We Need Women’s Voices in Media—Beyond Their Stories About Powerful Men

Our media landscape is currently flooded with women’s stories.

Harvey Weinstein’s flagrant history of sexual assault and harassment, ironically, temporarily allowed women representation in key commentary forums. A snowball effect in the wake of his own downfall has led to a landmark moment in the fight against sexual abuse—one in which survivors appear to finally be gaining ground and garnering victories and offenders are, at long last, facing consequences for their own bad behavior.

This temporary amplification of women’s experiences is crucial; their voices are helping to end the culture of silence surrounding sexual violence. But will the #MeToo-shrouded media frenzy finally grant women credence—with men and within the systems they control?

Women have been reporting on and talking interpersonally about the trauma caused by sexual harassment and assault for decades. There is nothing unique about Weinstein’s behavior or his peers’ acceptance of it; indeed, his case has even led us back to the testimonies levied against Bill Clinton, Clarence Thomas, Donald Trump and Bill Cosby, among others. Of course, cases involving high-profile men and high-profile victims sell more papers—but journalism purports to have a higher moral purpose than selling advertising and earning a profit.

According to the American Press Institute, the purpose of journalism is “to provide citizens with the information they need to make the best possible decisions about their lives, their communities, their societies and their governments”—yet media institutions have, by and large, provided us with the same white male voices on repeat since their establishment. That means that citizens and decision-makers alike aren’t getting well-rounded perspectives on the issues, and it means that information about issues that affect people’s lives and communities is disconnected from those lives and communities from its inception.

The press is currently allowing women to narrate a tiny sliver of the world—the lovely “sexist men of Hollywood” beat—but even in this way, women’s voices are being defined in relation to powerful men. Women have much more to say, not only about powerful men and their shameful behavior but about their own experiences and issues.

Despite the increase in women submitting and publishing opinion pieces, the Women’s Media Center regular research shows that the men are still by far the reporters and arbiters of most of our news. One study, which tracked the number of political analysts on the three major networks between March 1, 2016 and November 11, 2016, found that only 28 percent of analysts on morning and primetime television were women, and only 4 percent were women of color. On a “Heavy Hundred” list of news and opinion radio hosts classified as “talkers,” only 13 of frequent talkers were women. The highest one ranked was coming in 20th place.

Although we’ve seen an all-out assault on women’s reproductive rights in recent years, men are writing the stories about reproductive health 52 percent of the time—and they are also the majority of voices quoted. Ninety-one percent of reported rapes and sexual assault victims in the U.S., and specifically on campuses, are women, yet men are more likely to cover these cases—and they are also more likely to include quotes from men and highlight the impact of these cases on the alleged rapists rather than the victim.

The only topics that women have parity or slight majorities in reporting on within the major media are lifestyle, health and education. The Op-Ed Project, founded in 2008, aims to change the world’s conversation by increasing women’s participation at “front door” commentary forums, like op-ed pages—which are heavily dominated by men, by margins of up to 80 percent, at every major news outlet. These forums are critical predictors of ideas, and the individuals that publish within them become influential. A 2008 Rutgers University study found that 97 percent of op-eds by academics in the Wall Street Journal were written by men; over the next five years, a study revealed an increase of women thought leaders in key commentary forums from only 15 to 21 percent.

It is important who reports the news. The lack of women skews the content of the news, gives the impression that women don’t count and makes it difficult for women to gain credibility with men. If we don’t have credibility, it doesn’t matter who we tell about sexual harassment and assault.

Women are not allowed to shape media narratives—and their voices, therefore, don’t count because they simply aren’t there to be counted and heard when they should matter most. While the media alone isn’t responsible for rape culture, its institutions have allowed men to ignore women’s stories, opinions and expertise on myriad topics for too long. Those institutions didn’t create silence, but they also haven’t taken enough steps toward shattering it.

Let’s be clear: Women cannot change the unequal systems and power dynamics that create these criminals like Harvey Weinstein. Women cannot prevent sexual harassment and violence. Women have been telling men for decades how damaging and traumatic sexual aggression of any kind is to their lives and their careers. What have men been doing in that time to show that our voices, stories and experiences matter to them?

Weinstein’s victims told people about their experiences long before the New York Times aired their stories on the front page. People listened. People knew. And people didn’t act—not only because Weinstein is powerful, but because he is also seen as more credible than his victims by virtue of his sex and the power it has afforded him. Members of the media need to examine their role in perpetuating the systemic undermining of women’s credibility that allowed men like Weinstein to abuse women and simultaneously control their stories.

Journalists have a responsibility to ensure that credible women and men narrate the world—even when their stories fly in the face of our antiquated power structures.

Colleen Hennessy is a social policy researcher and writer. She also helps non-profits and public agencies  write about their impact.  She is an alum of The OpEd Project’s Write to Change the World Seminar. You can read more at colleenhennessy.com or tweet her @colleenhenness4.

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5 Anime Remakes You Need to Watch After the Original

There are many reasons why an anime studio would want to do a remake. Some want to follow the source material more faithfully. Others want to tell an alternate version of the tale. And some may not have been satisfied with their first attempt adapting the series. Whatever the reason, the second go-around of a popular anime series is always welcomed. So, here are six anime remakes that you should watch after the original.

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood


Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood

Fullmetal Alchemist (FMA) as a must-see series. The anime gained a large following throughout its run in the early 2000s. But despite its popularity, the remake, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood holds the coveted title of best FMA anime adaptation.

Fans prefer the anime remake over the original because FMA didn’t follow the manga, which was still in development when the anime was in production. As a result, FMA suffered from having many filler episodes and storylines that weren’t in the source material. But, when Brotherhood made its debut in 2009, the Fullmetal Alchemist manga was coming to a close, which made it possible for the new anime to be more faithful to the manga.

Rebuild of Evangelion


Rebuild of Evangelion

Neon Genesis Evangelion was an acid trip. Some fans loved it due to its themes and imagery, while others would have preferred spending their time watching something else. But, whatever your opinion of EVA might be, it’s hard to ignore the anime’s revolutionary impact on the mecha genre and raised the world’s perception of anime.

Regardless of its notable acclamation, the reboot of the series called Rebuild of Evangelion premiered in 2007, giving new fans and those who didn’t like the original another opportunity to watch EVA. The rebooted tetralogy has new animation and provides new scenes, storylines, and characters.

Hellsing Ultimate


Hellsing Ultimate

It could be very upsetting for an anime producer to hear fans say people should skip the original and watch the remake. But unfortunately, this is the case with Hellsing. Like FMA, the vampire anime series didn’t follow the manga, which a lot of fans frown upon. On top of that, the animation, artistic and dramatic aspects suffered from a lack of funding and creativity.

Four years after the original anime finished its run, a new animation studio picked up the series and Hellsing Ultimate was born. The rebooted anime also produced a prequel, Hellsing: The Dawn.

Kino’s Journey

Featured in our 15 must-see fall anime 2017, Kino’s Journey is a reboot of the 2003 anime of the same name. The original series had nothing wrong with it. On the contrary, it’s praised for its beautiful and yet simplistic visuals and its profound and thought-provoking themes. But despite the original anime’s popularity, a different studio produced a remake of Kino’s Journey which premiered in October 2017.

Even though the new anime is a remake, the author of the light novel series, Keiichi Sigsawa, announced in a recent interview that the new series should be considered entirely separate from the 2003 anime. While this may be upsetting for fans, it also means that famous anime arcs will have a new animation.

Sailor Moon Crystal


Sailor Moon Crystal

A lot of Sailor Moon fans questioned the idea of a Sailor Moon remake, wondering if it would still have the same sparkle as the ’90s original. Thankfully, however, the new adaptation was worth it. When Sailor Moon premiered in the early ’90s, people’s perception of sexuality was much more conservative. At the time, certain key scenes and storylines that were featured in the anime didn’t even make it to the English dubbed version.

However, it’s been more than two decades since then, and a there’s a new version of Sailor Moon, called Sailor Moon Crystal. And unlike its counterpart, the new anime is a reflection of today’s society and our more progressive technology and values. From innovative 3D animation to an improved present-day portrayal of romantic relationships, the Sailor Moon remake has definitely grown up a lot over the past 20 years.

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Everything You Need to Know About the Republican Tax Plan

Recently, the House Republicans passed their tax plan, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA).  The proposed tax bill is expected to be one of the most significant tax overhauls since 1986.

Republicans promise the plan will provide tax savings for the typical family, simplify taxes for millions of Americans, and reduce tax burdens for corporations.

But how does it stack up for small business owners?

 

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Corporations Greatly Favored

 

For small businesses formed as corporations, the Republican tax plan will provide a huge tax benefit. The tax plan seeks to slash the corporate tax rate from 35% to 20% but also eliminates certain deductions for corporations.

The plan includes a temporary allowance that would allow corporations to immediately expense capital expenditures, a benefit that can help businesses seeking to grow and expand their business operations.

While many corporations welcome the tax cuts, the Tax Policy Center argues the tax bill will cause a 1.5 trillion deficit over the next 10 years and would add to the national debt during this time.

Little-to-no Benefit for Pass-Through Entities

 

Most small businesses are “pass-through” entities, defined as partnerships, S-corporations, and sole proprietorships. These types of entities are very different from corporations in that they are not taxed “per se,” but the profits pass through the business owners’ tax returns.

As such, the business owner’s tax bracket will determine the amount of taxes he or she is required to pay. Therefore, owners could face taxes in the highest tax bracket on profits generated from their small businesses.

As such, the tax plan seeks to provide “some” tax relief for owners of pass-through entities by capping tax rates to 25%. While this may be advantageous, many may argue that this does not do enough for small business owners.

According to the Center on Budget and Policies Priorities (CBPP), more than 70% of small business owners organized as “pass-through” entities are taxed at rates 15% or lower. Therefore small businesses will see little to no benefit.

 

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Keep in mind; this tax bill is not finalized. It is highly likely it will go through significant changes before it is approved and makes it to the president’s desk.

Many tax analysts and economists argue the plan may be a far reach from becoming the law of the land. Groups such as the National Federation of Independent Business oppose the tax plan saying it does not do enough to help small business owners since the “pass-through” provision leaves many small businesses behind.

For now, this will be a waiting game. The Senate has recently unveiled its version of its tax plan. While this bill is similar to the House bill, there are slight differences. Notably, the Senate bill proposes to delay corporate tax reductions until 2019. Also, a recent amendment filed by Orrin Hatch, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee aims to increase retirement “catch up” contributions from $ 6,000 to $ 9,000. However, the amount contributed will no longer be pretax.

Small business owners should continue to monitor its progress to determine its final impact on their bottom line.

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‘Need for Speed Payback’ Review: Grinding the Gears

It’s hard to imagine that 2004 was 13 years ago. I still recall sinking hours upon hours into Need for Speed Underground 2 on my Xbox. It was the perfect game for me at age 15: obnoxious, over-the-top, repetitive, and one of the earlier open-world car games. My obsession with unlocking and purchasing the best parts for my Peugeot hatchback was unquenchable. Making my car look, sound, and feel cool was ultimately more than enough to keep me satisfied. Who needs storytelling when you can put some sick gnar-gnar neon lights on your car’s undercarriage? I certainly didn’t.

Fast-forward to the latest chapter in the Need For Speed series. Need for Speed Payback encapsulates everything I remember about the genre. The only issue is, I was only 15 back then and didn’t have a strong opinion or many viable alternatives to choose from. I was content going through the “grind” of doing tedious tasks for minimal payouts. But I’ve grown up and already endured countless other games with similar reward systems and open-world mechanics. However, after spending my first few hours in Payback, unable to afford the purchase of a new car, let alone unlock some, the thought of the grind had me feeling impatient.


Want your car to look like this? It’s gonna take awhile…

The story, like most other Need for Speed iterations, isn’t the reason fans continue to play the franchise. The cop chases, different racing disciplines, plethora of cars, and endless customization options are the game’s biggest selling points. But you’ll be disappointed to find that in fact the story does take a bigger role in Payback and car customization is hidden behind tedious world activity prerequisites.

I had to go find three different jumps or something nonsensical and make sure I went “X” amount of yards to unlock the ability to customize my vehicle’s side skirts. Even after doing this task, you still have to pay for the customized component. It was exhausting and overwhelming just thinking about the amount of work needed to even have the option to make my car unique.


Random locations offer speed traps, jumps, and other quick events to earn credits.

Does the story at least make up for the fact that customization and cars are hidden behind playtime? No. It’s your typical caricatured Need for Speed cast. Bros, natives, immigrants, whatever. The cast is diverse, but also has no depth; there isn’t anybody worth liking or despising, to be honest, because the entire reason you’re getting “payback” in the first place isn’t convincing at all. The three main characters lack any type of personality. Tyler is basically a Paul Walker reincarnate who is naive, dumb, and reckless, and handles all of the normal racing events. Mac is actually kind of cool; he’s from England and there arecmoments where I warm up to him. His specialties are off-road and drifting. Then there’s Jess, a wheelwoman who “doesn’t play by the rules” or whatever stereotypical rebellious phrase you can think of — she’ll probably say it.


Sup bro?

Inundated with nauseous dialogue and a less than impressive soundtrack, it really felt like this game was made back in 2004. It’s actually incredible at how little the series has changed. However, the fact that Need for Speed Payback hit all the necessary nostalgic notes speaks volumes for it staying true to it’s roots. Perhaps the whole point of the series is to be kitschy, obnoxious, and self deprecating. I’m just having a hard time trying to wrap my head around who actually likes it.

If you can put aside the story, music, dialogue, and the pure, unadulterated grind, the game can actually be fun. The driving mechanics feel great and it’s arcade style of braking makes any discipline of racing easy to learn. The police AI isn’t the best, but it’s neat to lure them into traps or simply run them off the road. Terrain is varied, albeit the world is a little plain.

Payback takes place in a pseudo Las Vegas city that’s sprinkled with desert outskirts and a mountainous region. Each racing discipline usually takes place in a specific region, all of which are available to you immediately. You can drive around to explore gas stations (checkpoints that cost credits for fast travel), car dealerships, or other random junkets that can earn you nominal amounts of credits.

After playing a fair amount of the story mode, it became abundantly clear that there was going to be a large time commitment in order to complete what I set out to accomplish. Probably around several dozen hours until I would be able to unlock most of the cars, have enough money to purchase the one I want, find the right tech upgrades, and unlock the prerequisites for customization. Several dozen hours of grinding until I can start enjoying a game is asking a lot these days.


Find various unrelated car parts to customize headlights? Ok.

It’s a bit sad that I can no longer enjoy a series of my youth. Need for Speed has stayed true to itself. However, I’m not a teenager anymore. The series quite clearly left me in the dust as I matured and doesn’t seem to be making any effort to change in the future. Nostalgia alone can’t keep this game afloat and it’s loot crate-like, monotonous system makes Need for Speed Payback feel stale.

