Cassie Escriture

With an MBA and more than a decade investing in and managing real estate investments, stock and bond portfolios, and running a small business, I enjoy sharing my knowledge and lessons learned.
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  • First Person: I Retired at 62, but Didn't Start Saving Until I was 40
    I didn't start saving for retirement until I was 40, but I still managed to retire by 62 by carefully managing my money, my investments, and planning ahead.
  • Fast and Simple Wedding Planning Checklist
    There are so many things to consider as you plan for a wedding that keeping track of them all can be difficult. Here are a few things to remember to do that will save you time before your big day!
  • Wedding Day Checklist
    By the time you get to your wedding day, the last thing you should be wondering is whether or not everything is ready to go. Here is a checklist of things you should be prepared to do on your big day - the finishing touches to all your planning.
  • Calories Burned During Running, Cycling, and Walking
    Running, cycling, and walking are all excellent ways to burn calories, but different body types and different types of those exercises burn more or less calories than you might expect.
  • Video Games Can Help Improve Attention Span
    Varying evidence on both sides of the debate has argued for or against the benefit of video games to increase attention span.
  • Foods to Help Avoid Muscle Cramps
    Muscle cramps can be painful, but with a little advance planning and a healthy diet, many muscle cramps can be avoided.
  • Causes and Symptoms of Fragile X Syndrome
    Fragile X syndrome includes a family of mental and physical developmental disability conditions. Understanding more about its causes and symptoms can help families adjust to a child or sibling diagnosed with Fragile X.
  • Types of Multiple Sclerosis
    Multiple sclerosis diagnoses can actually mean one of four different types of MS, each with a different profile and characteristics.
  • Benefits of a Rooftop Garden
    Rooftop gardens are soothing, natural additions to any urban neighborhood or lifestyle, and they come with a range of benefits for the gardener.
  • Alternative Treatment for Ovarian Cancer
    While surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy are the traditional treatments for ovarian cancer, some alternative therapies exist to attempt other methods of curing the disease.
  • Treatment for Ovarian Cancer
    Ovarian cancer is primarily treated with surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, or a combination of these treatments. Success of treatment largely depends on how far the disease has advanced when treatment begins.
  • Best Cross-Training Activities for Downhill Skiers
    Skiing requires strength, stamina, and balance, and in the non-winter months, cross-training activities such as running, yoga and pilates, and biking can help maintain and build those requirements.
  • Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer
    Ovarian cancer can be difficult to diagnose, but early diagnosis is key to effective treatment. Understanding the symptoms can help increase the likelihood of early diagnosis.
  • Three Abs Workouts Inspired by Yoga
    Abdominal workouts are one of the quickest, most effective strength-building exercises you can do. Here are three exercises to do in 10 minutes or less to build core strength.
  • The Connection Between Smoking and Migraine Headaches
    No scientific evidence exists to support the connection between smoking cigarettes and getting migraine headaches, though anecdotal evidence suggests that smoking may cause migraines, and quitting smoking can lessen migraines.
  • Interpreting Your Cholesterol Test
    Key things you need to understand when your doctor tells you your cholesterol is too high.
  • How to Give Yourself a Thorough Skin Cancer Self-Exam
    Skin cancer self-exams are imperative to staying healthy and avoiding the perils of the disease.
  • 10 Things You Should Learn Today About Skin Cancer
    Many individuals know skin cancer well, such as its causes and the role of sun exposure. However, there are some interesting facts, such as who is most likely to develop the disease, that can help people be far more careful.
  • Yoga Poses for Beginners
    Three positions can help introduce yoga novices to the practice, helping to stretch, tone, and balance the body.
  • Causes and Treatment for Green Stool
    Green poop is usually caused by diet, taking supplements, or bile from the digestive tract. However, understanding what exactly could be causing it for you is essential to decide whether or not to visit a physician.
  • Healthy Poop
    Poop is an indicator of the body's overall health. Understanding and observing the consistency and color of poop, as well as tracking the frequency of bowel movements, is essential to monitoring the body's digestive health.
  • Causes of Black Poop
    Black poop can have benign or dangerous causes. Diet, supplements, and blood in the stool are three of the most common reasons, but each requires different levels of treatment and concern.
  • Guide to the Eugene, Oregon Marathon
    Birthplace of Nike, home to Hayward Field and the University of Oregon, and mecca for runners around the world, Eugene, Oregon is hosting the third annual Eugene Marathon this weekend - an event not to be missed.
