Health official warns Zika could spread across US Gulf
The New York State Department of Health unveiled a Zika Prevention Kit for pregnant women during the rollout of a Zika Information hotline and website, in New York, NY, U.S., August 2, 2016. Kevin P. Coughlin/Office of the Governor/Handout via REUTERS.
NIH head: Gulf Coast states most at risk for Zika outbreakThe Hill (blog)
NIH official: Gulf Coast states most vulnerable to ZikaSan Francisco Chronicle
Gulf States Are Next at Risk for Zika Outbreak, Immunology Expert SaysABC News
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West Nile Virus in Westchester: How to Protect Yourself in White Plains
WHITE PLAINS, NY — This season's first batch of mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus has been confirmed by the Westchester County Department of Health. The area surrounding the positive mosquito batch in Yonkers has been inspected by the health ...
West Nile activity has jumped in Southland, but still remains below rest of Cook CountyChicago Tribune
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Another epidemic: Yellow fever in Africa and Asia
Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo are suffering a devastating yellow fever epidemic that has claimed the lives of more than 400 people and has sickened thousands. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the government of those countries ...
A Yellow Fever Epidemic Made Worse by a Vaccine ShortageNew York Times
Seychelles: Health Authorities Carry Out Yellow Fever Vaccination CampaignAllAfrica.com
Yellow Fever Outbreak in Angola and DRCThe Monitor Daily
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Hepatitis A cases appear linked to smoothies, officials say
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StrawberriesStrawberries are filled with vitamin C which help keep blood flowing to all regions of the the body. (Source: Reader's Digest). SOURCE: Wikimedia Commons: Brian Prechtel. Hepatitis A cases appear linked to smoothies, officials say. Updated: ...
Strawberry Smoothies Using Imported Strawberries Linked To Hepatitis A infectionsSky Valley Chronicle
Hepatitis A Cases Linked to Strawberries at Tropical Smoothie Cafe, Officials SayNBC4 Washington
Virginia health officials warn of hepatitis A in strawberry smoothies from Tropical Smoothie CafeRoanoke Times
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NIH official: Don't expect 'broad' Zika outbreak despite Florida cases; disease could hang around - Washington Times
NIH official: Don't expect 'broad' Zika outbreak despite Florida cases; disease could hang around
FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2016, file photo, a female Aedes aegypti mosquito acquires a blood meal on the arm of a researcher at the Biomedical Sciences Institute in the Sao Paulo's University in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The Aedes ... more >. 0. Share. 0. Tweet ...
Should I Worry About Zika? Your Questions AnsweredNBCNews.com
Texas researchers on front line of battle to stop Zika spread in USAUSA TODAY
McFeatters: As House GOP vacations, public safety at riskThe Columbian
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HPV Shots Still Controversial Despite Benefits: What Do You Miss Out On When You Opt Out? - Tech Times
HPV Shots Still Controversial Despite Benefits: What Do You Miss Out On When You Opt Out?
HPV shots have been shown to be effective, but many parents are still apprehensive about getting their children vaccinated. What happens when you opt out of getting HPV vaccines? ( Blake Patterson | Flickr ). Advertisement. Research has shown that ...
When HPV vaccine has option to opt out, parents more likely to opt inAtlanta Journal Constitution
Parents Feel Better About HPV Shots For Preteens If They Can Opt OutKPBS
Parents more likely to support HPV vax requirements if states include opt-out provisionsEurekAlert (press release)
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Dianne Williamson: Hillary? She's not dead yet
On the rare occasion I have opined about Donald Trump (ha, just kidding! I write about him all the time!), I routinely get hate mail from readers who insist that I focus on Hillary Clinton for a change, except that they typically call her "Killary" and ...
Clinton camp rips 'terribly weak' Trump on health recordsPolitico
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Thin Air: Cupping, and other weird health remedies
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One of the many weird stories to come out of the Rio Olympics was the story about cupping. Overachieving American swimmer, Michael Phelps was observed with mysterious round purple bruises on his back. These marks were attributed to an ancient ...
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A cup of good health?Times of India
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The Beat, and the Bug Spray, Go On in South Beach Despite Zika Threat
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Tourists and locals enjoyed South Beach on Friday, despite the detection of new Zika cases in the area. Credit Scott McIntyre for The New York Times. MIAMI BEACH — Michal Keren David stood alone amid the confectionery swirl that draws millions to the ...
