Traditionally, the official kick-off for the holiday shopping season is Black Friday, but if you prefer not to shop in a mosh pit, there are several local shopping opportunities this weekend, some of which benefit local charities. It's all about keeping it local! Anyway, I hope the weather improves since there are a couple of outdoor events I plan to attend over the next few days…. June Gloom in November, who knew?Santa Photo Experience at Del Amo Fashion Center November 8 through December 24. Del Amo Fashion Center will host several opportunities for families to make memories with Santa. Save time, avoid the line by reserving your magical moment with Santa online. Families can plan their visit to see Santa in advance with a Santa Fast Pass on all days the shopping mall is open.•An opportunity for all members of the family, Pet Photo Night allows pets the opportunity to visit and have their photo taken with Santa. The center will host two pet photo nights on Sunday, … [Read more...] about South Bay by Jackie Weekend Guide November 14, 2019
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Story highlights Americans pay the most for drugs of any high-income country Drugs that can cost tens of thousands of dollars a month mostly treat rare conditions (CNN)In January 2017, President Donald Trump accused the pharmaceutical industry of "getting away with murder" with high price increases, and promised to do something about it. He's set to share his plan to do so Friday. The amount Americans spend on prescription drugs has nearly doubled since the 1990s, a 2017 government investigation found, meaning the United States spends the most of any high-income nation. List prices rose 6% over the past 12 months alone, according to the prescription website GoodRx. Medicare drug prices soared 10 times the rate of inflation. Americans didn't always spend the most. In the 1980s, several countries spent equally, but US spending grew faster in the 1990s, according to a 2017 analysis from the Commonwealth Fund. This was partially because several expensive specialty drugs came to … [Read more...] about The 5 most expensive drugs in the United States
A 13-year-old girl in California continues to be on a ventilator after being declared brain-dead by doctors. Although a brain-dead person is not legally alive, how much of the body will keep on working with the help of technology, and for how long?Jahi McMath of Oakland, Calif., was declared brain-dead last month after experiencing an extremely rare complication from tonsil surgery. Jahi's family members have fought to keep their daughter on a ventilator, but a judge has ordered that the machine be turned off next week.A person is considered brain-dead when he or she no longer has any neurological activity in the brain or brain stem — meaning no electrical impulses are being sent between brain cells. Doctors perform a number of tests to determine whether someone is brain-dead, one of which checks whether the individual can initiate his or her own breath, a very primitive reflex carried out by the brain stem, said Dr. Diana Greene-Chandos, an assistant professor of neurological … [Read more...] about Life After Brain Death: Is the Body Still ‘Alive’?
Thanksgiving may be the only major American holiday focused on giving thanks for all of life's blessings, but gratitude isn't just a good excuse for chowing down on turkey and pumpkin pie; it's also a way to promote good health and well-being, experts say.Dozens of studies have found that gratitude can improve well-being, and can even help people curb depression and anxiety, improve cholesterol, and get better sleep, said Robert Emmons, a psychologist at the University of California, Davis, and author of "Gratitude Works! A 21-Day Program for Creating Emotional Prosperity" (Jossey-Bass, 2013)."Grateful people engage in more exercise, have better dietary behaviors, are less likely to smoke and abuse alcohol, and have higher rates of medication adherence," Emmons wrote in an email. "Gratitude is good medicine." [7 Tips to Cultivate Gratitude]Health benefitsGratitude is an attitude of thankfulness about the good things in life, and it requires the recognition that those things are a gift … [Read more...] about Thanksgiving Science: Why Gratitude Is Good for You