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What you need to know about group traveling

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Traveling can be a stressful experience at the best of times, but, traveling as a group can become even more arduous. There are a lot of different things to account for, and you need to try to accommodate everybody’s tastes. Group vacations have become really popular in the past few years, and this trend looks to continue for the time being. So, you may want to know some tips about traveling as part of a group.

If you’re heading abroad it’s highly likely you’re going to want to take a group tour. These are excellent because they are helmed by a guide, and, as such they are insightful, and an excellent way of getting a great dose of new culture. However, group tours can sometimes be restrictive on what they allow you to do, and that can be an issue… As long as you follow our handy tips, group traveling will be a breeze!

Get to know the group

The most important thing to do is to get to know the people in the group who are traveling with you. Some of them might be friends and family, but others may be total strangers, and it’s important to try to get friendly with them. This is going to make things a whole lot easier in the long run and will make the trip more enjoyable. Also, this is a unique experience and opportunity for the people on the trip, and it will no doubt bring you closer together as a group. You might even make friends from taking this approach, and everyone could do with a couple of extra pals!

Patience is a virtue

Bear in mind that group tours, while interesting, and occasionally fun, can also be trying and monotonous. There are going to be elements that get on your nerves, but you can’t, and shouldn’t, let them get to you. Try to exercise patience where you can, as that is the most important way of enjoying a big group experience like this. Don’t forget, you’re going to be generally waiting for the slowest or most inquisitive members of the group at every place you stop. Try to exercise some patience, otherwise, the group tour experience is liable to drive you insane.

Have an alternative plan

One of the most important things we think you can do on any kind of group trip is to come up with an alternative plan. Now, if you’re traveling with friends or family, you could get clever and elect to take a self-guided tour instead. This way you can still experience everything the tour guide is showing to others, but you’re not going to have to pay for it, and you won’t have to march to the beat of some else’s drum. This is a highly effective technique if you have people in your group, like kids, who you feel are going to be bored easily, and may want to have their own adventure instead.

Traveling as part of a group can be one of the most exciting and enjoyable ways of taking a trip, but, it is also potentially fraught with problems as well. You need to figure out the best way of making this a more enjoyable experience for you, and your family & friends (should they be traveling with you). You want to have a pleasant and memorable experience, and this is something you will need to try to work on as much as possible. Hopefully, you will find these ideas useful in helping you enjoy group travel much more.

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Useful things you’ll need when going on a business trip

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Business trips are the backbone of the modern corporate world. Without them, there is no way for your company to thrive, and there is no diversity across the business world. It’s essential to get out in the world and try to make a connection with people from all walks of life. When you’re jetting off abroad for business, you want to have the perfect blend of work and play, and really showcase why you and your company are worth the investment.

Now, many people are seasoned pros and know exactly what to bring on business trip, while others have no idea where to begin. Packing right is essential if you want to enjoy a successful and stress-free business trip. So, we thought we’d put our heads together, and come up with some awesome ideas of the most useful things you will need when you decide to go on a business trip.

Electronics

These days everything is pretty much digital, and it’s almost impossible to do business of any kind without electronics. So, you have to make sure you pack the relevant electronics with you that you’ll need for your trip. For instance, you will need to take your smartphone, laptop, and, possibly a tablet as well. Don’t forget to pack charges and ports as well so you will always have access to working electronics.

Currency

It’s a brave person who goes abroad without any of the local currency changed up. Make sure you have at least some with you before boarding your flight. Yes, it may be cheaper to change it up when you’re out there, but, at the very least make sure you have the cash for a taxi and a snack with you before you go. Now, some currencies are easy to come by, but others may need to be ordered, so make sure you account for this and order yours in plenty of time.

Paperwork

Now, there is a preference these days for making everything digital, and that includes your business documents and information. But, we think it’s also important to have hard copies as well, not to mention the fact that it looks more professional as well. So, make sure you compile all your information before going and print it off, so you have a hard copy of the relevant paperwork. This is a good way of keeping a backup and is essential for helping you to stay in the game, so to speak.

The right clothing

Don’t forget that, even though you’re traveling on business, you’re still going to a separate country, and the climate can be very different. You need to make sure you pack the right kind of clothing to help you acclimate to the weather. This means packing warm clothing for colder climates, and vice versa. You may not think about this too much, but it can definitely make a big difference to your comfort and experience on the trip.

Business cards

The most important part of business is marketing and networking, and business cards play a crucial role in this. They are a calling card, and a wonderful way to generate interest in the company, and put the feelers out when connecting with people. Business cards should be your bread and butter, and you need to carry them with you at all times because you never know when they might come in handy.

These are just a few of the amazing tips we’ve come up with that you need to know about for your business trip. If you’re serious about having the most productive and enjoyable trip imaginable, this advice is invaluable. Don’t forget, the whole purpose of a business trip is to make a connection and help your business thrive in another country. With the advice and tips in this post, we hope you will be able to do that emphatically!

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Are you being roached?

There are terms for everything nowadays and it has got to the point where in order to navigate the modern dating game, you’re going to need a millennial dictionary.

There was stashing, submarining, ghosting, haunting, and let’s not forget – kitten fishing – something that we’ve all been victims to. But if you thought that was it, you can think again because there’s a new dating term that you need to be very aware of.

Introducing ‘roaching’ – the latest dating move that we all need to watch out for, usually occurring early on in a relationship.

Roaching – a term coined by AskMen – comes about when a new partner hides the fact that they are sleeping around.

We have all had the new relationship ‘talk’ – you know, the one where one party tentatively brings up the exclusive chat, and it emerges that the other party has actually been dating multiple people, something that they have either covered up or refuse to apologise for, insisting that there was never any implication of monogamy.

That is roaching.

If you think that’s depressing, wait till you hear how the name came about. ‘Roaching’ comes from the theory that when you see a cockroach, there are lots more that you don’t see. Yes, we told you it was disgusting.

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Meeting Every Need at Huntington’s Disease Clinic

Audrey Weiand fills each day with giving.

The long-time Vacaville resident, 66, serves meals to homeless people. She joins her church in providing communion to people too sick to attend services

A few years back, she even donated a kidney to a stranger.

All of this would be commendable in typical circumstances. But Audrey has Huntington’s Disease, a fatal genetic disorder passed from one generation to the next like a debt that will never be paid off.

A retired widow who lives independently, Audrey is not alone. She has her remaining family who dodged Huntington’s — and her large team of specialists at the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Genetic Movement Disorder Clinic located in Sacramento.

A ‘cruel’ disease

Huntington’s causes the progressive breakdown of nerve cells in the brain. Over time, it affects the individual’s ability to reason, walk and speak. The clinic’s coordinator, genetic counselor Mara Sifry-Platt, termed it “cruel.”

Every child of a parent with the disease has a 50-50 chance of carrying the faulty gene. If they do, symptoms usually appear between the ages of 30 to 50 and worsen over the next 10 to 25 years. There is no cure. Ultimately, the sufferer succumbs to pneumonia, heart failure, or other complications.

Audrey remembers her family caring for her grandmother. “No one knew what it was or even wanted to talk about it.” An aunt and uncle were symptomatic very early in life. Her mother suffered from the disease, and three siblings passed away within 15 months.

While 90 to 95 percent of people at risk decide not to learn if they will develop Huntington’s, by her early 30s Audrey went to a geneticist and received the tragic news. It wasn’t until she was almost 60, however, that the disease’s shadow appeared.

“The changes come so gradually, until you realize one day that you have balance issues, cognitive problems, odd facial expressions and hand movements,” she said.

All care under one roof

Audrey is a 30-year Kaiser Permanente member and one of approximately 100 Kaiser Permanente Huntington’s patients in Northern California using the clinic. Additional visitors include those who need screening, family members looking for resources, and patients with other genetic movement disorders. The clinic has the prestigious distinction of being a Huntington’s Disease Society of America Center of Excellence in partnership with the University of California, Davis.

“We have the most extensive multidisciplinary Huntington’s Disease clinic in the country, which has been recognized by the Huntington’s Disease Association of America,” said clinic medical director, neurologist Suketu Khandhar, MD. “Our integrated approach means a multitude of providers can improve upon a patient’s condition.”

Patients visit a minimum of once a year, but can come more often. Not only do they see neurologists, geneticists, social workers, psychiatrists and a physical therapist, but they have easy access to other specialists they need: speech therapists, occupational therapists, palliative care professionals and financial assistance advisors.

“We are trying to keep these patients as well and strong for as long as we can,” said Sifry-Platt. “Part of that is our group summary of recommendations tailored for each patient.”

The clinic’s team has seen Audrey through deepening symptoms, the death of her beloved husband, and now her upcoming decision about what she will do when she can’t live alone anymore.

Audrey has even participated in a UC Davis research study on the disease — in the hope that there will be a cure one day for a future generation.

“I’m prepared — not scared,” Audrey said. “I don’t feel angry or bitter. I just want to bring more awareness and help people understand Huntington’s.”

“I can’t describe how inspiring Audrey is to all of us,” Dr. Khandhar said. “Whenever I am facing something of great impact, I ask myself, ‘What would Audrey do?’”

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The One Thing You Need To Do To Really Make Your Business Grow

My nephew Kendall is 7 years old and very bright. He loves playing sports, but he had issues with schoolwork and his behavior during first grade. Kendall doesn’t have any identifiable learning disabilities, so it was baffling that he wasn’t thriving in a public school classroom environment. To help him, he was placed in a private school offering him a classroom size of just six students, blackboards (yes, the old-school chalk blackboards) and old-school wooden desks—the type you might see on a rerun of the show Facts of Life. His new learning environment is very basic.

After one month, Kendall logged all “A” grades and is engaging in all activities. It turns out, my nephew is just a different type of learner and getting back to education basics was all he needed. No smart boards, laptops, or tablets to muddy the learning waters.

Simplicity and taking a step back is helping my nephew thrive in school. When I look at some established businesses, I’ve noticed that getting back to basics and taking a step back from the “bells and whistles” of running a business in the digital age can be reinvigorating and can make your business grow.

Losing Sight of What Matters

 

Today’s business owners are so caught up (and likely overwhelmed) with leveraging social media and online marketing platforms that they have lost sight of what REALLY matters. Remember, it’s not just about getting likes on your Facebook page—it’s about getting people to BUY whatever it is you are selling. People make a purchase not because a business has 20K likes or followers, it’s because they trust what a business sells. Most importantly, there is no social media platform that serves as a substitute for maintaining a stellar competitive advantage.

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Recently, I advised Chef Christy Jones*, the owner of a restaurant located in a suburban town in New Jersey for over 15 years. As a classically trained chef, she opened her 70-seat farm-to-table restaurant to much fanfare and anticipation, having worked at noted restaurants in her region. Her local fame afforded her a steady flow of patrons eager to consume her culinary creations. She opened with only one other restaurant nearby—today there are 14. She was the first in her market to boast a farm-to-table menu, now her competitors promote similar offerings. Chef Christy has now lost her market share and is not seeing many new customers.

Chef Christy shared with me how she tries to use social to win new business by posting information about her menu specials—with limited results. After getting a few more details, I learned that many of her competitors in town were not owned and operated by chefs. In fact, many of the eateries were started by food industry novices.

As I walked around her restaurant, I recognized some underutilized competitive advantages such as desirable outdoor eating space, on-site parking, and walk-by traffic. The large glass windows out front were also not being used effectively. Nowhere on property or menus does it say the restaurant is owned and operated by a chef. As I continued chatting and walking around, I figured out where Chef Christy’s challenges stem from—it’s her. She has lost sight of why she opened her restaurant. But most of all, she has become complacent and now takes her experience and reputation for granted.

Complacency will kill any business. Chef Christy’s original competitive advantage was and still is that she is a noted, trained chef—yet she is doing nothing to maximize it. Like many business owners, Chef Christy needs to get back to business basics to regain her competitive advantage.

Getting Back to Basics – The One Thing You Must Do

 

Your business is a moving target, but being focused helps you hit your target. Getting back to basics means focusing on what made you a success in the first place and using it to reignite your business. Here are some growth strategies any business can implement to get back to basics:

  1. Talk to Your Customers – Before there was Yelp! and Google Reviews,  entrepreneurs would actually speak with their customers to find out what they liked and didn’t like. What a concept! Your regular customers and clients may never post a review, but they know your business the best. Speak with them to find out what they want, like, and dislike and then tailor your offerings to them.
  1. Leverage Your Competitive Advantage – It’s been a while since you opened, but what made your business shine then is likely still the same or better. If you have a unique offering or reputation, use it to remind old customers and gain new ones. For example, I advised Chef Christy to add elegant lettering in her window stating “Owned and Operated by Executive Chef Christy Jones” to assist passersby in discerning between the restaurants operated by non-chefs.
  1. Upsell, Upsell, Upsell – The easiest way to increase sales is to upsell to your existing clientele. Research conducted with established businesses by marketing analytics firm SumAll found that repeat customers are the foundation upon which profitable businesses are built. The data also revealed when businesses have 40% repeat customers they generated 47% more revenue than similar businesses with only 10% repeat customers.
  1. Adapt and Change – Perhaps some of your longstanding approaches are stale. Be willing to change with the times. Getting back to basics should include innovation. Revisit how you made magic in your business when you first started to reinvent some of your services and projects.

If you feel like you’ve been running on a hamster wheel for a while, it is probably time to get back to basics. Rediscover what made you a success early on and most importantly stop chasing what you don’t have and nurture your existing customer base to reach your revenue goals.

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Here’s what you need to need to know about the Russia investigation charges

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Here’s what you need to need to know about the Russia investigation charges

The Russian investigation has been looming in the background of Donald Trump’s presidency. On Monday, special counsel Robert Mueller issued the first real charges in the investigation against Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort and one of his advisors, Rick Gates. Even if you’ve only been low-key following along with the investigation, the excitement surrounding the announcement on Monday morning made it seem like a Very Big Deal™ and possibly the beginning of the end for Trump. That all remains to be seen, but for now there are a few things you should know about the Russian investigation charges.

Because if nothing else, these charges (along with another, unrelated confession made on Monday from another former campaign advisor, George Papadopoulos) mean that the Russian collusion investigation is not going away anytime soon.

Just in case this is the first time you’ve really been able to tune into the investigation, since there are tons of better, more worthwhile ways to spend your time than obsessing over Trump, let’s start from the beginning.

So WTF is going on?

This investigation has been going on since before the election, when James Comey was still the FBI director, and the entire point of it is to find out if the Trump administration colluded in any way with Russian officials or operatives during the 2016 election, potentially affecting the outcome. After Trump allegedly insinuated to Comey that he should just drop the investigation, the president fired him back in May. (Why Trump fired him was a point of contention, which is why Comey testified this summer about his interactions with the president.)

