Here’s who stands to lose the most if the GOP’s health care bill actually becomes law

By a mere four votes and with 21 GOP reps voting no or not voting, House Republicans managed to push through legislation that repeals the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) and replaces it with the American Healthcare Act (AHCA).

*If* the AHCA is enacted, experts estimate that 24 million people could lose their healthcare coverage and 130 million people could see a rise in healthcare costs due to the laundry list of pre-existing conditions listed in the bill. Since the House vote, the hashtag #IAmAPreexistingCondition has been used on various social media platforms to highlight the challenges the AHCA bill poses to millions of Americans. MORE

LeBron James to open public school for at-risk kids

LeBron James is setting up a new school for at-risk kids, called the “I Promise School.”

James will be setting up the school in his hometown of Akron, Ohio, and it will open in fall of 2018 for third and fourth graders. By 2022, the school is expected to have the first through eighth grades.

“This school is so important to me because our vision is to create a place for the kids in Akron who need it most — those that could fall through the cracks if we don’t do something,” said James.

The school will be funded by James’ family foundation.MORE

Black writers Colson Whitehead, Lynn Nottage win coveted Pulitzer Prize

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Pittsburgh school officer knocks out boy’s tooth during beating

A 14-year-old Pittsburgh boy’s claims that he was beaten by a school resource officer are now under investigation.

On Wednesday, civil rights attorney Todd Hollis said that his client, Queshawn Wade, had been beaten by the school resource officer, Steve Shaulis, at Woodland Hills High School on April 3.

“My understanding is that there was a discussion by Officer Steve Shaulis, who is the school resource officer at Woodland Hills High School, over a missing cell phone,” Hollis said, “and that it was his belief that this young man [Wade] was responsible for that cell phone.”MORE

Best new business to start

It seems that many people across America are looking for a way to start a new business for better income and to avoid having a boss above them. But, in many cases, they are not sure what the best new business to start is. This is not a surprise because there are literally hundreds of different businesses out there. If you are looking for an answer to this question, you should know that there is no universal answer. This depends on many factors, but what is important to understand is that you can analyze the effects of your decision only if you go for it. If you perform a brief research related to the market today, you will notice that some seemingly simple products and services are very popular among consumers. This gives hope to many prospective businesspersons that they can become successful too. While it is true that no one can name a specific business and tell you that if you choose that business you will become successful, it is also true that there are some business ideas that look promising. We will now share some of these ideas with you.

According to many experts, entering the pet business can be a great idea for a small business. This is a great option for people who actually enjoy spending some time with animals. Latest statistics show that the number of pet owners is growing constantly and rapidly in the last 15 years and this trend won’t change in the near future. Anything from establishing a professional dog walking service to pet food supplying can work. Every city has thousands of pet owners who are interested in investing in anything that can make their dogs, cats, lizards, parrots, pigs and other animals happy and healthy. These people don’t hesitate to spend a lot of money for their pets.

Another good business idea is to start a business related to green practices or green technology. Besides the number of pet lovers, the number of people who are becoming eco-aware is increasing too. These people are looking for a way to contribute to preserving our nature. If you have the money, you can start a recycling company or set up a removal service. You can also sell any kind of green products. If you want to be even more specialized, you can focus on e-waste or electronic waste which is becoming a huge problem these days.

While we are talking about modern technology, we should also mention some other tech-related business ideas. You can start a repair service for computers, smartphone or other devices. In case you are looking for a way to start a new business with great potential and without huge initial investment, we suggest opening a website. You can become a successful internet marketer by establishing an e-commerce website and sell your products or someone else’s products for a commission (affiliate marketing). The business opportunities found on the internet are virtually limitless and you should definitely consider some of these business ideas.editor@urbanmediatoday.com

Facts About Heart Disease

Many health conditions can result in what is termed heart diseases, such as arrhythmias, heart infections, coronary artery disease, diseases that affect blood vessels and congenital heart defects. The most common meaning of heart disease is any blockage in the blood vessels, arteries or the heart’s valves, which can result in a heart attack or stroke.

 

There are many things that put a person at a higher risk of developing heart disease. Some factors are out of a person’s control. For example, the older you are the more likely it is you will develop heart disease. Men are at an increased risk, but women’s risk goes up after menopause. Also, having a family history of heart disease makes it much more likely that you will experience the condition.

