The most common reason for menopause is the natural decline in a female's reproductive hormones. However, menopause can also result from the following situations:
Oophorectomy: This surgery, which removes a woman's ovaries, causes immediate menopause. Symptoms and signs of menopause in this situation can be severe, as the hormonal changes happen abruptly.
Chemotherapy: Cancer treatments like chemotherapy can induce menopause quickly, causing symptoms to appear shortly after or even during treatment.
Ovarian Insufficiency: Also called premature ovarian failure, this condition is essentially premature menopause. It happens when a woman's ovaries quit functioning before the age of 40 and can stem from genetic factors and disease. Only 1% of women suffer from premature menopause, but HRT can help protect the heart, brain, and bones.
If you're a woman going through menopause and find that you have become increasingly depressed, you're not alone. It's estimated that 15% of women experience depression to some degree while going through menopause. What many women don't know is that depression can start during perimenopause, or the years leading up to menopause.
Depression can be hard to diagnose, especially during perimenopause and menopause. However, if you notice the following signs, it might be time to speak with a physician:
Remember, if you're experiencing depression, you're not weak or broken - you're going through a very regular emotional experience. The good news is that with proper treatment from your doctor, depression isn't a death sentence. And with HRT and anti-aging treatment for women, depression could be the catalyst you need to enjoy a new lease on life.
Hot flashes - they're one of the most well-known symptoms of menopause. Hot flashes are intense, sudden feelings of heat across a woman's upper body. Some last second, while others last minutes, making them incredibly inconvenient and uncomfortable for most women.
Symptoms of hot flashes include:
Typically, hot flashes are caused by a lack of estrogen. Low estrogen levels negatively affect a woman's hypothalamus, the part of the brain that controls body temperature and appetite. Low estrogen levels cause the hypothalamus to incorrectly assume the body is too hot, dilating blood vessels to increase blood flow. Luckily, most women don't have to settle for the uncomfortable feelings that hot flashes cause. HRT treatments for women often stabilize hormones, lessening the effects of hot flashes and menopause in general.
Mood swings are common occurrences for most people - quick shifts from happy to angry and back again, triggered by a specific event. And while many people experience mood swings, they are particularly common for women going through menopause. That's because, during menopause, the female's hormones are often imbalanced. Hormone imbalances and mood swings go hand-in-hand, resulting in frequent mood changes and even symptoms like insomnia.
The rate of production of estrogen, a hormone that fluctuates during menopause, largely determines the rate of production the hormone serotonin, which regulates mood, causing mood swings.
Luckily, HRT and anti-aging treatments in Martinsville, NJ for women work wonders for mood swings by regulating hormone levels like estrogen. With normal hormone levels, women around the world are now learning that they don't have to settle for mood swings during menopause.
Staying fit and healthy is hard for anyone living in modern America. However, for women with hormone imbalances during perimenopause or menopause, weight gain is even more serious. Luckily, HRT treatments for women coupled with a physician-led diet can help keep weight in check. But which hormones need to be regulated?
Lowered sexual desire - three words most men and women hate to hear. Unfortunately, for many women in perimenopausal and menopausal states, it's just a reality of life. Thankfully, today, HRT and anti-aging treatments Martinsville, NJ can help women maintain a normal, healthy sex drive. But what causes low libido in women, especially as they get older?
The hormones responsible for low libido in women are progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone.
Progesterone production decreases during perimenopause, causing low sex drive in women. Lower progesterone production can also cause chronic fatigue, weight gain, and other symptoms. On the other hand, lower estrogen levels during menopause lead to vaginal dryness and even vaginal atrophy or loss of muscle tension.
Lastly, testosterone plays a role in lowered libido. And while testosterone is often grouped as a male hormone, it contributes to important health and regulatory functionality in women. A woman's testosterone serves to heighten sexual responses and enhances orgasms. When the ovaries are unable to produce sufficient levels of testosterone, it often results in a lowered sex drive.
Often uncomfortable and even painful, vaginal dryness is a serious problem for sexually active women. However, like hair loss in males, vaginal dryness is very common - almost 50% of women suffer from it during menopause.
