Teen Banking (Our Experience)

July 14, 2010, 3:16 pm

Last February, my youngest son turned 13. To celebrate this momentous occasion, I took the boys to Wells Fargo to get them Teen Checking Accounts. They had been using Youth Cash Cards, which were nice but had a couple of drawbacks: 1. They could not deposit checks into their accounts. So, I had...

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If You Could Have a Do-Over, Which Path Would You Choose?

July 14, 2010, 2:25 pm

Considering the brutal market we have been through the last decade, which of the following two paths would you choose if you could go back to January 1990 and start over? A) $5,000 lump sum in Vanguard’s 500 Index Fund and $5,000 lump sum in Vanguard’s Total Bond Index Fund or B) $10,000...

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A Hypothetical Conversation Between a Stock Picker and an Indexer

July 13, 2010, 2:34 pm

I saw this hypothetical conversation between a stock picker and an indexer by Larry Swedroe in the book I mentioned last night: Mutual Funds: Portfolio Structures, Analysis, Management, and Stewardship (Robert W. Kolb Series)*. Read the conversation and tell me what you think. My thoughts are at the...

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A Great Economics Resource for Teachers (or Proactive Parents)

July 13, 2010, 10:50 am

The authors of Common Sense Economics*—one of my favorite books on economics—have created a great website for parents, students, teachers and professors. You can check it out at CommonSenseEconomics.com. There you will find PowerPoint presentations for various economic discussions, reading...

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Ten For Tuesday, July 12, 2010

July 13, 2010, 1:07 am

1. Cool! People are paying down their credit cards. Or are they? 2. Try to Outfox the Box. 3. An analysis of 30 Ways to Fix Social Security. …increasing the payroll tax by 2 percentage points over the next two decades, cutting benefits for all new recipients by 15 percent, and making all...

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Federal Debt as a Percent of GDP

July 13, 2010, 12:30 am

I saw this chart on Professor John Haslem’s website and thought I’d share it (click on the graphic to go to Professor Haslem’s site): I first learned about Professor Haslem from Larry Swedroe who sent me an email about a book titled, Mutual Funds: Portfolio Structures, Analysis, Management...

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Correlation In the Market is Making Life Difficult for Stock Pickers

July 12, 2010, 11:26 pm

An article in today’s WSJ talks about how the correlation (the tendency for stocks to move in the same direction) in the stock market is at high not seen since 1987. From the article: Earlier this year, when stocks were on the mend and investors were less anxious, the correlation between the...

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Larry Winget on Money

July 12, 2010, 7:13 pm

You all know this stuff but in case you don’t:

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Analyzing Dave Ramsey’s “Drive Free. Retire Rich.” Program

July 12, 2010, 3:11 pm

If you have a few minutes, watch this slide show from Dave Ramsey: Drive Free. Retire Rich. According to the video, a third of car buyers finance their cars for 6 years at 9.6% interest, making their monthly payment about $475. He then presents an idea… You want a new car. Your current car is...

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Check Out This Week’s Carnival of Personal Finance

July 12, 2010, 10:22 am

Lots of good stuff in this week’s Carnival of Personal Finance over at Funny About Money.

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Health Care Authority Offices Will Be Closed Monday, July 12

July 6, 2010, 1:01 pm

(OLYMPIA)   -- Offices of the Washington State Health Care Authority will be closed on Monday, July 12, for a temporary layoff day intended to cut government costs in this year’s budget.  HCA offices will open the following day at 8 a.m....

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Press Release - Medtronic Launches First Free Safe-Driving Program for Teens with Diabetes in Los Angeles July 19

July 14, 2010, 9:00 am

Medtronic, Inc. announced today that Test B4U Drive, the first-ever, free program for teens with diabetes combining advanced driver skills training with diabetes management education, will be held July 19-21 at The Forum in Los Angeles. In partnership with the Juvenile Diabetes No Limits Foundation,...

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Sweet Escape

July 13, 2010, 9:00 am

There's nothing quite like a dip in the Mediterranean Sea at sunset. The warm, clear water, shimmering clouds, and sound of families enjoying aperitifs at beachside cafes--it was the perfect start to a late-summer Italian holiday. We were visiting my boyfriend's brother, who had moved from England to...

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Pump and Sensor Combo Beats MDI Decisively in Medtronic's STAR 3 Study

July 12, 2010, 7:00 pm

A massive study involving 485 people with type 1 diabetes at 30 locations across North America shows that the combination of an insulin pump and a continuous glucose monitor helps patients achieve significantly lower A1c levels than multiple daily insulin injections.