But the purpose of the investigation is important, since any alleged involvement from any foreign country in our elections is profoundly messed up, so the Justice Department hired Mueller as special counsel to carry on the bipartisan investigation back in May. According to the New York Times, U.S. intelligence agencies have evidence that Russian president Vladimir Putin led a “stealth campaign” to interfere with the election last year. Mueller is tasked with finding out whether Trump officials had anything to do with it.

They’ve been interviewing and investigating Trump’s people since then.

After interviewing people close to the Trump campaign for the past few months, the first charges were finally brought on Monday, but they seemingly, or least according to the White House, have very little to do with the Trump campaign’s alleged involvement with Russia.

Here’s Paul Manafort at the 2016 RNC.

CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 21: Republican nominee Donald Trump, Campaign Manager Paul Manafort, and his daughter Ivanka Trump do a walk thru at the Republican Convention, July 20, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Brooks Kraft/ Getty Images)
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The Justice Department had Manafort and Gates turn themselves into the FBI under 12 charges Monday morning, the biggest ones being for money laundering, lying to the FBI about their involvement with a political party in Ukraine, and filing false documents about their cash flow, which amounts to one of the other charges: conspiracy against the U.S.

All of the things they’re being charged with occurred way before 2016 — essentially the indictment alleges that Manafort laundered more than $ 18 million, which is why you might have seen tweets and reports about properties he bought in Brooklyn, huge clothing purchases, and other spending.

The scandal isn’t that he had real estate investments or custom suits, but that those things were all a way for him to clean dirty money from the Ukraine without having to tell the Internal Revenue Service about it.

Still, nothing to do with Trump…sort of.

Although what Manafort was allegedly doing with the Ukrainian government, money laundering, and treason thing sounds like a Scandal episode, it really shouldn’t distract you from what Mueller is really doing by filing the charges.

The charges against Manafort and Gates could lead to prison time theoretically, but it’s unlikely that that will ever happen. Instead, Mueller and his team are hoping that the two former Trump advisors turn on their former colleagues and start dishing about what really happened, if anything, if they even know, between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 campaign.

On Monday afternoon, both Manafort and Gates plead not guilty to all of the charges and were placed on house arrest. So, there’s going to be a lot of legal back and forth going forward when it comes to finding out what, if anything, Manafort and Gates knew or did.

There’s a little plot twist, though.

While Manafort and Gates were turning themselves into the FBI on Monday morning, another one of Trump’s old foreign affairs advisors from his campaign, George Papadopoulos, also went to law enforcement. He confessed to lying to the FBI last spring when they asked him if he had ever had contact with Russian or other foreign officials on the Trump campaign’s behalf. He now says that he did communicate with Russians about getting “dirt” on Hillary Clinton during the campaign.

Those meetings allegedly never happened and those close to Trump allege that Papadopoulos wasn’t a key member of the campaign. White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that Papadopoulos was a “volunteer,” at best, insinuating that Trump had no idea what he was up to. However, statements made by Trump last year concerning his advisors indicate that he was in the inner circle in some regard.

The investigation is nowhere near over. If anything, Papadopoulos’ confession could be much more damning for the Trump campaign, since he’s admitting he lied previously to the FBI and his actions reportedly took place during the 2016 campaign. That’s the case you want to really watch if you have to pick just one, if you, like all of us, are totally exhausted already by all of this. It’s really just the beginning for Mueller’s team, so settle in.



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‘Call of Duty: WWII’: Everything You Need to Know

The Call of Duty series returns to its roots this November with Call of Duty: WWII, which marks the first time in almost a decade since the series visited the historic conflict. If you’re thinking of jumping back into the series with Call of Duty: WWII, here’s everything you need to know.

A Mode for Every Mood

On the multiplayer side, classics such as “Team Deathmatch” and “Domination” make their return to Call of Duty: WWII. However, it’s the new “War” mode that has fans buzzing. War is a new narratively driven multiplayer experience that allows players to relive famous WWII battles. As either the Axis or Allies, players are tasked with attacking or defending objectives. The popular “payload” mechanic is even introduced during some stages of “War” maps. It’s definitely the most unique multiplayer mode in Call of Duty: WWII.

No More “Create-A-Class”

Also new to multiplayer is the addition of “Divisions.” Before entering your first match, you’ll be prompted to join a division. You’ll have five options to choose from, and experience earned in matches will allow you to unlock other classes down the line. Each class is assigned a loose difficulty suggestion, meaning the Infantry has the easiest loadout kit to master whereas the “Mountain” division is geared toward more experienced FPS veterans.

Hone Your Craft at the “Headquarters”

Another can’t-miss feature is the addition of the “Headquarters” social experience. Similar to the social spaces of fellow Activision shooter Destiny, Headquarters will hold about 50 players at a time and offers a variety of player activities in the downtime between matches. You’ll be able to test out new weapons, challenge others to 1v1 duels, and more.

Realism Returns

Call of Duty has also shaken up the single-player experience in World War II.
There is a renewed emphasis on realism, with no health regeneration and no ammo drops. Instead, first aid and ammo will be supplied by squad members. Players can also earn experience points by dragging their allies into cover, capture enemy soldiers, and — of course — killing enemies. Earning XP will allow you to upgrade your character as you progress through the story.

Zombies Are Back

Finally, it wouldn’t be a Call of Duty game if there wasn’t a zombies mode. This time around, the biggest change is the addition of a class system that includes offense, control, medic, and support. On the complete opposite spectrum of realism, the “Zombies” game mode returns as robust as ever. Each class a certain role to fill and different abilities, making a balanced team essential to pushing back the waves of undead.

Call of Duty: WWII comes out November 3 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.


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Everything You Need to Know Before Watching ‘Stan Against Evil’ Season 2

Pig monsters, possessed goth kids, and plenty of other paranormal pests plague the small New Hampshire town of Willard’s Mill. And who gets stuck cleaning up all this mess? Sheriff Stan Miller. Well, former sheriff. See, Stan recently had to quit after he beat up an old lady at his wife’s funeral. Don’t feel bad for her though: that old lady was an evil witch.

The Willard’s Mill Curse — Why Stan?


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John C. McGinley in Stan Against Evil

Turns out that there’s a curse upon all the sheriffs of Willard’s Mill. Back in the 1600s, the wicked constable, Thaddeus Eccles, burned 172 people at the stake for the crime of witchcraft. So, they decided to get even and murder every sheriff who followed him. They all ended up dying tragic deaths, except for Stan.

He was lucky enough to have his wife, Claire, looking out for him on the sly. She became an expert demon killer and protected Stan without him ever knowing the wiser. Now that she’s gone, Stan is numero uno on every demon’s hit-list.

To survive, he has to team up with the new sheriff in town, Evie Barret, as well as his sweet but unique daughter, Denise, in order to fight off the many monsters that keep poor Stan from just vegging out in front of the TV. They sometimes ask Deputy Leon Drinkwater for help, but he’s not really the helpful type.

Spoilers Below for Season 1 of Stan Against Evil


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Janet Varney in Stan Against Evil.

We learn that the only real witch in Willard’s Mill was Constable Eccles himself! What a *****! After some Groundhog Day shenanigans, he ends up trapping Evie back in the past and escaping into our time, but Stan recognizes that sumthin’ ain’t right. Can Stan figure out how to retrieve Evie from the past before she gets roasted like a campfire marshmallow?

Only way to find out is to tune into Stan Against Evil for its second season on IFC starting on November 1. Make sure to bring a shovel and some wet naps. It’s gonna be messy.

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Once again, we talked to 10 of the hottest artists who are climbing the charts, breaking the Internet or just dominating our office stereos. This month: New York rapper A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, class rock revivalists Greta Van Fleet, self-described "social music activist"

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8 diaper bag essentials you need when you have a toddler

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When I think of toddlers I think of messiness, tantrums, constant hunger, and diaper rash. They’re goofy, silly and often fun to be around…IF you’re prepared to handle minor emergencies like hunger, thirst, and spills.

If you have a toddler you know that your diaper bag is more important than ever. I have a short list of toddler diaper bag essentials, and I never leave home without everything on that list.

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Long after the infant days are over there are a few more items that you will need in order to make your life easier, happier, and run more smoothly. Pack these items in your diaper bag and your toddler will be a happy kiddo.

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1. Change of clothes

I always carry an extra set of clothes. You never know when your toddler will have an accident, get covered in paint, or will decide to pour a whole cup of juice down her shirt. The extra clothes have been very useful when we find a splash pad unexpectedly on a trip to the playground or when we decide ice cream is the perfect afternoon snack.

2. Wet bag

Wet bags have so many uses, from holding dirty cloth diapers to bringing wet swimsuits home. I use my wet bag mostly in my diaper bag. I keep my toddler’s change of clothes in it, and when I need to change her, I swap out the dirty clothes for the clean clothes. I don’t have to worry about wet, dirty clothes contaminating the rest of the diaper bag contents. Of course I also pack extra diapers or underwear and wipes.

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Even when your toddler is out of diapers she may still occasionally experience diaper rash from any changes in her diet, chafing, or sitting in a soiled diaper for too long. You’ve probably used Aquaphor Baby Healing Ointment for a variety of purposes in the past, but did you know Aquaphor Baby now offers a Fast Relief Diaper Rash Paste?

I pack my Aquaphor Baby Fast Relief Diaper Rash Paste in a little bag with diapers and wipes so I always have it when I need it. It provides diaper rash relief quickly and is super easy to apply and clean off. I love that it is hypoallergenic and free of parabens, talc, and fragrances so I can feel good about what I’m using to protect and heal my toddler’s bottom.
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4. Candy

Look, I’m realistic about my limitations as a mom, and there are some times where one just needs to resort to bribery in order to complete an errand. I now carry a few Dum Dum lollipops in my diaper bag in case I need to distract my toddler for a few extra minutes, like when the bank line is extra long or we are waiting an extra 20 minutes in the doctor’s office before seeing the doctor. Never underestimate the power of a lollipop!

5. Snacks

I don’t let my children snack too often, but there are definitely times where we have to get a few extra things done and I want to wait until we get home to eat lunch. For those times I always pack a protein bar and some sort of crunchy, dry snack.

6. Portable snack cup

This deserves its own item because it is crucial to any mom’s sanity. These Munchkin snack cups have special lids that allow a toddler to easily access a snack but not to easily spill it everywhere. I pride myself on having a clean car, and I credit that mostly to these snack cups. Always pack your toddler’s crunchy, dry snack in a portable snack cup. Sometimes I just bring an empty snack cup in case I buy a snack on the go.

7. Water cup

I never leave home without a Thermos Funtainer water cup filled to the top with ice and water. Hydration is important, especially for toddlers who run nonstop. I love that the water stays cold all day.

8. Band-Aids

So many boo-boos, real and imagined, magically feel better with the power of a Band-Aid. You will often find my diaper bag well stocked with Band-Aids, from Minions ones to superheroes to Frozen. A little Elsa Band-Aid has saved more than one tantrum in this family!

Whether you go out for an hour, need to run a million errands, or spend the day by the pool, don’t forget to pack these diaper bag essentials. You’ll be happy you did.

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What are your diaper bag essentials during the toddler phase?

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Black Students Need Financial Knowledge Now

Yesterday, I wrote about the distressing news that nearly half (49%) of all black borrowers default on their student loans within 12 years of entering college.

Unfortunately, even those who had earned a bachelor’s degree were more likely to default than degree holders of other races. According to data from the U.S. Department of Education, which for the first time examined long-term outcomes for student borrowers, and through a racial lens, only 9% of all borrowers who hold bachelor’s degrees default on their loans. However, a stunning 23% of black degree holders default.

 

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I spoke with Ben Miller, senior director for Postsecondary Education at the Center for American Progress, who has written about the implications of this new federal data. He notes that employment discrimination is a likely factor in the high default rates of black borrowers. Clearly if you’re un- or underemployed, it’s difficult to pay back school loans.

I also spoke about the data with college financial expert Jessica Brown, known as the College Gurl. She pointed out a lack of financial knowledge as another part of the problem.

“Some students are not just paying their loans, but the loans that their parents took out on their behalf,” Brown told me by email. “Most black students come from low-income families who were unable to save for college. Therefore, they exhaust and apply for student loans without understanding the future financial impacts.”

 

Lack of Understanding

 

“Without understanding” may be operative words here. In fact, it was from Brown that I learned about so-called loan refunds—borrowing more money than you need, receiving a “refund,” and using that excess cash to fund a lifestyle.

Brown says, “Refunds play a huge role in student loan debt. If you are receiving a refund from an excess of loans, it is imperative to spend it wisely or send it back to the loan servicer to minimize your debt. It is critical for students to borrow what they need and not what they want so defaulting doesn’t happen.”

If students were taught sound financial management throughout grades K-12, would they make better choices about student loans, at the very least not default on them?

For the most part, we don’t know since according to the Council for Economic Education, only 22 states require high school students to take a course in economics, and only 17 require a personal finance course.

Take matters into your own hands. At the very least, read Black Enterprise. Then commit to reading books, listening to podcasts, and following financial gurus on social media. Even without having taken a course in personal finance, there’s enough free and low-cost information available to keep borrowers from defaulting on their loans.

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The Week in Movie News: Here's What You Need to Know

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Ron Howard revealed the Han Solo movie title: Solo: A Star Wars Story isn't a surprising title for the standalone young Han Solo movie, but at least we know what to call it now. Read all we know about the movie here and check out some extra Star Wars news and rumors here and here and here.

 

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If your jaw’s been dropped since watching Season 4 of Voltron: Legendary Defender, don’t worry, you’re not alone. The short yet dazzling season gave us many answers but even more questions. The show is building itself up to incredible heights, and with it, higher stakes for our favorite paladins. But just what exactly should we be focusing on for next season?

One Holt Down, One to Go…


Siblings reunited

Season 4 brought us such a precious moment when Pidge finally found her brother, Matt. Even more so, we got to see that they’re one of the best sibling duos this side of the galaxy. But now that Matt’s found, it’s time to start the search for the other lost Holt – their dad, Sam.

Relatively speaking, we haven’t learned much about Sam, except that he is an inspiring commander and likes freeze-dried peas. Otherwise, his last-known location was with weaker prisoners at a Galra work camp after he was captured. Matt was also supposedly sent to this camp at one point, so now that he’s back, he might have a lead on Sam’s whereabouts.

