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A Good Reason to Stop Squabbling at Home

TUESDAY, Sept. 24, 2019 — Few families are able to escape squabbles completely, whether between spouses, children or other relatives.

But a Danish study that looked at nearly 10,000 men and women, aged 36 to 52, warns that stressful social relations can be more than just unpleasant — they can increase your overall risk of early death.

How can you live in better harmony? Though your approach might differ depending on whether the argument is with your spouse or with an uncle you see just once a year, some steps are the same.

Write out what you think the squabble is about, along with your views on the subject, so that you can articulate them clearly. Add how you would like to see the issue resolved. Offer your family member this same opportunity. Agree that you will each take time to respectfully listen to the other with the goal of reaching a solution or a compromise.

Make sure you both interpret any solution the same way. To move forward, it’s important that you accept the outcome and not harbor any feelings of resentment. If conflicts over specific issues happen again and again, look for a deeper, underlying cause.

Remember that arguments within a family, especially between kids and parents, are normal — no fighting often means issues aren’t being addressed, not that they don’t exist. Also, airing differences of opinion and respecting every voice, youngsters’ included, helps kids with their interpersonal development.

Finally, keep in mind that not every situation merits an escalation into an argument. In other words, choose your battles wisely.

More information

The American Academy of Pediatrics has more on healthy ways to have family arguments.

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Posted: September 2019

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Statue resembling Trump erected in Melania’s home country Slovenia

A lookalike statue of Donald Trump, called Slovenian statue of liberty, is seen in Selo pri Kamniku, Slovenia, August 30, 2019. REUTERS/Srdjan Zivulovic

SELA PRI KAMNIKU, Slovenia (Reuters) – A large wooden sculpture that strongly resembles Donald Trump was erected this week in Slovenia, home country of Trump’s wife Melania, though its designer insists it is meant to represent a “statue of liberty”, not the U.S. president.

Tom Schlegl’s 8-metre (26 foot) statue in the village of Sela, north of the capital Ljubljana, depicts a man with blond hair and an angry expression, wearing a blue suit, white shirt and red tie. His right arm is raised with a clenched fist.

“I designed the statue because people have forgotten what the Statue of Liberty stands for. I want to alert people to the rise of populism and it would be difficult to find a bigger populist in this world than Donald Trump,” Schlegl said.

Schlegl added that he did not mind that most people see his statue as representing Trump.

The 56-year-old architect said he had got the idea for the statue after a wooden sculpture of Melania was inaugurated near her hometown of Sevnica by U.S. artist Brad Downey less than two months ago.

The Sela statue, erected by volunteers, can only remain in its current location for two months and then a new home must be found for it, Schlegl said.

“It could be somewhere in Slovenia or abroad – even Greenland if there is interest there,” joked Schlegl, referring to Trump’s recent abortive bid to buy Greenland from Denmark.

Reporting by Srdjan Zivulovic and Marja Novak; Editing by Gareth Jones

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Children Make You Happier — Once They’ve Left Home

Aug. 20, 2019 — Having children can make you happier, but only when you’re older and if your children have moved out, a new study finds.

Researchers surveyed 55,000 people, 50 and older, in 16 European countries about their mental health and found that the “the positive aspects of parenthood dominate when getting older,” CNN reported.

One of the main reasons for that conclusion is that children offer a form of social support, according to the authors of the study in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

They noted that social support networks are associated with greater happiness and less loneliness and can provide a cushion against stressful events, CNN reported.

“As stress associated with balancing the competing demands of childcare, work and personal life decreases, once people get older and their children leave (home), the importance of children as caregivers and social contacts might prevail,” study leader Christoph Becker, Heidelberg University, Germany, and colleagues wrote.

The study also found that having children who still live at home can harm older parent’s mental well-being, CNN reported.

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DHX Launches ‘In the Night Garden’ Exclusives at Home Bargains

DHX Brands has formed a direct-to-retail collaboration to launch a new range of In the Night Garden products, specially created for the brand’s audience of children aged 6 months to 2.5 years.

Launched as a direct-to-retail promotion with TJ Morris, the products will be introduced exclusively in Home Bargains and Quality Save stores throughout the U.K. this summer, with an initial 18 products available by the end of July, followed by two more in August and a further 12 in September.

The range – which retails from £0.69-£13.99 – includes a host of items which are currently unavailable from other In the Night Garden licensees, including infant wipes, toddler training items, wooden pull-along toys, slippers, towelling robes, gift bags and feeding products such as bibs and sipper cups. The range also includes greeting cards and gift wrap; tableware, such as cutlery and melamine sets; apparel, including pyjamas and onesies; and accessories such as socks and backpacks.

