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Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security, today announced that the agency is adding 38 more conditions to its list of Compassionate Allowances. This is the first expansion since the original list of 50 conditions - 25 rare diseases and 25 cancers - was announced in October 2008.

The new conditions range from adult brain disorders to rare diseases that primarily affect children. The complete list of the new Compassionate Allowance conditions is attached.

Maintaining the spark in a years-long relationship has its challenges. Particularly in this day and age, spouses sometimes only see each other for a few hours a day between work, meetings, kids and other obligations.

Letting your relationship languish can have dire consequences. The worst-case scenario might be separation, but even if things don't go that far, partners can start to feel alienated, alone and unloved. Problems really start when frustration builds up but doesn't get voiced and when subjects that are hard to talk about are left unattended.

The Broward County Commission recently approved a $171,495 agreement with Health Foundation of South Florida to implement evidence-based health programming with at least 900 older adults beginning in January 2010. Specifically, the County's Elderly and Veterans Services Division will be implementing the Living Healthy, EnhanceFitness and Healthy IDEAS programs.

Living Healthy, developed by Stanford University, is a six-week program which offers workshops geared toward enabling older adults to build self-confidence and assume a major role in maintaining their health and managing chronic health conditions.

Getting older is not easy, especially when it comes to making sure your body is healthy. Doctors probably have you watching your weight, your cholesterol and other health vitals in every effort to make sure you have a happy and full life.

But there are conditions that many times do not get mentioned during visits to the doctor because they often don't exhibit any symptoms until it's too late. One such "silent killer" is an abdominal aortic aneurysm (also known as "AAA"). Today, it's estimated that more than one million people are living with an AAA, and don't even know it.