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    "This suggests that the pandemic and inflation have caused significantly higher numbers of adults living on fixed incomes to turn to these programs to supplement their Social Security and Medicare benefits as prices have continued to climb," said Mary Johnson of SCL. Though economists caution that we do not yet have the data points for August and September, many are anxiously anticipating an increase that will help offset their added expenses. Johnson said she expects the Social Security Administration to announce the 2023 COLA increase on October 13.
    (CNN)Americans piled on $40.1 billion worth of debt in June, the Federal Reserve said Friday afternoon. The figure was considerably higher than economists' forecasts, after May's revised total of $23.8 billion.Americans' borrowing grew by 10.5% in June, compared to 6.3% in May, according to the Fed's G.19 consumer credit report. Revolving debt — roughly a proxy for outstanding credit card balances — rose by 16% after an 7.8% increase in May.As inflation takes a toll, Americans face tough decisions about medical careNon-revolving debt, which includes loans like car loans and student loans, grew by 8.8% after a 5.8% increase in May. These figures exclude mortgage balances, which represent most of the debt carried by households.On a quarter-to-quarter basis, Americans borrowed an additional $98.9 billion, the Fed said. Friday's report comes on the heels of a separate release from the New York Fed that reported Americans' non-housing-related debt ballooned by $103 billion in the second quarter, the largest increase since 2016. The jump comes as inflation remains at a four-decade high. Last month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that inflation...
    Those of you who have followed my writings know that I’m not an alarmist. Since I started SafeKids.com in the late ’90s and co-founded ConnectSafely in 2005, I’ve been among the internet safety advocates who have gone out of the way to put risks into perspective and Larry Magid (Gary Reyes / Mercury News) encourage people to avoid exaggeration and panic when it comes to such things as internet predators, extreme cases of cyberbullying and other online harms. Related Articles Business | Magid: How to protect and find your phone Business | Magid: Staying connected during summer travel Business | Magid: Review of DirecTV and YouTube TV Business | Magid: Instagram testing age verification technology I’m still careful not to be an alarmist but it’s hard not to ignore recent FBI warnings of a “huge increase” in sextortion scams targeting teens, especially boys 14 to 17. The Cyberbullying Research Center, which has always been good about keeping things in perspective and reporting only carefully vetted studies, says 5% of teens have been...
    SOCIAL Security programs are set to have major changes next year. On average, nearly 65million Americans receive Social Security benefits every month. 1Social Security claimants are set to see major changes next yearCredit: Getty As inflation rises, many of those Americans are concerned over their financial obligations and savings goals, a study from independent marketing research firm Gallop has found. The study also found that Americans are more concerned about retirement expenses than they were in years. Nearly 63% are currently worried about having enough for retirement - up from the 59% recorded in 2020. Even though next year will be the first time in seven years that the full retirement age will not change, other adjustments will be made. Read More on Social SecurityBROKEN SYSTEM Americans set to lose up to $675,000 in Social Security benefits BENEFIT BOOST Social Security checks are set to rise to $1,837 in 2023 - how to grow yours As many retirees rely on their monthly benefits, it's important to note these changes and plan accordingly. 1. Expected cost-of-living adjustment boost About 65million...
    Using anti-anxiety drugs may put someone at significant risk of developing cognitive decline later in life and scientists may have finally discovered why. Researchers from the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANTSO) found that the drugs may impact the brain's microglial cells, which in turn interfere with the dendritic spines - a key part of the brain's neurons. In essence, the drugs slowly cause impact to the part of the brain that electrifies and activates cells. Millions of Americans use these drugs, and the link between them and an increased risk of cognitive decline later in life has long been known. Researchers are hopeful that their finding will open the door to a new class of drugs that have a lesser long-term impact on brain health. Researchers discovered why anxiety medication can lead to brain issues later in a person's life, and hope they have opened the door for a new class of medication that does not put users at risk of suffering from cognitive decline (file photo) RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Why watching pop concerts...
    A house's real estate for sale sign shows the home as being "Under Contract" in Washington, DC.Saul Loeb | AFP | Getty Images Pending home sales, a measure of signed contracts on existing homes, rose slightly in May, up 0.7% compared with April, according to the National Association of Realtors. That broke a six-month streak of declining demand. Sales were still 13.6% lower than May 2021. Buyers have been contending with rising mortgage rates since the start of this year, but rates actually pulled back slightly in May, and that may account for the sales gain. More supply also came on the market, and total active inventory increased as well, as some homes sat on the market longer. The average on the 30-year fixed mortgage hit a high of 5.64% in the first week of the month, but then fell to 5.25% by the end of the month, according to Mortgage News Daily. By mid-June it surged again to just over 6%. "Despite the small gain in pending sales from the prior month, the housing market is clearly undergoing...