With Home Bargains also stocking toys from Golden Bear’s popular, award-winning In the Night Garden range, the store is now a must-visit destination for fans of the top-rated CBeebies preschool TV series.

“We are delighted to team up with DHX Brands to offer this fantastic new range of In the Night Garden products,” said Helen Lynch of TJ Morris. “Such an appealing choice of items, from such an evergreen brand which is beloved by millions of families nationwide, is sure to prove a big hit with our customers over the summer.”

Laura Brennan, DHX Brands, said, “TJ Morris have an excellent reputation with their burgeoning Home Bargains stores and we are excited to be teaming up with them to give In the Night Garden fans such a wonderful new range, which increases the variety of products available and provides even more ways for young children to get closer to their favourite characters.”

The agreement between In the Night Garden brand owner, DHX Media, and TJ Morris was negotiated by leading licensing agency CPLG.

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‘Secret Life of Pets 2’ Comes Home to Sit ‘n’ Stay

Heartwarming, gut-busting animated family blockbuster The Secret Life of Pets 2 is ready to be adopted on disc and digital this summer, through Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Illumination Entertainment’s warm and fuzzy sequel arrives on Digital August 13, and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand on August 27. DVD and Digital versions are packed with well over an hour of bonus content, including two brand-new mini-movies. Meanwhile, 4K and Blu-ray versions include an exclusive Captain Snowball Motion Comic.

In The Secret Life of Pets 2, terrier Max (Patton Oswalt) is coping with major life changes after Katie’s marriage and the arrival of a toddler, Liam. Meanwhile, Gidget (Jenny Slate) tries to rescue Max’s favorite toy from a cat-packed apartment with a little help from her feline friend, Chloe (Lake Bell), who has discovered the joys of catnip. And Snowball (Kevin Hart) believes, despite the other pets’ teasing, that he’s a superhero after his owner starts dressing him in superhero pajamas. But when Daisy (Tiffany Haddish), a fearless Shih Tzu, shows up to ask for Snowball’s help on a dangerous mission, he’ll have to summon the courage to become the hero he’s been pretending to be.

The voice cast also features Eric Stonestreet, Nick Kroll, Dana Carvey, Ellie Kemper, Hannibal Buress, Bobby Moynihan and Harrison Ford in his first-ever animation role: a farm dog named Rooster.

Bonus Features (4K, Blu-ray, DVD & Digital):

  • Mini Movie: Minion Scouts – When Margo, Agnes and Edith return from Badger Scout camp, three of the Minions are entranced by the girls’ merit badges. Their own attempt at scout camp results in attracting a bear, eating poison berries and eventually blowing up a dam, creating a massive flood. But, when they arrive back home, the girls share their badges, encouraging the rest of the Minions to try their hand at scouting.
  • Mini Movie: Super Gidget – When Max is kidnapped by an army of squirrels, Super Gidget is the only one who can save him. It turns out that Max’s captor is a flea with the power of mind control. Gidget must use her pluckiness, strength and smarts to save her one true love…until it turns out it was all just a dream.
  • The Making of the Mini Movies – Every Illumination film is accompanied by mini movies that are a production all their own. Each film’s directing partners will explore how the mini movies were made.
  • Deleted Scenes: “Wake Up” – Max and Duke have a new morning routine with Liam. “Duke Explores the Farm” – Duke has a funny interaction with a goat. “Snowball Karate” – Snowball does his superhero warm up. “Secret Confessions” – Dogs gather to talk about their deepest secrets.
  • A Tapestry of a Tail: The Making Of – The plot of The Secret Life of Pets 2 involves multiple storylines ultimately coming together to create a larger than life tale. We talk with the filmmakers, editor and cast about the delicate dance of juggling multiple narratives in one movie.
  • How to Draw – Hosted by Head of Story, Eric Favela, follow the step-by-step tutorial to learn to draw Max, Snowball and Chloe.
  • Frame by Frame: How to Make a Flip Book – In this DIY-style vignette, Head of Story Eric Favela will teach viewers about the essence of animation and how they can create their very own flip book animations at home.
  • Character Pods – Get a closer look at your favorite characters of The Secret Life of Pets 2 with these delightful character pods that might just give away a few more pet secrets. Patton Oswalt – Max; Kevin Hart – Snowbal;l Eric Stonestreet – Duke; Jenny Slate – Gidget; Tiffany Haddish – Daisy; Lake Bell – Chloe; Nick Kroll – Sergei; Dana Carvey – Pops; Bobby Moynihan – Mel; Harrison Ford – Rooster
  • A Party Fit for a Pet – Using stop-motion animation, this step-by-step guide teaches you everything you need to know to throw the very best party for your pet!
  • Pops’ Puppy Training School with Kevin Hart – Join Kevin Hart as he shows off his dog training skills.
  • Pets Yule Log – Sit back and relax in front of this exclusive The Secret Life of Pets 2 themed animated ‘Yule Log.’
  • ‘Panda’ Lyric Video
  • ‘It’s Gonna Be A Lovely Day (The Secret Life of Pets 2)’ Lyric Video

