No Ginkgo Biloba – But These Preventive Measures Could Slow Down Dementia

No Ginkgo Biloba – But These Preventive Measures Could Slow Down Dementia

In a landmark report, scientists have endorsed three strategies for preventing dementia and cognitive decline associated with normal aging — being physically active, engaging in cognitive training and controlling high blood pressure. This is the first time experts convened by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine have deemed scientific evidence strong enough to suggest that preventing dementia and age-related cognitive decline might be possible. Seven years ago, in a separate report issued by…

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Is Your Tap Water Killing You? Visit This Online Tool and Find Out

Is Your Tap Water Killing You? Visit This Online Tool and Find Out

You’ve likely read about the horror story that is the Flint Water Crisis, so what sort of contaminants might be in your drinking water? Now the Environmental Working Group is offering a tool to help you find out with their Tap Water Database. If you live in the U.S., you can simply enter your zip code – or the name of the local utility – to find out the content of your tap water. EWG is an…

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Even If You Have Health Insurance Millions More Uninsured Will Impact Your Coverage

Even If You Have Health Insurance Millions More Uninsured Will Impact Your Coverage

Much has been written lately about how individuals’ health could suffer if they become uninsured under the health insurance proposals circulating in the U.S. House and Senate. But there is another consequence: creating millions more people without insurance could also adversely affect the health of people who remain insured. “We know that communities with higher rates of uninsurance have worse access to care for those with Medicare or private insurance,” said John Ayanian, director of…

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Flood Insurance Program Nearly Underwater and Drowning In Red Ink

Flood Insurance Program Nearly Underwater and Drowning In Red Ink

Flood insurance in America is under scrutiny, and most of the effort is aimed at dealing with what the federal government calls the “severe repetitive loss property.” Those are homes which have cost taxpayers cumulative payouts which exceeding what those structures are actually worth – and often by many thousands of dollars. It’s thought that across the nation there are more than 11,000 properties – mostly in coastal or low-lying areas – which are under…

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The Reasons You Were Declined After Your Life Insurance Application

The Reasons You Were Declined After Your Life Insurance Application

Not all insurance companies think the same way when it comes to risks in insuring you for the future. Guaranteed life is available today without a medical exam for those who have health concerns. However, if you are in the process of purchasing a policy and are preparing for an exam, the following can result in a declined or postponed life insurance application, meaning they will look at your application again if the problem is…

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Murder for Life Insurance – The Black Widows

Murder for Life Insurance – The Black Widows

On April 18, 2008, Helen Golay 78, formerly of Santa Monica, California, and Olga Rutterschmidt 75, formerly of Hollywood, California, were convicted of the murders of two homeless men—Paul Vados in 1999 and Kenneth McDavid in 2005. According to reports, Golay and Rutterschmidt staged Vados and McDavid’s deaths to appear as hit-and-run accidents in order to collect on multi-million dollar life insurance policies they had taken out on the men and became The Black Widow…

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When Chatbots Turn Ugly – the Story of Tay and How Insurtech Could Go So Very Wrong

When Chatbots Turn Ugly – the Story of Tay and How Insurtech Could Go So Very Wrong

Would you buy your life insurance from a profane, insane, hateful conspiracy-spouting teenaged chatbot? Probably not, unless you’re into that sort of stuff. With more and more insurers embracing insurtech solutions and implementing ‘chatbots’ to market their policies to customers, the potential for things to take a horrific turn into the Twilight Zone ramps up as well. As a particularly bizarre example, consider the experience of software giant Microsoft. Late last year the company introduced…

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