grow well in this climate but even weeding around them can be restful.  There’s nothing like pulling up a weed and accidentally crushing the leaves of one of these wonderfully aromatic plants.  Now, there’s another reason to grow them. …

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New reverse mortgage rules begin next month

The Wall Street Journal reported this month that the number of reverse mortgages has increased.  In the first quarter of this year, banks processed 9 percent more reverse mortgage loans over last year.  The average credit line was also up, 4 percent over last year and the highest since 2008.  The most common reason borrowers…

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Heat increases chances of getting kidney stones

About 10 percent of the population experiences kidney stones at least once in their lives.  That’s up significantly since the late ‘70s when only about 4 percent of the population did so.  Some scientists see a correlation between kidney stones and climate change because one important risk factor is that kidney stones are more prevalent…

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Fighting back against identity theft

People 65 and over are more likely to have a “nest egg,” own a home and have excellent credit from a lifetime of working, saving and investing.  These sterling qualities attract con artists in droves, which is why consumers 60 and over accounted for 20 percent of identity theft complaints in 2013 according to credit-reporting…

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