4K & Blu-ray Exclusive:

  • The Further Adventures of Captain Snowball (Interactive) – This animated ‘Motion Comic’ expands the world of our furry hero, Captain Snowball. Using a ‘superhero’ comic book style and custom animation, we discover more about the secret world of our caped crusader with a little help from our viewers. At key moments in the story, the viewer is presented with a choice: left, or right? Fight or flight? Their choice determines our hero’s next move!

4K, Blu-ray & Digital Exclusives:

  • My Buddy and Me – We interview the Illumination cast and crew talking about The Secret Life of Pets 2 while holding (or trying to hold) their pets.
  • Pets with Jobs: A Documentary – We find and profile animals with special jobs – a service dog that detects when its epileptic owner is about to have a seizure; ponies that provide comfort to children with cancer; police dogs that go the extra mile to catch the bad guys. Meet some of the many animals who make the world a better place every day!
  • Relax the Cat: The Secret Life of Pets Massage – A professional pet masseuse shows the cast how to read signs of tension in their pet and use massage techniques to keep their furry babies relaxed and happy!
  • Production Pets – It takes hundreds of people to make an animated movie and a lot of those people have pets that can’t wait for them to come home. This piece is dedicated to all those faithful companions.

Animation Magazine

How To Set Up A Home Grow Operation On A Budget Of Less Than $1,000

Consuming marijuana can be an expensive undertaking. Some every day ask themselves is it worth the costs to buy weed. Some may think, but what if they grow it, would it be cheaper? We, the people at www.420finmgmt.com where we try to get you the best bang for your green, crunched the numbers for you.

A gram of flower, which most stoners wouldn’t consider much, goes for about $ 3 for some swag to about $ 15+ for the dank stuff. A more seasoned smoker, buying an ounce would be paying around $ 100 – $ 300 for flower. An entrepreneurial smoker, as I hope we have a few here, would it make sense not to buy from your local dispensary or dealer, but rather to grow your own? What would this kind of endeavor take? Let’s dive into the costs and see if becoming a farmer is in your future.

Space to Grow

First thing first, do you have some free space either indoors or outdoors to grow. Let’s assume you have an extra closet or small bedroom available and want to start a grow operation in there. What would you need to start?

Electricity

One thing about growing it is very energy intensive. A lot of rooms like a closet or spare bedroom may lack any outlets, or if it does have an outlet, it is on the main circuit breaker line. This overload causes problems because of the amount of energy need for the ventilation system, and lighting could trip the breaker.

I would recommend hiring an electrician to bring in electricity directly from your main fuse box so that the grow room is on its own circuit. An electrician usually costs about $ 50 to $ 100 an hour and depending on your home’s layout this operation make take a few hours. In states where marijuana is still illegal, it is also plus if you know a trustworthy electrician for this kind of job as there are not too many other needs for this kind of work. Don’t want to raise any red flags before you grow.

Water

Water, the giver of life, surely water would be free. Sadly no. You will most likely be billed for your water usage by your town or city. In drier climates, like Las Vegas and San Diego, typically have higher water usage rates than places like Seattle and Portland, where the average annual rainfall is much higher. Low rainfall can drive up water prices in certain areas. Given the wide range of water prices across the United States, it is too hard to give a ballpark price, but your plants will need it unless they grow on brawndo.

Ventilation

If you remember your introduction to biology class from Freshman year, you’ll recall that plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. The leaves of the plants are a plant’s lungs, if they become clogged with the poisons pushed out during transpiration, they will die. Dead leaves mean dead marijuana plants. This is why it is important to have air flowing through your room with your plants.

Make sure during your planning phase you layout an extraction route. Hot air rises so make sure put your extractor fan on the top of the room. Use some flexible tubing to “aim” the exhaust to a safe area. For example, away from a nosy neighbor house. If you have a grow tent of 40’’ by 40’’ in your grow room or space, you will need a 6? exhaust fan, which will cost you about $ 100. The larger your grow tent, the larger exhaust fan you will need.

Growing medium

Most new growers make the mistake of limiting themselves to only using soil to grow cannabis plants. In fact, many cannabis growers prefer other growing mediums such as hydroponics, perlite with soil mixes, or coco. Let’s assume your mission is to keep your costs low and grow using some quality topsoil which will set you back about $ 20 bucks a bag.