Dr. Manoj Jain: Travel advisory illustrates danger of Zika virusMemphis Commercial Appeal
Pregnant woman: No reprieve from worry over ZikaWCNC.com
Congress must stop playing politics with Zika fundingThe Denver Post
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Swimming pool parasite spreads across Phoenix area
(CNN) Health officials in metropolitan Phoenix are working to stop a parasite outbreak at several swimming pools in Maricopa County that causes diarrhea. The Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) and the Environmental Services ...
Diarrheal sickness infects more than 100 people in ArizonaFox News
More Than 100 Sickened in Arizona Cryptosporidium Parasite OutbreakKVOA Tucson News
Arizona Pool Parasite: Cryptosporidium Outbreak Being Investigated By Maricopa CountyThe Inquisitr
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'Spice' may have sickened 18 people on Skid Row
A person who was seen "writhing in the driveway and flipping into traffic and blocking traffic" in front of Union Rescue Mission Friday is suspected to have been suffering from an overdose of the synthetic drug 'spice'. Courtesy Andy Bales, Union ...
18 hospitalized after becoming ill on skid rowLos Angeles Times
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Utah families shocked at soaring EpiPen prices
SALT LAKE CITY — Kathleen Sampson was on her deck at home in Seattle when she felt the sharp stab of a wasp. Within minutes, her throat swelled and she stopped breathing. Her daughter — 9 years old at the time — saved her life by calling 911.
EpiPen Price Hike Has Parents of Kids With Allergies Scrambling Ahead of School Yearkfor.com
EpiPen Price Skyrockets: What Is EpiPen, Why Is It So Expensive And Where Can We Get A Cheaper AlternativeTech Times
Martin Shkreli Weighs in on EpiPen Scandal, Calls Drug Makers 'Vultures'NBCNews.com
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Why we scoff when McDonald's hands out fitness trackers
McDonald's plan to get children active by providing them with fitness trackers ended almost as quickly as it started. The fast-food company replaced the toys in its Happy Meals with pedometers, but soon scrapped the devices after “limited” reports ...
McDonalds Is Using Your Kids To SurviveDaily Beast
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New Survey Shows the Affordable Care Act Has Dramatically Reduced California's Uninsured Rate - Sierra Sun Times
New Survey Shows the Affordable Care Act Has Dramatically Reduced California's Uninsured Rate
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Seventy-two percent of California's previously uninsured gained coverage since the Affordable Care Act went into effect. The majority of the recently insured say their experience with their current Covered California plan has been positive. Nearly half ...
Obamacare Leads To More Insured Californians, Access To DrugsCBS Local
Survey: Millions more Californians insured after Obamacare launch, Medicaid expansionState of Reform
More Hispanics Uninsured Despite Obamacare Gains, Report SaysABC News
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It's Not Just Texas. Maternal Deaths Are High Across The U.S.
Pregnancy-related deaths in Texas nearly doubled in 2011, a symptom of the United States' abysmal maternal mortality record. The pregnancy-related death rate in Texas nearly doubled between 2010 and 2012 ― the same time period that the state severely ...
After Texas Slashed Its Family Planning Budget, Maternal Deaths Almost DoubledSlate Magazine (blog)
Texas sees 'unusual' spike in pregnancy-related deaths, study findsFort Worth Star Telegram
Pregnancy-Related Deaths Doubled in Texas After Abortion Clinics ClosedNew York Magazine
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Fallout from Obamacare probe as shares of dialysis firms drop
Dialysis services firms are under pressure, after federal health care officials launched an investigation into complaints some providers may be steering patients into Obamacare plans, in order to obtain higher reimbursement fees. Shares of dialysis ...
Moving the needle on health care transformationThe Hill (blog)
CMS Focuses On Provider Steering Of Medicare- And Medicaid-Eligible People To MarketplacesHealth Affairs (blog)
US considers penalties, limits for providers steering patients toward ACA plans over Medicare, MedicaidBecker's Hospital Review
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Piller reveling in Olympic experience
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An average family can spend over $70 on store-bought detergent per year. Making your own isn't only better for the environment, it can save you over 80 percent -- and it only takes three ingredients.
First, take one bar of natural soap (like castile or a gentle glycerin soap) and finely grate it with a cheese grater. Then, take the soap flakes and sprinkle in one cup of washing soda and one cup of borax, sealing your new cleaning concoction in an airtight container.
When it's laundry time, mix in about 1-2 tablespoons per load. It doesn't take much with this concentrated material -- one batch of super-soap can get you through 40-50 loads.
Make more as needed, and you can even add powdered fabric softener and essential oils for a fresh scent. And yes, it'll even work in your high-efficiency washing machine too.
Spend a few minutes making your own laundry detergent, and you and your family can see savings all year long.