Getting older is just a part of life, but that doesn't mean you have to settle for the side effects. HRT and anti-aging treatments for women correct vaginal dryness by re-balancing estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. When supplemented with diet and healthy living, your vagina's secretions are normalized, causing discomfort to recede.
Uterine fibroids - they're perhaps the least-known symptom of menopause and hormone imbalances in women. That's because these growths on the uterus are often symptom-free. Unfortunately, these growths can be cancerous, presenting a danger for women as they age.
Many women will have fibroids at some point. Because they're symptomless, they're usually found during routine doctor exams. Some women only get one or two, while others may have large clusters of fibroids. Because fibroids are usually caused by hormone imbalances, hysterectomies have been used as a solution, forcing women into early menopause.
Advances in HRT and anti-aging medicine for women give females a safer, non-surgical option without having to experience menopause early. At Global Life Rejuvenation, our expert physicians will implement a customized HRT program to stabilize your hormones and reduce the risk of cancerous fibroid growth.
Endometriosis symptoms are much like the effects of PMS, and include pelvic pain, fatigue, cramping, and bloating. While doctors aren't entirely sure what causes this painful, uncomfortable condition, most agree that hormones - particularly xenoestrogens - play a factor.
Endometriosis symptoms are much like the effects of PMS and include pelvic pain, fatigue, cramping, and bloating. While doctors aren't entirely sure what causes this painful, uncomfortable condition, most agree that hormones - particularly xenoestrogens - play a factor.
Xenoestrogen is a hormone that is very similar to estrogen. Too much xenoestrogen is thought to stimulate endometrial tissue growth. HRT for women helps balance these hormones and, when used with a custom nutrition program, can provide relief for women across the U.S.
Sermorelin is a synthetic hormone peptide, like GHRH, which triggers the release of growth hormones. When used under the care of a qualified physician, Sermorelin can help you lose weight, increase your energy levels, and help you feel much younger.
Human growth hormone (HGH) therapy has been used for years to treat hormone deficiencies. Unlike HGH, which directly replaces declining human growth hormone levels, Sermorelin addresses the underlying cause of decreased HGH, stimulating the pituitary gland naturally. This approach keeps the mechanisms of growth hormone production active.
Ipamorelin helps to release growth hormones in a person's body by mimicking a peptide called ghrelin. Ghrelin is one of three hormones which work together to regulate the growth hormone levels released by the pituitary gland. Because Ipamorelin stimulates the body to produce growth hormone, your body won't stop its natural growth hormone production, which occurs with synthetic HGH.
Ipamorelin causes growth hormone secretion that resembles natural release patterns rather than being constantly elevated from HGH. Because ipamorelin stimulates the natural production of growth hormone, our patients can use this treatment long-term with fewer health risks.
One of the biggest benefits of Ipamorelin is that it provides significant short and long-term benefits in age management therapies. Ipamorelin can boost a patient's overall health, wellbeing, and outlook on life.
When there is an increased concentration of growth hormone by the pituitary gland, there are positive benefits to the body. Some benefits include:
Whether you are considering our HRT and anti-aging treatments for women in Martinsville, NJ, we are here to help. The first step to reclaiming your life begins by contacting Global Life Rejuvenation. Our friendly, knowledgeable HRT experts can help answer your questions and walk you through our procedures. From there, we'll figure out which treatments are right for you. Before you know it, you'll be well on your way to looking and feeling better than you have in years!973-587-8638
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Twenty-six UNC student-athletes have been recognized as Tar Heel Leaders of Distinction, honoring their excellence within the framework of the Richard A. Baddour Carolina Leadership Academy. The 2021-22 class brings the total number of award winners to 352 over UNC's 18 years of Leadership Academy programing.The Leader of Distinction Award is the highest honor bestowed by the Leadership Academy and recognizes student-athletes for extraordinary leadership. Nominations may be submitted by coaches, sta...
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Twenty-six UNC student-athletes have been recognized as Tar Heel Leaders of Distinction, honoring their excellence within the framework of the Richard A. Baddour Carolina Leadership Academy. The 2021-22 class brings the total number of award winners to 352 over UNC's 18 years of Leadership Academy programing.