Lighting

There are many different types of lighting you can use to grow your marijuana plants. The big three are CFL, HID and LED. Again assuming a grow tent of 40’’ by 40’’ you need about the equivalent of a 400 HID grow light. This goes for about $ 300 on Amazon. I prefer LED to HID for several reasons. An equivalent LED light would cost about $ 200, so you would save on bulb cost. The biggest cost other than the bulb is your electric bill. It can be almost 50% to 75% cheaper using LED vs. HID. LED also have no filaments meaning they can go for longer without needing a replacement light. Also LED generate no heat, this can allow you to have a smaller exhaust fan system.

Nutrients

Feeding schedules can be specifically developed for the different stages in the marijuana plant growth. These schedules will make the difference in the amount of bud produced, so it is important to feed your plants right.

The basic elements a plant needs are nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, sulfur, magnesium, and calcium. Water brings in the rest with hydrogen, oxygen, and carbon. However, not all elements are created equally. Nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium or in the periodic element symbols N, P, K are the most important. When you purchase a bag of nutrients, you will often see the N-P-K ratio listed on the bag. During the growing cycle, this balance of N-P-K will change. Cannabis requires a higher nitrogen ratio during the vegetative and early flowering stage as it is the main component for growth. During flowering, you want a lower nitrogen and higher phosphorus N-P-K fertilizer ratio.  I am not going to get into all the details here as I am not farming expert by any means but to give you a rough idea you will need about two bags of the difference blends for each stage which will run about $ 15 a bag so $ 30 total.

Cannabis Seeds

There are many online seed banks around the world you can purchase seeds from all over. In many nations, it is easy to buy seeds online because the laws are friendly. But alas we live in the draconian United States of America. There are roughly 30 states that allow either medical marijuana or recreational marijuana, but marijuana remains a controlled substance at the federal level.

If you live in the US and attempt to purchase cannabis seeds online, you run the risk of having your seeds seized by Border Patrol. If this happens, most, but not all overseas online seed banks will send you another shipment to replace those that were seized.

It is actually more dangerous to send seeds within the United States. Recreational marijuana is legal in both Colorado and Washington, but there could be legal consequences if caught using the mail to send them from state to state. The safest course of action if you are in a state with legal recreational weed or medical marijuana is to buy marijuana seeds from a seed bank within your state.

These seeds are not cheap either. To buy cannabis seeds, It cost almost $ 10-12 per seed, meaning a dozen seeds will cost you about $ 144. You could buy 25 pumpkins seeds for $ 5, but come on how you going to smoke a pumpkin.

Conclusions: What’s the final cost? Grow vs. Buy

According to the TheCannabist.com, the median spend by an average customer was $ 647 annually. It is important to note that this study was done in Washington state based on legal users of cannabis.

Assuming you have a spare room to set up your grow area we are looking at a setup cost of $ 200 for the electrician to install a separate line, $ 100 for the exhaust fan, $ 20 for soil, $ 200 for LED lighting, $ 30 for fertilizer and $ 144 for seed. Toss in the support for the plant pots, pots and plastic tent cover for another $ 100 for a grand total set up cost of $ 794. That is just for the initial setup, you need to factor in the operating expenses of water, electricity and additional soil and fertilizer as ongoing expenses.

So, in conclusion, it may make sense if you can afford the upfront cost to set up your own grow operations versus buying recreational weed as normal and in the long term, your costs would be lower than as a consistency consumption.

Shane Dwyer
Author: Shane Dwyer
Shane Dwyer is a cannabis advocate who isn’t afraid to tell the world about it! You can find his views, rants, and tips published regularly at The 420 Times.

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VIZ Media and Crunchyroll Form Home Video/EST Pact

Globally popular anime brand Crunchyroll and premiere anime/manga distributor, publisher and licensor VIZ Media have partnered on a robust home video and electronic sell-through distribution deal that will bring even more beloved anime titles to fans across the U.S. and Canada. VIZ will now distribute select Crunchyroll series and upcoming acquisitions through these avenues.

“VIZ Media, in partnership with Warner Home Entertainment, is responsible for distributing some of the biggest titles in anime. This partnership will ensure maximum exposure and monetization for our content partners’ IPs and empower us to super-serve anime fans across North America,” said Sae Whan Song, head of business development for Crunchyroll. “We’re looking forward to working with VIZ Media to broaden our distribution and to offer our fans another way to enjoy their favorite series.”

“With Crunchyroll’s expansive catalog of anime in every genre and VIZ Media’s demonstrated success in sales and distribution, we’re excited to join forces to deliver the best titles to viewers any way they want to view it,” says Brian Ige, Sr. Vice President, Animation, VIZ Media.

