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Keeping Your Car Breakdown Free

Keeping Your Car Breakdown Free

Keeping Your Car Breakdown Free

With the average cost of a new car over $25,000, maintenance is crucial

Cars just aren’t made the way they used to be. Thanks to Total Quality Management, they’re made better. But not even the most demanding of automakers has figured out a way to keep a car running if it’s not properly maintained. And with the average price of a new car now exceeding $25,000, at least, the price of neglect can wreak havoc with your budget. To keep your garage bills down and your wheels running smoothly, Automotive Services at the American Automobile association, recommends the following maintenance schedule: (more…)

Highway Driving

Highway Driving

Highway Driving

Hurry Up and Get There

Speed limits are up in most states – cruising speeds are up even more.

“America is a country that doesn’t know where it is going but is determined to set a speed record getting there”, quipped Laurence J. Peter, author of The Peter Principle, in 1977. Peter was speaking metaphorically, but more recent studies of American driving habits underscore his point: The report bu Prevention magazine shows that 55 percent of drivers on the nation’s highways today exceed the posted speed limits, up from 44 percent in 1983. Moreover, the national speed limits on federally funded highways in urban and rural areas (55 mph and 65 mph, respectively) are likely to be repealed soon. (more…)

Retail Seasons

Retail Seasons: Sales Make the World Go ‘Round

For every retail item, there’s a season. White sales big on Columbus Day and silverware sales flourish in the June wedding season. Here’s when the following items are likely to go on sale across the United States. (more…)

Dates to celebrate

Dates to celebrate

The stories behind the days when you can skip school or work

Merchants like holidays because they provide a good shopping opportunity. Greeting-card makers want to invent special occasions when they don’t exist. The religious faithful take their Holy Days seriously. And those who need a break cheer at the prospect of a day free of the normal routines. (more…)

Mineral Minder

The Mineral Minder

Minerals help your body form bones, regulate the heart, and synthesize enzymes, but experts say too many, or too few, can lead to heart disease, diabetes, or even cancer. Here are the FDA’s daily values and where to get them. (more…)

Importance of Calcium

The Importance of Calcium

You probably need a lot more than you’re getting

Most Americans don’t meet the recommended dietary allowances for calcium intake set by the National Research Council. What’s more, the NRC’s calcium standards are themselves too low and are likely to be revised in the next three years, experts believe. In fact, an advisory panel of the National Institutes of Health recently urged that the RDA for calcium be increased to as much as 1,200 milligrams a day for children from 1 to 10 years old to as much as 1,500 milligrams a day for adolescents, young adults, and post-menopausal women, and to 1,000 milligrams a day for women from 25 to 50 years old. That represents increases of 25 to 50 percent over the standards established by the NRC in the past. (more…)

Vitamin Shelf

Vitamin Shelf

Your body needs vitamins to form blood cells, build strong bones, and regulate the nervous system, but it can’t generate them on its own. Here are the FDA’s daily values for essential vitamins and the food that contain them. (more…)

Vegetable Vim and Vigor

Vegetable Vim and Vigor

The potency of antioxidants is only just becoming appreciated

Imagine what life would be like without color. Sports cars wouldn’t be red, denim wouldn’t be blue, and spinach wouldn’t be green. And if the chemicals that make most vegetables green weren’t around, you’d be likely to find yourself a lot more susceptible to several serious diseases, including heart disease and a common form of blindness. (more…)

Do-It-Yourself Cholesterol Testing

Do-It-Yourself Cholesterol Testing and Myths About Fat

Home test kits provide results but following the directions is essential

Home test kits for diabetes, pregnancy, and ovulation have been joined on the market by do-t-i-yourself kits for testing blood cholesterol levels. The first cholesterol self-test kit was introduced by Johnson & Johnson under the trade name Advanced Care Cholesterol Test and is available off-the-self in most pharmacies, at a suggested retail price of $15 to $20. (more…)

Colesterol Primer

Cholesterol Primer

Keep an eye on the lipoproteins and you’ll keep your arteries clear

If you’re confused about the difference between “good” and “bad” cholesterol, you have lots of company. Here, Dr. Dearing Johns, a cardiologist at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, explains how the biochemistry of cholesterol works and what the tests mean. (more…)

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