The Leader of Distinction Award is the highest honor bestowed by the Leadership Academy and recognizes student-athletes for extraordinary leadership. Nominations may be submitted by coaches, staff and fellow student-athletes.
Three of the honorees – Ally Mastroianni (women's lacrosse), Emma Trenchard (women's lacrosse) and Rachel Jones (women's soccer) – were recognized for the second year in a row. Most Leaders of Distinction are seniors, so two-time winners are rare, with this trio bringing the all-time total of two-time recipients to 32.
This year's Leaders of Distinction span 16 different teams, with gymnastics (four), women's lacrosse (three), women's swimming & diving (three), rowing (two), men's soccer (two), and women's soccer (two) boasting multiple winners.
Over the course of the Leadership Academy's history, Leaders of Distinction have come from all 28 of UNC's varsity sports.
2021-22 Tar Heel Leaders of Distinction Drew Aldridge Gymnastics • Los Angeles, Calif.
Tucker Burhans Swimming & Diving • Clemmons, N.C.
Brian Cernoch Tennis • Rockville, Md.
Aleigh Gambone Soccer • Clifton, Va.
Ryan Gerard Golf • Raleigh, N.C.
Chris Gray Lacrosse • Wading River, N.Y.
Santiago Herrera Soccer • Barquismeto, Venezuela
Lilly Higgs Swimming & Diving • Cornelius, N.C.
Rachel Jones Soccer • Lawrenceville, Ga.
Sophie Lindner Swimming & Diving • Matthews, N.C.
Julianna Love Gymnastics • San Diego, Calif.
Heidi Lowe Swimming & Diving• Cornelius, N.C.
Nicole Lu Golf • Taipei, Taiwan
Ally Mastroianni Lacrosse • Martinsville, N.J.
Jaelynn Murray Basketball • Columbia, S.C.
Sarah Cate Niles Rowing • Cary, N.C.
Jamie Ortega Lacrosse • Centereach, N.Y.
Nik Pry Baseball • Pinehurst, N.C.
Alec Smir Soccer • Greensboro, N.C.
Shailyn St. Brice Gymnastics • Mooresville, N.C.
Cassie Sumfest Field Hockey • Lewisburg, Pa.
Emery Summey Gymnastics • High Point, N.C.
Emma Trenchard Lacrosse • Windsor, Conn.
Alessandra de Vito Rowing • Newton, Mass.
Madison Wiltrout Track & Field • Connellsville, Pa.
Troy Yearwood Track & Field • Chesapeake, Va.
Standard deductions, tax rates and limits for retirement plan contributions are among the IRS changes for the 2023 tax year that should weigh heavily in clients' tax planning, advisors say.The top tax rate remains 37% for single filers whose incomes are greater than $578,125, or $693,750 for those who file jointly. Other new rates for single filers include 24% for incomes starting at $95,375 ($190,750 for married joint filers); 32% for incomes starting at $182,100 ($364,200 for married joint filers); and 35% for incomes starting at $2...
Standard deductions, tax rates and limits for retirement plan contributions are among the IRS changes for the 2023 tax year that should weigh heavily in clients' tax planning, advisors say.
The top tax rate remains 37% for single filers whose incomes are greater than $578,125, or $693,750 for those who file jointly. Other new rates for single filers include 24% for incomes starting at $95,375 ($190,750 for married joint filers); 32% for incomes starting at $182,100 ($364,200 for married joint filers); and 35% for incomes starting at $231,250 ($462,500 for married joint filers).
The 2023 standard deduction for couples will be $27,700, an $1,800 increase. For single filers and those who use the "married filing separately" status, the deduction will be $13,850, up $900. For those filing as "head of household," the standard deduction will be $20,800, up $1,400. The foreign earned income exclusion also rises to $120,000, up from $112,000 for 2022.
“If your income in 2023 is the same as 2022, you will pay a bit less but solely because your wages/income are not receiving positive adjustments,” said Morris Armstrong, enrolled agent and RIA at Armstrong Financial Strategies in Cheshire, Conn. “If your income is up the average 4% to 5%, your effective tax will be somewhat similar because your tax brackets are just filling up more slowly than in 2022.”