  • Causes and Symptoms of Prostate Cancer
    Prostate cancer affects more than 190,000 men in the United States each year, and understand the causes and symptoms of the disease can help increase the odds of successful treatment.
  • National Run-a-Mile Day
    National Run-a-Mile Day occurs each May - read on for more information about how to organize an event for your community!
  • A Guide to Hotel City by Playfish
    Along with being a great opportunity to play a new online social networking game, 'Hotel City' provides a fun outlet for people who enjoy decorating and creating virtual small businesses!
  • How to Heal a Minor Running Injury
    Even the best runners deal with minor aches and pains every once in awhile, but with a little RICE (rest, ice, compress, elevation), you can be back on the streets again in no time.
  • Treatment for Mitral Regurgitation
    Depending on the severity of the condition, mitral regurgitation can require varying levels of treatment, including valve repair or replacement, non-invasive device implantation, or pharmaceutical drugs.
  • Symptoms and Causes of Mitral Regurgitation
    Mitral regurgitation occurs when blood flow reverses between chambers of the heart, and its symptoms vary depending on severity of the condition.
  • Top 3 Microbrews in Oregon
    The Ninkasi Brewery, Deschutes Brewery, Rogue Brewery, and Terminal Gravity Brewing Company all sustain the honorable tradition of microbrewing in Oregon.
  • Top 3 Bars in Eugene, Oregon
    Looking for a good bar in Eugene, Oregon? Try these if you want character and northwest charm - not to mention a delicious beer or two.
  • Top 3 Places to Take a First Date in Los Angeles
    Los Angeles may not seem like the best place for a first date, but there are a number of great places to strike up conversation and have a good time. Read on for three of the best.
  • What I Did with My Degree in History
    History majors are typically questioned about what they want to do after they graduate, when people assume that teaching is really the only viable avenue. However, the study of history opens up a number of career choices based on the skills learned.
  • Tips for New Students at Northwestern University
    Northwestern is a fantastic school in a great location, but as with any university, it can be hard to navigate for first time students. In this article, find tips for how to make the most of your time at Northwestern.
  • Differences Between Type I and Type II Diabetes
    Diabetes diagnoses have been increasing for more than a decade, largely in relation to changes in lifestyles. By understanding the differences between the two primary types of diabetes, people can better prevent the disease.
  • America's Most Scenic Marathons
    Crater Lake marathon, Steamboat Springs marathon, Big Sur International Marathon, and Death Valley's trail marathon are four marathons known for their scenic beauty.
  • The Importance of Interval Training to Improve Your Running
    Interval training is a key component to gaining speed, stamina and mental toughness. Understanding the benefits to interval training can help intermediate and advanced runners improve to the next level.
  • Best Yoga Positions for Runners
    The lunge, downward dog, and a relaxation pose are all detailed in this article, specifically aimed at runners looking to improve their flexibility, strength, and focus.
  • Cervical Polyps: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment
    Cervical polyps are a relatively common occurrence, particularly in women who have had children. Understanding their symptoms and causes can help women get effective treatment from their physician.
  • Differences Between Small Cell Lung Cancer and Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
    There are two primary types of lung cancer, small cell lung cancer and non-small cell lung cancer, and each has a slightly different profile and treatment algorithm.
  • Differences Between Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia
    Alzheimer's Disease is a form of dementia, though they are frequently treated similarly if the cause is not explored. Understanding the differences can help families, loved ones, and caregivers to better cope.
  • How Much Calcium Do You Really Need?
    Different age groups require different amounts of calcium based on recommended daily allowances (RDA).
  • Why Do I Need Calcium?
    Everyone knows they need calcium, but this article discusses why calcium is necessary, what calcium does, and how to get it.
  • Tips for Recognizing Alzheimer's Disease Warning Signs
    As people get older, their memories and faculties understandably start to diminish. However, it is important to recognize what is typical memory loss and what could be a sign of Alzheimer's Disease.
  • Causes of Childhood Seizures
    Seizures in children can occur for a multitude of reasons, and more than 75% of childhood seizures occur for unknown reasons. Febrile seizures are the most common, and most children with seizures in childhood cease to have seizures in adulthood.
  • Olympic Sports for Non-Olympic Athletes
    Downhill skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, ice hockey, and cross-country skiing are all sports in which the average person can engage. As they watch the Winter Olympics competitions, non-Olympic athletes can also enjoy winter sports.