Don’t Get Too Comfortable


Shiro is the black paladin again

Perhaps the fact that we got nothing about Shiro’s last bout of Galra captivity in Season 4 means that we should be all the more wary. Operation Kuron was introduced in Season 3 and has led to speculation that the current Shiro is a clone. But he’s certainly done well at integrating himself back into the team, given that he’s the Black Paladin again. It’s hard not to trust him now, but Operation Kuron is still very much a storyline to watch. Who knows? Maybe the Galra scientists are using him to infiltrate Team Voltron at the right moment.

The Hunt Begins


Haggar's true self

Speaking of the Galra, there’s a lot going on at the head of the empire. Zarkon’s back on the throne and is hunting down his son to kill him. Meanwhile, Haggar seems to be getting more secretive. For one reason or another, she uses her Altean abilities to disguise herself. Is it because Zarkon doesn’t remember who she was, or she can’t let the rest of the empire know? And on top of all that, are the two going to go after the trans-reality comet that Lotor successfully retrieved through Voltron?

A New Defender?


Lotor killed Narti

Of course, nothing shook up the show quite as much as Prince Lotor did this season. It ended with a cliffhanger of him proposing to have a discussion with Team Voltron, suggesting a possible future truce. Other than the fact that the team has yet to meet Lotor face to face, this discussion brings up several points of interest.

First, can the team trust the prince? Lotor did save them all – while foiling Haggar’s plans, no less – but just three episodes earlier he ruthlessly killed Narti, one of his top generals, without a second thought. And just what exactly is it that he wants to discuss? He’s on the run, and he didn’t seem that upset about losing his temporary command of the empire, so it’s doubtful he’s going after power. Perhaps he wants Voltron’s help in gaining pure quintessence from other realities, and in exchange, he’ll help them fight the Galra. But that once again begs the question: why exactly does Lotor want quintessence?

Hopefully, Season 5 will arrive sooner than later, and with it, some answers to tide us over. Until then, we’ll be counting down the ticks by thinking up more theories to connect the dots.

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You are here this morning to talk about open enrollment season for health insurance. Why is this important?

 Open enrollment is the annual period when you can enroll in or change your health insurance coverage for the upcoming year. Additionally, for those who receive other benefits through their employers—such as life and unemployment insurance, or child care assistance —this is often when you can make changes to these offerings as well. Barring some specific life events, you only have the option of adjusting your coverage once a year, so it is important to understand your options and needs ahead of time.

When is the open enrollment period this year? Is it the same for everyone?

 It is not the same for everyone. For those getting health insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, open enrollment runs from November 1, 2017 to December 15, 2017. Outside of this period, you are usually only able enroll in a health insurance plan if you qualify for a special enrollment period. You’re eligible if you have certain life events, like getting married, having or adopting a child, changing jobs or losing other health coverage.

For employer-provided health insurance and other benefits, the timing can vary. It is generally in the fall, between October 1 and December 31. If your company offers health insurance and other benefits but you do not know when your company’s open enrollment period is, contact your HR department.

What should we keep in mind when choosing our healthcare coverage?

First, understand your options. If you get health insurance through your job, speak with an HR representative about the plans available to you. If your job doesn’t provide a health insurance benefit, shop on your state’s Affordable Care Act marketplace or the federal marketplace to find the lowest premiums. You can do so by going to healthcare.gov.

Next, you want to consider the different kinds of plans available. You are likely to run in a bunch of acronyms, like HMO or PPO. The type you choose will help determine your out-of-pocket costs and which doctors you can see. Compare each plan’s summary of benefits to learn more. Your HR department or the online marketplace will usually provide a summary and show the cost of the plan near the its title.

Finally, weigh your cost options and your healthcare needs. Decide whether you want more health coverage and higher monthly premiums, or lower premiums and higher-out-of-pocket costs. When making this decision, consider the healthcare needs of you and your family. If you are single and in great health, maybe you do not want to pay high premiums. If you have a family, numerous prescriptions or past health issues, more coverage with higher monthly premiums might be a better option.

What other items should we think about during this period, beyond healthcare?

If you have the option of receiving life and unemployment insurance, i would recommend purchasing this coverage. It is usually inexpensive and it will protect you and your family from financial hardship. Remember, 1 in 4 Americans will be involved in an accident that prevents them from working for a period during their life. You want to make sure that if something happens to you, this is not financially catastrophic for you and your loved ones.

Second, the open enrollment period is a great time to review your retirement needs. Most employer-sponsored retirement plans allow you to make changes at any time, but this is a great time to consider this benefit as well. You want to make sure you’re contributing to your retirement plan, if you have one. And if your employer offers matching, be sure you’re getting all the free money on the table. It is also a good time to talk to your financial advisor about your portfolio mix and performance.

Last week, President Trump signed an executive order that, among other things, ends subsidies to health insurers that help low-income Americans pay out-of-pocket medical expenses. How will that affect health care options next year?

 It is not likely to have an effect for 2018, due to the timing. The changes in regulation still take time to propose and go through a public comment period. The order also does not lift the requirement that most Americans have some form of health insurance for the year or face a tax penalty. In addition, numerous states have lined up to block the order in court.

However, in the longer term, this could mean that insurance companies can sell stripped back plans that provide less coverage, and it could mean more comprehensive plans could see their premiums rise. We will have to wait to see what the ripple effects are over time. At this point, it should have minimal impact on your 2018 coverage options or premiums

Mellody Hobson is President of Ariel Investments, a Chicago-based money management firm that serves individual investors and retirement plans through its no-load mutual funds and separate accounts. Additionally, she is a regular financial contributor and analyst for CBS News.

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Entrepreneurship sounds exciting, doesn’t it?  Waking up when you want, making your own rules, and most importantly, being “your own boss.”  On the outside, it looks amazing, but behind closed doors, there is so much the world does not know.

No matter how many degrees or certifications you have, what matters most in entrepreneurship are those invaluable life experiences; also known as the million mistakes you WILL make.  If you are a young entrepreneur, or if you’re ready to quit your job to become an entrepreneur, here are four money lessons you can learn from:

Entrepreneur Lesson #1: Don’t make financial decisions based on future income

 

Entrepreneurs are visionaries, who believe that the inevitable is possible. This is actually what makes them amazing!  However, sometimes we believe that we can do so much more than what our bank accounts allow us to do.  During the beginning phases of your business, both money and people are unpredictable.  Don’t over estimate your limit, because you’re overly ambitious.  Make business decisions based off what you have been consistently doing, and not by what you could one day have.

Tip: For every investment, always make a spreadsheet that outlines all your needed expenses.  If you are able to cover those costs as well as your fixed costs with a little cushion, move forward.

Entrepreneur Lesson #2: Strive for the best, but plan for the worst

 

I hate to break it to you, but you are not invincible.  You are human, and things can and will happen while building your dream.  We often hear those horror stories from other entrepreneurs, and we think to ourselves, “That’s not going to happen to me!” Now, it is great to be optimistic, however, it is also important to understand that you will make mistakes.

When building a startup, always remember that nothing is constant.  One day you’re expecting revenue, and the next day, the deal doesn’t go through.  What you thought would cost one price, ends up costing you double. During the early stages, you must be open to irregularity.  Be ready for things to financially fall apart right when you need them to be perfect.

Tip: Invest in physical activities to help stabilize your mind when things go wrong.  Take mental time away from the problem.  Try taking a walk outside, and then come back. This allows you to clear your mind and develop a solution.

Entrepreneur Lesson #3: Sometimes having a physical location isn’t always the smartest idea

 

I know you want the nice shiny location.  The thought of not only seeing your hard work, but also being able to touch it makes it that much better.  Having an actual brick-and-mortar site feels amazing, but it is not always the best financial investment. Working out of your home, a library, or somewhere that doesn’t require a lease can significantly cut the amount of money needed to get started.

When you do not have to pay monthly rent, get computers, or buy new office furniture, you can use the extra money to implement additional plans for your business.  It is okay to use your cell phone for a while. It’s quite alright if you use someone else’s copier or printer, if you do not have one. DO NOT commit to a lease just because it makes you “feel” or “look” good.

Tip: As you grow, there are many spaces to work, and they do not require large investments (i.e. community work spaces and church office spaces).  Additionally, ask your friends and family about space. Working in these communal spaces often help you to network with other like-minded individuals, who are also growing their businesses.

Entrepreneur Lesson #4: Don’t wait until you “start making enough money” to get an accountant

 

Just because you have never created a budget for your personal funds, it does not mean that you shouldn’t build one for your business.  It is important to know where every dollar is coming from, and to also know where every dollar is going. If you are not keeping track of your business cash flow, how do you know if you are making a profit?  How will you know where to make changes if you have no structure?  When it comes time for you to get funding for your business, your financial statements will be required.  Why wait until you’re making more money in business to begin tracking the money within your business.  Hire a certified public accountant that will guide you in the right direction.

Tip: Many community centers offer free accounting services.  There are also many accountants that will assess fees based on the size/annual revenue of your company.  You can even utilize your network to see if they can refer you to someone they trust.

 

 

 


Ashley M. Fox is a former Wall Street analyst, a Howard University grad, and she is now an expert in her field as a Financial Education Specialist. She is the founder of Empify (merging of the words EMPower and modIFY), an education- based organization created to help both adults and children understand financial literacy.  Since leaving her Wall Street career, Ashley has become an award-winning financial coach who has helped her clients collectively save and invest over $ 1.4mm. She is a highly-sought after speaker who has been featured on empowerment tours, college campuses, and keynote speaking platforms. She has been featured on Jim Cramer’s “The Street”, Yahoo Finance, AOL, Philly.com, Huffington Post, and Glamour Magazine.

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“This Is Us” just explained where Kate’s mystery dog came from, but we still need to know its name

“This Is Us” just explained where Kate’s mystery dog came from, but we still need to know its name


“This Is Us” just explained where Kate’s mystery dog came from, but we still need to know its name

The moment was brief, but This Is Us just answered one of our *burning* questions in tonight’s episode! If you haven’t seen Season 2, Episode 3, “Deja Vu,” now might be a good time to skedaddle because #SPOILERS. Last chance, because we’re about to get into plot details…

This week’s This Is Us saw Rebecca take Jack out on a romantic date to try to work through some of their marital difficulties.

She makes a move, but he rebuffs her advances so the pair head back to their home pretty quickly. Once there, Jack tells Rebecca that it’s been difficult to open up to her as of late, but that he wants to keep talking to her. Rebecca throws their burgers into the grass, and follows him back into the car so they can continue their date.

That may seem like a little detail about the burgers, but as we’ve learned time and time again…there are NO small details on This Is Us. That burger attracts the attention of a dog, who starts chowin’ down. And not just any dog. No, no, no, this is the dog we saw Kate clutching at the end of the Season 2 premiere. This is the dog that appeared out of nowhere, but is a potential clue about Jack’s death.

“Hey, looks like someone got to enjoy the burgers tonight,” Jack says upon finding the pup.

Rebecca wonders if it’s a stray, and Jack picks the dog up. It looks like love at first sight if you ask us, which means there could be a lot of sentimental value attached to that dog, WHICH MEANS Jack could, IDK, be willing to run into a burning house to save it??? Just some food for thought…

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Our guess is that the Pearsons adopted the dog in this moment — or pretty soon after. In any case, we finally know *where* the dog came from. Now, can we learn its name already? And we need to know what connection, if any, this pup has to Jack’s death. But also, can we learn its name already?! For now, we’re just going to think of it as Sparky Pearson.

And here’s hoping we learn that darn name when This Is Us returns to NBC next Tuesday.



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Get Well Wednesday: What You Need To Know About Obesity

Dr. Danielle Gilliam is a senior obesity medical liaison with Novo Nnordisk Inc. She has thorough knowledge of obesity, diabetes and the science that supports Novo Nordisk products.

Dr. Gilliam attended Xavier University in New Orleans for her undergraduate studies in chemistry and the University of Illinois Chicago for her Masters in Public Health and Doctorate in Pharmacy. Her 20 years in the field of diabetes includes clinical, research and industry experience.

 OBESITY IS ASSOCIATED WITH MULTIPLE COMPLICATIONS INCLUDING:

  • SLEEP APNEA
  • DEPRESSION
  • STROKE
  • CANCER
  • INFERTILITY

WHAT CAUSES OBESITY?

A: Obesity is a complex disease. Multiple factors like genetics, environmental, physiological, and psychological all playing a role.

WHAT OTHER HEALTH COMPLICATIONS ARE ASSOCIATED WITH OBESITY?

There are over 100 obesity related complications, the most common in the African-American community is Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, depression, sleep apnea, infertility, cancer and heart disease.

WHAT AGE GROUP DOES OBESITY AFFECT THE MOST?

Obesity affects all age groups and genders. Obesity can reduce your life expectancy up to 10 years. The younger you are, the most years taken off your life.

WHAT STATES OR REGIONS TEND TO HAVE THE HIGHEST OBESITY RATE?

The Midwest (29% obesity) and South(29.5% obesity) are the regions most affected by obesity. The CDC has identified a Southern obesity belt. This belt comprises the states AL, AK, IN, KY, LA, MI, MS, MO, OK, SC, TX, and WV with MS and WV having the highest rates.

WHAT IS THE BODY MASS INDEX AND WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO KNOW?

BMI is a convenient population level measure of obesity. You calculate BMI by dividing your weight in kilograms by the square of your height in meters. Or you can simply go online and Google BMI calculator; type in your weight and height to determine your BMI.

HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU ARE CONSIDERED OBESE?

Obesity is defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation. A BMI equal to or greater than 30 is considered obese.

 HOW CAN I SAFELY LOSE THE WEIGHT AND THEN NOT GAIN IT BACK?

Weight loss is highly individualized. This will vary based on what factors play a role in your obesity (i.e. genetics, psychological, environmental). Numerous studies have shown that when people lose weight achieved by dieting, they regained weight and in some studies more than their initial weight before the diet.

This is in part due to the physiological responses to weight loss. As you lose weight, your responds to hormonal and metabolic adaptations causing an increase in hunger and desire to eat. If you have chronic obesity, you should speak with your physician or an obesity specialist.

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Business Event Planning Tips Entrepreneurs Need to Know

 

If you are considering planning an event, one often overlooked question to ask yourself is, “Why do I want to have a live event and what is the end goal or purpose of my event?” Event planning, without a defined and desired result, along with a specific plan of action to get there, is one of the biggest mistakes entrepreneurs make.

 

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Vicki Irvin has successfully planned and executed the Extreme Women Entrepreneurs Event for seven years. Irvin provided ready-to-implement information for event planning:

– Your event should support the purpose of your work or expertise, which often means bringing together like-minded people on the same mission looking for useful information.

-Know your ideal dream clients and target them in your marketing plan to fill the room. If there is a mismatch in any way, the event will not achieve its goal.

-Work with an event planner who is also an expert at venue/space negotiations. When you’re in the seminar business, getting your space as cost effectively as possible is crucial to your bottom line.

