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New California Coronavirus case reveals problems with U.S. testing protocols
3/4/2020 6:10:36 PM

By Anna Maria Barry-Jester and Rachel Bluth   SOLANO COUNTY—Just weeks into the federal government’s efforts to contain the novel coronavirus, a new California case has exposed weaknesses in the testing procedures that could be masking more widespread reach of the disease. A woman in Solano County, California, who hadn’t traveled abroad or had contact with another known patient with the illness was diagnosed with the virus Wednesday, raising concerns that cases are going undetected because of the federal government’s narrow testing...

Large cargo shipping industry cancels Long Beach conference
3/4/2020 6:08:32 PM

LONG BEACH—A trade conference for the cargo shipping industry, set to open Sunday at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Long Beach with more than 2,000 participants, has been canceled amid continued concerns about the novel coronavirus, known as COVID-19, organizers said. “In light of growing concerns around COVID-19, we’ve made the difficult decision to cancel #TPM20 and #ElDorado20 this year, officials with the Journal of Commerce, which sponsors the event, posted on Twitter late Saturday. IHS Markit, which publishes the New York-based trade publication, further said in...

When should dementia patients stop driving?
2/28/2020 8:57:56 AM

Dear Savvy Senior Is there a good rule of thumb on when dementia patients should stop driving? My 82-year-old mom has early stage Alzheimer’s disease but still drives herself around town just fine. Inquiring Daughter   Dear Inquiring Most doctors agree that people with moderate to severe dementia should never get behind the wheel, but in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, driving performance should be the determining factor of when to stop driving, not the disease itself. With that said, it’s also important to realize that as your mom’s...

Stalked by the fear that dementia is stalking you
2/28/2020 8:43:32 AM

By Judith Graham Kaiser Health News   Do I know I’m at risk for developing dementia? You bet. My father died of Alzheimer’s disease at age 72; my sister was felled by frontotemporal dementia at 58. And that’s not all: Two maternal uncles had Alzheimer’s, and my maternal grandfather may have had vascular dementia. (In his generation, it was called senility.) So what happens when I misplace a pair of eyeglasses or can’t remember the name of a movie I saw a week ago? “Now comes my turn with dementia,” I think. Then I...

75 years after Iwo Jima, a veteran remembers the fight
2/28/2020 8:42:11 AM

By Joanne Kimberlin   CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP)—Eddie Vincek is a survivor. He's made it to 95. Still stands tall, with remarkably few ailments. Still lives with his wife in their longtime house in rural Chesapeake, where he putters around the flower beds of their 4-acre yard. Seventy-five years ago, Vincek beat some other odds—surviving the Battle of Iwo Jima, one of the last and bloodiest struggles of World War II in the Pacific. More than 6,000 American troops never made it off that tiny island near Japan. Another 20,000 or so were wounded. Vincek...

Frosted Thoughts
2/27/2020 8:45:32 AM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Hi there, my name is Chris. I am a community journalist, and I take this job seriously. I report on a lot of fun things, but I also report on issues that directly relate to how people live their lives.   Some people want to know which side of the political spectrum I fall into, and I will tell you that I fall into no spectrum. I report the news as fairly and accurately as I can. The only time my politics come into play is when I walk into a polling booth, and I pull the curtain shut. Many people see me out in the field reporting...

Here's a novel idea
2/27/2020 8:23:48 AM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Oxnard-- You know, as I cover all the events surrounding this election, it's easy to point to issues in a place like Oxnard. We have a homeless problem that has hurt businesses, got people injured and killed, and there are not enough resources to address the issue.   We have crime, drugs, and vagrancy and a city that needs to cut services so they can meet its budget. My wife is afraid to drive home after work at night because of these issues. I showed her a picture of a man who allegedly killed a woman last year, and she was...

'Good Times' star reflects on past at Black History event
2/20/2020 11:20:15 AM

By Yue Stella Yu   WEST POINT, Miss. (AP)—Bern Nadette Stanis remembers herself being upset one night. No one at the school would play with her, she recalled, no matter how hard she tried. That's when her mother sat down next to her and grabbed her hands. “(My mother) said, 'Bern Nadette, one day, the whole world is going to know your name,” Stanis said. ““But she didn't tell me it was gonna be 'Thelma.”'“ Stanis, better known as “Thelma” from the 1970s TV show “Good Times,”...

Where to get free help filing your tax return
2/20/2020 11:14:09 AM

Ease your mind and wallet with aid from the IRS, AARP and others By John Waggoner, AARP   ANYTOWN, USA—Doing your own taxes is not the same as removing your own carbuncle, although it may feel like it. But if you need tax help, you can get it—and often at no charge. Nearly 90 percent of tax filers use software to figure their federal or state income tax, according to the Internal Revenue Service. If you want to buy your own software, you could pay up to $100 or even more for the service, depending on the complexity of your return. (Hint: If you have rental...

COBRA warning for people eligible for Medicare
2/20/2020 11:12:28 AM

Courtesy of California Health Advocates   SACRAMENTO—If you are eligible for Medicare, regardless of whether you signed up for it, COBRA can bite you! COBRA—the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act—gives you the legal right to continue group health benefits when they might otherwise end due to job loss, divorce or death. They are the same as those you had in the employer plan. Yet, federal rules that apply while you are working and eligible for Medicare are very different when you stop working and are on COBRA. If you are eligible for Medicare...

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