Frank Corrado, managing director, principal at Robertson Stephens Wealth Management, Holmdel, N.J., added, “Other benefit-related increases indexed to inflation would apply to wealthy taxpayers, but with a smaller impact, including increased parking subsidies, flexible spending accounts and medical savings accounts."
How should wealthy taxpayers alter their tax planning? Gail Rosen, a CPA in Martinsville, N.J., recommends deferring income into 2023 or accelerating expenses into 2022. “If your taxable income is in the end of a tax bracket, there will be tax savings by deferring,” she said. “Taxpayers in the 32%, 35% or bottom of the 37% bracket will save more taxes in 2023, versus 2022, than taxpayers in the lower brackets.”
“It would be better to take the income in 2023 to take advantage of the broader tax brackets,” Corrado said. “This could relate to the timing of a bonus, the sale of an asset, or the timing of receipt of business income for a cash-basis taxpayer. The same concept would apply to deductible expenses.”
The combined contribution limit to 401(k) and similar retirement plans for those age 50 or more is going up $3,000, to $30,000, “so we’re encouraging all of our higher-income clients to maximize contributions,” said Bruce Primeau, a CPA and president of Summit Wealth Advocates in Prior Lake, Minn. “These pre-tax contributions reduce a client’s taxable income which, in some cases, saves a client 35 to 45 cents on the dollar in taxes. The same with back-door Roth IRA contributions, as they’re increasing to $7,500 for those age 50-plus.
“Given the probability that the highest tax rates may be increasing even higher in the future, we love this strategy,” Primeau said.
Clients should look to fully fund company retirement plans, said Chris Murray, San Francisco-based practice leader in tax services at Aspiriant.
“The beginning of the calendar year is always a good time to review your withholding,” he said. “Married couples with dual income often find that withholding can be short due to the progressive nature of the tax system.”
Expansion of marginal tax brackets gives retirees the ability to convert more assets from their tax-deferred IRAs to their tax-free Roth IRAs without jumping into a higher marginal income tax bracket, said Tyler Sterk, wealth advisor at Kayne Anderson Rudnick in Los Angeles, adding that with the standard deduction increasing, charitable taxpayers should reevaluate their giving strategy to make sure they’re still receiving a tax benefit.
Consider a donor-advised fund to bunch two or three years’ charitable contributions into one year, Primeau said. “This may allow you to itemize deductions for 2022 [and take] the standard deduction for 2023 and 2024,” he said. “Plus, using appreciated securities to fund the DAF allows you to diversify without paying income tax.”
This strategy may be especially helpful if you’re anticipating an unusually high-income tax year from the sale of a business, real estate property, or other appreciated investment, Sterk said.
BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Bernards Township on Monday followed through on its stated intention to file a lawsuit against the now-inactive Liberty Corner First Aid Squad in an effort to regain funds, equipment and real estate from control of the longtime volunteer organization. The LCFAS stopped answering calls as of Sept. 5, citing a shortage of volunte...
BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Bernards Township on Monday followed through on its stated intention to file a lawsuit against the now-inactive Liberty Corner First Aid Squad in an effort to regain funds, equipment and real estate from control of the longtime volunteer organization. The LCFAS stopped answering calls as of Sept. 5, citing a shortage of volunteer members, and Atlantic Health Care's paid ambulance service has picked up full-time responsibility for emergency medical calls in the lower portion of the township.
The legal filing in state Superior asserts that these assets belong to the township, and would be used for emergency medical services (EMS) purposes that would serve residents of Bernards Township.
The lawsuit also the LCFAS' officers have refused to provide a full accounting of assets owned by the organization, pr to take any steps to return its holdings, including funds _ which came from donations, fundraising efforts by the squad and, according to the lawsuit, township contributions _ and the squad building at 740 Martinsville Road.
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The township is asking for a judge to require the LCFAS to turn over those assets within 14 days of providing the accounting of its holdings, including the deed to the building. The lawsuit also asks that a trust be placed on all of the squad's assets.
