Monday, February 19, 2018

What Should I Ask My Doctor During a Checkup?

From the National Institute on Aging:

Asking questions is key to good communication with your doctor. If you don't ask questions, he or she may assume you already know the answer or that you don't want more information.

Don't wait for the doctor to raise a specific question or subject; he or she may not know it's important to you. Be proactive. Ask questions when you don't know the meaning of a word (like aneurysm, hypertension, or infarct) or when instructions aren't clear (for example, does taking medicine with food mean before, during, or after a meal?).

Sometimes, doctors need to do blood tests, x-rays, or other procedures to find out what is wrong or to learn more about your medical condition. Some tests, such as Pap tests, mammograms, glaucoma tests, and screenings for prostate and colorectal cancer, are done regularly to check for hidden medical problems.

Before having a medical test, ask your doctor to explain why it is important, what it will show, and what it will cost. Ask what kind of things you need to do to prepare for the test. For example, you may need to have an empty stomach, or you may have to provide a urine sample. Ask how you will be notified of the test results and how long they will take to come in.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

44% of Custodial Parents Receive Full Amount of Child Support

Custodial Mothers and Fathers
Approximately two-thirds (69.3 percent) of custodial parents who were due child support received some payments from noncustodial parents, while only 43.5 percent reported receiving the full amount of child support due. This latest information comes from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Custodial Mothers and Fathers and Their Child Support: 2015 report.
The report includes demographic and income data about custodial parents and details child support income for custodial parents living below poverty levels. The poverty rate of custodial-mother families in 2015 (29.2 percent) was significantly higher than the poverty rate for custodial-father families (16.7 percent). Of the 1.6 million custodial parents with incomes below the poverty level who were supposed to receive child support in 2015, 39.2 percent received full payments.
Highlights from the report:
·        About half (50.2 percent) of all 13.6 million custodial parents had either legal or informal child support agreements. Custodial mothers were more likely to have agreements     (52.7 percent) than custodial fathers (39.6 percent).
·        The aggregate amount of child support due in 2015 was $33.7 billion, a decrease of $14.0 billion from 2003.
·        About 60 percent of the child support due in 2015 was reported as received, averaging $3,447 per year per custodial parent who was due support.
This data comes from the Child Support Supplement to the April 2016 Current Population Survey (CPS). The CPS provides demographic information about custodial parents, as well as child support and other income or program data for the 2015 calendar year.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Regional Labor Force Trends in New York State

From Program on Applied Demographics at Cornell University, prepared by Elizabeth (Jade) Womak, Research Support Specialist
The objective of this white paper is to expand on the September 2017 “Labor Force Trends in New York State” report authored by the Office of the New York State Comptroller, and to highlight its findings in regards to the 10 Economic Development Regions of New York State. The September report’s key findings are that 1) the labor force for New York State has been decreasing and 2) there has been a surge in participation of older individuals (65+ years and older) in the labor force.

This white paper will discuss Finding 1, which is notably prevalent in 5 of the 10 Economic Development Regions. Additionally, this white paper will discuss Finding 2 by exploring changes in population growth and labor force shares of “aged-out”prime working age individuals (65+). Unlike the September 2017 report, this paper has a focus on examining labor force trends by Economic Development Region.

U.S. Census Bureau Finalizes 2020 Census Residence Criteria

The U.S. Census Bureau is required by Article I, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution to conduct the decennial census in order to be able to apportion seats in the U.S. House of Representatives among the states. To that end, it is crucial to count everyone in the right place during the decennial census.
The Census Bureau released a decision memo and posted a Federal Register publication that is available for public inspection that explains where people will be counted in the 2020 Census. The “residence criteria” are based on the concept of “usual residence,” the place where a person lives and sleeps most of the time. This place is not necessarily the same as the person’s voting residence or legal residence.
The 2020 Census Residence Criteria and Residence Situations provide guidelines for counting people in various residence situations including military, college students, and people living in various types of group quarters.
See the decision memoFederal Register publication or press kit for more information.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

The World Of Self Driven Cars Is Truly Here

From TechRogers:

There is no doubt that car technology has moved from one level to another quite dramatically and Google today has come out with the much talked about self-driven cars.

