What to Do If Your Medical Bills Go to Collection

March 18, 2010, 9:57 am

This is a follow up to the guest post from two weeks ago, which you can read here. Thanks, Don, for your work on this. When your medical bills go to collection. As a rule, you do not want you medical accounts to go to collection. However, it is my experience that even if you are an honest person who...

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One AFM Reader’s Response to a New York Times Op-Ed Piece

March 17, 2010, 12:43 pm

AFM reader, “EZ,” sent me an email with a link to this op-ed piece that was recently published in the New York Times. The op-ed piece was about how the bankruptcy process should be easier so that “American families torn apart by the economic upheavals of the last two years…&#...

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Jason Zweig: Companies Are Hoarding Dividends

March 17, 2010, 11:24 am

Interesting Jason Zweig piece in last weekend’s WSJ regarding dividends: Last year, the companies in the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index reduced their dividends by $48 billion. Today, payouts are running at an annual rate of $206 billion. So far, dividends are down 9.4% from 2009&#...

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How to Go From $1,000 to $74,000 in a Year

March 16, 2010, 12:31 pm

File this under “Useless but Interesting Trivia” A little over a year ago, you could have purchased 10,000 shares of Pier 1 for $.10 each (YES…that’s TEN CENTS EACH) for a total investment of $1,000. At the close yesterday, those 10,000 shares would have been worth right at $...

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What Would You Do If…?

March 16, 2010, 9:54 am

Interesting tidbit from this short article today’s WSJ: Warren Buffett gave his son enough to follow his dream, but not enough to do nothing. What would you have done if someone, very early in your adult life, had given you a free ticket to explore any career you wanted—but not enough to stop...

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Did You Know Ameriprise Has Their Own Channel on YouTube?

March 15, 2010, 11:16 am

Note: This post uses some sarcasm. You have been warned. I was perusing YouTube today and came across Ameriprise’s YouTube Channel. I watched a couple of videos from their “Client Stories” section. They almost gave me the warm fuzzies. They talk about various clients and what their...

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OT: ‘The Politeness Project’

March 12, 2010, 11:48 am

I was going through our stack of mail this morning and came across my wife’s copy of Ladies’ Home Journal. I picked it up and thumbed through it because I saw something about organization on the front cover, which went along with a post I did just a couple of days ago. While looking for...

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It’s Friday. How About a Couple of Music Videos?

March 12, 2010, 9:58 am

It’s Friday and I’m going to take a break from finance on this post and share with you a couple of music videos. This first one is one of my favorites: This one I saw on Russ Thornton’s facebook page. I have never really listened to Radiohead but I really like this song: This last...

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Follow Up on My Berkshire Hathaway Post from Two Years Ago

March 11, 2010, 6:45 pm

A couple of bad years can really bring down your average annual rate of return. Check out this graphic I posted nearly two years ago: Now here’s that same graphic updated through 2009: What a difference two years can make. It is important to note that Berkshire is currently trading at 122,...

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Financial Stuff I Want My Kids to Know Before They Leave Home

March 11, 2010, 10:48 am

1. Money’s not everything but it is important. A life WITH money is certainly easier than a life without money. 2. Money won’t bring you happiness but it will pay the bills. 3. The simpler your life, the better. 4. Save AS MUCH AS YOU CAN while you’re young. One thing you can...

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Press Release - Valsartan (Diovan) Delayed Progression to Type 2 Diabetes in At-Risk Cardiovascular Patients With Impaired Glucose Tolerance

March 20, 2010, 8:00 am

Results from a landmark study involving more than 9,000 people showed that the high blood pressure medicine valsartan (Diovan) delayed progression to type 2 diabetes in patients with cardiovascular disease or risk factors and impaired glucose tolerance (IGT), a common pre-diabetic condition. Read more...

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Our Journey to Hope and Beyond

March 20, 2010, 7:30 am

I grew up around the corner from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In high school, long ago, I thought that NIH scientists were "bad guys" who mistreated animals in the name of medical research. I later moved to the West Coast and became a registered obstetrical nurse. Over the years, along with...

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Mutation That Affects Response to Smell and Taste Could Lead to Type 2 Diabetes

March 19, 2010, 7:00 am

According to Duke University researchers, a mutation that causes the lack of an insulin-controlling molecule may be a factor in the development of type 2 diabetes. The molecule, ankyrin B, is activated in response to the smell and taste of food and leads to the production of insulin in preparation for...

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A Diagnosis of Pre-Diabetes Isn't Enough to Motivate Many Patients

March 18, 2010, 7:30 am

In a study that tracked 1,402 people with pre-diabetes, researchers found that only about half of them responded to the diagnosis by trying to shed weight or increase their level of exercise. Read more...

