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November 2009

How to choose a facility for your mammogram screening

Years ago, when I wrote about the possible dangers of radiation doses from mammograms, I followed the consumer recommendations to call facilities that offer mammograms and ask about the age of their equipment, equipment certification, and technician training. In recent years, I’ve been lax about this important consumer research. However... Read more →


New breast cancer recommendations offer helpful advice to baby boomer women on what to do about breast cancer screening

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force revised guidelines on breast cancer screening recommend against universal screening mammography for women aged 40 to 49, recommend every other year screening for women 50 to 74, rather than annual screening, and recommend against teaching breast self-examination. I believe the new recommendations provide valuable... Read more →


Recall of the Week: Maclaren strollers recalled after 12 fingertips severed

About one million strollers, distributed by Maclaren USA Inc., of South Norwalk, Conn., are being recalled. The stroller’s hinge mechanism poses a fingertip amputation and laceration hazard to the child when the consumer is unfolding/opening the stroller. The firm has received 15 reports of children placing their finger in the... Read more →


What were your best and worst consumer experiences this week?

Which consumer happenings cheered you this week and which ones made you want to scream or weep? Here are my best and worst consumer experiences this week:

 My best consumer experience: Balancing my checkbookMy paycheck came in this week and so did my mortgage payment. I balanced my checkbook. I... Read more →


Baby boomers may be heavier and more disabled as they get older

Older Americans entering their 70s aren’t functioning as well as the generations that came before them, a new study shows. That may predict that baby boomers will have higher disability rates in their “golden years.” The study compared disability measurements, which assess how well an individual can perform daily activities,... Read more →


A Veterans Day 2009 look at what veterans need

America has 23.2 million veterans. About 10.9 million of them are baby boomers. On this day that we stop to remember the contributions of our service men and women, what’s being said about veterans and their needs on Veterans Day? President Barack Obama said that there have been times in... Read more →


Top 10 best small towns in America

Small towns with strong economies still exist. Along with a good economy, you can also find great schools, affordable homes, and low crime in these towns.Here’s Money magazine’s list of America’s best small towns: Louisville, Colo. (shown in photo) Chanhassen, Minn. Papillion, Neb. Middleton, Wis. Milton, Mass. Warren, N.J. Keller,... Read more →