In the lawsuit, and at the Bernards Township Committee's first meeting in October, township officials publicly pledged to place any funds in a separate, state-approved trust as a "reserve for EMS services" for residents.
At the most recent Township Committee meeting, on Oct. 25, the issue of the role the volunteer squad should play again came up during the public comment period.
"Liberty Corner people now must pay for [ambulance] service and [also] will pay taxes" toward emergency services," noted resident Joan Bannan, a former Township Committee woman. She asked that the squad members _ who previously said they would like to rebuild membership _ be allowed to provide backup service. She also asked that the township help the volunteer group to rebuild.
She and some other residents said that Atlantic Healthcare's ambulance had recently taken about 30 minutes to answer a call.
"We should recognize what the squad has done over the decades," said Deputy Mayor Andrew McNally. However, he added that it is "not feasible" to have the squad answer calls for three shifts per week, as requested.
"No one would know who is coming to which call," he said.
Both the Basking Ridge volunteer first aid squad _ which remains in operation _ and LCFAS had previously been backed up during weekday hours by the Atlantic Healthcare ambulances; at those times, many members are at work, and unable to answer calls.
But township officials said that LCFAS had already been stretching to provide service during nine shifts required for part-time coverage.
McNally said that the current situation with the LCFAS is not one in which anyone would want to be.
For more than 50 years, the volunteer squad handled 9-1-1 medical calls from residents in much of the southern portion of Bernards Township, covering Liberty Corner and beyond.
The Liberty Corner First Aid Squad was established in 1965, but officially ceased operations this past Sept. 5. Squad membership had been dwindling, and the number of volunteers regularly available was down to about ten to provide emergency squad coverage during a period of 30 hours per week when supplemental squad coverage isn't available, said Dave “Phil” Lai-Len, squad president.
A letter from the squad's officers in September said, "We, like many other volunteer organizations in the state, have been experiencing a critical staffing crisis since the pandemic. After exhausting all options– including the hope of an agreement with the township - we had no other choice but to announce ceasing operations."
The letter continued, "We are extremely proud of all we have accomplished over the past nearly 60 years and very thankful to the community, many who are our friends, neighbors, and family, for believing in our volunteer organization.
"Thank you, Bernards Township residents, for your outpouring of support over the years, for dropping off home-cooked meals for our monthly meetings or late-night shifts, for the handwritten thank-you notes after saving your loved one’s life, or a monetary donation 'just because.'
"The past few years have been a trying time for many, but our dedicated squad never backed down during the Covid-19 pandemic and answered calls during the middle of the night, during snowstorms, and when we were needed in the community. Our members sacrificed nights and weekends away from their own families to serve the community we love. But our devotion was unwavering," the letter remiinded.
The National Weather Service has issued flood warnings in eight counties in northern and central New Jersey Thursday night after hours of moderate to heavy rain caused some streams, creeks and rivers to overflow and others to rise close to their flood stage.Flood warnings were posted in...
The National Weather Service has issued flood warnings in eight counties in northern and central New Jersey Thursday night after hours of moderate to heavy rain caused some streams, creeks and rivers to overflow and others to rise close to their flood stage.
Flood warnings were posted in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Morris, Passaic, Somerset and Union counties. Most of the warnings are effective from Thursday night through early Friday morning.
The warning in Bergen County covers the Saddle River near Lodi. It remains in effect until 6 a.m. Friday.
The warnings in Essex, Hudson, Passaic and Union counties pertains to all areas near rivers, creeks and streams, along with “other low-lying and flood-prone locations,” where flooding is either occurring now or is imminent, the National Weather Service’s New York regional office said.
“Streams continue to rise due to excess runoff from earlier rainfall,” the warning notes. “It will take several hours for all the water from these storms to work through local drainage systems in urban areas.”
The warning in Morris County is primarily focused on the Whippany River in Morristown, which surpassed its flood stage of 6 feet at about 9:10 p.m., according to the weather service’s regional office in Mount Holly. The flooding is currently considered minor but it could impact parts of Interstate 287 between mile markers 36 and 39.