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Press Release - FDA eyes improvements for diabetics' glucose devices

March 17, 2010, 7:00 pm

At a two-day meeting (March 16 and 17, 2010) to review blood glucose meters, Food and Drug Administration officials and staff pointed to a number of issues that can prevent people from getting proper treatment and sought input from medical experts and industry on ways to improve test results with the...

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Press Release - Piecemeal COBRA Health Insurance Subsidy Extensions Puzzle Laid-Off Workers

March 17, 2010, 7:30 am

Every day, dozens of confused, laid-off workers call the privately-run COBRA Help Center in Long Island, N.Y., which administers COBRA group health insurance plans. They're struggling to understand whether they're eligible for federal subsidies. It's not surprising, says George Fox, a field...

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Depression or Sex?

March 16, 2010, 8:00 am

Dear Diabetes Health, I am a 55-year-old man who was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes two years ago, and I think it made me depressed. The depression eventually got so bad that I didn't want to get out of bed in the morning. My doctor referred me to the psych clinic, where they put me on Paxil (paroxetine...

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Calcium May Help You Live Longer

March 15, 2010, 7:30 am

A group of Swedish researchers has found that men who consume more than the recommended daily amount of calcium are less likely to die than their counterparts who consume little calcium. Their study, titled "Dietary Calcium and Magnesium Intake and Mortality: A Prospective Study of Men," appears in...

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Although Statins Increase Diabetes Risk, Study Says They're Still Worth Taking

March 14, 2010, 8:00 am

An article by Scottish researchers, published in the British medical journal Lancet, says that although people taking statins are nine percent more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, that risk is outweighed by the drug's ability to lower cholesterol and protect against heart disease. Read more...

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Mom Says 'Just a Phone Call Away', Just Not Good Enough

March 13, 2010, 2:00 pm

Allen, Texas - When Pam Henry's daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2003, she never even thought she would be part of something that could revolutionize health care. "When Sarah was diagnosed, my only goal was to do all I could to keep her as healthy as possible.  What I created was...

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Director's Comments: Mobile MedlinePlus

March 16, 2010, 11:00 pm

Listen to the NLM Director's Comments on Mobile MedlinePlus. The transcript is also available. Let me introduce you to Mobile MedlinePlus, a new service from the National Library of Medicine, that eases access to health and medical information for mobile device users...

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Live Webcast: Shoulder Surgery

March 16, 2010, 11:00 pm

Watch a live webcast of reverse shoulder arthroplasty on March 17 at 7:00 p.m. EDT. Also, browse through links to prerecorded webcasts of surgical procedures. These are actual procedures performed at medical centers in the United States.

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New Issue of NIH MedlinePlus Magazine

March 14, 2010, 11:00 pm

Read the latest issue of the NIH MedlinePlus Magazine. Highlights include:DiverticulitisShingles Prostate Cancer Preventing SuicideTMJPersonalized Medicine

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Live Webcast: Surgery for Esophageal Atresia

March 8, 2010, 10:00 pm

Watch a live webcast of surgery for esophageal atresia (a problem in infants) on March 11 at 5:00 p.m. EST. Also, browse through links to prerecorded webcasts of surgical procedures. These are actual procedures performed at medical centers in the United States.

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New Topic Pages on Vitamins

March 8, 2010, 10:00 pm

Vitamins are substances that your body needs to grow and develop normally. Visit the new MedlinePlus Health Topic pages on: Vitamin AB VitaminsVitamin CVitamin DVitamin EVitamin K

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New Topic Page: Finger Injuries and Disorders

March 8, 2010, 10:00 pm

Visit the new MedlinePlus Health Topic page on finger injuries and disorders.You use your fingers and thumbs to do everything from grasping objects to playing musical instruments to typing on a keyboard. When there is something wrong with them, it can make life difficult...

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New Topic Page: Fatigue

March 8, 2010, 10:00 pm

Visit the new MedlinePlus Health Topic page on fatigue.You‘re tired, weak, exhausted, weary, worn out. You have a lack of energy and as a result you feel distressed. You’re not functioning as well as you should. It’s called fatigue, and everyone feels it at times...

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Director's Comments: Obesity Levels Stabilize

March 7, 2010, 10:00 pm

Listen to the NLM Director's Comments on the stabilization of obesity levels. The transcript is also available. Two studies, recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), suggest the obesity rate among American adults and children stayed the same for several years. However...

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Brain Injury Awareness Month

March 2, 2010, 10:00 pm

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. Learn more by visiting the traumatic brain injury topic page on MedlinePlus.

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March Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available

March 2, 2010, 10:00 pm

The March issue of NIH News in Health is now available. Featured stories cover salt, blood pressure, and your health, as well as aneurysms. Also, check out the health capsules and the featured Web site.

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