Crunchyroll connects a community of 50 million registered users and 2 million subscribers to the world’s largest collection of anime, which includes more than 1,000 titles and 30,000 episodes.

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‘I Lost My Body,’ ‘Memorable’ Take Home Major Prizes at Annecy

Saturday night’s well-attended awards ceremony wrapped up the hugely successful 2019 edition of the Annecy Intl. Animation Festival and MIFA market. Jeremy Clapin’s I Lost My Body, Bruno Collet’s Mémorable and Regina Pessoa’s Tio Tomas were three of the big prize winners this year, and all shared haunting visuals, poetic tone and auteur-driven stylized approaches to the medium.

“It is wonderful to observe the alliances between the official juries, audience votes and the junior juries,” said the festival’s artistic director Marcel Jean. “Aesthetically powerful and unique propositions, such as I Lost My Body, Mémorable and Daughter have something to please everyone, from professionals, adolescents and the public alike.”

The festival’s 43rd edition posted a record number of attendees, 12,300 badge-holders (up from 11,700 badge-holders in 2018).

Here is the complete list of the 2019 winners:

Cristal for a Feature Film: I Lost My Body (J’ai perdu mon corps) by Jeremy Clapin (France, Xilam Animation)

Jury Distinction: Bunuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles by Salvador Simo (Netherlands/Spain, Sygnatia Films, Submarine)

Audience Award/Premiere: I Lost My Body (Jeremy Clapin, France, Xilam)

Contrechamp Award: Away by Gints Zilbalodis (Latvia, Bilibaba)

Cristal for a Short Film: Mémorable by Bruno Collet (France, Vivement Lundi!)

Jury Award: Uncle Thomas: Accounting for the Days (Tio Tomas) by Regina Pessoa (Canada, France, Portugal; ONF, Les Armateurs, Ciclope Films)

Jean-Lux Xiberras Award for a First Film: Deszcz (La Pluie) by Piotr Milczarek (Poland, Fumi)

Jury Distinction for Powerful Storytelling: Pulsion (Drive) by Pedro Casavecchia (Argentina, France, Atlas V)

Jury Distinction for Social Significance: My Generation by Ludovic Houplain (France, H5)

Audience Award: Mémorable by Bruno Collet (France, Vivement Lundi!)

Off-Limits Award: Don’t Know What by Thomas Renoldner (Austria)

Cristal for a TV Production: Panic in the Village “The County Fair” by Vincent Patar, Stephane Aubier (Belgium Autour de Minuit, Paniquesprl, Beast Animation)

Jury Award for a TV Series: Flavors of Iraq “Le Cowboy de Fallujah” by Leonard Cohen (France, Nova Production)

Jury Award for a TV Series: La Vie de Chateau (My Life in Versailles) by Clarence Madeleine-Perdrillat, Nathaniel h’Limi (France)

Cristal for a Commissioned Film: Ted-Ed “Accents” by Robertino Zambrano (Australia, USA, Kapa Studioworks, Ted-Ed)

Jury Award: #takeonhistory “Wimbledon” by Smith & Foulkes (U.K., Nexus Studio)

Cristal for a Graduation Film: Dcera (Daughter) by Daria Kashcheeva (Czech Republic, Famu, Maur Film Co.)

Jury Award: Rules of Play by Merlin Flugel (German)

Jury Distinction Prize: These Things in My Head-Side A by Luke Bourne (U.K., Birmingham City University)

Cristal for Best VR Work: Gloomy Eyes by Jorge Tereso, Fernando Maldonado (Argentina, France, Atlas V, 3Dar, Arte France)

For more info, visit www.annecy.org

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Could You Afford Home Health Care? Maybe Not

By Dennis Thompson

HealthDay Reporter

THURSDAY, June 6, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The seniors most likely to need paid home care to maintain independent living are the least likely to be able to afford it long-term, a new study reports.

Only two out of five older adults with significant disabilities have the assets on hand to pay for at least a couple of years of extensive in-home care, researchers found.

Without some help, those elderly are much more likely to wind up in a nursing home, said lead researcher Richard Johnson. He is a senior fellow with the Urban Institute’s Income and Benefits Policy Center, in Washington, D.C.

“We have this perception that the risk of becoming frail is evenly distributed across the population, but it’s really not,” Johnson said. “It is more concentrated among people with less education, lower lifetime earnings and less wealth.”

Aging folks increasingly want to stay out of nursing homes as their health declines, maintaining their independence by living in their own houses, Johnson said.

But there hasn’t been a large increase in the number who are shelling out for paid home care, national statistics show.

To see why that might be, Johnson and his colleagues turned to data gathered by the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research.