    THE cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for benefits could be as high as 8% next year, according to the Social Security Administration (SSA). As inflation keeps climbing, retirees are left wondering if their Social Security benefits can keep up. 1Social Security benefits may increase based on the inflation rateCredit: Getty Every year, the SSA typically gives a COLA boost, which depends on the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W). If prices are rising, seniors get a boost in payments to help them keep up with inflation. If prices haven't risen, no COLA is offered. As of January, Social Security recipients were given the biggest COLA increase since 1982 at 5.9%. Read more on Social SecurityPAYDAY TIME Exact dates Social Security, SSI and SSDI are paid each month in 2022MORE MONEY Full schedule of SSI benefit payment dates - when to expect cash this year With the latest inflation rate coming in at 8.6% for May, the SSA is estimating a higher COLA in 2023 compared to 2022. Stephen Goss, chief actuary for the SSA, told...
    The report comes as the U.S. Supreme Court any day now is anticipated to release a landmark decision on abortion rights. A leaked draft court opinion reported in May indicated that at least five of the justices had voted to overturn the court's precedent in Roe v. Wade, an action that would end constitutional protections for abortion and permit pro-life states to outlaw the procedure. "An increase in abortion numbers is a positive development if it means people are getting the health care they want and need," Guttmacher said. "Rather than focusing on reducing abortion, policies should instead center the needs of people and protect their right to bodily autonomy." The COVID-19 pandemic may have impacted abortion in different ways across various parts of the country, according to the report. In New York, abortions increased from 2017 to 2019, then decreased between 2019 and 2020 because one in 10 abortion clinics closed during the pandemic. Some states that issued COVID-19 orders declaring abortion a "nonessential" health care service and closed clinics also saw short-term decreases in abortions...
    NEW YORK -- Do strokes only affect older adults? While they're more common among people aged 65 and older, 10 to 15 percent of people who have strokes are between the ages of 18 and 50.Clinical Contributors to this story:Stephen Martino, M.D.Strokes may be on the rise among certain younger adults: A recent study found that stroke incidence increased among men aged 20 through 44 between the years 1993 and 2015.Some stroke risk factors are out of your control, including your age, gender, race and family history. But there are several risk factors which you may be able to change, either on your own or with the help of a doctor.Taking steps to modify the following risk factors may help decrease your risk of stroke in your 40s or beyond: High blood pressure. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a problem that affects many adults, and it's a common stroke risk factor. If you aren't able to lower your blood-pressure levels on your own, your doctor may prescribe medication.Lifestyle changes may help, such as eating a healthy, low-salt...
    Customers loads items into the back of a car outside a Target store in Pleasant Hill, California, US, on Wednesday, May 11, 2022.David Paul Morris | Bloomberg | Getty Images Retail sales turned negative in May as consumers pulled back spending while inflation surged, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday. Advance retail and food service spending fell 0.3% for the month, below the Dow Jones estimate for a 0.1% gain. Excluding autos, sales were up 0.5%, which fell short of expectations for a 0.8% increase. The numbers are not adjusted for inflation, which increased 1% for the month on the headline number and 0.6% excluding food and energy. Sales were well below the pace in April, which posted a downwardly revised 0.7% increase from the initial 0.9% estimate. Spending for the month declined even though sales at gas stations increased 4% due to fuel prices that scaled new heights, with regular unleaded hitting $4.43 a gallon in May and now running around $5. That growth was offset by a 3.5% decline at motor vehicle and parts dealers. Miscellaneous store retailers saw...
    (CNN)Shrooms, Alice, tweezes, mushies, hongos, pizza toppings, magic mushrooms -- everyday lingo for psychedelic mushrooms seems to grow with each generation. Yet leading mycologist Paul Stamets believes it's time for fans of psilocybin mushrooms to leave such childish slang behind. Mycologist Paul Stamets touts the benefits of mushrooms for brain health."Let's be adults about this. These are no longer 'shrooms.' These are no longer party drugs for young people," Stamets told CNN. "Psilocybin mushrooms are nonaddictive, life-changing substances." Small clinical trials that have shown that one or two doses of psylocibin, given in a therapeutic setting, can make dramatic and long-lasting changes in people suffering from treatment-resistant major depressive disorder, which typically does not respond to traditional antidepressants. Based on this research, the US Food and Drug Administration has described psilocybin as a breakthrough medicine, "which is phenomenal," Stamets said.Psilocybin, which the intestines convert into psilocin, a chemical with psychoactive properties, is also showing promise in combating cluster headaches, anxiety, anorexia, obsessive-compulsive disorder and various forms of substance abuse.Read More"The data are strong from depression to PTSD to cluster headaches,...
