Senate bill adds tax break for family leave

Nov 16, 2017 0

A new tax break for businesses that give their workers paid family leave has been put into the Senate Republican tax bill now moving toward approval. The proposal by Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., was included in a late revision to the bill written by Sen. Orrin Hatch, chair of the Senate Finance Committee. The panel is debating the bill, which cuts taxes for corporations and many individuals, and doubles the standard deduction. A House tax measure is expected to be voted on by that chamber Thursday. The family leave provision would give employers a tax credit equivalent to a percentage of the wages paid to employees while on family or medical leave. The idea is to encourage paid time for employees for family responsibilities, relieving some financial pressure. ...

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Alcohol consumption may increase risk of certain cancer-Expert warn 

Nov 14, 2017 0

Consuming alcoholic beverages, even in moderation, may increase your risk of developing certain cancers, according to a new statement released by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). “People typically don’t associate drinking beer, wine, and hard liquor with increasing their risk of developing cancer in their lifetimes,” Dr. Bruce Johnson, president of the ASCO, an organization of cancer doctors, said in a statement. ...

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Regular push-ups can add years to your life, says study

Nov 6, 2017 0

Strength-based exercises such as pushups and sit ups can reduce the risk of early death to a certain extent, says a study. Researchers found that people who undertook such exercises had 23 percent reduction in risk of premature death and a 31 percent reduction specifically in cancer- related death. While strength training has been given some attention for functional benefits as we age, little research has looked at its impact on mortality, researchers said. ...

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 Infertile women face higher death risk, says study

Nov 3, 2017 0

A study says that women with a history of infertility possess a 10 percent greater risk of dying due to breast cancer and diabetes as compared to women without fertility issues. At the same time, the study also found that infertility was not associated with an increased risk of ovarian cancer or endometrial cancers, although the results showed that women with infertility were 44 per cent more likely to die of breast cancer. In addition, women with infertility were 70 per cent more likely to die from diabetes, despite both women with and without infertility having a comparable prevalence of diabetes. “It is possible that the condition may be an early indicator of either endocrine or inflammatory disruption that over time, leads to long term health issues such as malignancy or diabetes,” said lead author Natalie Stentz, doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania in the US.  The results were presented at the annual American Society of Reproductive Medicine Scientific Congress and Expo in Texas. For the study, the team... ...

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 San Diego reports 20th death from Hepatitis A outbreak

Nov 2, 2017 0

In Diego County has reported a 20th person has died from a Hepatitis A outbreak — the worst of its kind in the United States in 20 years. Dr. Eric McDonald, chief of the county’s Epidemiology and Immunization Services Branch, told the San Diego Union Tribune that a 67-year-old man who appeared to be recovering suddenly relapsed and died on Oct. 26. More than 530 people have fallen ill and more than 360 have been hospitalized since November 2016. Most of the deaths have been among the homeless population. The contagious, liver-damaging illness lives in fecal matter. California Gov. Jerry Brown last month declared a state of emergency to allow the state to buy vaccines directly from manufacturers and distribute them. San Diego County has vaccinated more than 90,000 people in recent months. ...

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Smoking cigarettes can harm your intestines- study

Nov 1, 2017 0

Smoking cigarettes can be harmful to the intestines and also increase the risk of developing Crohn’s disease, says a study. Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease that affects the lining of the digestive tract causing severe pain. ...

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