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Press Release - HHS Secretary Sebelius Announces New Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan

July 12, 2010, 7:00 am

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the establishment of a new Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) that will offer coverage to uninsured Americans who have been unable to obtain health coverage because of a pre-existing health condition. 

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Traveling With Diabetes

July 10, 2010, 7:00 am

My diabetes and I have traveled a lot of miles together in nineteen years.  Racing Ironman triathlons in Australia, Europe, the Carribean and all over North America, climbing and camping at the top of 14,000 foot Mt. Whitney, and of course dozens of family vacations and business trips.  Packing...

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Ignorance Is Bliss or Knowledge Is Power?

July 9, 2010, 4:00 pm

When I was first diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, the disease became my entire life. I was drowning in paperwork telling me who to pay, what to eat, how to medicate, and what to do if I got sick. But as months and years passed, diabetes management became just a part of my goal to live healthfully. I...

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Intensive BG Control and the Onset of Organ Damage in Type 2s

July 9, 2010, 7:00 am

Data from the massive ACCORD study on intensive blood sugar control shows that lowering blood sugar levels in people with longstanding type 2 diabetes to near-normal may delay the appearance of signs that point to damage to nerves, eyes, and kidneys, but does not stop their progression toward it.

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Study Says Byetta and Januvia Do Not Pose Extra Risk for Pancreatitis

July 8, 2010, 10:00 am

A study released in late June has brought some welcome news to the makers of Byetta and Januvia: Users of the two diabetes drugs run no greater risk of developing pancreatitis than people with diabetes who take other drugs. In fact, both drugs seem to put users at slightly less risk for the condition...

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Exercise Often Raises Blood Glucose in Type 1 Diabetes

July 8, 2010, 7:00 am

Regular physical activity and exercise are recommended for the general population for overall improved health. However, exercise of moderate intensity increases the risk of hypoglycemia during and following exertion in those with type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM). Accordingly, exercise guidelines for...

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Testosterone Gel in Older Men Leads to Increased Cardiovascular Problems

July 7, 2010, 7:00 am

A clinical trial that used testosterone gel, a topically applied ointment, to increase muscle strength in older men with low testosterone levels was stopped because adverse cardiovascular events increased significantly among patients receiving the treatment.

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MedlinePlus Has a New Look!

July 13, 2010, 11:00 pm

MedlinePlus, your trusted source for free, reliable health information for over a decade, has a brand new look. We invite you to visit the redesigned site, and let us know what you think by clicking on the Contact Us link at the top of any page.

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Live Webcast: Total Hip Replacement

July 11, 2010, 11:00 pm

Watch a live webcast of total hip replacement on July 14 at 7:00 p.m. EDT, and check out the hip replacement topic page on MedlinePlus. 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 Page: Coma

July 6, 2010, 11:00 pm

Visit the new MedlinePlus Health Topic page on coma.A coma is a deep state of unconsciousness. An individual in a coma is alive but unable to move or respond to his or her environment. Coma may occur as a complication of an underlying illness, or as a result of injuries, such as head trauma...

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MedlinePlus Redesign - Coming July 14th!

July 6, 2010, 11:00 pm

On Wednesday, July 14, MedlinePlus will unveil a completely redesigned site with a freshened look and feel, a new logo, and an exciting new color scheme. Take a minute to preview the new design, and visit MedlinePlus next week to experience the redesigned site in action.

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New Topic Page: Delirium

July 6, 2010, 11:00 pm

Visit the new MedlinePlus Health Topic page on delirium.Delirium is a condition which causes a confused mental state and changes in behavior. Besides falling in and out of consciousness, there may be problems with attention and awareness, thinking and memory, emotion, muscle control, and sleeping and...

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It's Hot out There!

July 6, 2010, 11:00 pm

It's hot out there! Learn about heat illness on MedlinePlus, or read about hyperthermia from the National Institute on Aging.

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July Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available

July 5, 2010, 11:00 pm

The July issue of NIH News in Health is now available. Featured stories cover Alzheimer's disease and gum disease. Also, check out the health capsules and the featured Web site.

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Director's Comments: NIH MedlinePlus Magazine Summer 2010

July 5, 2010, 11:00 pm

Listen to the NLM Director's Comments on the Summer 2010 issue of the NIH MedlinePlus Magazine. The transcript is also available. The new edition of NIH MedlinePlus magazine features sections about surviving breast cancer and childhood obesity – as well as information about curbing salt intake and...

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This Blog Post is About Death. Please Read it Anyway.

July 14, 2010, 4:01 pm

The U.S. was 9th on the quality of death index, primarily because of the high cost of end-of-life care.

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