  • Helping Children to Understand Alzheimer's Disease
    Alzheimer's disease can be devastating for all family members and friends, but it is particularly difficult for children. Improving Alzheimer's awareness and Alzheimer's education for children can help alleviate some of their confusion.
  • What to Eat Before and After Exercise
    Many athletes struggle with what to eat before and after exercise, so this article details the reasons why carbohydrates and proteins are necessary for good sports performance.
  • Alternative Treatment for Overactive Bladder
    Conventional overactive bladder treatments are not always successful; this article details naturopathic, dietary, and homeopathic remedies for overactive bladder and overactive bladder symptoms.
  • A Guide to Childhood Vaccines and Immunizations
    Which vaccines are necessary for children and when are they given? This article lists the relevant childhood immunizations and the dosage schedule.
  • Causes and Treatment for Side Aches
    Why do side aches occur, how to get rid of side aches, and how to prevent side aches.
  • Alternative Therapies for Thyroid Disease
    Many of the standard treatments for thyroid disease are seen as invasive, but some alternative therapies also provide relief from a malfunctioning thyroid and its symptoms.
  • Treatments for Thyroid Disease
    Medications and surgeries are different treatments for thyroid disease, but the specific treatment is dependent on the type of thyroid disease and the severity.
  • Deciding Between Colon Cancer Screening Tests
    Patients can decide between stool DNA tests, sigmoidoscopies, colonoscopies, and fecal occult blood tests to determine if they may be developing colorectal cancer. Understanding the different types of tests improves their decision-making.
  • Ischaemic Heart Disease: Causes, Signs and Symptoms
    This article details the causes of cardiac ischemia, and the signs and symptoms of ischaemic heart disease.
  • The Benefits of Cross-Training
    What is cross-training? Why should I cross-train? Which activities are best for me? This article details answers to those questions.
  • Symptoms and Causes of Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis
    Hypersensitivity pneumonitis can be difficult to diagnose due to the overlap between its symptoms and the symptoms of many other diseases. It is usually an occupational disease, as farmers, millers, and bird fanciers have some of the highest incidences.
  • The Top Ten Movie Comedies Ever
    Every person's list of "favorite movies" is different, but here is a cross-section of ten films consistently listed in the top ranks by movie lovers and critics everywhere.
  • Holiday Shopping Tips for After Christmas
    Most people shop for gifts before Christmas, but some of the best deals can be found after. Read on to find out about how to most effectively shop after Christmas and some tips on how to make the most of it.
  • Breast Cancer Tumor Types
    Due to advances in breast cancer research, sub-types of breast cancer tumors are available. Each sub-type is more effectively treated using different types of medication.
  • What is in the New Food Pyramid?
    The USDA Food Pyramid has been around since 1994, but it recently underwent changes to clarify relative balance between the food groups and the importance of exercise.
  • Heart Catheterization Complications and Risks
    Cardiac catheterizations are a fairly routine procedure today, but they do still present some risks and complications. In this article, find some of the major and minor risks associated with such heart procedures.
  • How to Avoid Shin Splints
    Shin splints affect most runners at some point in their years of exercise, but by carefully monitoring running surfaces, shoes, and the type of exercise in which the individual engages, runners and others can avoid the pain.
  • Treatment for Congenital Heart Defects
    Most congenital heart defects are diagnosed at birth and require surgical treatment. This article details the palliative, reparative, and transplant surgery options for congenital heart disease patients.
  • Signs and Symptoms of Cystic Fibrosis
    Cystic fibrosis is a life-threatening disease which causes thickening of bodily fluids. This article outlines some of the major signs and symptoms of cystic fibrosis, as well as the causes.
  • Essential Health Screening Tests for Women
    There are a number of essential health tests that women should complete annually or every few years in order to stay healthy: mammogram, breast self-check, blood test, colonoscopy, and bone density test.
  • Essential Screening Tests for Men
    The top four screening tests men should receive are: a blood test, a prostate exam, a colonoscopy, and a bone density test.
  • Understanding Sunscreen and SPF
    This article describes what makes up SPF (sun protection factor) and when to decide which sunscreen to use.
  • Side Effects of Implanon Birth Control
    The significant side effects and adverse events in women using Implanon birth control.