    The trip to the ice cream shop is going to cost a lot more this summer. Ice cream prices rose 4.3 percent in May. That’s a seasonally adjusted number, so no funny business about the ice cream season starting triggered this rise. Compared with a year ago, ice cream prices are up 9.6 percent, the biggest year-over-year rise since 1981. Dairy and related products are up 11.8 percent compared with a year ago, part of the dramatic rise in consumer prices that has gripped the U.S. economy this year. Milk prices are up 15.9 percent after rising 2.8 percent in May. Cheese prices are up 8.7 percent. Overall inflation is up 8.6 percent, including a 10.1 percent rise in grocery store prices. Prices for restaurant food are up nine percent. The Biden administration has tried to blame “Putin’s price hikes” for high inflation but that is not likely a cause of soaring ice cream and milk prices.    
    (CNN) — The pain of higher prices continues for US consumers. Record gas prices drove inflation to 8.6% for the 12 months ending in May, higher than the pace in April, according to the latest Consumer Price Index, the government’s basic inflation measure. The reading for core CPI, which strips out volatile food and energy prices, posted a 6% increase over the same period, higher than the previous month’s level. Both readings are among the biggest jumps in prices experienced by consumers since 1981. READ MORE: South Street Mass Shooting: Murder Charges Approved For 2 Teens Arrested In Richmond, Virginia By US MarshalsEnergy prices overall rose 34.6% compared to a year ago, driven by a nearly 50% jump in gas prices over the last year. The tracking of gas prices by AAA show the price of a gallon of regular gas nationwide now at $4.99, after setting records in 31 of the last 32 days. So the June CPI report due next month is certain to show another big jump in gas prices. And it’s not just energy driving prices higher. Food prices rose...
    NEW YORK -- Researchers are drawing attention to a rise in poisonings in children involving the sleep aid melatonin - including a big jump during the pandemic.Last year, U.S. poison control centers received more than 52,000 calls about children consuming worrisome amounts of the dietary supplement - a six-fold increase from about a decade earlier. Most such calls are about young children who accidentally got into bottles of melatonin, some of which come in the form of gummies for kids.Parents may think of melatonin as the equivalent of a vitamin and leave it on a nightstand, said Dr. Karima Lelak, an emergency physician at Children's Hospital of Michigan and the lead author of the study published Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "But really it's a medication that has the potential to cause harm, and should be put way in the medicine cabinet," Lelak said.What is melatonin?Melatonin is a hormone that helps control the body's sleep cycle. It has become a popular over-the-counter sleeping aid, with sales increasing 150% between 2016 and 2020, the authors said.In the...
    Washington, DC (CNN)Retail sales of new cars are forecast to fall 20.9% this month compared to the same time last year, amid vehicle shortages and sky-high prices, according to the automotive research firms J.D. Power and LMC Automotive. The forecast is in part due to ongoing supply chain disruption and the resulting tight inventories. It is yet another pressure on US consumers. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that new home sales fell 26.9% in April when compared to a year prior. The S&P 500 Index has fallen 17.5% this year amid record inflation, rising interest rates and supply chain shortages.New vehicle inventory remains extremely tight, with retail inventory below a million vehicles for the twelfth consecutive month."The industry sales pace is being dictated by how many units are delivered to retailers during the month, and demand far exceeds supply," Thomas King, president of the data and analytics division at J.D. Power, said in a statement. "Record transaction prices are the result."New vehicle prices have reached near-record highs. The average transaction cost of a new vehicle in May is expected to...
    ST. HELENA, Calif. (KGO) -- Bay Area firefighters are watching an approaching heat which they believe can only increase fire danger by drying out grasses and brush. Fire crews have already been busy responding to wildfires and Monday was no exception.RELATED: Red Flag Warning in effect for parts of Bay Area as record warmth moves into regionCAL FIRE choppers, armed with water mounted an air assault on a wildfire off Silverado Trail in St. Helena which started about 5:30 p.m. prompting evacuations."I was sleeping and some guy came and knocked on my door and told me there was a fire," said neighbor Christian Torres. #BREAKING @napacountyfire fighting wildfire off Silverado Tr. in St. Helena. Several acres have burned. pic.twitter.com/P6E7qpsarn— Cornell Barnard (@CornellBarnard) May 24, 2022Torres and his family left their home as a precaution. it's not the first time."I remember last year, a few years ago it's hard to see this again, we have our family here," said Torres.Fire crews were able to stop the fire before it reached the top of the hill where a home was threatened."The structure...
    Share this: ON THIS DAY IN 1919, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “CHICAGO — Plans are being made by owners of more than 200 drink cure institutions to discontinue business with the coming of national prohibition, according to officials of institutions here. A few of the places may continue indefinitely as drug cure sanitariums, but a large majority is expected to close within a year. James E. Bruce, an official of a drink cure corporation that advertises it has cured more than 500,000 victims of alcohol, said the prohibition wave had for some time caused decreased business. ‘We figure there will be no need for our institutions after the country goes dry,’ he said. ‘However, we expect business to increase for a few months right after prohibition becomes effective. But after that it will rapidly decrease. A few years ago we had 60 branches in operation throughout the country. Today we have 26. Drug cases constitute about 25 percent of our business, the number being about the same as before the Harrison anti-drug law went into effect five years ago....