 

Not everything that increases a person’s risk for heart disease is out of that person’s control. Eating a poor diet that consists of high amounts of fat, salt and cholesterol increases the risk of heart disease. Smoking is another huge contributor to heart problems. Not managing high blood pressure or diabetes through medication and lifestyle changes also increase a person’s risk. Being overweight, leading a sedentary lifestyle and not properly managing stress are all things within a person’s scope of control that also increase his risk for heart disease.

 

How can someone tell they might have heart disease? There are several warning signs to watch for. Chest pain and shortness of breath are obvious symptoms, but many people write them off as indigestion or fatigue. If your legs or arms experience sudden pain, turn numb without reason or are constantly cold, this is a definite warning sign that something is wrong with your cardiovascular system. Other possible signs include experiencing lightheadedness on a regular basis, fainting and feeling a fluttering sensation in your chest.

 

If you suspect you or someone close to you is suffering from heart disease, medical attention is needed to properly diagnose and manage the situation. The doctor might prescribe medications to lower your blood pressure, thin out your blood or lower your cholesterol. If medications alone are not enough to manage your heart condition, the doctor might recommend undergoing various medical procedures such as angioplasty or coronary artery bypass surgery.

 

Medications and medical procedures are not the only ways to manage heart disease. Making certain lifestyle changes can at least help with your condition. If you smoke, you need to quit immediately. Take any diabetes or blood pressure medicines faithfully, and monitor your cholesterol levels. Change your eating habits so you consume more foods with low saturated fats, whole grains, and vegetables. Exercise regularly and work to lower your weight if you are overweight. These changes may take time, but each day that passes that you continue with your current lifestyle can actually bring you closer to your grave. news@urbanmediatoday.com

Simple exercises that reduce belly fat

 

Each day I go to the gym, and there’s a lady on an exercise mat. She’s hard at work doing crunches, mountain climbers, and planks. Her stomach is tight, and she hasn’t a muffin top or love handles. But I wonder how she looked when she started. Maybe she had my relentless muffin top that never goes away. If you have stubborn belly fat, it’s time to work it out. Soon you can have a flat belly too!

First, start with the crunch. Lay flat on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. Cross your hands behind your head. Now, without removing your feet, lift your head and neck towards your chest. Raise your shoulders off your exercise mat as well. You should be feeling a stretch in your abdominal muscles. If you want more of a challenge, try the criss-cross crunch. Bend your legs at the knees but hold them at a 90-degree angle in the air. Then, cross your left arm to your right knee. You’ll cross your right arm to your left knee. Do two sets of ten crunches.

Another exercise is called the roll up. Lay flat on the floor with your arms straight in the air. Do not bend them at the elbows. Make sure your toes are pointing to the sky. Now, sit up and touch your toes. Do as many as you can within sixty seconds. Take a break. Do two more sets of sixty-second intervals with a break in-between. The opposing exercise to this is called pulse ups. Lay on your back and lift your legs straight into the air without bending. Do the same sets as the previous exercise with this exercise.

Bird dogs is another exercise that works the abdominal muscles. Start the exercise by getting onto your hands and knees. Make sure your head and neck are aligned with your spine. Then, move out your left leg and your right arm. Do not bend either one but keep them straight. Hold to the count of five and return to the starting position. Now move out your right leg and left arm. Count to five and return to the starting position. Do a set of ten.

Likewise, another exercise is toe touch. Lie on your back and lift your legs straight into the air without bending. Now, lift your arms straight into the air. Just as you did with the roll up exercise, move your hands toward your toes. You should feel your adnominal muscles hard at work as they get tighter. Hold each stretch for a count of five and release. Complete a set of ten and rest.

Finally, let’s end with crunch claps. Get back into the crunch position. You should be on your back, but one leg should be flat while the other is bent at a 90-degree angle. Your head and neck should be aligned with your spine. Now, move forward to do a crunch. As you approach your leg that is balanced in the air, clap underneath your leg and return to the resting position. Complete ten crunch claps per side. Then take a break and come back tomorrow for more!

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Cancer-fighting superfoods you should eat

 

The food that we eat either hurts us or helps us. If our diet is overloaded with fat, sodium of sugar then over time it’s going to hurt us. It’s going to put us more at risk for heart disease, diabetes and several types of cancer. Yet, if we eat a high protein and low-fat diet, the chances of encountering any of those illnesses significantly drop. Your lifespan increases and your heart gets stronger. If your goal is to beat cancer, incorporate the following foods as much as possible. You’re going to find that your body feels so much better!

