Archive for November 2016

Tempering the Type A Personality

There are pros and cons to being a Type A personality, but some of those traits can be detrimental to your health. Here are a few characteristics: Competitive Persistent sense of urgency in everything they do Have difficulty relaxing because it’s not a measurable goal Try to squeeze a task into every possible minute Measure…

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Fast Food Companies Investing in Healthy Choices

Fast food is making a push to get healthier — and also more upscale. Fast food joints like McDonald’s and Burger King have already added some healthier options to their menus, while national chains like Panera are gaining market share as the population leans toward healthier food choices. Panera has been swift to accommodate to…

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Does Brain Training Help?

There’s some debate over the plasticity of the brain and whether it’s possible to train the brain to ward off age-related cognitive issues like dementia. One research physician recently explained that cognitive decline is a result of the brain getting smaller as people age. There are several reasons the brain shrinks over time, and some…

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Options for ‘Cord Cutters’

If you’re not a big fan of paying extra for TV channels, you’re not alone. Currently, 9 percent of Americans have never subscribed to a cable or satellite service. Another 15 percent have cancelled their service — which means nearly a quarter of Americans aren’t paying those big monthly bills. However, that doesn’t mean viewers…

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American Labor Unions Still Present

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 14.8 million American workers were members of labor unions in 2015. That number hasn’t changed much from 2014, but it is a significant decrease from 1983, the first year for which comparable union data was available. More than one-fifth of the U.S. workforce (17.7 million people) were…

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The Problem with Predictions

In his 1949 novel titled “1984,” George Orwell made ambitious predictions about things that would exist 35 years into the future, such as technological innovations in surveillance technology, speech-to-text software and missile detection systems. Many of those things became a reality during that timeframe. In 2007, a report by NBC Nightly News made predictions for…

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Holiday Rewards Shopping

To help save money this holiday season, take a look at how many rewards points you’ve accumulated on your credit cards. If you’re not saving them for airline tickets, browse the company’s rewards website to find out what other goods, services and gift cards you may be able to exchange them for. If you have…

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The Multifactor Approach

The multifactor approach to investing combines multiple variables, like size and volatility, with the goal of achieving more consistent performance over time. The idea is that when one factor is underperforming, the other factor may be outperforming. There are merits to various approaches to investing, whether you’re seeking out lower volatility or larger returns. However,…

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A Vision of Health

Gradual vision loss is part of the aging process, but it affects people of all ages. In fact, about 75 percent of all adult Americans use some sort of vision correction: 64 percent wear glasses; 11 percent wear contacts. On top of that, 14 percent use non-prescription glasses for reading. Research has found that eating…

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