  • Resources for Alzheimer's and Dementia Caregivers
    This article details four online resources for Alzheimer's disease and dementia caregivers, including the Alzheimer's Association and the Alzheimer's Foundation of America.
  • Causes of Subconjunctival Hemorrhage
    Pressure build-up in the eye typically causes subconjunctival hemorrhages, which result in a red or bloodshot appearance. Subconjunctival hemorrhages are not typically dangers, and usually resolve on their own.
  • What is the BMI (Body Mass Index)?
    This article describes the body mass index, its categories, and its reliability.
  • Uterine Fibroids: General Information and Symptoms
    General information about uterine fibroids, including symptoms and when to seek immediate medical treatment.
  • Treating Migraines with Patches
    Medicated and temperature controlling patches are most frequently used to relieve migraine headaches and other symptoms. This article details the four primary types of patches that patients can use.
  • Common Causes of Atherosclerosis
    Common causes of atherosclerosis include lifestyle choices and family history. This article details some of the specific causes of atherosclerosis.
  • Treatment for Atherosclerosis
    Carotid artery disease is a slow, progressive condition that affects millions of people, but treatment varies depending on the stage of the disease. Medication, surgery (carotid stenting), and lifestyle changes are all potential options.
  • Ways to Prevent Atherosclerosis
    This article provides a summary of: what is atherosclerosis? How can I prevent atherosclerosis? What are the symptoms of atherosclerosis?
  • 10 Common Cancer Symptoms in Women
    Women (especially younger women) can sometimes have a tendency to ignore common cancer symptoms. However, this list of ten symptoms outlines a few that should not be overlooked, and that should result in a visit to the doctor.
  • The American League - Superior to the National League
    Based on World Series records, interleague play, and the All-Star game winners, the American League comprises the better league.
  • Simple Ideas for Managing Your Weight in a Busy World
    This article details three major considerations when combating obesity: eating right, moving around and exercising without thinking about it, and realizing that weight loss will come eventually, but that it will take time.
  • Signs and Symptoms of Early Onset Arthritis
    This article describes five symptoms that typically indicate the early onset of arthritis, including stiffness, pain, and swelling in the joints, nodules, specific joint involvement, and fluid build-up.
  • 10k Running Events in Los Angeles, California for Fall 2009
    Four 10k races for runners of all abilities, in different locations in the region and in different types of terrain. These races take place in September-November, 2009, and all are within easy driving distance of Los Angeles.
  • Birth Control Pills: How They Work
    This article describes the different types of birth control pill available (monthly and longer term), and how those types of pills work to control hormones. It also includes a description of how birth control pills are taken.
  • Causes and Prevention of Cataracts
    This article answers questions such as: How can we prevent cataracts? What causes cataracts? It is an overview of the key factors influencing cataract development in the eye lens.
  • Causes and Prevention of Alzheimer's Disease
    This article provides an overview of the causes of Alzheimer's Disease, some potential prevention activities, and a brief summary to answer the question, "What is Alzheimer's Disease?"
  • Primary Symptoms of Osteoporosis
    This article provides a description of the three primary symptoms of osteoporosis and an overview of the causes, symptoms, and explanations for osteoporosis and low bone density.
  • Signs and Symptoms of Altitude Sickness
    A listing and description of the primary symptoms of altitude sickness, also known as acute mountain sickness, in addition to a summary of causes and treatments.
  • The Importance of B12
    This article details the importance of B12 supplements, who should be the primary candidates for B12 supplements, how B12 supplements are taken, and how much B12 is necessary for an average person on a daily basis.
  • Different Triathlon Race Lengths: Going the Distance
    Triathlons come in many distances, but the most common are the sprint, Olympic, half and full Ironmans. This article details how far competitors must swim, bike, and run to complete each race.
  • What is Carotid Artery Disease?
    Here is a description of the biology of the carotid arteries, the causes of carotid artery disease, and the risk factors associated.
  • Cirrhosis of the Liver: Symptoms and Diagnosis
    Cirrhosis is a painful and costly disease of the liver that affects more than 26,000 people each year. Understanding the symptoms and diagnosis process is essential to prevent disease progression and identify it in its earliest stages.
  • Diet and Nutrition During Cancer Treatment
    Diet and nutrition are key to keep cancer patients healthier during treatment. While there is no proven link between nutrition and cure, understanding options can improve a patient's chance of withstanding chemotherapy or radiation treatment.

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