-Identify all potential streams of income from the event because you can profit far beyond registration fees. There are product and service sales, as well as revenue shares with speakers who complement what you do while providing value for your attendees. Your stage is not a place to “test” out new speakers. To protect your brand, be sure to choose speakers who are proven professionals.

While all of the things mentioned are important, one of the hardest things to do is fill your event. A marketing strategy is needed in advance, along with ample lead time. For example. I start marketing my live events at least 4-5 months in advance, and I would suggest you give yourself even more time when possible. I

If you are new and don’t have a following, your event will start off smaller in size, which is perfectly fine. Focus on the quality of your audience versus the quantity. Even when you are established, filling a live event remains the top challenge. Just ask all the people who have had to cancel, or resort to giving away tickets for free.

Some of my favorite marketing strategies are Facebook advertising and live streaming about the event. Other strategies include holding webinars about your event to get people excited so that they know what to expect, and for them to determine if it is a perfect fit for them.

Profitable live events can be an excellent stream of income for your business when done right. You should ensure that everything you do when planning your live event supports getting you to your end goal. Attending an event is a time commitment for attendees, so be sure to deliver on your promises.

 

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The Week in Movie News: Here’s What You Need to Know

The Week in Movie News: Here's What You Need to Know

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DC movies will mostly be stand-alone efforts: Following the massive success of Wonder Woman, Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment have decided not to focus on creating a Marvel-like interconnective cinematic universe with their movies. Instead they will allow more stand-alone features like the upcoming Joker spin-off. Read more here.

 

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Ah, the freedom of a dockless bike. So much more convenient than something like Citi Bike, where you have to park your rental bike back at a set location.

See, the whole point of bike rentals from the likes Ofo, Mobike, oBike (and so on) is that you can pick a bike, ride it, leave it by the side of the road when you’re done, and walk away.

Too bad humans had to ruin it. 

The city of Singapore has decided that enough is enough with all the bike dumping and irresponsible behaviour that’s come along with the recent trend in dockless bike services.

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Money Mondays: What You Need To Know About Toys R Us’ Bankruptcy

The holiday season is fast approaching. But a major retailer, Toys R Us, is struggling. Why?

It has been a tough road for this company. They have been in a vicious financial cycle since they were acquired by investors twelve years ago for $ 6.6 billion. The purchase was a leveraged buyout, meaning the investors took on a lot of debt. That debt has been hanging over them ever since. Almost all the company’s profits go toward servicing that debt. Because of this, Toys R Us has not been able to reinvest this money to improve their ability to compete with Amazon and brick-and-mortar generalists like Wal-Mart and Target, and their profits dropped. Now we are seeing the results of this cycle.

How do they turn things around?

That is the million-dollar question. They must find a way to compete and offer something unique. Last week, they rolled out their first attempt, announcing an initiative called Today We Play. The rebrand, according to the company, was a “call to action for people to get up and do something.”

The focus of this new initiative seems to be aimed at improving customer experience. After all, the company is a toy store, and bringing consumers to the store to interact with toys is very important for consumers and the company alike. The main advantage physical stores have over online retailers right now is customer experience, so it may work. But the hole they are trying to escape is deep.

Who will be most affected by this bankruptcy?

Several stakeholders are going to feel this bankruptcy. First, even as we see a seasonal uptick in hiring, the company will probably lay off some employees once the holiday sales season is over. The company’s suppliers are also likely to take it on the chin. Many toymakers rely heavily on Toys R Us as one of their key partners. They are likely to see fewer orders and declining sales.

On top of this, many have outstanding invoices with the company for past orders may not get paid the full amount they are owed. Some of their suppliers are already preparing for financial pain in their future. According to The Washington Post, Lego is concerned and “deeply engaged in ongoing dialogue” with Toys R Us.

Others companies are said to be consulting bankruptcy lawyers and financial advisers to sort out shipments — and payments — related to holiday inventory. Most suppliers expect sales to the company to decline, not only because of the company’s current challenges, but also because they are nervous about getting paid. Some retailers have said they have already severed ties with the world’s largest toy store chain. It is clear their suppliers are going to feel some pain.

What does this mean for the chain’s customers in the coming holiday season?

Consumers could see some benefits from this bankruptcy. Even though the company is undergoing chapter 11, it will still try to come out the other end of bankruptcy, and to do this, it must continue to compete for consumers. Because customers sometimes avoid companies going through the bankruptcy process, Toys R Us may try to lure consumers back – and keep their rivals at bay – by cutting prices at their stores, benefiting shoppers.

On the other hand, this bankruptcy does mean you must exercise some caution when shopping at the store at this point. First, now is probably not the time to use the layaway service at Toys R Us. Layaway is often an option many turn to during the holiday season, and it is a better one than a high interest credit card. However, it is unlikely to be a something you want to do at Toys R Us  this holiday season, because some  stores could end up closing, and others may have issues getting or keeping the necessary inventory.

It is simply not worth the risk. Another thing that you want to keep an eye on is warranties. If you purchase items that have warranties through the store, you could be in for a rude awakening if the company disappears or stops honoring them. Basically, if you are not prepared for your purchase to be outright, and final, it is probably good to steer clear of Toys R Us right now.

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Terminator 6 will ignore the last three Terminator sequels: James Cameron shared some details about the next Terminator movie this week, revealing that it's a direct follow-up to Terminator  2: Judgment Day because "the other films were a bad dream." Read more here.

 

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There’s a new ‘Skyrim’ survival mode because fantasy warriors need food, too

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Behold the mighty Dovahkiin, hero of Skyrim! There they stand — oh wait no actually they’re curled up in a foetal position, shivering due to acute hypothermia and malnutrition…

It’s been six years since Skyrim first graced our consoles, but yesterday Bethesda announced an official new edition of the gameSkyrim Survival Mode is available now as a beta on Steam, and will be coming to Xbox One and Playstation 4 next month. 

“But how will this new survival mode work?” I’m so glad you asked!

Given that the landscape of Skyrim is basically Norway on speed, you can bet the weather is gonna affect your character. Exposure to the cold is potentially deadly in this new beta. According to Bethesda’s official release, cold can be countered by “standing near a fire, eating hot soup, or moving to a warmer location”. Read more…

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Frankly, we want it all

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Say hello to Next’s brand new ambassador: Emma Willis. The TV presenter shared the news with her 900k followers, ahead of the launch of the collection today.

She wrote, ‘So excited to have teamed up with @nextofficial to create an edit of my fave pieces from their winter collection 🎉 Watch this space peeps.. launches online this Wednesday!’

Emma also used her style credentials to curate a line of AW17 updates your wardrobe needs. Think cosy knits in autumnal shades, statement checked coats, sheer blouses and tapered trousers.

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Not one to do things by halves, Emma is also the face of the campaign, modelling her edit in a series of chic pictures. We particularly love her party wear edit: the sequin skirt has our name written all over it.

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The collection is available to buy now on Next, and in case you need a little inspiration, Emma shared her top picks with us, ‘I love the over the knee elasticated boots, the slouchy men’s trousers, and the gold sequin skirt… love love love them. There’s something for everybody in the collection.’

Oh, and if you want to feel fabulous, no matter what, try ‘a sharp suit or a beautiful dress’ or ‘a pair of killer heels’.

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Speaking about the collab, Next said, ‘We are really excited to announce we now have Emma Willis on board as a brand ambassador. Being a TV personality and mother of three, she understands the importance of practical yet fashion-forward dressing, her own style is ‘comfortable with a modern femininity’ which makes her a perfect fit for our brand. As an ambassador for Next, she will be picking her key edit each season from our current collection which will then be styled into outfits for her to model.’

We couldn’t agree more.

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Get Well Wednesday: What You Need To Know About Kidney Disease

Dr. Jerry McCauley obtained his undergraduate and medical degree at Dartmouth and completed his MPH at the University of Pittsburgh. He has been a faculty member at Tufts University and the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. McCauley rose through the ranks at the University of Pittsburgh where he became Director of Transplantation Nephrology, Medical Director of the Kidney/Pancreas and Islet Cell Transplantation Program, and Professor of Medicine and Surgery.  Since 2013 he has been the Chief of Nephrology at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT KIDNEY FAILURE

Why do African-Americans have a far greater risk of developing kidney failure than others?

African-Americans have three times more risk of developing kidney disease than whites. This is primarily due to high rates of diabetes and hypertension which are the leading causes of kidney failure for all Americans. They also have more frequent diseases like lupus which can cause kidney failure. Other diseases of the filtering units in the kidney (glomerulus) are more common and severe in African-Americans. Focal segmental glomerulosclerosis is the most common and severe form of these diseases.

How many African-Americans are waiting for kidney transplants?

There are approximately 100,000 people waiting for kidney transplants in the US and about 35% are African-Americans so that about 35, 000 African-Americans are waiting for kidney transplants.

How are donor kidneys allocated and are there enough available?

Deceased donor kidneys are allocated by a point system which is based on a set of donor and patient characteristics. Kidneys are not matched by race such that African-Americans are more likely to get a kidney from a White person than from an African-American.

Factors included in giving points included the time on dialysis, and others. The new allocation system effectively matches donor and recipient by age and other factors by a calculation termed the Kidney Donor Profile Index (KDPI) which estimates the risk of kidney failure compared to the average donor. Very low numbers (20% and less) typically goes to young people based upon another calculation termed the Estimated Post Transplant Survival (EPTS) which estimates patient survival after transplant.

Factors included in the EPTS are 1) Candidate time on dialysis, 2) Current diagnosis of diabetes, 3) Prior solid organ transplants, 4) Candidate age. Points are also given for prior organ donors and for patients who have a large number of antibodies against potential donors (sensitized patients).

These sensitized patients seldom were transplanted with the old system and now are transplanted rapidly. Kidneys from Public Health System (PHS) High Risk categories can be allocated to anyone regardless of age but the patient must declare that they are interested in this type of donor.

Typically these donors are opioid users and others at risk of hepatitis or HIV. They are screened for these diseases before transplantation and patients with HIV are not used except for a special study which is available in a limited number of centers. Hepatitis B or C positive donors may be offered to patients who are already positive for these viruses.

Are there enough donors?

No. In 2016 only about 19,000 kidneys were transplanted for a waitlist of about 100,000.

How can family and friends find out if they’re eligible?

For willing donors the only way to find out if you are a potential donor is to tell the patient that you are willing to donate. After this important step you should contact the transplant center to be certain if you qualify. You should not decide on your own. The center will be best in determining if you are healthy enough to donate or if any health problems would prohibit it.

The new allocation system gives points from the time a patient starts dialysis instead of when they complete all the tests needed to be listed. This has been a major aid in African-Americans getting on the list. Previous allocation systems did not use the KDPI or EPTS to allocate organs and tissue typing derived points have been li

mited to only one locus instead of three. Sensitized patients now get points from lower numbers starting with zero. The old system only gave points once the patients were 80% sensitized. As mentioned earlier, it approximately matches donors and recipients by age so that a 20-year-old donor kidney will not usually go to a 75-year-old recipient since that 20-year-old kidney is expected to give more years of functioning than the patient is expected to live. The PHS high risk kidneys can go to older patients and many of these transplants have been done with very low rates of disease transmission.

What is the average waitlist time?

Nationally, the average waitlist time is about 3 ½ years but this varies by geographic area and transplant center. In some centers the wait for a deceased donor may be a bit more than a year and in others it may be ten years. It is important for patients to inquire at the transplant center about their particular wait time. The best way to avoid waiting for a kidney transplant is to get a living donor kidney transplant.

Do kidney donors and recipients have to be the same race?

No. Race is not a factor in selecting or matching kidney transplants.

Is there a difference between a kidney from a living donor or a deceased donor?

Yes. Living donor kidney tend to function immediately after transplantation and last years longer. This is true whether the kidney comes from a relative or someone unrelated. When possible, patients should receive a living donor transplant. The waiting times for deceased donors do not apply to living donation in that the donor and recipient can schedule the transplant like any other elective medical treatment instead of waiting for some unknown period of time.

What if I donate a kidney and later need a kidney transplant?

In such cases the former donor is given a large number of points on the waiting list which allows them to be transplanted much quicker than the average patient. It is very important to avoid this situation. Donors are healthy at the time of donation and should practice measures to remain healthy.

Diabetes and hypertension are the leading causes of kidney failure nationally. These two diseases often develop when patients become obese. It is vital that donors (and non-donors) maintain healthy body weight. Weight gain can cause diabetes and hypertension. Donation will not cause these illnesses but will not protect you if you gain excessive weight

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London Fashion Week 2017: The SS18 looks we need in our lives

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New York Fashion Week 2017 started off fashion month in absolute style, setting the bar for London Fashion Week very high indeed.

But, while Victoria Beckham dazzled us with her sequin shoes, now it’s London’s turn to shine – and is it me, or is London owning fashion this season?

First off, Tommy Hilfiger is finally showing in London, after shows in Los Angeles and New York, and bringing Gigi Hadid along, obvs.

And everyone is talking about Emporio Armani, which will show in the capital for the first time since 2006, to coincide with the unveiling of the revampled flagship store on Bond Street (Giorgo told WWD, that the ‘dynamic, energetic and cosmopolitan London’ was ‘the perfect setting for my Emporio Armani collection’).

Now onto the shows that have taken place: Molly Goddard brought anarchy to the catwalk, where models decked in tulle and glitter sipped on champagne and smoked cigarettes.

Burberry did not disappoint, as Marie Claire Fashion Director Jayne Pickering says, ‘It was a fresh new start for them, more punky than normal, sporty with a sharper edge. I loved the clash of colours, the softness of the romantic dresses and the edgier high heels with socks. The casting was incredible too, with Kaia Gerber taking centre stage.’

Proof if proof were needed that Kaia is turning into the face of the season.

Meanwhile, Gareth Pugh pushed boundaries  with his film. Jess Wood, Fashion Features Director, gives her verdict, ‘His visceral and in some places grotesque film directed by Nick Knight, featured sinister characters clawing at each other with clay split the fashion pack – some shuddered and some thrilled.’

Simone Rocha presented a show based on her childhood dolls (her ‘strongest show ever’ says Jess).

Now it wouldn’t be Fashion Week without a bit of drama, and this season showgoers had to be escorted by police into shows including Gareth P and Burberry (delaying it by 15 mins) due to protesters.

LFW always attracts a squad of fashion critics-turned-influencers like no other – think Alexander Fury,  Hilary Alexander and Susie Menkes. There’s no doubt about it, London is #winning this season.

Plus (don’t say we don’t spoil you), see which celebrities are sitting front row at the shows in our gallery here. NYFW saw Cindy Crawford, Karlie Kloss and Olivia Palermo grace the FROW, so expect a good line-up.