The researchers broke paid home care down into three scenarios: limited care of 25 hours each month costing $ 475; moderate care of 90 hours a month costing $ 1,170; and extensive care of 250 hours per month costing $ 4,750 per month.

Initial results looked promising.

The investigators found that 74% of all seniors aged 65 and older could afford at least two years of moderate home care if they cashed in all their assets, and 58% could afford two years of extensive home care.

Then the researchers turned their attention to people most likely to need home care — those suffering from severe dementia or who require help with two or more activities of daily living. These activities can include eating, bathing, dressing, using the toilet, getting out of a chair or walking across a room, Johnson said.

Continued

Only 57% of those most frail seniors could afford two years of moderate home care, and only 40% could afford extensive home care for two years, the findings showed.

For these people, the burden will fall hardest on their family at first, Johnson said.

“Most people who become frail at older ages rely on unpaid family caregivers,” he said. “Those are the people who provide the vast majority of care.”

Paid home care provides relief for family caregivers, giving them a “respite from the grind of constantly being on call to help a frail loved one,” Johnson said.

Without that respite, family caregivers are more likely to wear down. That makes it even more likely that an elderly person who suffers a setback will wind up in a nursing home, Johnson said.

The findings are “disturbing,” said Eliot Fishman, senior director of health policy at Families USA, a consumer health care advocacy group. “But it’s not surprising to me,” he added.

“It’s an issue I worry gets lost in the health care reform discussion, because there tends to be a huge and understandable focus on health insurance and the affordability of health care,” Fishman said.

At the moment, paid home care tends to be expensive — an average $ 22 an hour — and isn’t typically covered by insurance, the study authors said in background notes.

Only 11% of seniors aged 65 and older have long-term care insurance, and Medicare doesn’t cover home care services, the researchers noted. Medicaid does cover home care, but there’s a waiting list and people have to be financially wiped out to qualify.

There’s also a looming shortage of home care workers, which the Trump administration’s immigration crackdown could make even worse, according to a Harvard Medical School study published this week in Health Affairs.

Immigrants account for one in every four people working in long-term care and direct care, that study showed. Reducing immigration will make the labor-starved field even less stable.

So what can be done?

Johnson points to a recent innovation by Washington state as one path forward.

Continued

Washington passed a law that imposes a 0.58% payroll tax on workers — a premium that pays into a fund to pay for home care, nursing home stay or family caregivers if they become disabled, Johnson said.

“We could think of some sort of public insurance like that as a way to deal with this problem,” he suggested.

Fishman said another option is to change Medicare and Medicaid to cover long-term care. Consideration of such a change probably should be pursued outside the larger health care reform discussion, he added.

Discussions of paying for long-term care have typically tied into other health care reform. “I wonder if that historically has been a mistake,” Fishman said.

The new study appears in the June issue of the journal Health Affairs.

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SOURCES: Richard Johnson, Ph.D., senior fellow, Urban Institute, Income and Benefits Policy Center, Washington, D.C.; Eliot Fishman, Ph.D., senior director of health policy, Families USA; June 3, 2019,Health Affairs

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Heart Attack Rehab at Home Could Save Lives

MONDAY, May 13, 2019 — If you had a heart attack and could get rehab therapy at home, would you be more likely to get the follow-up care that doctors recommend?

A new scientific statement says you would, and advocates for the option to be more widely available because so many patients never get the therapy — often because health insurance companies don’t cover at-home therapy.

Cardiac rehabilitation is typically provided in a medical center and includes exercise training, nutrition advice and mental health counseling to help patients recover from heart attack, heart failure, angioplasty and bypass surgery.

It can reduce the risk of future heart attacks and improve quality of life.

However, about 80% of U.S. patients who would benefit from cardiac rehabilitation do not receive it, according to Dr. Randal Thomas, chair of the writing group for the statement from American Heart Association (AHA), American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

“There are significant barriers that prevent patients from getting the cardiac rehabilitation care that they need. And there aren’t enough programs in the United States to meet the needs of every patient that would benefit,” said Thomas, medical director of the cardiac rehabilitation program at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

“There is an urgent need to find new ways of delivering cardiac rehabilitation programs to patients. Home-based care is an excellent option for some patients who aren’t able to attend a center-based program,” Thomas said in an AHA news release.

The statement also offers guidance for medically supervised home-based cardiac rehabilitation.

“A home-based cardiac rehabilitation program is much more than advising a patient to exercise at home,” Thomas said.

“For patients whose heart disease is stable, home-based cardiac rehabilitation is administered and monitored in the same way and by the same health care team as with medical center-based cardiac rehabilitation. The difference is that supervision and coaching are done remotely, using smartphones or other technology,” Thomas explained.