No one would have given too much importance to self-driven cars a few years back. However, we are today on the threshold of coming out with the first self-driven cars.

It certainly is a major and path-breaking technological breakthrough and it might take the world by storm in the years to come. Yes, there certainly would be the need for a strong car battery.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Best Portable CD Player 2018

From Music Instrument Center:

Between the late 90’s and early 2000’s, almost everyone had the best portable CD player, cassette player. It is kind of strange to see one nowadays when we have the mobile phone, Bluetooth speaker …, but owning and using one of these guys is more common than most people think.

Whether it is for listening to audiobooks or those original CDs you are so proud to have, a portable CD player can offer a higher sound quality than most MP3/4 nano players (and even better, they have a longer battery life!).

In this article, we will take you through the benefits of owning a portable CD player, and we will tell you how to know if you are facing a really good device. Then, we will run down 10 best portable CD player available on the market.

Next to newer technologies, a portable CD player might look like a big thing to carry around, but they do have a series of features that make them a better choice depending on your situation.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Black) History Month: February 2018

To commemorate and celebrate the contributions to our nation made by people of African descent, American historian Carter G. Woodson established Black History Week. The first celebration occurred on Feb. 12, 1926. For many years, the second week of February was set aside for this celebration to coincide with the birthdays of abolitionist/editor Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. In 1976, as part of the nation’s bicentennial, the week was expanded to a month. Since then, U.S. presidents have proclaimed February as National African-American History Month.
The following facts are made possible by the invaluable responses to the U.S. Census Bureau’s surveys. We appreciate the public’s cooperation as we continuously measure America’s people, places, and economy. 
Note: The reference to the black population in this publication is to single-race black people (“black alone”) unless otherwise noted.
Did You Know?
The black population, either alone or in combination with one or more races, in the United States. Source: 2016 Population Estimates    
The number of black military veterans in the United States nationwide. Source: 2016 American Community Survey   
The percentage of the black population 16 and older working in management, business, science and arts occupations in 2016. Source: 2016 American Community Survey(Source includes more on occupations, commuting, and industries.)  
Percentage of African-Americans completing high school. Source: 2016 Current Population Survey (Source includes more on education, including advanced degrees and school enrollment.)
The number of black-owned employer firm businesses in the United States in 2015. Source: 2015 Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs 
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See a detailed profile of the black population from the 2016 American Community Survey. Statistics include:
·       Families and children
·       Marital status
·       Grandparents living with grandchildren
·       Jobs
·       Labor force participation
·       Occupation
·       Commuting
·       Housing
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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Disaster Prep on a Budget


It’s no secret the world is a dangerous place. Every day, we hear about something – whether caused by humans or nature – that’s turned lives upside down. Bad news greets us in the morning and follows us to bed at night.

What are we to do?

Fear and stress are killers. They kill us from the inside out. We must find constructive ways to defuse the situation. Faith practices, physical exercise, counseling and peer groups… all can help, but there’s one thing everyone should consider: Get prepared.

When you take the initiative to recognize potential problems and prepare to deal with them when and if they come, you not only position yourself to face those difficulties, but knowing you’re ready helps lower stress.

In this guide, we’ll talk about disaster preparedness. We’ll talk about the supplies and equipment you and your family need to weather out the storm or make it through the crisis. And we’ll suggest ways you can save money and still get high-quality goods.

By getting ready now, you won’t have to worry so much about what might happen. If a news alert says severe weather is headed your way, you’ll be ready for it.

You’ll know that whatever comes down the pike, you’re not going to be joining the crowd desperately trying to find a store with something left on the shelves or wondering how in the world to live without water and electricity.

We’ve tried to keep the recommendations here in line with those suggested by the American Red Cross. Responding to disasters is a big part of what they do every day.