Look for a health app that protects sensitive information

Health App

Health apps on your smartphone or smartwatch can help you track your health conditions, count calories, manage medications or predict ovulation. To do this, they often ask for sensitive personal information, such as your health history and medications you take. Some apps may use this information to target you with ads or they may sell …

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Are you healthy enough to age in place?

Many seniors prefer to remain in the familiar comfort of their own home as long as possible. Others may fear moving to a retirement facility due to the risks of COVID-19 exposure. Here are some health requirements for independent living: Sharp thinking skills Forgetting things from time to time is normal. But if you’re having …

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Preparation is key to bicycle safety

family riding bikes safely

Riding a bicycle is a good way to get exercise and enjoy the outdoors. It is also an economical, environmentally friendly means of transportation. But bicycling on public streets and roads requires sensible safety precautions. In 2018, 857 people were killed in traffic wrecks and many more injured in crashes and falls. Most bicyclist deaths …

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Limiting lawsuits not a big concern for small businesses

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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has long used the argument that lawsuits hurt small businesses to justify laws that give immunity to corporations when their unsafe products harm consumers or dangerous worksites injure employees. But it is mostly large corporations that benefit from these protections. Is the fear of lawsuits a major concern for small …

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Planning for natural disasters during COVID-19

prepare for natural disasters during Covid 19

Hurricanes, floods and other natural disasters don’t pause for a pandemic. Precautions that protect you and your family from the risk of COVID-19 should be a part of your natural disaster emergency plans. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers safety planning advice from public health and emergency response professionals, including these key points …

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Know your rights when debt collectors text you

debt collection

According to the National Consumer Law Center, about 70 million Americans have a bill in collection at any given time, with about a fourth of those having more than one debt being collected. A new rule finalized by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will soon allow debt collectors to begin contacting you not just by phone, but …

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Floodwaters can present hidden dangers

Avoiding Accidents on Flooded Roadways

Floodwaters are more than a threat to property. They can also be a danger to your health and safety. Swiftly moving shallow water can present a drowning hazard. Even shallow standing water can be dangerous to small children. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends these precautions when encountering floodwater after a disasteror emergency. Follow …

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Change lifestyle habits to gain more energy

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It’s normal to become more fatigued with age. Bodily changes reduce the amount of energy produced in our cells and the amount of adenosine triphosphate, the molecule that delivers energy throughout the body. Disease and side effects of medication can also make us feel tired. In some cases, changing lifestyle habits is enough to regain …

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Are online apps illegally marketing to your children?

marketing apps to children

Mobile app video games are a big attraction for children, and with winter weather and COVID-19 precautions keeping them indoors more, your child may be spending additional time online. But even if the games are age appropriate for your child, there are other risks to your child’s privacy and to your bank account. A recent …

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What are the limits when your rights meet my rights?

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Our rights and freedoms are freedom from government interference in our lives. Reasonable restrictions designed to protect public health and safety are allowed. The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects several important freedoms. It reads: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom …

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