 

Consider adding onions to your diet. I never really enjoyed onions until I tried them on a sandwich. Now I eat onions practically on anything. Onions are an excellent source of biotin. This helps to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and regulate your blood sugar. Eating onions is also a way to keep your skin healthy and reduce your way of encountering hair loss. It has a considerable amount of vitamin C, which not only boosts your immune system but helps to protect it against colds. Likewise, onions help to lower blood pressure and relieve stress.

Mushrooms are another cancer-fighting superfood. It’s been studied that this vegetable can help keep your weight under control. This is effective when people replace red meat with white mushrooms. Over time, people can drop a significant amount of weight which reduces their risk of obesity. The white mushrooms, too, have been shown to reduce breast cancer in both men and women. This may be due to the fact that this s superfood is so rich in fiber. It boosts your immune system and helps it to fight off viruses.

Sweet potatoes are a powerhouse of cancer-fighting minerals and vitamins. Sweet potatoes are considered to be a squash. They are in the same family as pumpkin. This vegetable has high amounts of vitamin A (which is good for your eyes) and turmeric, which fights cancerous tumors throughout the body. Most people eat this vegetable at Thanksgiving with marshmallows on top but enjoy all year. Add it as a side dish to soup or make it into fries. It’s going to keep you healthy and your heart strong.

Broccoli, too, is another cancer-fighting food. It works to remove cholesterol from your body, which ultimately reduces your likeliness of a heart attack or stroke. Broccoli is also a powerhouse of vitamin K. This vitamin works to keep your bones strong and healthy. Vitamin C, too, is also a rich source of broccoli, This is going to actively promote wound healing while boosting your immune system to fight off dangerous bacteria. Broccoli can be used creatively in any culinary dish. Experiment with it and you’ll find that this delicious vegetable is worth its effort to fight cancer.

Finally, pumpkin can help you prevent cancer. This autumn vegetable is an excellent source of vitamin A, which promotes perfect eyesight. It strengthens your eyes to see better in dim lights. Pumpkin is also a great food to spark weight loss. It’s going trim your body of unneeded weight through its fiber and keep you full for longer. In turn, this is going to lower your risk of diabetes and obesity which go hand-in-hand in lowering your cancer risk. Let’s not forget, too, that pumpkin can strengthen your heart. Pumpkin seeds, for instance, have been shown to lower bad cholesterol. This reduces your risk of a heart attack. Incorporating these foods is going to be a game changer. Find new, innovative ways to eat them and your health will be better off for it.

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Do and Don’ts of Bathroom Lighting

The bathroom is not just a room for getting clean; it is a sanctuary where you lock yourself up and spend time grooming and cleaning up. The intimacy of the bathroom is unrivaled, within a home. Did you know that 30% of people dislike having any conversation when in the bathroom? Or that 60% of your friends will judge the cleanliness of your house based on the state of your bathroom? Away from the trivia, bathroom lighting is one of the ways through which to set the ambiance for the spot. Read on as we discuss some dos and don’ts of bathroom lighting.

 

Utility Lighting

 

Utility lighting ensures that there is enough light for you to see whatever you are doing. It is intended to help you avoid bathroom accidents. Utility lights are mostly placed around the bathroom mirror because this is what you use to see yourself. The best utility lights are on a fogless bathroom mirror which is set at eye level. Note that you should avoid installing utility lights on the ceiling because that will shine on your hair and forehead, causing shadows below your eyes and chin. You will not be able to see your face clearly when you’re shaving or brushing your teeth.

 

Dimmer Lights

 

The bathroom lights should be darker than the lights in the rest of the house, especially the bedroom. If you’re like millions of other people in the world, the bathroom is among the last rooms you visit before bed and the first one you get into after waking up. Dim light makes it easy for your eyes to transition into sleep mode or into waking up mode. Dim bathroom lighting also reduces the loss of sleep after mid-sleep bathroom trips.

 

Ambient Lighting

 

These lights set the overall mood for the bathroom. The choice of ambient lighting depends on the architecture of the bathroom. If your bathroom has tall ceilings, ambient lights should be installed along the perimeter. That makes it look like the light is glowing from the perimeter. Ambient lighting depends on your color preferences. Where the ceilings are low, and there are no covers to hide lights behind, you can use a hanging pendant for creating ambiance. Feel free to choose colors that represent who you are, as long as you keep them soft.

