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You may be married, but your assets certainly don't have to be, here's why
(NerdWallet via AP) — People who aren't rich or famous typically don't have prenuptial agreements, which are legal documents detailing who gets what in a divorce. Even ordinary folks without prenups, though, should think about how to protect their money if something goes wrong.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018


Affordable Health Screenings coming to Taylorville
TAYLORVILLE — Residents living in and around the Taylorville community can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, and other chronic, serious conditions with affordable screenings by Life Line Screening. The American Legion will host the event on March 14, 2018 at 110 West Franklin St. in Taylorville.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

No Veteran Dies Alone program receives four stars
PANA — Last June, Quad County Hospice kicked off a new program called “No Veteran Dies Alone.” The purpose of the program is to link veteran volunteers with vets living out their final stanza in Quad County Hospice care. It provides a reassuring presence to a dying veteran with ongoing visits from volunteer veterans.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Insulin quality questions have some diabetes experts scrambling
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Preliminary research suggesting that some diabetes patients may be injecting medicine that has partially disintegrated is causing concern even as serious questions are raised about the research itself.
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Winners and losers under Medicare drug plan in new budget
WASHINGTON (AP) — Some Medicare beneficiaries would face higher prescription drug costs under President Donald Trump’s budget even as the sickest patients save thousands of dollars, a complex trade-off that may make it harder to sell Congress on the plan in an election year.
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Getting Ready For Valentine's Day
TAYLORVILLE — The residents of Hickory Estates enjoyed an afternoon making Valentine cookies for family and friends recently. They will host a Valentine’s Party on Wednesday, Feb. 14. Pictured are residents: Mary Michel, Nola LeFever, Martha Borgic, Lorene Brown, Clyde “Buzz” Oller, Irene Kent, Carol Hartley, and Lynnette LeMaire.
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

What do new blood pressure guidelines mean for you?
URBANA, Ill. — In November of 2017, the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association released the first comprehensive guidelines for managing high blood pressure in adults since 2003. The update was created to identify and treat hypertension (high blood pressure) sooner. Research shows a very clear link between high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease, making you twice as likely to suffer a stroke or heart attack, explains University of Illinois Extension educator Marilyn Csernus.
Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Docs warn of heart risk from some cancer therapies
(AP) — Save your life but harm your heart? Health experts are sounding a warning as potential side effects of a growing number of breast cancer treatments come to light.
Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Nurses with a mission: Send older ER patients home and get them help
CHICAGO (AP) — When 86-year-old Carol Wittwer took a taxi to the emergency room, she expected to be admitted to the hospital. She didn’t anticipate being asked if she cooks for herself. If she has friends in her high-rise. Or if she could spell lunch backward.
Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Financial advice: Determining good from the bad
(NerdWallet via AP) — Good financial advice can help you achieve your life goals. Bad financial advice can cost you a fortune and leave you worse off than if you had tried to go it alone.
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Eagle photography exhibit opening at Dickson Mounds
LEWISTOWN, Ill. — Dickson Mounds Museum is opening a new exhibit Eagles: Kings of the Sky, photography by Jeff Moore, on Saturday, February 3 as part of the annual Fulton-Mason Eagle Day event. Accompanying the exhibit will be two eagle mounts from the Illinois State Museum’s Zoological collection.
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Push is on to better track living kidney donors' longterm health
WASHINGTON (AP) — The big unknown when someone donates a kidney: The long-term health consequences. Now the U.S. is taking a step toward finally tracking how living donors fare over decades — just as candidates are getting some new cautions to consider.
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

How about giving Abraham Lincoln a helping hand

SPRINGFIELD — Anyone who wants to help tell the world about America’s greatest president will get a chance when the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum welcomes new volunteers.


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

First time dealing with credit card fraud? You got this
(NerdWallet via AP) — When Amanda Abella was 23, her wallet was stolen from her purse while she was at work. Before she realized it was missing, she began receiving texts from her bank about unusual account activity. It was the first time she had experienced fraud on her debit and credit cards.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

American Legion Auxiliary donates to Taylorville Senior Center
TAYLORVILLE — The American Legion Auxiliary of Post 73 in Taylorville recently made a generous donation to the Taylorville Senior Center for transportation of area veterans to Veterans Administration medical centers and facilities.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Price tag on gene therapy for rare blindness: $850 k
WASHINGTON (AP) — A first-of-its kind genetic treatment for blindness will cost $850,000, less than the $1 million price tag that had been expected, but it’s still among the most expensive genetic therapies in the world.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