When it comes to the qualities it takes to become "financially sexy," several personal finance bloggers have already weighed in.
One example is a blog post written by Shannon of Financially Blonde. According to Shannon, a good credit score and a savings rate of at least 15 percent are the biggest indicators of a financially sexy person.
J. Money from Budgets are Sexy wrote a post on the topic as well, citing good credit, a solid savings rate above 15 percent, an emergency fund, and very little debt as the top qualities of a super sexy, fiscally responsible person.
But I wanted to take things a few steps further. Being financially sexy is great and all, but why not become financially sexier?10 Ways to Become Financially Sexier
In my eyes, financially sexier individuals are the ones who shoot for the stars when it comes to their finances. Not only do they take care of their credit and financial well-being, but they aim to retire early, fund exciting financial goals like paying for college or building a business, and even become filthy rich.
Financially sexier people don't just have a solid job in an in-demand industry; they actually own the company. And instead of saving just 15 percent of their income, they might save 30 percent, 40 percent, or even 50 percent, and live on the rest.
Since financially sexier people come in all shapes and sizes, I reached out to several money bloggers and financial planners to get their take on the best ways to boost your appearance when it comes to looks and money.
Want to become financially sexier? Here are some ways to make it happen:#1 Don't Skimp On Life Insurance
"Sexy is purchasing life insurance to make sure your loved ones are taken care of in case you pass away," says Joseph Carbone of Focus Planning Group. "Sexier, however, is purchasing 10 to 15 times your salary to protect them."
According to a recent survey from Bankrate, 42 percent of families don't have life insurance at all. Plus, nearly half of respondents who did carry life insurance reported having $100,000 or less in coverage. For most people, that is not nearly enough.
By buying enough life insurance to take care of your family in the event of your death, you're covering your bases and helping your family sleep better at night. Can you think of anything sexier than that?#2 Use Credit Wisely...and Earn Credit Card Rewards
"Sexy is paying off all your high-interest credit card debt and making sure your bills are paid in full every month," says Andrew McFadden, CFP and Founder of Panoramic Financial Advice. After all, it's never sexy to carry a balance on your credit card, and it's not sexy at all to pay interest on your purchases.
"Even sexier, though, is paying your balance every month and maximizing the rewards of the credit card to furnish one of life's pleasures," says McFadden.
Using credit wisely and responsibly is a must if you hope to be financially sexy. And obviously, a debt-free lifestyle is crucial, too. However, earning awesome rewards can take you to the next level. After all, is there anything sexier than earning free stuff?#3 Have a Plan for Your Estate
The sexiest among us financially would never leave their loved ones in the lurch in the event of their death. Still, you can become even sexier by creating a comprehensive plan for your estate.
"Sexy is having a will in place in case anything happens to you," says Portland financial planner Grant Bledsoe. "Sexier is combining your will with beneficiary designations, advanced medical directives, trust documents, and powers of attorney to create an estate plan."
No matter what, there is nothing more attractive than having a plan in place to protect your family - and your assets - for future generations.#4 Take Control of Your Income
"Sexy is asking for a raise at your job to increase your income," says financial planner Aaron Hatch of Woven Capital. "Sexier is creating additional streams of income by participating in the sharing economy or starting a side hustle."
Almost nothing is sexier than an entrepreneur who is able to set their own hours, work at their own pace, and earn unlimited income. And if you have a full-time job already, don't let that hold you back. After all, side hustles are sexy, too. The more money you can earn through hard work, the sexier you become.#5 Know Your Bills and Expenses, and Track Them Carefully
This piece of criteria to become financially sexier comes from Lance at Money Manifesto:
"Sexy is paying all of your bills on time and in full every month. Even sexier, however, is having a spreadsheet that lists all of your bills and due dates so you never miss a payment even if your significant other needs to pay the bills for a month."
Lots of people manage to stay on top of their bills somehow, but the sexiest among us are much more organized than most. Not only do they pay their bills in full and on time, but they keep track of them, track them, and make sure their spouse or partner is in the loop.#6 Have Monthly Financial Meetings
Having an annual family meeting to discuss your finances is an extremely smart move. But, do you know what's sexier? Here's what Jim Wang of Wallet Hacks has to say:
"Sexier is having that meeting on a monthly basis so you're never more than four weeks away from being able to talk and think about big picture financial issues."
If an annual meeting can help your finances, a monthly meeting should produce even better results. Of course, the financially sexiest among us are already having monthly meetings and using them to reach all of their short-term and long-term goals.#7 Actually Pay Off Your House
"Sexy is having a 20% down payment when you buy your new house to avoid PMI, says John Schmoll, the blogger behind Frugal Rules. "Sexier is putting down more, and paying more aggressively so you can be mortgage debt free in less than half the term of the mortgage."
