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Your Vision and Your Hips: There’s a Connection!

Your Vision and Your Hips: There’s a Connection!

As we age, our visual acuity begins to decay.  It’s just a fact of life.  But ignoring it or procrastinating your response can have consequences that are worse than dealing with the problem in a timely manner. It has been known for some time that bone fracture risk is linked to poor eyesight. A new

Car Wash Etiquette

Car Wash Etiquette

Growing up, one of my most enjoyable weekend “chores” was washing my car.  I loved the instant gratification of the whole thing: You wet the car, washed the car, rinsed the car, dried the car and then – presto! – clean car! But now, my knees can’t take the bending to get to the wheels

A Holiday Party Primer

A Holiday Party Primer

This is the time of the year when you may be asked to attend a holiday party of some type – as the invitee or as a guest. While most of us have had at least some prior experience in these venues, the basic do’s and don’ts probably merit restating just in case.  As Suddenly

No-Cost/High-Return Holiday Hints!

No-Cost/High-Return Holiday Hints!

No matter how you are spending the holidays, let us offer you some easy-to-follow suggestions on how to maximize the season and stay healthy to boot! “Achoo” Awareness!  If you are using your own holiday decorations that you put away last year, remember that they are now probably dusty and dirty. It doesn’t take much

Must You Fast Before a Cholesterol Test? Maybe Not.

Must You Fast Before a Cholesterol Test?  Maybe Not.

In a just published study, some of the more significant numbers done as part of a routine cholesterol test were not significantly different between patients who ate before the exam and those that did not. Overall, the mean cholesterol subclass levels varied by less than 2% for total cholesterol and high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, by

Need a Jolt of Self-Motivation? Gargle With Sugar Water!

Need a Jolt of Self-Motivation?  Gargle With Sugar Water!

In an admittedly small study, a group of students was asked to perform highly repetitive tasks (crossing out the letter “e” in a statistics book, correctly noting the color of a word spelled in another color, etc.).  Some of the students rinsed their mouths with sugar-sweetened lemonade during the tests while others rinsed their mouths

Ear Lobe Creases? Look Out!

Ear Lobe Creases?   Look Out!

A study of 11,000 Danish subjects revealed that those who looked old (i.e., those with receding hairlines, bald heads, creases near their ear lobes or bumpy deposits on their eyelids) had a greater chance of developing heart disease than younger looking people who are the same age. A small consolation: wrinkles elsewhere on the face

“Free” Credit Report? Watch Out!

“Free” Credit Report?  Watch Out!

There has been a proliferation of credit reporting and monitoring services popping up as a result of identity theft crimes. Unfortunately, some of these firms are using what is often a moment of great anxiety following an identity theft incident to take advantage of the situation by pressuring people to pay for reports or services

Sloppy Joes… with a Spicy Twist!

Sloppy Joes… with a Spicy Twist!

As we head into winter, your tastes will probably veer to the more “hearty” type of fare in the kitchen.  Suddenly Solo appreciates the fact that not all of us are skilled chefs (see NOTE below), but we always try to provide a recipe that is fairly easy and, most importantly, delicious. Asian Sloppy Joes

Rock On With Your Bad Self

Rock On With Your Bad Self

There is no shortage of rock bands that many of us enjoyed growing up who are still performing (Heck, the Rolling Stones have been rocking for 50 years now!).  These types of concerts are great “date” ideas and can be more affordable than you might think, provided you are a little flexible with your timing

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