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How much time do you really need to spend playing with your kids?

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When my son was 18-months-old I read a parenting book in which the author confessed she didn’t like playing with her kids. I was appalled.

Who doesn’t like playing with their kids? That’s messed up.

My son was so fun and curious and cute and he did the sweetest things when we played together on the floor for hours a day. Then he got older and we played the same blasted things over and over and over again.

Now I get it.

I don’t love playing with my 5-year-old son. There. I said it.

After about 20 minutes of focused playtime, I am like a caged animal. I’m ready to move on and do something productive in the adult world. Let me fold the clothes or pluck my eyebrows or do my taxes. I just need a break!

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There’s a guilt that creeps in on me particularly about playtime. I spend a lot of time with my kids–going to the park, running errands, doing crafts and taking walks. But actually sitting on the floor playing? I don’t do a lot of that.

I mean, how much time do kids actually need of one-on-one playtime with parents?

We all know it’s crucial for their development.

Not only is it important for skill-development, but it forges the bond that your parenting relationship is built on. I learn a lot about my son through our playtime together. I’m able to gauge his strengths and growth-points. Sometimes when we role play we can work out issues that have occurred earlier in our day.

Kids need to play with other kids too.

As an adult I can’t always give him what he needs. He needs to play with kids on his own level. He needs to problem solve and work his way through sharing issues. Kids need to play with other kids to learn to get along with other kids.

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Independent playtime is so important.

Before you start feeling like the worst parent ever for not spending all the hours of your days crouched on the floor building blocks, let’s talk about the importance of independent play. I love the quote by Sherry Turkle, an MIT professor: “If you don’t teach your children how to be alone, they only know how to be lonely.”

When kids play by themselves it fosters creativity and independence. These are important skills! If we are constantly entertaining them, they will never go into their rooms and discover an amazing new game with their old toys.

Reframe what you think of as play.

I’ve been trying to answer this question of how much playtime my kids need from me, but in doing so I realized that we play in bits and pieces throughout our day. We play I spy in the car on the way to the store, color together before dinner and take walks to find bugs. All of this is actually play. And it’s play that I truly enjoy

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So how much time should we really play with our kids?

A 2015 study revealed that parent-child time can actually become harmful to children at one point. When parents were stressed, sleep-deprived, and anxious, their time spent with their children led to behavioral and emotional problems for their kids.

The bottom line?

Parents who enjoy spending time with their kids actually have more of an impact on their children.

Quality over quantity.

So maybe it is just 15 minutes in the car on the way to school or 5 minutes spent discussing the day’s events around the dinner table. Maybe we are asking the wrong question altogether. Maybe instead of asking if we are playing with them enough, we should ask ourselves this: Are we connecting with them enough?

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Fall TV season is upon us, but some of these show titles have us scratching our heads. Here are five new shows we need explained to us before we tune in.

The Orville

September 10 – (8/7c FOX)

Funny name, right? Besides sounding like a city in Northern California (Oroville, CA), it’s actually the name of Seth MacFarlane’s new science fiction series. MacFarlane is venturing beyond the pages of animation and into the captain’s chair for this new space comedy from FOX. MacFarlane and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. alum Adrianne Palicki co-star as a divorced captain and first officer on a mid-level starship. The series was co-created by long-time Star Trek producer Brannon Braga and is set 400 years in the future. Will it be science-driven like Star Trek? Will it be tongue-in-cheek like Galaxy Quest? Or will it be something different entirely? We’ll be tuning in to find out.

The Deuce

September 10 – (9/8c HBO)

This title does not refer to playing cards, dice, or tennis. This deuce refers to the newest show from James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and The Wire alums George Pelecanos and David Simon. A series for the late-night crowd, The Deuce dramatizes the legalization of the pornographic industry in the United States in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Featuring an all-star cast, the show specifically takes place in New York City and features not one, but two characters starring James Franco — twin brothers — hence the title The Deuce. It’s also a reference to the nickname that the section of 42nd Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenue was given at the time.

Wisdom of the Crowd

October 1 – (8:30/7:30c CBS)

This is exactly what it sounds like: crowd sourcing wisdom. However, this series comes with a twist: the information sourced will be used to solve crimes, specifically murders. Jeremy Piven, fresh off his turn in the British series Mr Selfridge, plays grieving father and tech mogul Jeffrey Tanner. In the wake of his daughter’s murder, he creates an app called “Sophe” which collects real-time information on crimes. Piven offers a $ 100 million reward for anyone who can accurately catch his daughter’s killer using the app. Parenthood‘s Monica Potter stars are Piven’s ex-wife. Game of Thrones alum Natalia Tena stars as Piven’s right-hand engineer.

Ten Days in the Valley

October 1 – (10/9c ABC)

While we don’t know if the show spans exactly ten days (we’re assuming it does), we do know that “the valley” is Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley — home of Hollywood’s biggest television and movie studios. The show centers around the kidnapping of a young girl whose mother, played by Kyra Sedgwick, executive produces a television series. As her ex-husband, housekeeper and co-workers all become suspects, her life begins to bleed into her writing, and she begins to lose sight of what’s fact and what’s fiction. With an all-star alumni cast including Malcolm-Jamal Warner (The Cosby Show), Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Lost), Emily Kinney (The Walking Dead), and Erika Christensen (Parenthood), Ten Days in the Valley looks to be the kidnapping thriller of the Fall TV season.

9JKL

October 2 – (8:30/7:30c CBS)

This is not a code or the name of a military thriller staring Harrison Ford. That would be K-19: The Widowmaker. 9JKL is an address. Three addresses, in fact, shared by a mother, a father, and their two sons. After a failed marriage and a dwindling movie career, Josh Roberts (Royal Pains alum Mark Feuerstein) moves back into an apartment between his parents (played by Friends alum Elliot Gould and Sean Saves the World actress Linda Lavin) and his brother (About a Boy‘s David Walton). Josh juggles the complete lack of boundaries both his parents and his brother exhibit, while trying to recover from his divorce and land a job on Broadway. The show feels like a family comedy in the vein of both Friends and Will & Grace. The series is co-written and produced by Feuerstein and premieres this October.

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4 Types of Insurance Businesses Need

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There are a few things every business needs just to get by: a solid business plan, adequate startup capital, good credit (personal and business-wise, which you can check for free on Nav), and, yes, comprehensive insurance.

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Of course, depending on the size and type of business you’re running, “comprehensive” can mean a number of things. There’s a boatload of business insurance policies on the market; not to mention, if you have employees, state law comes into play. But there are some ways to boil down the basics. Here’s a primer on insuring your business.

What Basic Insurance Does a Business Need?

Per the Insurance Information Institute, most businesses need, at a minimum, four types of coverage: property insurance, liability insurance, business vehicle insurance and workers’ compensation insurance.

1. Commercial Property Insurance

Property insurance covers (you guessed it) the property your business operates out of and any vital items inside (think office furniture, equipment, the products in stock, computers, etc.). Property insurance provides compensation if the covered location or items are lost, damaged or stolen. Note: It’s a good idea to carry business property insurance even if you’re operating out of your garage or home office, since your homeowners’ insurance likely doesn’t provide adequate coverage — even if you add a rider that covers business property losses.

2. Liability Insurance

Liability insurance protects you in the event your business gets sued for negligence. Liability insurance covers legal expenses, damages (should you lose the case) and medical bills incurred by someone hurt by your business.

There are specialized types of liability insurance you might need, again, depending on the size and scope of your business. That includes professional liability insurance — commonly known as errors and omissions insurance (E&O) — which covers you against malpractice. (So physicians or lawyers, for instance, would likely opt for an E&O policy.) There’s also specialized product liability insurance designed to cover you if a defective product causes someone harm.

3. Business Vehicle Insurance

This policy covers any vehicles you use for operations. Keep in mind, you likely need business vehicle insurance, even if the only ride you’re using is your own. Most standard auto insurance policies won’t cover cars used primarily for business.

4. Workers’ Compensation Insurance

Workers’ compensation insurance covers medical expenses and lost wages if an employee is injured on the job. Laws vary by state, but almost all of them (excluding Texas) require hiring businesses to carry workers’ compensation coverage. Most companies are also required by law to pay unemployment insurance taxes. And, in some states, you’ll need disability insurance if you have employees as well. The Small Business Administration (SBA) suggests visiting your local Workers’ Compensation Office to find out exactly what insurance your state requires.

What’s a Business Owner’s Policy?

If all this insurance lingo is stressing you out, take a deep breath. Sure, you might need a multitude of policies, but insurance companies offer what’s known as a business owner’s policy (BOP), which packages coverage. According to the SBA, BOPs commonly include property insurance, general liability insurance and business interruption insurance, which covers loss of income if a company can’t operate due to disaster, and other common policies. (Workers’ compensation insurance and other employee-centric insurance policies are generally sold separately.)  And, just like with personal insurance policies, bundling can lead to lower premiums. Of course, your business may need more coverage than a BOP provides.

How Much Coverage Does My Business Need?

That depends, of course, but you’ll want enough to at least cover all your assets. You can get an idea of what amount of property insurance you’ll need by calculating the cost of your property, product equipment, etc., the Insurance Information Institute says.

Beyond that, a reputable insurance broker or agent can help you assess your business’s risk and recommend what policies you’ll need and how much coverage you should opt for. Shopping around and comparing quotes will help you get an idea of fair-market value.

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There are currently close to 750,000 franchises operating in the United States. The industry is expected to generate $ 710 billion in 2017. More than one new franchise system has started up every day for the past two years. It’s clear that there is a lot of money in franchising, and that people and companies are out there looking to launch the next greatest franchise, on a daily basis. But what about all of the franchises that have been in business for years and the owners that are ready to move on or retire?

As a franchise consultant, I work with clients that want to start their own franchise and build an empire, while I have others that shudder at the idea of starting from scratch, and will only entertain opportunities that have an existing cash flow, an established client/customer base, and employees. Does purchasing an existing franchise that has all of those things mean you’ll be more successful than someone that buys a new one? Not necessarily.

 

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Staff of Employees Disgruntled team members
Established Customer Base Customers happy and committed to the previous owner

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Often, what seems like a benefit to purchasing an existing franchise could actually be a pitfall as the chart above depicts. Here are some suggestions on how to ensure the potential benefits to buying an existing business, don’t turn into liabilities:

Existing Cash Flow

 

When purchasing an existing business, there’s no more important work than scrutinizing the financials. This rule applies to new and existing, but it’s even more critical for existing businesses.

Profitable businesses for sale are rarely advertised. They are typically sold to friends, family, or competitors. And when they are, an owner will inflate the asking price, hoping to get something they consider to be fair. However, it’s not uncommon that the books they have don’t match up to what they’re asking. You often find what we like to call “creative accounting” when it comes to bookkeeping for small businesses, for reasons that include tax purposes, how an owner accounts for personal use of items that are also used to support the business, as well as how employees are compensated.

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It’s important to understand all of those details, and if you’re not a CPA, it’s highly recommended that you hire one to review the information prior to making an offer. Keep in mind that there are other benefits to a business that aren’t necessarily reflected in the bottom line that should also be considered. The good thing about purchasing a franchise is that at the very least, you have a franchisor that can validate the weekly gross sales that the business is doing as the franchisor is collecting royalties from those sales on a regular basis.

Existing Employees

 

While you might be excited to know you’re buying a business that has employees that don’t need to be trained and very likely know the business better than you, you should find out if those employees are happy. Are they willing to stay on for a new owner, and do you want them to stay? Are they good employees that fit the type of business you want to build?

You may assume that you will be able to find all of this out prior to the sale, however, it’s not uncommon that sales are being done confidentially because an owner doesn’t want staff or customers to know a sale is in progress, so as to not disrupt business. Make sure you request all pertinent information about staff before signing a Purchase Agreement.

Established Customer Base

 

At this year’s Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Summit in Houston, I met a former business owner that shared his story with me about selling his very successful photography business. The buyer was very excited about the business. Unfortunately, what she didn’t realize was that the business was so successful because the clients loved the owner!

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After the new owner took over, the customer base began to fall off. Now, not only was the new owner trying to build up new clientele, but had to spend a lot of time and money trying to retain the existing customers. Unfortunately, she was unsuccessful, and the business closed.

When buying a resale business, it’s important to understand the customer base, and the value that the business is offering. Is it mainly the product and service that people are patronizing, or is it a relationship business where they love and support the owner? If it’s the latter, and you’re not sure you can replicate that, you may want to reconsider the franchise purchase. You could also request the owner with a dedicated customer following remain active in the business for a transitional period—actually, quite standard in the franchise resale process.

Buying a resale business may be a great opportunity, particularly if you have an owner that is ready to retire, perhaps willing to negotiate on price, and has a great staff that’s been in place for years that enjoy their jobs. It can also sometimes be easier to get a loan for a resale business as opposed to new because it has cash flow that the bank finds favorable. However, you must peel back the layers and understand what you’re getting. Sometimes, it can be better to start from scratch to know exactly where you stand!

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How can you tell that it’s time to replace your windows?

People have many different reasons for replacing windows.

First, because they need to. Second, because they want to. I like to think of it as comparable to two different types of surgery. If you have a ruptured appendix, you need it. But if you’d like to have body sculpting, for example, it’s because you want it. It’s much more fun, I imagine, for a surgeon to help people feel more happy about the way the looked, versus the other surgeries, even though both give you a certain level of satisfaction as a doctor. So we really like it when people contact us to say, “I want my home to be more beautiful and/or more comfortable.”

With those kinds of projects, do you ever do any major replacements, such as to the wall structure (ex: enlarging the window, etc)?

There are times a customer will contact us and say (for example) “I have a new pool going up and I’d like to turn this double window into a door or a sliding door.” That’s one of the projects we’ll take on as a company. A lot of times, people who are in the window/door replacement business truly aren’t qualified or interested in the extra time and work it takes to involve a mason, to do siding, or finishing out the new opening, or building out transition pieces between existing flooring and the new door, etc. But we have a qualified crew that does this at least a few dozen times per year.

What can a homeowner expect with their first initial meeting with either on a sales floor or a contractor?

One thing that separates us from other window companies is that we offer 18 brands of windows to choose from. I designed our business around the CarMax model—we offer lots of different brands, and we’re happy to give our opinions about the different brands, but ultimately it’s up to the customer. So on a typical first visit, we spend more time listening than talking, so that we can determine what you want and if we have a product, and if we have the skillset needed to do your project—and if we don’t, we’ll point you in the right direction.

Once you get to the quote/estimate, what should a homeowner expect to see in it?