An effective home-based program ensures that patients are taking the right medications, are improving exercise and nutrition habits, and that steps are being taken to address their mental health, medical conditions linked to heart disease — such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol — and risk factors for heart disease such as smoking.

Patients also need to monitored for any heart disease symptoms or for side effects of medications.

“All of these components should be in place with a high-quality home-based program — if they are not, patients could be receiving less care than they need,” Thomas noted.

Heart patients should talk with their health care providers about their rehabilitation options, which could be center-based, home-based or a combination of the two.

“Unfortunately, cardiac rehabilitation in the home-based setting is generally not covered by most insurance carriers, including Medicare. As more evidence accumulates to support home-based cardiac rehabilitation and the technology advances to make this more feasible, we need to work together with policymakers to find ways for these services to be covered,” Thomas said.

The statement was published in the AHA journal Circulation, the Journal of the American College of Cardiology and the Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention.

More information

The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has more on cardiac rehabilitation.

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Could Your Home County Be A Measles Hotspot?

By Robert Preidt

HealthDay Reporter

THURSDAY, May 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Could a computer model pinpoint where measles outbreaks are likely to occur?

That’s exactly what researchers did, accurately predicting some of the U.S. regions where measles might spread. Their predictions included counties in New York, Washington state and Oregon, where measles outbreaks are already raging. In total, 25 counties were identified as measles-prone.

Not only that, most of the counties that have reported measles cases as of April 2019 are among those 25 counties or next to one of them, according to the researchers.

The recent surge in measles is due to a combination of travelers returning from countries with measles outbreaks, and low vaccination rates in certain regions of the United States fueled by the anti-vaccination movement, the researchers said.

“There has been a resurgence of measles cases, among other vaccine-preventable diseases, in the U.S. and other countries in recent years,” said study co-corresponding author Lauren Gardner, an associate professor of civil engineering at Johns Hopkins University.

“Measles, in particular, poses a serious public health threat due to the highly contagious nature of the disease,” Gardner added in a university news release. “It is therefore critical that we proactively identify areas most likely to experience outbreaks to strategically target for surveillance and control.”

The 25 counties considered at risk for measles outbreaks were:

  • Cook (Illinois)
  • Los Angeles (California)
  • Miami-Dade (Florida)
  • Queens (New York)
  • King (Washington state)
  • Maricopa (Arizona)
  • Broward (Florida)
  • Clark (Nevada)
  • Harris (Texas)
  • Honolulu (Hawaii)
  • Wayne (Michigan)
  • Tarrant (Texas)
  • Multnomah (Oregon)
  • Orange (Florida)
  • Essex (New Jersey)
  • Denver (Colorado)
  • Hillsborough (Florida)
  • San Mateo (California)
  • Salt Lake (Utah)
  • Suffolk (Massachusetts)
  • Clayton (Georgia)
  • Travis (Texas)
  • Hennepin (Minnesota)
  • Loudoun (Virginia)
  • San Diego (California).

As of late April, there have been more than 700 cases of measles reported in the United States this year, the highest number in decades. Measles was officially eliminated from this country in 2000, but this high number of cases shows that the nation remains at risk.

For the analysis, the researchers examined international air travel volume, non-medical exemptions from childhood vaccinations, population data and reported measles outbreaks.

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“Anti-vaxxers are denying the best and very successful medical science we have and choosing instead to rely on fraudulent claims, such as a purported link to autism, that have been uniformly debunked by evidence and analysis over the last two decades,” said study co-corresponding author Sahotra Sarkar, a professor of philosophy and integrative biology at the University of Texas at Austin.

As well as identifying the 25 U.S. counties at greatest risk for measles outbreaks, the researchers pinpointed the countries that contribute most to measles risk in the United States: India, China, Mexico, Japan, Ukraine, Philippines and Thailand.

“Our prediction is aligned with multiple counties that have experienced measles outbreaks this year. Critically, we recommend that public health officials and policymakers prioritize monitoring the counties we identify to be at high risk that have not yet reported cases, especially those that lie adjacent to counties with ongoing outbreaks and those that house large international airports,” Gardner said.

U.S. health officials should focus on areas where there is strong resistance to vaccination resistance, as well as regions with high numbers of travelers returning from measles-affected countries, according to Sarkar.

The analysis was published May 9 in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal.

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Five Ways to Maximize Cannabis When Stuck at Home

Now that the bomb cyclone has hit, we hope you’re stocked up on food — and cannabis. Since cannabis delivery is still illegal in Colorado (though a new bill might change that), your Postmates driver can’t just add a few pre-rolls to your ramen order. You’re going to need to get clever.

Here are five ways to stretch your THC as far as possible on a cold, snowy day. Godspeed, friends.