    A "For Sale" sign is seen in front of a home in Miami, Florida.Joe Raedle | Getty Images Home prices increased 19.8% in February year over year, according to the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller national home price index. That is up from the 19.1% annual increase in January and is the third-highest reading in the index's 35-year history. The 10-city composite annual increase came in at 18.6%, up from 17.3% in the previous month. The 20-city composite was up 20.2%, up from 18.9% in the previous month. Sun Belt cities continued to see the highest gains. Phoenix, Tampa and Miami saw annual home price gains of 32.9% 32.6% and 29.7%, respectively. All 20 cities reported higher price increases in the year ending February 2022 versus the year ending January 2022. Minneapolis, New York and Washington, D.C. saw the smallest price gains, although they were still in the double digits. "The macroeconomic environment is evolving rapidly and may not support extraordinary home price growth for much longer," wrote Craig Lazzara, managing director at S&P DJI in a release. "The post-Covid resumption of...
    BERLIN (AP) — The World Health Organization says at least one death has been reported in connection with a mysterious liver disease outbreak affecting children in Europe and the United States. The U.N. health agency said late Saturday that it has so far received reports of at least 169 cases of “acute hepatitis of unknown origin” from a dozen countries. The cases were reported in children aged one month to 16 years old, and 17 of those who fell ill required liver transplants. WHO didn’t say in which country the death occurred. The first cases were recorded in Britain, where 114 children have been sickened. “It is not yet clear if there has been an increase in hepatitis cases, or an increase in awareness of hepatitis cases that occur at the expected rate but go undetected,” WHO said in a statement. Experts say the cases may be linked to a virus commonly associated with colds, but further research is ongoing. “While adenovirus is a possible hypothesis, investigations are ongoing for the causative agent,” WHO said, noting that the virus has...
    FAIRFIELD (KPIX 5) – California is seeing a boom in homeschooling. State numbers show it’s more than doubled since before the pandemic. A controversial factor is possibly driving the increase. Nicole Nowling plans to pull her four children out of the Fairfield Suisun Unified School District if California enforces a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for kids. READ MORE: UPDATE: Teen Girl Severely Hurt in 2011 San Jose Hit-and-Run Crash Dies Of Her Injuries“When you have the government essentially telling you, ‘We’re gonna tell you what to do, and what’s best.’ That’s a hard pill to swallow,” she said. Although she and her husband got the shot, they didn’t want it for their kids, all under age 12. “Nobody can actually say, ”’cause we studied for 5, 10 years that this in the long run is completely safe,'” explained Nowling. She would join an increasing number of parents who homeschool. Although the state does not count the number of homeschooled children, it does keep track of the number of private school affidavits that must be filed to independently educate five or fewer...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Want to get out of town to escape this weather? Who doesn’t? But we have a warning for you, if you plan to travel by air. Travel experts warn a high volume of delays and cancellations will continue into the peak summer months. If you have traveled recently you no doubt have run into long lines, delays and even cancellations. Experts say expect that to continue. As air travel plummeted during the pandemic, airlines big and small cut back on staff and even planes. But pent-up demand is only expected to increase this summer. Many travelers looking for a deal are booking on budget airlines. But budget airlines may come with a hidden cost. Smaller, low-cost airlines often don’t have extensive reciprocal arrangements with other airlines allowing you to book on another carrier if your flight is delayed or cancelled. And if you are going low cost, you are more likely to face delays and cancellations. Kyle Potter of Thrifty Traveler was a guest on WCCO Sunday Morning. “There are some huge savings to...
    The U.S. continues to exhibit signs that COVID-19 upticks may be emerging, across the country, as the presence of the omicron subvariant, BA.2, steadily increases.Nearly 150 wastewater sites, which are monitored by the C.D.C., have seen an increase of 100% or more in the presence of the COVID-19 virus in their wastewater, over the last 15 days. Comparatively, at this time, last week, 120 sites were reporting similar increases.In addition, 75 other sites have reported smaller increases between 1%-99%.In some cases, small increases may result in a large percent increase, thus, it is important to note that some of this data may be partially skewed.Wastewater data is sparse across the country, but indicators suggest some sites in the Northeast, including in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Rhode Island, have seen notable increases in the presence of COVID-19 in local wastewater.Throughout the pandemic, wastewater surveillance has been a tool used as a preliminary indicator of COVID-19 trends in the U.S. Because asymptomatic patients can shed the virus, wastewater surveillance can capture infections that may not have identified in official counts....
