How to Age Well (Part Five – Live Well)

By Tara Parker-Pope Live Well Getting older is inevitable (and certainly better than the alternative). While you can’t control your age, you can slow the decline of aging with smart choices along the way. From the foods you eat and how you exercise to your friendships and retirement goals — it all has an effect on how fast or slow your body ages. Keep reading for simple ways to keep your body tuned up and your mind tuned in. And the good news…

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Update on Social Security/Tax Reforms and Itemized Deductions

                                                               Tax reform brought significant changes to itemized deductions Tax law changes in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act affect almost everyone who itemized deductions on tax returns they filed in previous years.. One of these changes is that TCJA nearly doubled the standard deduction for most taxpayers. This means that many…

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Drugmakers Funnel Millions To Lawmakers; A Few Dozen Get $100,000-Plus

DSA keeping members informed Pharma Cash To Congress / Kaiser Reports Every year, pharmaceutical companies contribute millions of dollars to U.S. senators and representatives as part of a multipronged effort to influence health care lawmaking and spending priorities. Use this tool to explore the sizable role drugmakers play in the campaign finance system, where many industries seek to influence Congress. Discover which lawmakers rake in the most money (or the least) and which pharma companies are the biggest contributors. Or use our…

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Clear up confusion surrounding observation services and admission into hospitals/ Your rights?

Kaiser Health News - Susan Jaffe How do I know what my hospital status is?  Ask your doctor or other hospital officials if you are in the hospital for observation or as a regular inpatient. If you are an observation patient, ask why. Even if you are admitted as an inpatient, the hospital can switch you to observation status; in that case, the hospital is required to notify you. If you do not have three consecutive days of hospitalization as an inpatient…

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CBD Is Everywhere, but Scientists Still Don’t Know Much About It

By Roni Caryn Rabin Cannabidiol, or CBD, a nonintoxicating component of the marijuana plant, is touted as a magic bullet that eases pain, anxiety, insomnia and depression. Salves, sprays, tinctures and oils containing CBD are marketed as aphrodisiacs that boost desire; as balms for eczema, pimples and hot flashes; and even as treatments for serious diseases like diabetes and multiple sclerosis. Unlike THC or tetrahydrocannabinol, the “psychoactive” component of the cannabis plant, CBD won’t get you “high.” But scientists know little about what…

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