It was a historic event. Thousands of people came to the Washington state capital for the Women’s March on Saturday to protest the inauguration of Donald Trump, what he’s said in the past, and his possible policies.
With the Golden Globes last night, we’re getting an idea of which films, and actors, may be nominated for an Academy Award.
Every year, including for 2015, I write about the movies, looking for ageism, sexism, and violence. I usually see about 30 movies in a two-week period before the Academy Awards. This year, I’m going to start earlier.
It’s also fun to see which movies the editors of AARP The Magazine like. Its nominees for the 16th Annual Movies for Grownups Awards are:
“La La Land,” “Lion,” “Loving,” “Manchester By the Sea,” “Silence,” and “Sully.”
The accreditation of MyPillow, a company known for its infomercials and celebrity endorsements, with the Better Business Bureau has been revoked and its rating lowered from an A-plus to F.
Based on a pattern of complaints from consumers, advertising problems, and a government action taken by California state agencies, the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota's Board of Directors made the decision.
“Among other issues, BBB has attempted to persuade MyPillow to discontinue their ‘buy one get one free’ (BOGO)/other discount offers without success,” said Dana Badgerow, president and CEO of the BBB of Minnesota and North Dakota. “Continuous BOGO offers, which can then be construed as an item's regular, everyday price, violate not only BBB’s Code of Advertising – which all BBB accredited businesses agree to abide by – but also other state and national organizations’ rules.”
As we all know, retirement is changing for people of all ages.
In Consumer Reports latest look at the topic, “The New Retirement,” it discusses new approaches and reaffirms the need to start early to plan for the future.
The new reality of retirement shows that 401(k) plans are getting better, retirement advice is getting more reliable, savers can essentially design their own pension through an immediate annuity that guarantees cash flow, and those applying for Social Security can get far bigger payments by claiming their benefits the right way, according to Consumer Reports.
A survey of global breakfast cereals shows wide differences in the levels of sodium and sugar found in the same cereals around the world, the World Action on Salt and Health reports.
For example, Kellogg’s Honey Smacks had 55.6 grams of sugar per 100 grams in the United States, but the same product contained only 43 grams in several other countries. And, Kellogg’s All Bran Flakes had 724 milligrams of sodium per 100 grams compared to 280 mg per 100 grams in some other countries.
The survey looked at 19 products by Kellogg’s and Nestlé/General Mills from 29 countries for comparison and found that sugar content ranged from 8 grams to 57 grams per 100 grams, while the sodium content ranged from 32 mg to 772 mg per 100 grams.
Some toys that have been recalled for lead, powerful magnets, or other hazards may still be available for sale in online stores, according to U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund’s 31st annual “Trouble in Toyland” report. Consumers may also have recalled toys in their homes.
The report lists 44 different toys, for a total of 35 million toys, recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission from January 2015 to October 2016.
“We should be able to trust that the toys we buy are safe,” said Mike Litt, consumer program advocate for U.S. PIRG. “However, until that’s the case, consumers should understand two things: first, not all recalls may be well-publicized so you should check your house for previously recalled toys and second, some toys that are recalled may still be available online.”
Warning labels should be required on packages of bacon, ham, hot dogs, and other processed meat and poultry products to let consumers know that eating these foods is associated with an increased risk of cancer of the colon and rectum or colorectal cancer.
The Center for Science in the Public Interest, a consumer advocacy organization, filed a petition Thursday citing the findings of the International Agency for Research on Cancer, which concluded in 2015 that processed meat is “carcinogenic to humans.”
Eating 50 grams per day of processed meat raises one’s risk of colorectal cancer by about 18 percent. A typical serving of ham, sausage, bologna, or hot dog weighs about 55 grams, about 2 ounces.
Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States and will cause about 49,150 deaths in 2016, according to the American Cancer Society. The ACS urges consumers to “minimize consumption of processed meats such as bacon, sausage, luncheon meats, and hot dogs.” IARC, ACS, and the World Cancer Research Fund all cite research that found an increased risk of colorectal cancer from eating processed meat daily.
My last article was on improvements that have been made in reducing infections from IV tubes in hospitals.
About 650,000 people develop infections after they’re admitted to hospitals each year, and 75,000 patients die, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That makes hospital acquired infections the eighth leading cause of death, just behind diabetes.
Hospitals across the country have reduced deadly, but preventable, intravenous tube infections by 50 percent since 2008. In an investigation of nearly 2,000 hospitals, Consumer Reports examined the five-year track record of teaching hospitals to see which have successfully reduced these infections, and which haven’t.
The report identifies the 31 lowest-performing U.S. teaching hospitals and 32 top performers.
“Because teaching hospitals are teaching our next generation of physicians, we think it’s critical to monitor them closely,” said Doris Peter, Ph.D., director of the Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center. “Our review of their performance on controlling central-line infections is very sobering.”