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‘Vision Van’ Drives Home the Importance of Eye Exams

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Everyone has a vision. For Dr. Rohit Varma, it’s a world where preventable blindness is a thing of the past. The world-renowned eye care specialist oversees the CHA Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center’s Southern California Eyecare and Vision Research Institute, which brings eye care to underdiagnosed and undertreated individuals with visual impairment throughout Los Angeles County and...

Medicare Without A Parachute: Worth the Risk?

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In July of 2016, Luke Aikins became the first skydiver to jump from a plane without a parachute and live to tell the tale. Sound crazy? Enrolling in Medicare with no supplemental insurance could be even riskier, at least financially. In addition to deductibles, copays, coinsurance, there’s no out-of-pocket maximum. Which means your retirement savings could plummet. “All it takes is one big...

Jaguar Gets Dental Exam: A Lesson for Us All

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How do you clean a 144-pound jaguar’s teeth? As the zoo keepers at Zoo Miami can tell you, very carefully. Dr. Jamie A. Berning, one of the nation’s most respected veterinary dentists, gave the nine-year-old male jaguar named Adonia a complete check-up. After a thorough cleaning and several x-rays, she determined that Adonia’s mouth is in excellent condition. Exams like these are part of...

Five Ways Life Insurance Keeps Working in Retirement

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Maybe the mortgage is nearly paid off, the kids are grown, and you’re thinking there’s no reason to have life insurance. Well, think again. Financial experts are recommending life insurance for the same reasons you had it when you were younger—and then some. Spread the wealth. A life policy is one of the most efficient ways to pass on assets to future generations. There’s no...

Watch Out: Cheap Eyeglasses Can Cost You

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If you’ve bought eyeglasses at a drugstore or discount store to save money, they could cost you more than you think—especially when it comes to your vision and overall health. Here are five reasons to avoid cheap glasses: The frames break. Cheap eyeglasses are often made of inferior material that breaks easily. Plastic frames, for example, weaken with age, sunlight and facial oils. The...

Medicare Supplement Insurance: It’s Like Alphabet Soup – But Not So Simple

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As if the complexities of Medicare aren’t enough to boggle the mind, what do you do about the various expenses Medicare doesn’t cover? This article will give you a taste of what Medical Supplement Insurance, also known as MedSup or Medigap, is all about. Why MedSup? Despite all that Medicare covers, the copayments, coinsurance, and other costs can get expensive or even devastating...

Healthy by Association: 80-Year Study Links Longevity and Relationships

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We all know that exercise and diet are important contributors to a long and healthy life. But there’s another factor, as or more important: the quality of our relationships. “Good, close relationships appear to buffer us from the problems of getting old,” says Dr. Robert Waldinger, a psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Waldinger directs the Harvard Study of Adult...

Getting off the Hamster Wheel: Retirement Advice for Type A’s

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What if we spent all of our days Improving our minds, learning new ways to be lazy —Mary Chapin Carpenter, “What If We Went to Italy” Retirees are often advised to stay busy. We’re expected to volunteer, take classes or travel. And, for the most part, it is a good idea to stay active. However, for many Type A personalities, it can be challenging to slow down enough to actually...

Evolution of The Human Face: We Are What We Chew

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When you see your face in the mirror, you’re looking at four million years of dental evolution. A recent study by Arizona State University shows how changes in the jaw, teeth, and face are basically responses to dietary and feeding trends. The earliest humans ate tough plants that called for large jaw muscles and cheek teeth. As a result, their faces were broad and deep. Later, as we began...

Heartening News: 80% of Cardiovascular Disease Is Preventable!

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And all you have to do is not smoke; control high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol; exercise regularly; and eat healthy. Easier said than done. According to a recent report from the American Heart Association, 121 million American adults have some form of heart disease. That’s nearly half of the population. After decades of steady decline, deaths rose by almost 4,000 cases...

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