    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt said Tuesday it will increase transit fees for vessels, including oil-laden tankers, passing through Suez Canal, one of the world’s most crucial waterways. The Suez Canal Authority said on its website it will add 15% to the normal transit fees for oil-laden and petroleum products-laden tankers, up from current 5%. It said the increases will take effect starting May 1, and could later be revised or called off, according to changes in global shipping. The new increase are amendments to surcharge hikes imposed in March on vessels passing through the waterway, the canal said. The canal said surcharge fees for chemical tankers, and other liquid bulk tankers will be hiked to 20% up from 10%, while laden and ballast dry bulk vessels will have their surcharges increase to 10%. Vessels carrying vehicles, general cargo, and heavy lift vessels, as well as multi-purpose vessels, will see a 14% increase up from 7%, according to the canal. Ballast crude oil and oil products tankers transiting the Canal are still required to pay a surcharge of 5% of normal...
    RICHMOND (KPIX 5) – A state commission recently finalized the new Congressional district boundaries for California. While redistricting may seem like a pretty mundane subject, it can also make for some pretty interesting political situations, one of which is playing out in Contra Costa and Solano counties. With each new census, comes changes to Congressional districts, and the new District 8 is one of the most fascinating. READ MORE: UPDATE: Driver Of Stolen Van Dies In Fiery Crash In East Oakland Neighborhood; 2 Officers HurtThe boundaries are intended to combine dominant communities of color, such as Richmond, Vallejo, Pittsburg and Antioch, into a single voting bloc. Map of 8th Congressional District covering parts of Contra Costa and Solano counties. (CBS) That effort has encouraged new candidates, including one who is getting some buzz, Richmond councilmember Demnlus Johnson III. “The new Congressional district was created to represent people like us,” Johnson said in a new campaign video.  “We can finally elect someone who knows our community because they’re from our community. Not someone who tells our stories, but someone...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Governor Christopher Waller said Thursday he is willing to support a half-point interest rate hike at the central bank’s next meeting in March if upcoming data suggests inflation is worsening. Waller’s comments, in a speech at the University of California, Santa Barbara, underscore the range of opinion among Fed officials about its next steps. After Russia invaded Ukraine early Thursday, many economists and investors considered a half-point rate hike much less likely at the March meeting. But Waller only said the invasion’s impact on the U.S. economy “remains to be seen.” The Fed is looking to increase its benchmark short-term interest rate as inflation surged to 7.5% in January compared with a year earlier, the biggest increase in four decades. A higher rate typically pushes up borrowing costs for mortgages, credit cards, and other consumer and business loans, slowing growth and price increases. The debate over how quickly to raise interest rates is being closely watched by financial markets and also could have an impact on the broader economy. If the Fed...
    Using over-the-counter pain relievers regularly can have an unexpected, potentially debilitating, side-effects to a person's hearing, a new study finds. Researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, found that women who use over-the-counter drugs like Advil or Tylenol frequently days a week are up to 20 percent more likely to suffer from tinnitus. Younger women included in the study were found to suffer a higher risk, researchers found.  Tinnitus is a condition suffered by around 20 million Americans that causes them to hear sounds that are not present. It is most frequently associated with ringing in the ears, but it can also manifest itself as other ambient sounds. The condition can be debilitating to some, and cause major negative impact on their way of life. Researchers warn that overusing 'safe', easily accessible, drugs can still cause problems down the line and people should make sure they are only using what they need. Women who frequently use common over-the-counter pain relievers are at an up to 20% increased risk of developing tinnitus (file photo) 'Our findings suggest that analgesic...
    James Andrews | iStock | Getty Images Things have come a long way from the peak of the pandemic, when rents in major cities were hugely discounted and concessions were common. Across the U.S., average monthly listed rents are up more than 14% from last year, according to real estate firm Redfin. In New York, the costs have risen more than 30%, and in Austin, Texas, 40%. As a result, many tenants who moved into a rental at a reduced rate over the last two years could face a big hike when their lease is up. Here's what to do if you're worried about one.Learn as much as you canAllia Mohamed, CEO of Openigloo, which allows renters in New York City to review landlords, recommends all tenants get informed about their rights and protections, which vary by location. For example, there's a mounting movement across the country to regulate rent increases. In Oregon, most hikes are already limited to 7%, plus inflation. Recently, Santa Ana, California, passed legislation capping rent increases in most buildings to no more than 3% during...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS SF) — California’s tax credit for renters may increase to account for inflation after more than 40 years, according to state Sen. Steve Glazer’s office. Glazer, D-Contra Costa, and co-authors this week introduced Senate Bill 843, which would increase the credit from $60 for single filers to $500. For single parents and couples, the credit will be $1,000 if the bill passes. READ MORE: UPDATE: Gov. Newsom Denies Parole For RFK Assassin Sirhan SirhanRenters are eligible if they are single and earn $43,533 or less or if they file jointly and earn $87,066 or less. Single parents would be eligible for the same credit as couples. “We’ve treated renters like the doormat outside California’s economic recovery house,” Glazer said in a statement. “We cannot make an economic comeback without renters having their rightful place inside. Renters have waited 42 years for a modest level of fairness in our tax code. We can’t make them wait any longer.” The bill has widespread bipartisan support with 43 co-authors. The credit has not been increased since 1979. Almost 2.4 million renters...
