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ELDERUPDATES.COM, NO. 36 August 27, 2014   NEW BRAIN TISSUE STUDY INDICATES children affected by autism has a surplus of synapses, or connections between brain cells, possibly due to a slowdown of the normal pruning process that occurs during brain development.  (Autism Speaks, August 21, 2014.) PRELIMINARY RESEARCH shows that injecting stem cells into a person’s brain MAY dramatically improve their long-term recovery from strokes.  (The WEEK, August 29, 2014.) 6.0 EARTHQUAKE struck Napa, CA on August 24, 2014, with gas leaking afterwards, while retrofit buildings “did not fare so well”, according to Napa County Supervisor Mark Luce.  The 1906 earthquake was 500 times stronger than this one, yet this quake caused gas leaks. (New York Times, August 24, 2014.) So what would have happened if the 1906 earthquake was only 50 times stronger, instead of 500 times stronger, than the one last Sunday? RELIGIOUS OBJECTIONS to providing birth control coverage addressed by new rule allowing religious college, profit-making and non-profit groups to inform government of their religion-based objections to providing birth control, after which the government would arrange birth control coverage for the employees at no cost to the employer or its employees.  (New York Times, August 22, 2014.) No mention was made if the exempt agencies would have their rates changed. BITCOIN TRADING SITE Coinabul LLC, faces a class action lawsuit after allegedly defrauding thousands of customers.  One customer alleges he sent 1,644 bitcoins with a then value of $970,000 for gold bars that were never delivered.  (Los Angeles Times, July 29, 2014.) THE EVERY FOUR YEAR REPORT by the American Society of Civil Engineers, reports a...

ELDERUPDATES.COM, NO. 35

Leave This Blank:Leave This Blank Too:Do Not Change This:Your email:  ELDERUPDATES.COM, NO. 35 August 20, 2014   CELL PHONES must be equipped with a “kill switch” that renders them inoperable, according to a bill passed by the State Senate and sent to Governor Brown.  It will take effect July 1, 2015.  (Los Angeles Times, August 12, 2014.) JOBS INCREASE AS INCOME GAP WIDENS during recovery, with new jobs paying 23% less than those lost in the downturn.  From 2005 to 2012, the top earners received more than 60% of the income gains, while the bottom 40% received 6.6% of the gains.  (Los Angeles Times, August 12, 2014.) ROBIN WILLIAMS’ ESTATE PLAN included a revocable living trust.  Unlike the heirs of Phillip Seymour Hoffman and James Gandolfino, Mr. Williams’ heirs will be allowed peace and privacy to administer the estate. According to an old song “People say I’m the life of the party, because I tell a joke or two…..I may be laughing loud and hearty, but deep inside I’m blue”… If you know someone who is “blue”, encourage them to seek help for their depression. CONGRESSWOMAN JAN SCHAKOWSKY has introduced legislation to require there be a nurse in a “nursing home” 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  California has a similar requirement for facilities with more than 100 beds.  Currently, federal law requires a nurse in a nursing home for only 8 hours a day, regardless of the size of the facility.  (New York Times, August 13, 2014.) NEW AARP PRESIDENT Jeannine English writes about the importance of preventive care under the Affordable Care Act, noting that...

ELDERUPDATES.COM, NO. 34, August 13, 2014

ELDERUPDATES.COM, NO. 34 August 13, 2014 ORDER PERMITTING GRANDPARENTS’ VISITATION with grandchild, over parent’s objection, did not violate parent’s rights when child was already under the jurisdiction of the Dependency Court.  (Daily EBriefs, L.A. County Bar, August 9, 2014.) BEST TIME TO BUY MEDIGAP POLICY is during the 6 months that begin in the month you turn 65, when you can buy any policy you want without a medical screening, and the price will be the same as for people in good health.  (Kiplinger’s Retirement Report, August, 2014.) FEDERAL JUDGE Myron Thompson ruled Alabama abortion law requiring doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a local hospital is an unconstitutional “undue burden” on the clinics.  (The WEEK, August 15, 2014.) L.A. POLICE DEPARTMENT misclassified almost 1,200 crimes as misdemeanors, thereby “reducing” violent crime by 7% and aggravated assaults by 14%.  Inadvertent errors and pressure to meet crime reduction goals were blamed for the mistakes.  (Los Angeles Times, August 10, 2014.) THE CURRENT CONGRESS has enacted 142 laws, the fewest of any Congress in the past 20 years.  34 of these laws were to rename post offices and the like.  (The WEEK, August 15, 2014.) 67 HEDGE FUNDS managed by women had an average 8.95% return, while the average return generated by an index of typical funds had a return of 2.69%.  (The WEEK, August 15, 2014.) WALGREENS has decided not to do an “inversion”, changing it’s tax residence to England, when it buys British pharmacy chain Alliance.  Walgreens said changing tax residence “was not in the best interests of our shareholders”.  (The WEEK, August 15, 2014.) DISEASE less...