A fifteen-year mortgage is definitely sexier than a thirty-year loan since you'll own you home outright in half the time. To take things a step further, paying down your mortgage faster is even better if you're already investing heavily and meeting other financial goals.
Can you think of anything sexier than owning our home outright before the age of 40? I can't.#8 Use a Budget No Matter How Rich You Become
Michelle Schroeder-Gardner of Making Sense of Cents says it's sexy to create a budget and live by it. What's even sexier, though?
"Even sexier is, no matter how much money you make, still living by that budget," she says.
It's normal to improve your lifestyle as you earn more money, but keeping lifestyle inflation in check is a smart way to grow your wealth. It's not only okay to stick to your budget when you're already rich; it's also sexy.#9 Take Control of Your Life
"Sexy is getting on a monthly budget and controlling your money," says money blogger Greg Johnson of Club Thrifty.
What's even sexier though, says Greg, is getting out of debt and using the extra money to seize control of your life!
"Being in debt consumes big chunks of your paycheck each month," says Johnson. "Living without debt is like giving yourself a raise, creating more options for living life on your own terms."
Ask anyone you know, and they'll say there is nothing sexier than someone in control of their own destiny. Want to be financially sexier? Take control of your life, and don't let anyone stand in the way of your dreams.#10 Make Charitable Giving a Priority
While giving to charity is undoubtedly sexy, San Diego Financial Planner Taylor Schulte offers a suggestion on how to take that sexiness up a notch.
"Sexy is being charitably inclined and giving back to the organizations you love and support," says Schulte. "Sexier, however, is using a donor-advised fund to maximize the tax benefits of your annual donations and develop a more strategic giving strategy."
Giving to charities you believe in is the right thing to do and a goal all of us should strive for, but there is something inherently sexy about someone who knows how to maximize their donations as much as possible. So, don't just give blindly; create a plan that helps you maximize the tax advantages of charitable giving as well. It's not just smart; it's sexy, too.Final Thoughts
They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but almost everyone will agree that, the better you are with money, the sexier you become.
If you want to take your financial sexiness to the next level, look for ways to make more money, make smarter decisions with the money you have, or leave your family better off. Not only will doing so make you more attractive in the eyes of everyone you meet, but it will leave you richer in the long run.
What do you think makes someone financially sexier? What would you add to this list?
Travel rewards have become about much more than just earning airline miles, and if you've been carrying the same card for years, you might be missing out on better rewards for the same or lower fee as banks and airlines fight for your business.
If you don't want to think much, and just want one card with a good offer, a comparison site like MileCards.com will let you enter your spending habits and tell you which cards earn you the most miles, or you can browse a list of the best travel credit cards.
But travel pros who have racked up millions of miles diversify their loyalty to reap the most rewards.
Gary Leff, an air travel expert who writes the View From the Wing blog, suggests three reasons to get a card. The first reason is the sign on bonus, which can offer significant value. The second is to take advantage of perks offered by the card, including free bags and priority boarding. And third, you should use a card that lets you rack up miles most quickly based on your spending pattern.
Very few cards offer do all three of these things well, so experts often hold more than one credit card to get the most out of things.
For example, many of the airline branded cards offer a first free checked bag. If you tend to use the same airline a couple times a year and check a bag, you can save the annual fee in bag fees, plus get perks like priority boarding. But these cards rarely offer you the most miles for every dollar you spend.
Instead, consider putting your spending on a card that earns transferable points, while keeping the airline card for the perks.
Transferable points are a favorite of Brian Kelly, founder of The Points Guy blog. They let you book travel two ways. First, you can transfer them into real airline miles with several airlines. Second, you can choose to use them like cash to book flights on any airline.
That makes them really flexible - you can add to the miles you've earned by flying, or you can use them like cash if you don't want to deal with the rules of airline miles for a trip. Chase, American Express, and Citibank each have cards that offer transferable points. Many offer special bonuses on spending categories like dining and gas, so they can earn points more quickly than a single airline card.
Regardless of what card you choose - get to know the benefits. Many travel credit cards offer coverage that's similar to the travel insurance airlines and travel agencies will try to sell you. You could be reimbursed if you need to cancel a trip because you get very ill, or get covered for a hotel if your flight gets delayed. There's no extra charge - just book your flight with the card to activate the coverage. These benefits aren't widely advertised, so read the benefits booklet that gets mailed with your card to see what you can use.