    (CNN)US Customs and Border Protection reported a 1,066% increase in the amount of fentanyl seized in fiscal year 2021 in south Texas, the agency said this week in a press release.Agents at eight ports from Brownsville to Del Rio seized 87,652 pounds of narcotics, including 588 pounds of fentanyl, a painkiller, CBP said in the release.This strip of paper can help prevent a drug overdoseThe street value of the drugs -- which also included marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, and heroin -- is believed to be $786 million, CBP said.Fentanyl, the deadliest drug in the United States, is 50 times more powerful than heroin and is extremely cheap to produce, according to the Drug Enforcement Agency. Frequently, people buy other drugs not knowing they are laced with fentanyl. Just a quarter of a milligram is enough to kill a person. Read MoreThe US government has seized enough fentanyl this year to give every American a lethal dose, DEA Administrator Anne Milgram said at a November White House press briefing. She called the overdose epidemic in the US "a national crisis" that "knows...
    The growth in Covid hospitalisations in London slowed in the run-up to New Year, new figures have revealed today - fuelling hopes that the Omicron outbreak in the capital may be reaching its peak. There were 319 patients admitted to hospital in London on December 31, a 14 per  cent rise on the same day a week before, and 450 on 30 December which is a 15 per cent rise week-on-week. While a holiday effect may be artificially keeping those numbers low, the rate of increase is well behind the days before that saw a 32% increase on December 29 to 511 admissions. Case numbers in the capital have also been rising at a slower rate, although pressure on testing capacity has tempered hopes that the capital's Omicron Covid infections could be peaking relatively quickly. South Africa's Omicron outbreak saw cases rise at the highest rate ever before peaking within three weeks and then falling, which scientists believe may have been cause by the variant having a shorter generation time in infected people. London's Omicorn outbreak started ahead of the...
    MARTINEZ (CBS SF) – Increasing COVID-19 cases forced Contra Costa Health Services to require appointments at testing locations in Richmond and San Ramon this week. CCHS previously offered testing to people without appointments as capacity permitted. But until further notice, appointments will be required for tests at the clinics, at 25th Street and Nevin Avenue in Richmond and 2600 Camino Ramon in San Ramon. READ MORE: 2 People Found Dead in Submerged Vehicle in Flooded Millbrae UnderpassTesting appointments can be made by going to https://bit.ly/3ql41kX or by calling (833) 829-2626. Appointments for testing at state-operated clinics in Antioch, Brentwood, Pleasant Hill and San Pablo are also available at https://lhi.care/covidtestingor by calling (833) 829-2626. Community health care providers may also offer testing services to their patients and members. READ MORE: Tuolumne County Sheriff Issues Evacuation Advisory After Cracks Found in Twain Harte Lake DamCounty health officials said this week they have distributed about 14,000 no-cost rapid antigen test kits into the community through the district offices of Contra Costa County’s supervisors, community-based organizations, testing sites and other venues....
    AMERICAN workers are in for some extra cash in 2022. If you're in for a pay increase in the new year, you may be in line to receive the largest one year pay rise since 2008. 1Employers plan the largest wage budget bump since 2008 Employers plan to bump wage budgets by 3.9% in 2022, according to The Conference Board's Salary Increase Budget Survey. The raise is driven by the labor shortage and inflation. It will be the largest increase for workers younger than 25, including those who switched jobs in the past year. However, it may still not cover the effects of inflation for employees. The cost of goods and services jumped by 6.2% in the 12 months to October, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. In perspective, those who don't receive a raise that's at least 6% will technically be earning less in real terms. Most read in moneyCASHING IN Fourth stimulus check update – Millions could be in line for $1,000 paymentsOUT OF CASH Last payment in '$3,600 stimulus check' sent in DAYS as calls...
    Many patients with high blood pressure may be unknowingly taking medications that are contributing to increased blood pressure, according to a study in JAMA this week.   A team of researchers out of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, found that 18% — or nearly one in five — U.S. adults diagnosed with hypertension, reported taking medications that may actually increase blood pressure. Hypertension was defined in the study as an average systolic BP of 130 mm Hg or higher, average diastolic BP of 80 mm Hg or higher, or being told by a physician, the individual had high blood pressure. The authors also defined uncontrolled hypertension as an average systolic BP of 130 mm Hg or higher or an average diastolic BP of 80 mm Hg or higher.  "The majority of U.S. adults with hypertension have not achieved recommended blood pressure (BP) targets. One often overlooked barrier to control is iatrogenic, the use of medications that are known to raise BP," the authors stated in the published report.   FAUCI VAGUE ON CHANGING DEFINITION OF ‘FULLY VACCINATED’: ‘WE MIGHT MODIFY’  This photo shows medical workers near the East Campus main entrance of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a Harvard teaching hospital,...
