3 ways to talk to your family about money matters

first_imgby: Sonya StinsonFrom a couple’s blow-up over an unexpected credit card bill to adult siblings feuding over an inheritance, the choices people make about money can often cause a falling out between family members.Numerous research studies have shown financial disagreements to be one of the leading causes of divorce. In a 2014 survey by the American Psychological Association (APA), nearly a third of adults with partners said money was a major source of conflict in their relationship. The APA also pointed to other research indicating that attitudes about money are inherited from parents and other family members—and often people aren’t even fully aware of those feelings.A Roadmap for Financial PeaceIt’s important to recognize the roots of your own financial attitudes so you can work on developing better relationships with family members around money issues. Here are three tips:1. Edit your internal script. If you grew up in a family in which you constantly heard phrases like “filthy rich” or “We’ll never get ahead no matter how hard we work,” those scripts may be affecting your current attitudes about money, said Susan Bross, who is an accredited financial counselor and member of the Financial Therapy Association. If you were taught to view wealth in a negative light, you might be subconsciously sabotaging your earning potential, for example. Or if you grew up in a family that never seemed to make ends meet, you might not see the point of working harder in order to save more. continue reading » 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Highest-ever HIV diagnoses in gay men

first_img 13 Views   no discussions Share Share The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) attacks the immune systemThe number of gay and bisexual men being diagnosed with HIV in the UK reached an “all-time high” in 2011, according to the Health Protection Agency (HPA).It said there had been a “worrying” trend since 2007, with more and more new cases each year.Nearly half of the 6,280 people diagnosed last year were men who had sex with other men (MSM). Overall, one in 20 MSM are infected with HIV.Of those diagnosed in 2011, nearly two-thirds had not been to a sexual health clinic in the previous three years.The HPA said the figures showed there was “room for improvement” in testing people in at-risk groups.Dr Valerie Delpech, the organisation’s head of HIV surveillance, told the BBC: “Obviously this is a serious illness and it is worrying that we’re still seeing a lot in men who have sex with men and this is a record year.“Transmission in the UK is largely sexual, so safe sex is the best way to prevent yourself getting HIV.”RisingThe total number of people living with HIV in the UK rose to 96,000, up from 91,500 the previous year. The issue is most intense in London.Due to advances in drug treatment, having HIV should not affect life-expectancy. However, the data suggests that one in four people with HIV are completely unaware of the infection, meaning they cannot receive treatment and may still be spreading the virus. The chief executive of the National Aids Trust, Deborah Jack, said: “It is vitally important that gay men test at least once a year for STIs [sexually transmitted infections] and HIV, and every three months if they’re having unprotected sex with new or casual partners. “HIV-negative gay men diagnosed with an STI should really treat it as a ‘wake up call’. You are at serious risk of getting HIV in the near future and need to take steps to prevent that happening – such as consistent condom use and reduction in number of sexual partners.”Sir Nick Partridge, the chief executive at the Terrence Higgins Trust, said: “HIV is an entirely preventable condition, yet each year we see thousands more people across the UK receive this life-changing diagnosis. “Reducing undiagnosed HIV by encouraging those in high-risk groups to test more regularly is one way we can put the brakes on the spread of infection.”By James Gallagher, Health and science reporter, BBC News Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! Share HealthLifestyle Highest-ever HIV diagnoses in gay men by: – November 29, 2012last_img read more

Elaine Thompson, Yohan Blake win Jamaican sprint trials

first_imgJamaica’s Olympic champion sprinter Elaine Thompson flew to a world leading 10.71 to defend her national 100 meters title in Kingston on Friday.Thompson recovered from a moderate start to rein in training partner Christania Williams and pull away for an emphatic win.“The plan was to come out here and just go through the rounds, take it step by step, and even though we got some rain I just got the job done,” Thompson told Reuters.“As I know the season is very long, so I just have to take race by race.“The focus is on the world championships, so in due time the fast times will come,” she added.Thompson’s time improved on the year-best she set in Shanghai last month.Simone Facey had a poor start but closed quickly over the last 30 metres to be runner-up in 11.04, just clipping Jura Levy for second.Men’s former 100m world champion Yohan Blake recorded a season-best 9.90 to capture the national title in the absence of Olympic champion Usain Bolt, who decided to skip the meeting as he prepares for his world championships farewell in London.Blake, who won 100m and 200m silver at the 2012 London Olympics, recorded his fastest time since logging 9.69 in 2012 and said his confidence was back after years of hamstring problems.Julian Forte, who clocked a personal best 9.99 to win his semi-final, was runner-up in 10.04, with Senoj-Jay Givans third.Asafa Powell, who has been nursing tendonitis, failed to report for the final after posting 10.15 in his semi-final.There was an upset in the women’s 400m hurdles when the little-known Ronda Whyte produced a late burst to win in a career best 54.28, edging runner-up Ristananna Tracey and third-placed Leah Nugent.last_img read more