By DIANE STAFFORD
The Kansas City Star
The sound you hear could be baby boomers revving their early retirement engine
Insurance providers and financial planners expect the Affordable Care Act to encourage a flood of workplace departures from the 50-to-65 age group, which accounts for about 43 million members of the U.S. labor force
That’s because those not yet eligible for Medicare “won’t be hostage to your employer or your spouse’s employer anymore,” said David Power, a broker with PowerGroup in Overland Park. “The health care shackles are off.”Obamacare will allow anyone, regardless of pre-existing conditions, to buy health insurance. It’s also expected to lower premium costs for the boomer age group, perhaps by hundreds of dollars a month compared with comparable coverage they would buy on their own, assuming they could get it.
“Boomers win in two ways: Their insurance will be more affordable, and they can get it,” said Ron Rowe, a vice president at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City. “We’ve said all along that there will be winners and losers under the ACA, and this demographic is a clear set of winners.”
Lighter or darker skins are controlled by the degree of melanin (pigment) content. Melanin shields the skin from the penetration of ultraviolet rays. Because lighter skins have a decreased melanin content, they are more susceptible to premature aging than melanin-concentrated skins.
This phenomenon in brown and black skin tones can cause hyperpigmentation. Hyperpigmentation can be the result of an insect bite, hormones, medication, irritations, inflammation from acne, eczema, etc. resulting in dark spots, dark patches, discoloration and uneven tones. Aging can also manifest darkening of the skin giving the skin a lackluster appearance. Many of these manifestations could be avoided with the protection of sunscreen. Studies show that the use of sunscreen is less prevalent among ethnic skins than it is for Caucasians.
To reduce the appearance of these common anomalies, a home care management program must be employed. This daily program should begin with a cleanser, toner, and moisturizer formulated for your skin type. These products work in synergy to balance the skin if it is dry or oily. Incorporating a skin lightening serum will tackle the dark areas of the skin if used on the affected areas. A sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 15 should applied at least 20-30 minutes prior to going out in the sun. Without this protection, dark spots and discolorations will become darker.
The use of a skin lightening ingredients such as hydroquinone, will improve the appearance of dark spots, discolorations and uneven tones. Combining additional skin lightening ingredients will expedite the process.
The following is a summary of useful topical ingredients in serums proven to reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation.
Hydroquinone: Hydroquinone is the gold standard lightening agent for dark spots, sun damage, and skin darkening due to the common reactions to irritants and allergic contact dermatitis. Hydroquinone 2% should be placed on the affected area for a maximum of three months.
Arbutin: Reduces the effects of hyperpigmentation. No clear evidence as to how well it stacks up against hydroquinone.
Kojic acid: Similar to hydroquinone, it suppresses the production of melanin. Products containing kojic acid are generally found in amber bottles to prevent exposure to sunlight. If it comes in contact with air, it easily oxidizes (turns dark).
Vitamin C: Also known as Ascorbic acid, protects the skin against UVB induced skin wrinkling. Improves dark patches caused by hormonal disorders and dark spots caused by acne.
Azelaic acid: This ingredient was initially used for treatment of acne but later found that it suppresses melanin production. Most hyperpigmentation problems will benefit from the use of azelaic acid. However, azelaic acid is not very effective against freckles and age spots.
In most cases, you will see a lightening of dark lesions within 3 to 4 months of use. If there is no change seen after 4 months, you should stop the use of hydroquinone.
Recommedation: Seek the services of a dermatologist or licensed skin care professional trained in multi-ethnic skins. You will receive a consultation to include a skin analysis, the best products for home care and a treatment plan specifically targeting your skin condition.
Pamela Springer is both a licensed educator and founder of The Skin & Makeup Institute of Arizona. She is a contributing writer for many multi-ethnic and trade publications. Her additional talents include conducting seminars on cultural diversity and clinical skin care treatments for pigmentation anomalies, acne and aging skins. Springer launched Global Skincare, a corrective skin care line specifically targeting global skin types. Global Skincare has the endorsement of a board certified dermatologist. Her book, Natural Radiance, A Guide for Ethnic Skin Care, is available on Amazon or www.globalskincareproducts.com.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Fifty. The anniversary celebration of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom resounds with a worthwhile mix of critical reassessment and historical pride for the progress made since then and yet to be accomplished. But for my Boomer generation, the tumultuous events bookended by Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech and his tragic assassination five year later also arc across a half-century of our lives.
Fifty. Fifty years? How unsettling for aging Boomers, who once pictured nostalgia on an old-timey gazebo—echoing with the Beatles’ refrain, “It was 20 years ago today, Sargent Pepper taught the band to play.” Twenty years? Ha! Just a couple of generational blinks.
More than a cause for personal reflection, though, it’s hard not to wonder about King himself. Had he survived James Earl Ray’s gun sight, he would be 84 today. And I’d like to think he’d be as up on political hip-hop, like Goodie Mob’s new “Age Against the Machine” album released Thursday (after 14 years their poke at Rage Against the Machine), as, say, Curtis Mayfield or Odetta.
Read More: http://newamericamedia.org/2013/08/a-dream-of-mlk-today---aging-against-the-machine.php
White Americans are more likely than black Americans to have used most kinds of illegal drugs, including cocaine, marijuana and LSD. Yet blacks are far more likely to go to prison for drug offenses.
This discrepancy forms the backdrop of a new legislative proposal in California, which aims to reduce the disproportionate incarceration of black people in the state. Supporters of the bill, SB 649, point to some striking national data.
Nearly 20 percent of whites have used cocaine, compared with 10 percent of blacks and Latinos, according to a 2011 survey from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration -- the most recent data available.
Higher percentages of whites have also tried hallucinogens, marijuana, pain relievers like OxyContin, and stimulants like methamphetamine, according to the survey.Crack is more popular among blacks than whites, but not by much.
By JAKE COYLE -
TORONTO — In Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave," Solomon Northop, a free man from upstate New York who's kidnapped and sold into slavery in Louisiana played by Chiwetel Ejiofor, is hung for daring to strike an abusive and imbecilic plantation hand (Paul Dano). He's cut down, but only just barely enough to reach the ground. McQueen captures it all in one long, agonizing take, as Northop is left dangling, shuffling excruciatingly on his tiptoes.
"I don't think I've seen that on film, and I wanted to make damn sure if it was on film, it was going to be done well," McQueen said in a recent interview. "It was very necessary for me to use those kind of shots to tell the story. Film is what 115, 120 years old? It's a baby. There's no right or wrong way to shoot anything. It's not style. It's necessity."
Film history, however, is long enough that one might expect one of the nation's most essential chapters to have been depicted on screen more frequently and fervently. "It's a massive hole," says McQueen. There have, of course, been a handful of notable films about slavery ("Beloved," "Amistad," the miniseries "Roots"), but, it's safe to say, never before has there been a movie like this. "12 Years a Slave" is the most unblinking portrait of slavery yet seen in cinema: a straightforward resurrection of its atrocities, complications and, most of all, its plain reality.
"I wanted everyone to be Solomon Northup," says McQueen. "You are on that journey with him."
"12 Years a Slave," which Fox Searchlight will release in theaters Oct. 18th.
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