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December 2008

Baby boomers need to monitor their use of iPods, other ear devices to protect hearing

With the increasing popularity of MP3 players, teens and even younger children face a newly discovered risk of noise-induced hearing loss. Doctors in Miami and around the country say they’re seeing younger and younger patients with hearing loss symptoms that typically don't occur before middle age, according to the article... Read more →


Let’s create a smaller, more sustainable economy in U.S. and throughout the world

I received two e-mails today about the economy. The Economy Policy Institute, a research organization, wrote to let me know that the Federal Reserve reported consumer debt fell for the first time ever in the third quarter of 2008. To me, this is good news. Consumers need to cut their... Read more →


Lead, cadmium, arsenic, PVC found in toys tested by consumer group

One in three toys tested by The Ecology Center were found to contain "medium" or "high" levels of chemicals. Researchers tested more than 1,500 children's toys for lead, cadmium, arsenic, PVC, and other harmful chemicals to provide information for this year's holiday shopping season. Lead was detected in 20 percent... Read more →


Cancer institute director urges people to limit cell phone use to reduce cancer risks

Ronald H. Herberman, M.D., director of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, sent a memo recently to students and faculty members at the university urging everyone to limit their cell phone use to avoid increasing their risk of developing cancer. Herberman believes that a solid connection between cell phone use... Read more →


Why Baby Boomer Women Aren’t Spending Money on Themselves This Holiday Season

With the recession upon us and financial institutions experiencing unprecedented challenges, most baby boomers are cutting back on expenditures for the holidays. However, baby boomer women are taking the cuts more deeply when it comes to their own personal spending. Specialty retailers who target baby boomer women are seeing sales... Read more →