    Climate change is causing the Earth's atmosphere to swell, which could have implications beyond just the health of the planet, a new study suggests. Researchers at the National Center for Atmospheric Research have found that the lowest level of the atmosphere, known as the troposphere, has inflated roughly 174 feet per decade between 2001 and 2020. At this point, it's unclear how a rising tropopause will impact the planet's climate or weather, but it could result in planes flying higher to avoid turbulence, Live Science reports.  The expansion of the troposphere is directly linked to warming temperatures near Earth's surface and is important, given that it extends from sea level to 'about 5 miles above Earth's surface at the poles to 10 miles at the equator, depending on the season,' according to a statement. Climate change is causing the Earth's atmosphere to swell, a new study finds The upper region of the troposphere, known as the tropopause, gets smaller and larger based on temperatures and seasons  The troposphere has inflated roughly 174 feet per decade between 2001-2020. Between 1980 and...
    (CNN) — Procter & Gamble, one of the country’s largest consumer goods manufacturers, said Tuesday that it’s raising prices on certain grooming, beauty and oral care products for retail customers to combat higher costs. It’s the latest round of price hikes announced by the company. Other major consumer manufacturers and stores have also increased prices in response to rising expenses for raw materials and transportation. READ MORE: Supply Chain Issues: 'There Really Are Problems Everywhere,' Even For Small CompaniesP&G said it communicated the latest increases to distributors and retailers over the last few weeks, and they will be going into effect in roughly the next 90 days. If P&G’s retail customers, which include big box stores, supermarkets, drug stores and more, decide to pass on those increases, they’ll soon be hitting consumers’ wallets. P&G, which makes brands such as Gillette, Braun and SK-II, did not specify which grooming, beauty and oral care brands it is increasing prices on for retailers. But an email from P&G to a distributor obtained by CNN Business indicates Olay, Crest and Oral-B products will be...
    New York (CNN Business)Procter & Gamble (PG), one of the country's largest consumer goods manufacturers, said Tuesday that it's raising prices on certain grooming, beauty and oral care products for retail customers to combat higher costs. It's the latest round of price hikes announced by the company. Other major consumer manufacturers and stores have also increased prices in response to rising expenses for raw materials and transportation.P&G said it communicated the latest increases to distributors and retailers over the last few weeks, and they will be going into effect in roughly the next 90 days.If P&G's retail customers, which include big box stores, supermarkets, drug stores and more, decide to pass on those increases, they'll soon be hitting consumers' wallets.P&G, which makes brands such as Gillette, Braun and SK-II, did not specify which grooming, beauty and oral care brands it is increasing prices on for retailers. But an email from P&G to a distributor obtained by CNN Business indicates Olay, Crest and Oral-B products will be getting more expensive, at least for retailers. Grocery store shelves arent going back to...
    VALERIE MACON | AFP | Getty Images People who collect Social Security are about to see bigger checks. The cost-of-living adjustment in 2022 will be 5.9%, the Social Security Administration said Wednesday. The bump, which will help beneficiaries keep up with rising costs due to inflation, is the largest increase in about 40 years. The adjustment will mean larger checks for more than 70 million Americans. The roughly 8 million Americans on Supplemental Security Income, or SSI, will see the change come Dec. 30, while about 64 million getting Social Security will see the increase in January. The 2022 or cost-of-living adjustment will add roughly $92 a month to an average retirement benefit of $1,565 a month, according to some estimates. "The cost of living adjustment is an automatic adjustment every year and is one of the most valuable features of Social Security," said Nancy Altman, president of Social Security Works, an advocacy group focused on expanding benefits. Here's what beneficiaries need to know about this year's COLA. What actions do you need to take?People already getting Social Security do not...
    Eversource customers in the region could see a small spike in their bills this winter as the utility company contends with rising natural gas prices. This week, citing rising gas prices around the world, Eversource filed its proposed winter natural gas rate for Massachusetts residents with the Department of Public Utilities that would include rate increases for customers beginning on Monday, Nov. 1. According to Eversource, during the pandemic, the price of natural gas rose by approximately 20 percent as the demand increased in 2020 as many sheltered in place for upwards of a year and some gas-producing states saw extreme weather that halted or slowed production. “With supply constraints, extreme weather and other challenges related to the pandemic driving up natural gas prices across the globe, we’re focused every day on helping our customers better manage their own energy use while also working with partners across the commonwealth on innovative solutions to help achieve our shared clean energy goals,” Eversource Senior Vice President and CCO Penni Conner said. In total, if approved, an average residential customer in...
