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Elder Law Aims to Protect Senior Citizens, those with Special Needs

By Tut Underwood

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May is National Elder Law Month, a time lawyers endeavor to spread the word that their specialty provides legal advocacy, guidance, and services to enhance the lives of seniors and people with disabilities. Columbia elder law attorney Lauren Wasson says there are three basic financial documents that should be in place for every senior citizen: a will, a durable power of attorney and a health care power of attorney, which assigns a trusted person to speak for the elderly client if he/she is unable to speak for him/herself.

Exercise for Parkinson’s disease

By Bobbi Conner

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This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Marian Dale about specific exercise routines that can help patients who have Parkinson’s disease.   Dr. Dale is an Assistant Professor of Neurology and a Neurologist in the Movement Disorders Program at MUSC.

Nip Your Seasonal Allergies in the Bud

By Palmetto Health

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Pollen is everywhere! Along with pollen comes seasonal allergies. Katie Schill, nurse practitioner with Palmetto Health’s Mobile Clinic, offers some helpful tips to manage seasonal allergies.
 
The key to managing your allergies is preventing and limiting exposure to the allergen. Here are ways you can do this:

How Will New Tax Law Affect HSA's?

By Mike Switzer

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By now, most people have a basic understanding about the new tax law and how it’ll impact their 2018 tax returns. But one area that hasn’t gotten as much attention in local or national news is the new law’s possible effect on Health Savings Accounts.  Our next guest says the result may be an increased use of HSA’s.

Mike Switzer interviews Josh Harris, a certified financial planner with Clemson University where he also works as a lecturer and academic advisor.

Mosquitos are Pests, but with a Place in Nature

By Rudy Mancke

Two thirds of the approximately 60 mosquito species in South Carolina don't bite humans.

Mosquitos are among nature’s biggest pests.  Their bites itch, they’re annoying and they can carry diseases.  But surprisingly, says Clemson professor Peter Adler, of the approximately 60 mosquito species that inhabit South Carolina, two-thirds of them DON’T bite humans.  Some are adapted to reptiles, others to birds, and some don’t feed on blood at all.  Of those that do, different things about people attract them:  size, the amount of carbon dioxide they produce, even blood type!  (Type A, you’re lucky.  You’re their least favorite.  Type O, sorry about that.  They love you.)

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