We’ll come out and take some measurements, for estimate reasons, and give you an on-site estimate (based on that info), specifying each window opening based on its “room name” (living room, etc). Then we come back with specifics for each window—the energy efficiency rating, the sound transmission, how much each window costs individually, etc. We like doing this more than giving a lump sum price on the back of a business card, etc. This builds confidence in a homeowner about us, and it enables them to make changes if needed, based on budget. For example, if you want a big picture window facing your backyard pool, rather than two smaller windows, we’ll print out both options (prices) to give you the choice. This is important because that big picture window could require much heavier glass, or it may require tempering the glass. As a result, a project that should’ve been $ 10,000 is now $ 12,000, so this helps you plan and adjust your budget for the project.

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You said that when you make the estimate, you also include the energy ratings. What are some of the energy considerations when you’re replacing your windows?

If you have a super energy efficient window, it’s definitely going to improve your home’s energy efficiency, and therefore decrease your monthly utilities, but the trade-off is that it will make your home much darker. So I like to look at it by each particular project and what they’re trying to accomplish, and also room by room. If they say “upstairs on the west wall is a game room, and it’s always hot up there, we might go with a more energy efficient option there on that side where the sun sets (than we would across the front of the house) because otherwise, they end up with these dark living rooms. 

Is there a time of year that’s best for replacing windows?

It depends on where you live. If you live in Minnesota or Michigan, winter is a really tough time to have your windows open and people in your home. But in the southern climate, where we are, the phone typically rings all year round. A lot of homeowners who delayed their project for years and years say they wish they’d done the replacements sooner, because they realize they could have enjoyed the improved comfort, reduced energy bills, etc, for so many more years. Plus, the prices of new windows continues to rise each year, so waiting 5 years to save money doesn’t make sense. So if you think you’re going to do it eventually, it makes sense to do it sooner rather than later.

Have you seen any new products on the market, etc, that you’re excited about/that seem to be taking off?

 Milgard Windows and Doors came out with a product line called “Essence”—it’s a full fiberglass-framed window with a real wood interior. When most window companies offer a wood product, it’s a wood window that has some form of a small thin layer of cladding on the exterior. But in our climate, once water gets behind that cladding, it can’t get back out—and then the wood begins to rot and the cladding pops off.

But Milgard’s window is different. The entire window is made from a composite material, and the wood is on the inside, where it’s not exposed to any of the elements. It works well for humid and wet climates, or for really cold climates. But one of their latest products was a radius top casement window. They’re the only company in the US making this radius top casement window, where you don’t have to have a divider between the top and the bottom. For example, sometimes you see a window that has an arch on top of it, or there’s a bar separating the arch from the window beneath it. So they’re able to take a product that’s a composite 4×8 sheet, almost plywood—it was considered the product of the year by Window and Door Magazine.

Anything else you’d like to add, or any advice for homeowners?

There are two chief components for a successful, “I’m happy, I’m smiling at the end of my window project” project. The first is finding a window you like (meaning you’re happy with the look, performance, color, and warranty), and the second is a good installer. Unfortunately, I see the mistakes that other people have made, and the problem is almost always not the window itself, but the installation. Having a great window with a bad installer is, in my opinion, a bad window. If anything, you’d be better off having a great installer installing a bad window. This is something that people tend to overlook, the installer. Focus a lot more than you are now on the installer, more than the window itself.

That’s great advice to end on. Thanks for speaking with us today, Jeff!

My pleasure.

 

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Get Rhythm—What Women Need to Know About Afib

Do you have rhythm? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 2.7 to 6.1 million people don’t. Instead, they have a condition known as “atrial fibrillation”—also called “Afib” or “AF”—that causes the heart to beat too fast, too slow, or in an irregular way. The condition increases the risk of heart disease and stroke, and more women are affected than men. The…

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My husband told me his brother was coming for dinner 58 minutes before he arrived. (Who was counting?) His brother is from New York, so it’s a big deal to see him and I was elated but like WHAT DO WE SERVE?

I had already been planning fajitas, so just made them a little nicer and fancier than normal (i.e., no skimping on the guacamole, fresh salsa etc.) But I had nothing in the dessert department and that’s kinda my thing.

I totally raided my pantry and figured I could doctor up a mix pretty quickly. When I realized I had a brownie mix AND cookie dough, this idea came together. The combo of brownies and cookies (brookies) combined with peanut butter chips is bakery-worthy. Truly. These don’t look or taste like they came from a mix, so no guilty feelings.

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1 LARGE roll (30 oz) refrigerated chocolate chip cookies
1 cup peanut butter chips
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Water, oil, and eggs called for on brownie mix box

Heat oven to 350°F. Line 13×9-inch pan with foil, allowing foil to hang over sides about 2 inches. Spray with cooking spray.

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Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until brownies are set around sides and middle does not move when you shake the pan. Cool in pan 20 minutes. (I like to stick them in the freezer for about 15-20 min at this point — it firms everything up and makes for easy cutting.) Remove brownies from pan by foil edges. Cut as desired.

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Get Rhythm—What Women Need to Know About Afib

Do you have rhythm?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 2.7 to 6.1 million people don’t. Instead, they have a condition known as “atrial fibrillation”—also called “Afib” or “AF”—that causes the heart to beat too fast, too slow, or in an irregular way. The condition increases the risk of heart disease and stroke, and more women are affected than men.

The death rate from Afib is rising, and has been rising for the last two decades. Because of the increasing danger, and because many people are unclear about exactly what Afib is, the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and other organizations worked with the U.S. Senate to designate September as National Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month.

What are the symptoms of Afib? Would you know if you had it? What should you do if you are diagnosed? We answer these questions and more for women and their loved ones.

What is Afib?

If you’re not sure what Afib is, you’re not alone. According to a 2014 survey, nearly half of respondents didn’t know the primary symptoms of Afib, and most were unaware of other common symptoms. Almost 80 percent didn’t know that the condition could exist with no symptoms at all. Most were unaware of common risk factors like diabetes and sleep apnea, and 44 percent didn’t know that medications could help restore a regular heart rhythm. 

In someone who has Afib, the electrical signals that direct the heart’s movements are disorganized and tend to misfire. This causes the two upper chambers to “fibrillate,” or contract quickly and irregularly. Blood pools in the atria instead of going on into the ventricles like it should.

So what is Afib? Basically, it’s an irregular heart rhythm. Instead of beating steadily like normal, the heart typically beats too quickly and in a spastic manner, so that it actually quivers. This makes the heart less efficient, and can increase the risk of blood clots.

In a regular healthy heart, the two top chambers, called the “atria,” squeeze first, and then the two bottom chambers, called the “ventricles,” squeeze next. This back and forth creates a pulsing, contracting movement that pumps blood through the arteries.

In someone who has Afib, the electrical signals that direct the heart’s movements are disorganized and tend to misfire. This causes the two upper chambers to “fibrillate,” or contract quickly and irregularly. Blood pools in the atria instead of going on into the ventricles like it should.

This “pooling” effect is what can increase the risk of blood clots.

What are the Symptoms of Afib?

Sometimes women with Afib don’t even know it. It can show up in brief episodes, after which the heart returns to a normal rhythm. Others have more ongoing fibrillation, which can cause the following symptoms:

  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Dizziness, sweating, and chest pain
  • Heart palpitations
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fainting
  • Quick tiring during exercise

Doctors generally classify Afib in four categories: 1) occasional, where symptoms come and go, 2) persistent, where treatments are needed to restore a regular heartbeat, 3) long-standing, where Afib lasts for a year or more, and 4) permanent, where the abnormal heart rhythm can’t be fixed, and ongoing treatments are necessary.

Women who are more at risk of developing Afib include those who have:

Without treatment, Afib can lead to other complications, including stroke, heart failure, chronic fatigue, and additional heart rhythm problems. People who have Afib have about a five times greater risk of stroke than people without it.

How is Afib Treated?

Women who experience any of the symptoms above should see their doctors. Diagnostic tests include an electrocardiogram (ECG) to check the electrical signals in the heart, an echocardiogram to create a video image of the heart, blood tests, and chest x-rays.

Treatment most often includes medications that help to restore a regular heart rhythm and prevent blood clots. For some patients, electrical cardioversion—an electrical shock to the heart—helps fix the problem, at least temporarily.

If neither medications nor electrical cardioversion work, doctors may recommend surgery. During these procedures, surgeons usually destroy the area of the heart that’s causing the erratic electrical signals, which restores normal rhythm. Some patients may also use pacemakers to keep the heart rate steady.

How Afib Differs in Men and Women

You’ve probably heard that the symptoms of a heart attack in women can be different than those in men. Whereas men may experience chest pain and heart palpitations, women may experience more fatigue, chest pressure, and vomiting.

Studies have shown similar differences in Afib symptoms. In a 2012 study, for example, women typically experienced more symptoms of Afib than men did, including palpitations, lightheadedness, and chest tightness and discomfort.

Women who have the disease also tend to have different accompanying health conditions. In 2013, researchers reported that women with Afib were more likely to also have thyroid dysfunction, depression, kidney impairment, and obesity. The men were more likely to have coronary artery disease and/or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The women were also more likely to live alone, and to have a higher risk of blood clots.

A later review of over 30 studies showed that women with Afib were more at risk for stroke and blood clots when not taking blood-thinning medications. Researchers also found that women suffered worse outcomes after an Afib-related stroke than men did, in terms of being able to return to their normal lives.

Why would women be more at risk for blood clots and stroke? Scientists aren’t sure yet, but they have believe these factors may be involved:

  • women are often older when diagnosed with Afib, which could increase risk of blood clots and stroke
  • women with Afib are more likely to have high blood pressure, valvular heart disease, and heart failure than men
  • women are more likely to have thyroid dysfunction, which can increase risk of blood clots
  • women with Afib are more likely to have suffered a previous stroke

Scientists also think that women may be vulnerable to other changes in the blood vessels that increase the risk of blood clots.

Women Less Likely to be Prescribed Helpful Blood-Thinning Medications

Blood-thinning medications can help keep the blood flowing and prevent blood clots and related issues like heart attacks and strokes. Yet some studies have found that women are less likely to be treated with blood-thinning drugs than men.

One study showed that women over the age of 75 with Afib were one-third less likely to be treated with blood-thinning medications than men were. A Canadian study also showed that older women were half as likely to receive prescription blood-thinners than men, and a 2015 study found similar results.

Scientists aren’t sure why this is happening, but they suspect it may be that women are believed to be at a higher risk of bleeding than men. Blood-thinning drugs make the blood less likely to clot, which is good for preventing heart attacks and strokes, but it can also increase risk of excessive bleeding events, which can be very dangerous.

Some research has shown that women taking blood-thinning drugs have a higher risk of major bleeding compared to men. Other studies have not found that connection, however, and researchers have indicated that more women would benefit from blood-thinning medications.

How You Can Live a Full Life with Afib

If you or someone you love is diagnosed with Afib, your doctor may advise the following precautions. Otherwise, as long as you following your doctor’s advice, you can expect to live a long, active life.

  • Limit caffeine—it can make the heart race.
  • Eat a healthy diet to help protect the blood vessels.
  • Cut back on alcohol as it can stimulate an episode of fibrillation.
  • Ask your doctor about safe exercise options, and stay active to protect your heart.
  • Control your weight, as overweight increases risk of Afib episodes.
  • Stop smoking—nicotine increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
  • Practice a daily stress-relieving activity—stress can trigger Afib episodes.
  • Get enough sleep, and if you have sleep apnea, make sure you’re treating it.
  • Ask your doctor about certain over-the-counter medications that may stimulate Afib. Cough and cold medications may have stimulants that encourage rapid heartbeat.

Sources

“Atrial Fibrillation Fact Sheet,” CDC, https://www.cdc.gov/dhdsp/data_statistics/fact_sheets/fs_atrial_fibrillation.htm.

Mellanie True Hills, “Atrial Fibrillation (Afib) Month Raises Awareness about this Common, Yet Unknown Condition,” AtrialFibrillationblog, September 21, 2011, http://atrialfibrillationblog.com/atrial-fibrillation-afib-month-raises-awareness-about-this-common-yet-unknown-condition/.

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“What is Atrial Fibrillation?” National Institutes of Health, https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/af.

Jocasta Ball, et al., “Women Versus Men with Chronic Atrial Fibrillation: Insights from the Standard Versus Atrial Fibrillation specific managemenT studY (SAFETY),” PLoS One, May 29, 2013, http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0065795.

Emily Y. Cheng, et al., “Gender Differences of Thromboembolic Events in Atrial Fibrillation,” The American Journal of Cardiology, March 15, 2016; 117(6):1021-1027, http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0002914915300850.

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The show that had us shouting at the TV is just around the corner. Here’s everything we know so far.

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Remember those few weeks back in 2015 when all anyone could talk about was one BBC television show? That TV show, Doctor Foster, is about to return for a second season. But where can the story of spurned GP Gemma Foster go after season one’s explosive, and seemingly very final, conclusion? If we learned anything from series one, which saw a single blonde hair lead to the total annihilation of one woman’s personal life, then pretty much anywhere.

Remind us what happens in the first season of Doctor Foster?

In the opening episode of season one a successful and happily married GP called Gemma Foster (Suranne Jones) discovers one long, blonde hair on her husband Simon (Bertie Carvel)’s scarf. This single discovery kicks Gemma into a spiral of suspicion that leads to the revelation of Simon’s affair with 23-year-old Kate, the daughter of Gemma’s patient.

Which bits made us shout at the TV?

Most of these involved some slightly ridiculous plot twists that pushed our willing suspension of disbelief to its absolute limits: Gemma discovering Kate and Simon have gone on a cosy French holiday with their best friends (and taken some happy group photos she discovers on his secret affair phone), Gemma bursting into Simon’s office to see him kissing Kate in the garden – presumably in full view of Simon’s others colleagues – Kate telling Gemma she’s pregnant with Simon’s child, and even Gemma’s mother-in-law revealing she’s known about the affair for two years. We also watched Dr Foster’s professional life unravel at the same time as her marriage thanks to an avalanche of negative RateMyGP reviews (doesn’t rain but it pours).

Where will the story go in Doctor Foster season two?

You might remember the final showdown at Kate’s parents’ house at the end of season one, when Gemma engineers an awkward dinner party, then sets fire to the evening by revealing the affair and Kate’s pregnancy. Just before the credits we see Gemma in the town square with her son, having apparently split from Simon.

Fast-forward to season two, where the action is set to begin two years later – in real time given the show’s hiatus – after the divorce between Simon and Gemma has gone through. ‘We’re now going to tell the next chapter in Gemma’s story’, says the show’s writer Mike Bartlett, ‘her life in Parminster may look better on the surface, but as she will discover to her cost, every action has its consequences eventually. No one comes through hell unscathed.’ File that one under: lots of old wounds being opened when Simon comes back into Gemma’s life.

