Educating Yourself On Reverse Mortgages

Reverse mortgages have begun to gain more positive attention as new laws make the option more attractive to both borrowers and loan officers. In the past, there were some concerns, but now that new laws protect the borrower, the option has become safer, and ultimately, more appealing. Reverse mortgages have ensured that many older Americans can stay in their homes by tapping into their home equity, and it’s overall popularity is rising. Many experts are now promoting reverse mortgages to older individuals as a way to escape financial hardship. More here 

Common Holiday Spices Can Aid Health

The holidays are approaching fast, meaning copious amounts of food, both savory and sweet. Many cherished holiday dishes incorporate the spices nutmeg and allspice which contain numerous health benefits. Allspice offers natural digestive relief, helping to ease abdominal pain and indigestion complications. Allspice is also an anti-inflammatory and can help fight free radicals that cause cancer. Nutmeg also is an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, has been used as a natural sleep aid, and acts as a liver protectant. More here

Ideas To Reduce Home Insurance Costs

Insurance payments can be burdensome, but they are a necessity for you, your family, and your home. A few things you can do to help reduce your insurance costs are: Don’t switch companies too often, this may help reduce your payments or provide you with free credit from companies who reward for loyalty. Shop around for the best prices; check out comparison sites on the internet. Have plenty of smoke alarms throughout the house, and a burglar alarm to reinforce the fact that you are low-risk. Don’t be afraid to ask about discounts, you may be surprised by special perks. Bundling can sometimes reduce costs, consider bundling your auto and home insurance together for a discount. Also, maintain a good credit score, and if your score is low, take steps to improve it. More here

High Consumption Of Milk May Contribute To Health Problems

According to a recent study, women who drink more than two glasses of milk a day may have a higher risk of dying in the next twenty years. The study also found something contrary to past beliefs; it states that women who drink large amounts of milk daily may have an increased chance of bone fractures. Experts seem to think that the offending agent is D-galactose, a simple sugar in milk. More here

Doctors Warn Against Prescription Painkillers

Many doctors suggest that certain prescription painkillers like Oxycontin, Percocet, and Vicodin may have serious, substantial risks, and should not be used to combat headaches or back problems. Doctors strongly advise that many drugs taken by Americans for chronic pain may lead to painkiller addiction and even overdose. Studies have found that many patients who were prescribed opioids over a 3-month time frame were still taking the drugs five years later, and in many cases taking a much higher dosage. In the last 15 years, over 100,000 people have died from abusing prescription opioids. More here

Health Officials Warn About Enterovirus D68

Health experts continue to warn parents to watch their children for symptoms of the enterovirus D68. The elderly are also at risk. The virus has affected more than 939 people across the United States and has claimed three lives. Dr. John Young, an emergency room physician said, “anyone with a compromised immune system is going to be at risk.” Symptoms of the virus are similar to the flu and include, runny nose, skin rash, fever, body and muscle aches. More here

Prepare Your Chimney And Fireplace In Time For Winter

Winter is approaching, and if you have the luxury of owning an indoor fireplace it is time to start cleaning it up and making sure it is working safely and efficiently for those cold winter nights. A few things to do in order to get your home and chimney ready for winter are: Hire a professional chimney sweep to clean and inspect the outside and inside of your chimney and fireplace to be sure it is clear of any creosote build-up. Install or replace batteries in smoke alarms inside your home, also replace batteries in carbon monoxide detectors. And finally, be sure you have a working fire extinguisher close by in case of an emergency. More here

Foods That May Protect Against The Flu

With flu season upon us, now is the time to start preparing your body to defend against the flu and other fall and winter sicknesses. While getting a flu shot is a popular option to protect against the virus, there are a few foods you can eat that may offer additional assistance. Pumpkin seeds are rich in zinc and can help fight off sickness. Tuna and sweet potatoes help strengthen your immune system. Also, mushrooms can help fight infection and are another food you may want consider adding to your diet. More here

Older Swimmers May Have Lower Risk Of Falling

New research suggests that older adults who swim as their main physical activity may have a lower risk of falling. The research states that elderly swimmers are approximately 33% less likely to experience a serious fall. An associate professor of physical activity at the University of Western Sydney said, “unlike land-based sports, swimmers are required to create their own base of support and at the same time, to produce a coordinated movement of both upper and lower extremities.” More here

Experimental Therapy Helping Leukemia Remission

According to a recent study, a large percentage of people who are suffering from leukemia and are close to death are responding to an experimental therapy.  The new therapy trains T-cells to kill radical blood cells, helping to diminish the cancer. Dr. Stephan Grupp, from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia said, “we’re astonished how well it turned out. It’s equally impressive in both the adult and pediatric population.” While not without serious risk, the new treatment offers hope in situations that were considered beyond help in the past. More here