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  • Janet Neilson

    What really happens in Canada?

    Americans are familiar with the stories of Canadians who would have died because of their government's health care rationing had they not been able to get care in the United States. Perhaps just as troubling, however, are the less dramatic but much more common instances of minor indignities, inequities and inconveniences imposed by the Canadian health care system.

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  • Bill Gates introduces Microsoft Windows

    Bill's retirement brings memories of my experiences with him. 

    Bill Gates got involved with microcomputer software in 1975. My first use of Microsoft software was in 1978, and my first personal brush with Bill was in 1981. During Microsoft's most influential period, the '80s and '90s, I had a variety of face-to-face Bill Gates experiences. Here are some of my Boomer Years stories.

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  • NCIS mobile truck prop

    Hollywood locations of NCIS, CSI, 24, The Mentalist, Star Trek, The Unit, and more... 

    Hollywood movies and TV shows are almost never filmed in the real Hollywood, a neighborhood of the City of Los Angeles. Some studios used to be there, but many years ago most production companies moved to other parts of the greater "LA" area. This is why tourists who go to the corner of Hollywood Blvd. and Vine St. rarely see anything interesting. But I do, because I know where to look.

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  • ADVISOR ANSWERS

    Q: My sister told me there's a connection between aluminum and Alzheimer's disease and suggested I throw out my aluminum pots and pans. She also told me that there's a lot of aluminum in antiperspirants, and that I should switch to just deodorant. Is this necessary?
    -- W.T., Del Mar, California

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  • Piggy Bank

    Saving for your child's future ... or yours: Which takes priority?

    Q: I am worried about saving money for retirement while planning expenses for my children's college years. Is there a way to do both?

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  • Brain Power

    What you eat isn't only fuel for your body, it's also fuel for your brain.

    We've all heard "use it or lose it." This is especially true when it comes to protecting your brain's cognitive health. Cognitive health refers to healthy brain function, and to the skills people use everyday, such as: the ability to learn, remember, make decisions, think abstractly, reason, and even appreciate beauty. However, many Americans don't pay attention to their brain health, which can potentially lead to poor health, dementia, and Alzheimer's disease.

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  • Marilee Driscoll

    Long-term care insurance determines how well you'll be taken care of when you can't take care of yourself.

    Long-term care insurance is potentially one of the most important purchases you'll ever make. It likely determines how well you'll be taken care of when you can no longer care for yourself.

    There are lots of decisions to make -- and they need to be informed decisions. Tempting as it is to think you'll never be in the position to need long-term care, you risk literally everything if you hide from this issue.

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  • Gravesite RIP

    When famous people (and even fictional characters) die, how do you respond?

    When singer Whitney Houston died in February 2012, the immediate response was expressions of grief on Facebook, Twitter, and many forums. Similar results occurred with the 2012 deaths of Amy Winehouse, Adam Yauch (Beastie Boys), Dick Clark, and others.

    The odd thing is, the widespread shared expressions of mourning were for people most of the mourners had never met. The common responses to celebrity deaths demonstrate important realities about how people build relationships with the media they consume.

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  • Tips to make your Garage Band a success

    Whether you have been in a garage band for several years or just a few days, it's a group effort, which isn't always easy. In years of playing, I've learned tips and tricks that all members of the Band should adopt to make it work and get along.

    Here are some recommendations for garage band harmony:

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  • How people evaluate older vs. newer might surprise you.

    How do you evaluate a policy, a painting or a piece of chocolate? What makes you decide the "best" tree or treatment? Probably not what you think, reveals an interesting scientific study. Compare your own behavior to these results.

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  • Washing hands

    It seems smart to wash your hands and body with soap that claims to be antibacterial. Kills the bad bugs, right?

    Maybe not.

    Rather than cleansing you of germs, such products might be harming your body. That is the concern of U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which says that the health claims of antibacterial soaps are not supported by current scientific data.

    FDA cites two problems with antibacterial soaps:

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  • Your medical results

    When your colonoscopy discovers polyps, what should you do?

    You know it's important to have a colonoscopy periodically. You hope the doctor finds nothing -- but what if the doctor finds "something"? 

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  • Seared Salmon with Daikon Slaw

    Cooking healthy, tasty meals for selective eaters might be challenging, but you can please the older palate.

    As we age, our dining needs change. Food doesn't taste the same as it used to. Our evolving health needs restrict or even banish certain foods. But this doesn't mean meals must be bland and tastless. It might seem challenging, but with a few tweaks and techniques you can create healthy, delicious food that is also pleasing to the older adult palate.
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  • The 39 Steps - title shot of classic movie

    New films feel new, old films feel old. But why? There's a scientific explanation.

    It's more than black-and-white vs. color, standard screen vs. widescreen, classical music vs. rock soundtrack. There's something else that makes films of yesteryear feel very different than modern films -- something about the rhythm and texture. But what?

    New research suggests that modern movies are more engrossing — we get "lost" in them more readily — because the universe’s natural rhythm is driving the mind. Really.

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  • Tips to make your Garage Band a success

    Whether you have been in a garage band for several years or just a few days, it's a group effort, which isn't always easy. In years of playing, I've learned tips and tricks that all members of the Band should adopt to make it work and get along.

    Here are some recommendations for garage band harmony:

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  • The causes of your symptoms might not be what you think.

    Many midlife women, during the years before and after menopause, are plagued with emotional and physical symptoms. If you're woman in midlife with any of these problems, this article can help you discover what could be the cause.

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  • Head x-ray

    Use your head to learn the risks, take precautions, and avoid a horrible outcome.

    We sometimes joke about our heads: Knock your head against the wall ... Head bashing ... Dropped on your head ... and more. Funny -- except it's no laughing matter.

    Even a head injuriy that appears to be mild can have serious, long-term effects, especially when there are repeated injuries.

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  • Julie Christie

    Two movies give us revealing looks at Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

    "Away From Her" stars Julie Christie and Olympia Dukakis.

    "The Savages" stars Philip Seymour Hoffman and Laura Linney.

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  • Lay the groundwork for a successful transition when seniors can no longer live at home.

    Many boomers will eventually have aging parents who are no longer able to continue living on their own. Facing decisions about when and where to move your parents can be overwhelming. Each step of the process has its own emotional and practical challenges, but thoughtful planning can minimize the stress required to facilitate a smooth relocation.

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  • Health care and retirement saving keep people on the job.

    How many older Americans are working full time -- any why? Here's eye-opening research on work from Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI):

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  • Hot sun

    Our risk of hyperthermia problems increases with age

    Summertime, and the living is...hot -- TOO HOT. Alas, we are less able to handle hot days as we age. The wonderful summertime of youth can become a serious problem for a Senior. Heat-related illnesses, known as hyperthermia, can include heat stroke, heat fatigue, heat syncope (sudden dizziness after exercising in the heat), heat cramps and heat exhaustion. Here's advice to help older people avoid these problems.

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