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May 2012

Federal initiative to reduce asthma rates in minority and poor children laudable, but more specifics needed on pollution reduction requirements

Today, U.S. federal agencies unveiled a plan, called “The Coordinated Federal Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Asthma Disparities,” to lower asthma rates among minority and poor children. Nearly 26 million Americans are affected by asthma, including 7 million children, especially minority children and children with family incomes below... Read more →


Blogging Boomer Carnival #261: Read about veterans, weight loss, hepatitis C testing, investments, part-time work, and food storage

By Rita R. Robison This week’s Blogging Boomer Carnival is hosted by Vaboomer.com. Take a look at the weekly roundup of boomer articles on a variety of topics including remembering veterans, losing weight, testing for hepatitis C, investing, working part time, and solving food storage problems. Baby boomers, born between... Read more →


Recall of the Week: Crib and play yards tents due to strangulation and entrapment hazard

By Rita R. Robison A voluntary recall to provide refunds to consumers who own crib and play yard tents made by Tots in Mind Inc. is being announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and five retailers. About 330,000 tents are included in the recall. The commission is warning... Read more →


What to look for at this year’s Memorial Day sales

Planning to hit the stores on Memorial Day weekend to look for great bargains? Many times, holiday sales are a lot of hype with savings just average. However, dealnews.com is reporting that Memorial Day is different for a few product categories. For the past two years, dealnews.com has seen many... Read more →


Watch out for Memorial Day schemes that target members of the military and their families and supporters

Memorial Day is a time to honor those who serve and remember those who have died in war. But, it’s also become a time for scammers to target those who are serving or have served their nation, especially elderly veterans. The Better Business Bureau is urging consumers and donors to... Read more →


Blogging Boomer Carnival celebrates its fifth anniversary with travel tips, financial discussions, food and health issues, and pet love

By Rita R. Robison Blog carnivals collect links pointing to blog articles on a particular topic. A blog carnival is like a special interest magazine. It has a title, a topic that flows through its postings, editors, contributors, and a focused audience. Editions of the carnival come out on a... Read more →


Most states don’t protect patients from substandard physicians, citizens’ group study shows

Most states, including one of the largest – Florida – aren’t living up to their obligations to protect consumers from doctors who are practicing substandard medicine, in part because of budget cuts, according to Public Citizen’s annual ranking of state medical boards. This information is important to baby boomer consumers... Read more →


Recall of the Week: Kennedy International folding step stools due to fall hazard

By Rita R. Robison 13-inch folding step stools Kennedy International is recalling about 1.6 million folding step stools in the United States and 64,000 in Canada. The folding step stools can break or collapse unexpectedly when in use, posing a fall hazard to consumers, the company and U.S. Consumer Product... Read more →