 

Lighting in your bathroom, unlike other features, is not permanent. You can play around with the designs until you find one that works for you, as long as you observe the basics.  Jess Walters FreeLance Writer

 

 

Update Your Look With Today’s Latest Fashion Accessories

 

Fashion is all about you and what you want to say about yourself. While it can be very rewarding and exciting, people often don’t know what to do about fashion. Read on for some great tips so you can start incorporating fashion into your life now.

The best fashion tip you can get is to be yourself when it comes to what to wear. People have different opinions about what is fashionable, and you may aspire to be something you’re not. The truth is, no matter what your style, you are always in fashion when you remain true to yourself.

You are going to want to talk to your friends and coworkers about how you dress. They can help you figure out what you are doing that works, and what you might want to change about how you dress. Since they see you every day, they can be the ones you go to for advice.

The purse you carry should complement any other bags you plan to carry. If you have a briefcase, you want it to match your purse. You should only ever have a maximum of two bags on you at the same time.

If you have patches of gray in your hair, consider using a semipermanent dye. The gray will appear to be the same color as the rest of your hair and will last about two months. While you can’t really lighten your hair with this tactic, you can choose to darken your locks if you want.

How to apply your makeup depends on where you are going. For example, if you are going for an interview, keep your makeup looking natural and highlight your best feature. For instance, if you have beautiful eyes, wear a soft color that enhances the color of your eyes. If your best feature is your cheekbones, add a little color to the apple of your cheeks.

Complement your style with a wonderful smile. If you walk around looking sad, then it will not matter what you are wearing. A truly fashionable person knows the importance of sporting a beautiful set of pearly whites. You should smile whenever you can. It will make you feel better and keep you looking fashionable.

Don’t make fashion impulse buys. When you buy on impulse, you often make bad choices. The clothing may not fit as well as you hoped, or it doesn’t truly work with anything in your closet. Before making the buy ask yourself if you really need it, and if you have items that can compliment it.

If you are going to go somewhere in the world of fashion, you need to understand that fashion is not all about the right outfits. Your makeup is just as important as the clothes that you wear. Finding the right makeup style and accessorizing properly can bring your fashion to a whole new world.

Look at people at malls, school, work, or anywhere to see what people are dressing like. This will be a good way for you to figure out if you really need to improve your fashion sense, or if you are perfectly fine and you look good the way you dress already.

When considering fashion for yourself, be sure to take into consideration what type of cuts look best on your body type. This is important because there are vastly different body types, and certain cuts look better on some than others. Find something that accentuates your best features and makes you feel comfortable.

Invest in the basics. Every wardrobe should have a few key pieces. The little black dress is a classic for good reason. A well-fitted white blouse is versatile and flattering. A tailored suit is perfect for serious business. These items are ones you shouldn’t be afraid to spend a little extra on, as they are timeless classics that last beyond the changing fashion trends.

When you are choosing a jacket for a very important upcoming event, you need to make sure that you find the jacket with the right sleeve length. If your coat is too long or too short people will notice. Your shirt cuff should show about half an inch or so. This is a key that you must always keep in mind.

Although it may have been popular years ago, wearing clothing that does not match is not in style anymore. Whether you are wearing jeans and a top, a suit, or a skirt and shirt, be sure the top and bottom match. The same goes for the accessories you choose to wear.

Showing a little skin never hurt anyone, but make sure that you are not showing entirely too much. When you go overboard and leave very little to the imagination, that is not considered sexy. It is a good idea to wear a backless dress or a semi-sheer top, but a see-through shirt with nothing under is tasteless.

Don’t buy clothes that don’t fit you, vowing to yourself that you’ll “get into them.” While it’s an admirable goal, it rarely works out that way. The vast majority of women never do “get into them,” and just end up wasting money on sometimes expensive clothing. Lose weight first; then go shopping.

Quilted fabrics are expected to be in style this winter and fall. Quilting is not just for blazers or jackets, but for skirts, tops and fashion accessories too. It is important to keep the quilted fabric to a minimum, because it is bulky and can make you look heavier than you really are.

Shop at your local resale shops and garage sales. Being fashionable does not mean spending a thousand dollars on an outfit. You can use pieces that are no longer in style and create a new style by putting them together. With all the big-box stores out there you can do this to be original.

Fashion doesn’t need to overwhelm you. It can seem complicated on some days, and many people who look good make it even tougher for you to comprehend. However, everyone is different, and fashion is your own personal expression. Continue to learn about fashion and remember this advice.