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A Quick Generational Primer on Finances

No matter how old you are, it’s never too early to get your financial house in order. NBC News relates financial advice you can use at every age of adulthood from finance coach Ashley Feinstein: In your teens, you should: Start building and protecting your credit rating. Avoid taking on debt, especially credit cards. Save […]

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Minnesota, Hawaii Top States for Healthy Senior Living

Many seniors flock to the sunny south when they retire, but the United Health Foundation finds that Minnesota is actually the healthiest state in the country for older adults. The 2014 American Senior Report says that Hawaii ranked second on the list, followed by New Hampshire, Vermont, and Massachusetts. The least healthy states for seniors […]

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Alternative Medicine, Defined

The meaning of “convention medicine” and “mainstream medicine” seems pretty clear, but what exactly is “alternative medicine”? Writing for Newsmax Health on Oct. 31, cardiologist Chauncey Crandall, M.D., defines alternative medicine as “the use of non-mainstream approaches in place of conventional medicine,” noting that the term is used interchangeably with several others, including “natural medicine” […]

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Manage Your Liabilities for Better Financial Health

Getting your finances in better shape isn’t just about increasing earnings and savings — you also need to manage the debts you have, including credit cars and mortgages, Fox Business reported Oct. 27. “Managing your debt is important because it effects your ability to save,” notes Brad Bernstein, senior vice president at UBS.  “People don’t […]

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Food Security Improves for Americans

The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index shows that 17.2 percent of Americans struggled to pay for food in the past year, down from a peak of 18.9 percent in 2013. It’s also the first time that less that 18 percent of Americans cited food insecurity since 2008. Gallup researchers called the decline “a positive sign that the economic […]

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Half of Americans Say They Lack Economic Security

Many Americans say they are hurting financially and see no way to recover in the near future, NBC News reported Oct. 29. A new Harris poll found that: more than half of Americans call themselves lower-middle class or working class, with low economic security 75 percent said factors like credit-card debt and healthcare and housing costs […]

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Database Has Nutrition Info on 80,000 Food Items

A comprehensive new database called Food Scores not only can tell you the ingredients and nutritional value of most foods you buy, but also provides information on the degree to which each item has been processed. Each item is scored on a 1-10 scale, with 10 being the least nutritious and most processed. The New […]

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More People Say Obamacare Affects Them, for Good or Ill

A new Gallup poll finds less fence-sitting about the impact of the Affordable Care Act, an indication that more people are being directly affected by the law. Between late 2013 and fall 2014, the percentage of people who say the law has had no effect on them fell from 69 percent to 54 percent. At […]

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In Bid to Cut Litter, California Bans Disposable Plastic Bags

With the aim of reducing “the torrent of plastic polluting our beaches, parks and even the vast ocean itself,” California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags — the first such law in the U.S. The New York Times reported Oct. 1 that the law will restrict supermarkets and […]

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For Many, Medical Debt Exceeds Savings

A survey from Bankrate.com finds that 44 percent of Americans who make under $30,000 per year have more medical debt than savings, and the same is true of about a quarter of those who make up to $75,000 annually, NBC News reported Sept. 5. Moreover, 55 percent of those surveyed said they are somewhat or […]

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