    As well as causing death and destruction, a new study suggests that natural disasters can put people at a greater risk of developing dementia.  Using health and survey data on people living in the areas worst hit by a 2011 tsunami in Japan, experts from Harvard University explored the link between cognitive decline and natural disasters.  The event, which killed 20,000 and saw 100,000 children uprooted from their homes, may also have contributed to cognitive decline in older adults, they found.   More than 3,000 people with an average age of 73 were questioned about their cognitive state, finding those that lost a home in the disaster experienced an increase in their rate of cognitive decline, but losing a loved one had no impact. The team say this is linked to increased isolation, with the unmarried, lower educated and eldest at the greatest risk of increasing cognitive decline.  Using health and survey data on people living in the areas worst hit by a 2011 tsunami in Japan (pictured) gave experts Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts an insight into the link between...
    Diet soda and drinks that contain the artificial sweetener sucralose may increase food cravings and appetite in women and people who are obese, researchers say.  In a new study led by the University of Southern California's (USC) Keck School of Medicine and published in JAMA Network Open, scientists studied the effects of an artificial sweetener – or a nonnutritive sweetener (NNS) – both on brain activity and appetite responses in different groups of the population. '5 OR MORE': HIGHER FRUIT, VEGETABLE SERVINGS LINKED TO KIDS' IMPROVED MENTAL WELL-BEING Seventy-four adult participants, including 43 women, completed the study from March 2020 to March 2021, including an equal number of males and females who identified as healthy weight, overweight or obese. During the course of three separate morning visits to USC's Dornsife Cognitive Neuroimaging Center, the participants consumed 300 milliliters of a drink sweetened with sucrose (nutritive sugar), a drink sweetened with the NNS sucralose or water as a control.  Researchers then spent two hours measuring the activation of regions of the brain responsible for appetite and food cravings in response to...
    TENS of millions of Americans could be set for a monthly boost to their social security checks worth nearly $100 in 2022. That comes because of an anticipated 6.2% cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for those receiving social security benefits, the latest estimates from The Senior Citizens League show. 1Americans could be receiving an additional $95.67 per month through Social Security benefits. Once you turn 62, you can start receiving social security benefits. However, you’ll receive less money if you claim before your full retirement age. What is the COLA allowance? A COLA is a boost in income that keeps pace with the cost of living. It is calculated based on data from the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W), which measures changes in the cost of popular goods and services. The COLA rises when inflation and CPI-W increase. While this means additional social security benefits, you might have to spend more to cover living costs. According to the Labor department, the consumer price index spiked by 5.4% in July compared with the same month last year....
    Inflation signals climbed in August even while the pace of growth in manufacturing unexpectedly slowed in August, according to a survey from the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Fed’s survey of manufacturers showed the current activity index slipping from 21.9 to 19.4 in August, the regional Fed bank said Thursday. Economists had forecast an increase in the index to 25. Yet the slowdown in the pace of growth did not slow down price increases. To the contrary, the price indexes climbed in August. The index of current prices received by manufacturers for their products increased 7 points to 53.9, its highest reading since May 1974. The index for prices paid for components and materials edged up 2 points to 71.2, after dropping 10 points last month from June’s 42-year high. Vice President Joe Biden makes a phone call on a train at Union Station in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011, as he headed to an event in Philadelphia to tout plans to improve the nation’s infrastructure. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) The median forecast for manufacturers’ prices was for an...
    In this article WMT It looks like retirees will get a raise next year. The Senior Citizens League is a nonpartisan advocacy group for older Americans and has a history of accurately forecasting the annual cost of living change. The group estimates the Social Security COLA for 2022 may be 6.2%. The boost would be much higher than the 1.3% adjustment made for 2021, which was one of the lowest increases Social Security has ever had. Check out this video to see how much money this will add to your benefits and to see how the increase compares with other changes in the past. More from Invest in You:How Walmart and other big companies are trying to recruit more teenage employeesAmericans are more in debt than ever and experts say 'money disorders' may be to blameHow much money do you need to retire? Start with $1.7 million Disclosure: NBCUniversal and Comcast Ventures are investors in Acorns.
    (Bloomberg) – Chicago officials said the Lollapalooza concert in the city showed no signs of having been a covid-19 super-spread event earlier this month, even after 203 cases reported by attendees. Those infected may have been exposed elsewhere, said Dr. Allison Arwady, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Health. Anyone diagnosed with covid on or after attending the concert is included, and may or may not have been infected at the concert, he said. Of those, 58 were Chicago residents, 138 were from other parts of Illinois and seven were from out of state, he said. “At this time, there is no evidence of a super-spreading event, and there is no evidence of a substantial impact on Chicago’s covid cases,” Arwady said during a press conference Thursday, 14 days after the four-man concert began. days. “Clearly, with hundreds of thousands of people attending Lollapalooza, we expected to see some cases.” Lollapolooza, which took place from July 29 to August 1, drew about 385,000 people, and about 90% or more were vaccinated based on measures taken at the site, Arwady said....