Who is returning to star in it?

The brilliant Suranne Jones – who won a TV BAFTA for season one – will return to play Gemma in season two, as will her estranged husband Simon, played by Bertie Carvel. We also know from the billing of Jodie Comer that Simon’s 23-year-old lover Kate is still in his life.  Our money’s on: a very bitter divorce battle, some regrettable make-up sex with Simon and several very public stand-offs in Parminster town square.

Much of the tension in season one rested on Gemma’s discovery of the affair – the big challenge for season two will be how Bartlett maintains that tension two years after the affair has unfolded. Can they do it? We’ll find out next Tuesday 5th.

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Natalee Holloway’s Dad Sets Up Undercover Sting: ‘We Need to Find Out What’s the Truth and What’s Not the Truth’

Dave Holloway has been down this road before.

Countless tips and informants over the past 12 years have teased him with clues about what happened to his daughter, Natalee, who vanished in 2005 in Aruba while on a graduation trip with high school classmates from Mountain Brook, Alabama.

Holloway recently revealed that his latest, private 18-month investigation uncovered what have been identified as human skeletal remains on the island. He now awaits DNA testing to learn if those remains might be a match for Natalee.

The second episode of the six-part Oxygen series The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway, which aired Saturday, revealed yet another twist in his path to reach that point.

Holloway’s current investigation began with a phone call from a man named Gabriel, who told Holloway’s investigator, T.J. Ward, that he’d befriended a second man who claimed to have been involved in removing Natalee’s body from an isolated grave at the request of longtime suspect Joran van Der Sloot and cremating it.

The second episode of the Oxygen series followed Holloway and Ward as they set up a sting in a New Orleans hotel room in an effort to document that story.

Their goal: With Gabriel’s help, get the second man, John Ludwig, to confess on hidden camera what he’d told Gabriel earlier — that Ludwig accepted $ 1,500 from van der Sloot to dig up Natalee’s body from the Aruban national forest and take it to a crematory, so that her ashes could be scattered at sea.

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The big revelation of the episode: “It was never in the national forest,” Ludwig tells Gabriel, changing his account and leaving Ward and Holloway with questions about the story’s credibility.

Instead, Ludwig says, Natalee’s body was buried near a house in a cul du sac not far from Ludwig’s aunt’s home on the island.

Said Ward on the show, during a debrief of the sting’s first hours: “We need to find out what’s the truth and what’s not the truth.”

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During promotion for the series, Holloway and Ward have since indicated that the remains they located came from a site behind a house. At the same time, Aruban authorities who also investigated a site brought to their attention by Holloway and Ward tell PEOPLE that no human remains were found there.

The sting shown unfolding on Feb. 13, 2017, takes place in New Orleans because Louisiana is a so-called “one-party state,” meaning that federal law permits recording of conversations with the consent of just one of the parties present. Gabriel, who worked undercover with Holloway and Ward, agreed to be taped on hidden camera and audio while trying to get Ludwig to repeat his story.

At the time Gabriel and Ludwig were roommates in Tampa, Florida, although Gabriel says on-camera that he has come to fear Ludwig.

“He is not a person that you want to be around, ‘cause he’s not mentally stable,” Gabriel says.

Ludwig is lured to accompany Gabriel to New Orleans by what Ward describes as the promise of “a fun, free vacation with all expenses paid.”

In the series’ debut, Gabriel said Ludwig was a friend of van der Sloot’s in Aruba, and that van der Sloot — who allegedly said he gave Natalee GHB, a date-rape drug, and she later choked on her own vomit — enlisted Ludwig’s assistance when it appeared that someone was getting close to finding her buried body.

Van der Sloot is known to be one of the last people seen with Natalee on the night she vanished after leaving a popular island bar. He has told several shifting accounts of his role while also denying he had anything to do with her presumed death, and he has never been formally prosecuted by Aruba authorities in the case.

He currently is serving 28 years in a Peruvian prison for the unrelated 2010 murder of Stephany Flores, on the fifth anniversary of Natalee’s May 30, 2005 disappearance.

The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway airs on Saturday (7 p.m. ET) on Oxygen.


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Nicki Minaj is officially back with MAC and here’s everything you need to know

Because you can never have too many nudes

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Nicki Minaj is no stranger to a MAC collaboration. She’s been the face of MAC’s Viva Glam campaign not once, but twice. Once in 2012 alongside Ricky Martin and then  again in 2013, when she nabbed the covetable title of best selling Viva Glam lipstick of all time. MAC is definitely onto a winner.

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But this time she’s swapped her Barbie pinks and pastel lavenders for something a little more, dare we say, natural. And it’s all about the nudes. Nicki has custom-designed two new au natural shades – Nicki’s Nude, a soft coral pink and a creamy blush called Pinkprint which will both drop on September 1st. Put it in your diary NOW, as they’re limited edition and expected to fly off the shelves.

But for those who need extra Nicki love? Thankfully the pop diva dropped a massive hint that there could be more MAC x Minaj collabs on the horizon, teasing a “surprise announcement coming for 2018”.

Could this mean a full and permanent lipstick collection? RIP bank balance.

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‘Game of Thrones’: Everything You Need to Know Before Sunday’s Season Finale

SPOILER ALERT: This article contains spoilers for season seven of Game of Thrones.

Game of Thrones is about to close the curtain on its seventh season. Even though this has been the shortest season yet, a lot of huge events have taken place over the course of just six episodes. We’re sure that the seventh and final episode of the season will have its fair share of shocking moments, but here’s a quick run down of what you need to know going into the season finale.

Arya, Sansa, and Littlefinger (Oh My!)


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The Stark sisters are at odds. Or are they?

Arya and Sansa‘s journeys back to Winterfell have been extremely different but equally harrowing. With the two sisters now reunited, the devious Petyr Baelish is trying to tear them apart with deception and distrust. Are Arya and Sansa falling victim to his machinations? Or are they secretly playing him against himself?

It’s Cersei’s War, We Just Die in It


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Cersei sitting pretty – for now – on the Iron Throne.

Cersei claimed the Iron Throne last season, but now she’s been bombarded on all sides by her many enemies. She struck a powerful blow when she defeated Dorne, Highgarden, and Yara Greyjoy‘s fleet. However, just one attack from Dany‘s dragons left Cersei’s army in the dust (or ash). What does Cersei have planned for the finale? If the past is any indicator, it won’t be anything good.

Bran Flakes


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Bran examines the catspaw dagger.

Ever since his return from beyond the Wall, Bran has been a bit of a downer. His new status as the three-eyed raven has made him cold and detached from everyone else. But, his amazing powers have to play some role going forward, don’t they? Will he end up being a huge puzzle piece that falls into place in the final episode?

Dany v Night King: Dawn of Dragons


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Dany’s dragons roast some white walkers.

After losing her beloved Viserion, Daenerys has been convinced of the Night King‘s power and the threat he poses to the entire realm. What’s worse is that her dearly departed dragon has become a zombie soldier for the Night King’s army. Now that she’s become allies with Jon Snow — and there might be some fire between them that isn’t dragon-based — her mission has changed from conquering Westeros to saving it.

Game of Thrones airs on HBO at 9PM EST.

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Black Enterprise: When it comes to transitioning from employee to entrepreneur, what do you think is the most overlooked and undervalued skill in entrepreneurship?

K. Renee Ward: Believe it or not, resiliency. Sounds weird, but I have seen so many talented people quit because of difficulties. As an entrepreneur, it is important to recover often.

“We fall down, but we get up,” has to be the motto. Typically, seasoned entrepreneurs are willing to share victories more than they’d share failures. We need more stories, especially as black women. It is important to understand that triumph and adversity has a relationship on the path to entrepreneurship. Once you accept that, you can roll with the punches.

BE: What’s “the one thing” you wish you had known before starting your own business?

KRW: I wish I had known or recognized that money is not the only solution to all your problems as an entrepreneur. For example, sometimes, you can have money, but the wrong vendor. You could have money, but not enough time or the right team. It’s important to always look at the big picture.

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KRW: My secret sauce has always been having an authentic personal brand. It has been said time and time again, “people buy you.” They resonate with stories and transparency, not with just products, that’s why marketing trends have moved to more storytelling.

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Get Well Wednesday: What You Need To Know About Sarcoidosis

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Sarcoidosis can be devastating and difficult to diagnose, yet it disproportionately African-Americans. It’s the disorder that led to comedian Bernie Mac’s untimely death 9 years ago, though women get it more than men. Dr. Jen Caudle provides more information on this condition.

WHAT EXACTLY IS SARCOIDOSIS?
Sarcoidosis is a condition that causes inflammation in the body- it causes the immune system to over-react. This often occurs in the lungs, skin or lymph nodes- but it can affect any organ in the body. With sarcoidosis, you have something called “granulomas” – which are lumps of immune system cells that cluster in different organs of the body. These granulomas can affect how organs work and contribute to symptoms that people get.

We don’t really know what causes it- BUT researchers do think that genetics and the environment may play a role.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE MOST COMMON SYMPTOMS OF SARCOIDOSIS?

Many people will have no symptoms at all. The symptoms of sarcoidosis vary depending on which organs are affected and can also depending on your gender, age, and ethnic background.

Those who have symptoms commonly have the following: cough, shortness of breath, wheezing, “flu-like” symptoms, fatigue, night sweats, weight loss.

But patients can also have skin rashes and bumps, painful lymph nodes, eye symptoms and even joint pains.

HOW IS IT TREATED AND IS THERE A CURE ON THE HORIZON?

Not everyone with sarcoidosis will need treatment. Sometimes the condition improves without treatment.

The need for treatment depends on the symptoms, which organs are affected and how they are affected, etc.

There is no cure but the condition can be treated and managed. It is important to mention that this is a serious condition and some people have severe complications, but many live happy and productive lives with this condition.

Diagnosing sarcoidosis usually requires lung evaluations which can include chest X-rays and other testing; biopsies are also done.

The treatment depends on which organs are affected and how. But steroids are very common treatments used.  There are other medications used as well (affect immune system, etc).

It’s also important to see the doctor regularly, eat a healthy diet, exercise, not smoke, etc.

In addition, research is ongoing – we certainly need research to help us develop more treatments and understand sarcoidosis better.

DOES IT DISPROPORTIONATELY AFFECT BLACK PEOPLE?

It mostly affects people ages 20-50 and more women are affected than men. African-Americans are commonly affected as well as people of Northern European origin

In the US, the disease affects African-Americans more often and more severely than Whites.

People with a family history are at higher risk.

WHY IS IT TRICKY TO DIAGNOSE?

The symptoms of sarcoidosis often overlap with the symptoms of other diseases so sometimes it can be tricky to diagnose at first. Sometimes people think their symptoms are related to the flu or another condition and may disregard their symptoms.

ARE THE SYMPTOMS DIFFERENT FOR MEN THAN THEY ARE FOR WOMEN?

Not necessarily.

ARE ANY OTHER DISEASES CONNECTED TO SARCOIDOSIS?

It is possible for sarcoid to co-occur with autoimmune and connective tissue diseases.

 

Dr. Caudle answers your ‘Text Tom’ questions below:

I had Sarcoidosis back in the 80’s when I was in my 30’s, was treated with steroids and had a biopsy after that I was fine, I am now in my late sixties. Are you saying that I still have I and that it could flare up again?
A: Sarcoidosis is a chronic condition. There are many people with the condition that go into remission, but there are some who have flare-ups. The clinical course is different for each person.

 Does this condition affect people with asthma?

Sarcoidosis can affect anyone, but African-Americans and people of Northern European descent are at higher risk. Sarcoidosis often affects the lungs but can affect other organs as well.  

How does sarcoidosis even come about within one’s system?

Researchers are unsure of the exact cause but it is felt that genetics and the environment plays a role.

I’ve often wondered if I have it. I get diagnosed by family doctor almost annually with having an upper respiratory infection or bronchitis. That just seems weird to me. Nothing is ever detected through a pulmonary function exam (through work). Should I be asking for a specific test?

The most important thing is to talk with your doctor about your symptoms and express any concerns you have about your symptoms. You and your doctor should have an open dialogue about what testing and treatments might, or might not, be appropriate for you.

I’ve had a cousin to pass away due to sarcoidosis. Her cousin on her mother’s side passed away with the same thing. Now her sister has it…is it hereditary?

The exact cause of sarcoidosis is unknown- but genetics and/or environmental exposures may play a role.

My daughter had cold for three weeks. Should she get test since her father has sarcoidosis?

A: Not necessarily. The most important thing is for your daughter to see a doctor and make sure her symptoms resolve appropriately. Her doctor should also be made aware of her family history. Make sure she discusses any questions about her father’s history and her own- the doctor should discuss this with her. Open dialogue is key.

 I live in the Pensacola panhandle area of Fl. I am a sarcoid patient but have a problem finding qualified caretakers in this area. My case is not severe right now, but I am required to take an annual heart MRI. Can you recommend adequate patient care in this area?

A: To find great doctors, go to www.DoctorsThatDo.org or www.ama-assn.org.

Can you have symptoms without having flu or cold such as shortness of breath?

It is possible to have symptoms other than shortness of breath, cough or wheeze with sarcoidosis. Some people have fatigue, night sweats, skin rash, joint pains and eye symptoms, among others. And some have no symptoms at all.

Good morning, I am a sarcoidosis patient. I would like to know if sarcoidosis causes hair loss?

It is possible.

Can sarcoidosis affect the spine? How? 

Sarcoidosis can affect any organ in the body. It can also affect the joints.

 I was diagnosed with sarcoidosis in ’96. Are there any support groups for people with this condition?

I would definitely ask your doctor about this- a support group is a great idea to help support those with the condition.

What do you suggest for someone who is in pain almost continually, has been tested via blood work, X-rays, endoscopy, MRI and reportedly nothing is showing to be the cause. Very frustrating?

Be persistent and listen to your body. If you feel something is wrong – continue seeking care from health care professionals and express your concerns. This is important.

 What are the most common treatments for sarcoidosis with the least severe side effects?

There are many medications used to treat sarcoid- from steroids to others. What’s most important is to find the medication that best treats the type of sarcoid that you have, with the most tolerable side effects. Definitely work with your doctor on this!

 Can this develop in conduction with another autoimmune disease like Crohn’s?

A: Sarcoidosis can co-exist with many other conditions- including autoimmune conditions and connective tissue diseases, as well as others.

DR. JEN CAUDLE IS A BOARD-CERTIFIED FAMILY PHYSICIAN AND ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR AT ROWAN UNIVERSITY. SHE FREQUENTLY APPEARS AS A HEALTH EXPERT ON THE DR. OZ SHOW, CBS 3 PHILADELPHIA NEWS, FOX NEWS, CNN, HLN AND OTHERS.

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