IV bag shortage has hospitals scrambling to treat flu
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — An ongoing shortage of fluids used to deliver medicine and treat dehydrated patients has hospital workers scrambling in the midst of a nasty flu season and supplies from factories in storm-ravaged Puerto Rico have been slow to rebound.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Food pantry partners with senior center to assist seniors, others
TAYLORVILLE — Food insecurity is defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as “a household-level economic and social condition of limited or uncertain access to adequate food.” Food insecurity affects all segments of the American population; in 2015, 8 percent or roughly 5.4 million Americans over the age of 60 were food insecure. The number of food insecure senior citizens is projected to increase by over 50 percent in 2025 when the youngest of the Baby Boomer Generation reaches age 60.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Milestone year: Gene therapy finds a place in medicine
(AP) — After decades of hope and high promise, this was the year scientists really showed they could doctor DNA to successfully treat diseases. Gene therapies to treat cancer and even pull off the biblical-sounding feat of helping the blind to see were approved by U.S. regulators, establishing gene manipulation as a new mode of medicine.
Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Wrong mutual fund can rob years of retirement income
(NerdWallet via AP) — You may not know it, but there’s a class system inside your investment portfolio.
Tuesday, January 2, 2018

TMH to host bi-weekly coffee group for seniors
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Memorial Hospital’s Senior Life Solutions program will soon host a free bi-weekly coffee group for seniors.
Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Alzheimer's Association plans longest day event
SPRINGFIELD — The Longest Day is a day that’s all about love—love for all those affected by Alzheimer’s disease. People across the globe will team up with the Alzheimer’s Association and select an activity they love, or an activity loved by those affected, to help end Alzheimer’s through a do-it-yourself fundraising event. Together, they will raise funds and awareness for care and support while advancing research toward the first survivor of Alzheimer’s.
Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Time to travel: Consider these top destinations
(AP) — Many travel brands, guidebook publishers and websites offer lists of places to go in the new year. Here's a look at some of those lists for 2018. They include destinations from every continent, cities large and small, islands, rural regions and wilderness areas, places in the news and places you've never heard of.
Tuesday, December 26, 2017

NerdWallet: Refusing to pay could hurt you more than you hurt them
(NerdWallet via AP) — Oh, the injustice of it all.
Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Test may help predict which breast cancers will recur
(AP) — A blood test five years after breast cancer treatment helped identify some women who were more likely to relapse, long before a lump or other signs appeared, a preliminary study found.
Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Juggling bills may be a key indicator of food insecurity
URBANA, Ill. — Pawning family valuables or paying one bill while letting another bill slide may be warning signs that someone is at risk for being food insecure. A new University of Illinois study uses data collected from people who visit food pantries to show that these financial coping strategies can help identify people who are very food insecure or at risk for becoming food insecure.
Tuesday, December 19, 2017

How to 'death clean' or unclutter your finances as you age
(NerdWallet via AP) — The phrase "death cleaning" may sound jarring to unaccustomed ears, but the concept makes sense. It's about getting rid of excess rather than leaving a mess for your heirs to sort out.
Tuesday, December 19, 2017

A better mammogram? Is a pricey 3-D scan better?
WASHINGTON (AP) — A better mammogram? Increasingly women are asked if they want a 3-D mammogram instead of the regular X-ray — and now U.S. health officials are starting a huge study to tell if the newer, sometimes pricier choice really improves screening for breast cancer.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Patient: 'Doc talked on cell phone during surgery'
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A suburban New York City woman has sued a doctor, claiming he used his cellphone to take a language test while operating on her.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

You can cross these four items off of your year-end investing checklist
(NerdWallet via AP) — Good news: There’s still time to slash your tax burden, boost your retirement savings and get a head start on investing wisely in 2018 — all before Auld Lang Syne plays on New Year’s Eve.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The most wonderful time to celebrate - earmuffs
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Earmuffs are all the rage on at least one day of the year.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Volunteer Of The Month
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry presents Richard Petes with an honorary plaque at Monday evenin’gs Taylorville City Council meeting, recognizing Peters for his volunteer efforts through Christian CountyTRIAD, a senior advocacy group.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Stem cell clinics in Texas attract patients, scrutiny
HOUSTON (AP) — Martha Barden hobbled around in so much pain — barely able to navigate stairs, always calculating distances she could walk — that her husband told her she needed knee replacement.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017









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