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Peanut butter is a quick, easy host to cannabinoids.

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Makeshift Edibles
Single-serving edibles can be made fast and with relative ease, as long as you’re not a stickler for taste. Taking the time to infuse butter or cooking oils will maximize potency and give you better flavor and texture, but that’s difficult when you’re low on herb. So try adding cannabis to a peanut butter sandwich or whip up a few cups of medicated hot chocolate: Either is effectively infused with less than a gram.

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Thanks, Greg. I’m going to smoke the sh*t out of this.

Waterfalls
Like a gravity bong, but smaller. Waterfalls definitely aren’t the healthiest way to toke, but they’re an extremely efficient use of small amounts of cannabis, and easy to make.

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First, push a downstem bowl or tool socket through the top of a plastic bottle cap (20-ounce Gatorade bottles work the best), then burn a small hole at the bottom of the bottle. Pack the bowl, fill the bottle up with water (while plugging the hole at the bottom) and put the bottle cap on. Simultaneously light the flower while releasing your finger from the hole, and suck up the smoke in the bottle.

Go light here. These hits are strong.

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If you had this much kief, you wouldn’t be reading this.

Gut the Grinder
Seems obvious, but you’d be surprised at how many people never use their kief. Even if there’s only enough to top two or three bowls, that can make a huge difference — and your lungs will agree. And don’t just scoop the surface, either. Really get in there as you scrape those crevices.

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Joint roaches save the day when mobility is an issue.

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Roach Raiding
I know we’ve warned against this in the past, but if you’re at the point of making waterfalls, it’s also time to stop turning up your nose at hitting a roach or two. If you have enough roaches to rip apart and roll into a generation joint, all the better. Just be careful of blunt roaches, unless you like the flavor of ash and tobacco.

Reclaim from your dab rig can be recycled for more dabs or edibles.

Reclaim from your dab rig can be recycled for more dabs or edibles.

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Reclaim and Re-Vape
Concentrate reclaim and vaporized buds can provide cannabinoid relief when you’re desperate. Avoid scraping the tar off your glassware, if possible, and don’t vape anything dark or too roasted; stick with the golden or light-brown buds. Will they taste good? No. Will they crackle and burn your throat more than usual? Probably. But they’re still a better option than getting tar globs all over your fingers.

You can also use reclaim and vaporized buds to make edibles at home. Just follow the rules above, or get a little more picky if you have enough.


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Ask a Stoner: Can I Make Pot-Infused Honey at Home?

Dear Stoner: Is making marijuana-infused honey possible? If so, do you have a recipe you can share?
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Dear Wild Eyes: Honey infused with hemp-derived CBD is pretty easy to find on the retail market, both at CBD stores and online. Honey with THC is a little harder to locate, but some dispensaries do carry medicated honey from edibles manufacturers such as Binske.

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Making your own pot-infused honey is a sticky but relatively simple process, one that requires bud, honey, lecithin, cheesecloth and a quart jar. First, grind and decarboxylate your marijuana by heating it at about 220 degrees for 25 minutes. Then wrap up the herb and a tablespoon of lecithin in the cheesecloth, pour the honey in the jar, and submerge the cloth in the honey. Put the jar in a crockpot or in a pan to simmer on the stove (water level should match the honey), and let it cook/simmer for at least eight hours, burping the jar periodically to release pressure. Finally, remove the jar from the pot, take the cloth out of the jar, and squeeze out any remaining honey.

Pro tip: You can infuse other herbs into honey, too. Add some lavender, orange blossoms, hibiscus or rose petals to your herb mixture to be a real flower child.

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Shout! Factory & Eleven Arts Anime Studio Bring ‘A Silent Voice’ Home

The tender, captivating anime feature A Silent Voice will make its home entertainment debut in the U.S., as ELEVEN ARTS Anime Studio and Shout! Factory release both the English subtitled and dubbed versions on Blu-ray combo, DVD and digital on April 2. Directed by Naoko Yamada (Liz and the Blue Bird) from a screenplay by Reiko Yoshida, the film won the Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year, as well as Best Film and Best Screenplay at the Tokyo Anime Awards, and the Japanese Movie Critics Award for Best Animation.

Based on the critically acclaimed manga by Yoshitoki Oima, A Silent Voice is a gorgeous coming-of-age drama with a powerful message about bullying, depression and forgiveness. When a deaf elementary school girl named Shoko is forced to transfer to a new school after a boy named Shôya constant bullies her, Shôya suffers over the consequences of his guilt for years. Upon entering high school, Shôya finally decides he must find Shoko, to make amends for what he did in elementary school and to become her friend. Along the way, he meets new and old faces, and struggles with many complicated relationships and feelings.

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