Update: A new flood warning in Morris County was issued at 11 p.m., covering the Rockaway River in Boonton, below the reservoir.
In Somerset County, the flood warning includes several rivers — the Lamington River in Burnt Mills, the West Branch Middle Brook in Martinsville, the North Branch Raritan River in North Branch, the North Branch Raritan River in Raritan Borough and the North Branch Raritan River at South Branch.
The Somerset warning also covers parts of Interstate 78 between mile markers 28 and 35, and Interstate 287 between mile markers 15 and 25.
The weather service said between 1 inch and 1.5 inches of rain fell in some of these areas Thursday evening, in addition to the rain that fell earlier in the day. And more rain is expected to fall during the next few hours.
In Hunterdon County, the main area of concern is the Neshanic River in Reaville, which rose above flood stage at about 9 p.m. Thursday, the weather service said.
Note: The latest weather warnings, watches and advisories in New Jersey can be found on this web page.
More than a dozen towns across New Jersey have been drenched with more than 3 inches of rain on Thursday, as of 11 p.m., according to data from the Rutgers New Jersey Weather Network and the National Weather Service. Among them are:
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New Jersey American Water Issues MandatoryBoil Water Advisory for Green Brook, Martinsville, Warren Township and WatchungCAMDEN, NJ -- Much of our immediate area woke Wednesday morning to no water and as a result of loss of water pressure from a main leak at the intersection of Mountain Boulevard and Mount Bethel Road in Warren Township, New Jersey American Water at 2:15 pm has issued a mandatory boil water advisory to customers within the following communities:• Green Brook Township• Martinsvi...
New Jersey American Water Issues MandatoryBoil Water Advisory for Green Brook, Martinsville, Warren Township and Watchung
CAMDEN, NJ -- Much of our immediate area woke Wednesday morning to no water and as a result of loss of water pressure from a main leak at the intersection of Mountain Boulevard and Mount Bethel Road in Warren Township, New Jersey American Water at 2:15 pm has issued a mandatory boil water advisory to customers within the following communities:
• Green Brook Township
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Water distribution will be available at:
Central Elementary School 109 Mt. Bethel Rd. Warren
Wednesday – 3pm till 8pm Thursday – 9am till 5pm
The water company says:
A potential or actual threat to the quality of water being provided to the above areas currently exists. As a precaution, we are implementing a limited Boil Water Advisory until testing of the water supply is deemed satisfactory . New Jersey American Water will provide information as to when the advisory is lifted.
Effective immediately and until further notice, customers within the impacted area, listed above, are instructed to bring tap water to a rolling boil for one minute and allow cooling before using or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking; preparing foods; mixing baby formula, food, juices or drinks; washing vegetables and fruit; cooking; making ice; brushing teeth; and washing dishes until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.
New Jersey American Water also recommends the following steps:
• Throw away uncooked food or beverages or ice cubes if made with tap water during the day of the advisory.
• Keep boiled water in the refrigerator for drinking.
• Do not swallow water while showering or bathing.
• Do not use home filtering devices in place of boiling or using bottled water, most home water filters will not provide adequate protection from microorganisms.
• Use only water that has been boiled (and cooled) to treat minor injuries.
• Rinse hand-washed dishes with a diluted bleach solution (one tablespoon of household bleach per gallon of tap water) or clean your dishes in a dishwasher using the hot wash cycle and dry cycle.
• Upon boiling water for potable use, it is suggested that 2-3 gallons of boiled (and cooled) water be stored in the refrigerator in one gallon-containers for use in cooking, drinking, etc. Water can be stored in this manner for 2-3 days.
• Pets should be provided with drinking water that has been boiled (and cooled) in the manner indicated above.
Impacted customers are being notified of this boil water advisory via the company’s emergency notification system.
New Jersey American Water is working to resolve the issue as quickly and safely as possible. Please continue to boil your water or use bottled water until the company issues follow up communication when the advisory is lifted. Updates are also available on the website at www.newjerseyamwater.com, under Alerts. If customers have any questions, please contact: 1-800-272-1325.
Wake Up to No Water? It’s a Water Main Break