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August 2014

Baby boomer bloggers focusing on life, death, health, relationships, retirement, travel, and music

Meryl Baer of Six Decades and Counting…Life Reinvented is the host for this week’s Best of Boomer Blogs #369. As fabulous summer weather continues to delight us in this normally rain-soaked area but ripening blackberries remind us that summer is coming to an end, Baer reports baby boomer bloggers are... Read more →


Recall of the Week: ESL, Interlogix hard-wired smoke alarms due to failure to alert consumers of fire

Edwards and Interlogix are recalling about 141,000 ESL and Interlogix brand 400/500 series smoke detectors in United States and 13,000 in Canada. Radio frequency interference can cause the smoke detectors to fail to alert consumers of a fire, the companies and U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said. No incidents or... Read more →


Can you eat more salt without harm?

A new study about salt consumption is receiving a lot of attention. Two papers from the Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiology or PURE study estimate sodium and potassium intake based on a single fasting morning urine specimen in more than 100,000 adults from 18 countries. Participants were followed for 3.7 years.... Read more →


New safety agreement for Ask.fm seeks to protect children, teens from harassment

New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and the media company IAC Thursday announced an agreement aimed at curbing cyberbullying and harassment to protect members of Ask.fm, a social networking website recently purchased by IAC’s operating business Ask.com. Ask.fm has recently become hugely popular among teenagers. Under the agreement, Ask.fm... Read more →


FTC settlement: Email spammer tricked consumers with false information about Affordable Care Act

An email spammer and his company will pay $350,000 to resolve Federal Trade Commission charges that they sent deceptive emails before the Affordable Care Act became law, falsely claiming that consumers would be violating the law if they didn’t immediately click a link to enroll in health insurance. In January... Read more →


Baby boomer bloggers writing about health, personalities, travel, and taxes

Laura Lee Carter of the Midlife Crisis Queen is the host for this week’s Best of Boomer Blogs #368. Carter calls her blog roundup “The Super Moon Fall Harvest Edition.” Darn. I’m not ready to even begin thinking about fall, which is always… always… followed by winter. Carter asks if... Read more →


Recall of the Week: VIZIO E-series flat panel TVs due to risk of tip over

VIZIO Inc. is recalling about 245,000 E-Series 39-inch and 42-inch televisions. The stand assembly can fail and cause the TV to tip over unexpectedly, posing a risk of impact injury to consumers, the company and U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said. VIZIO has received 51 reports of the recalled TVs... Read more →


New prescription drugs less safe than old drugs, study finds

Newer prescription drugs have a one in three chance of acquiring a black box warning or being withdrawn for safety reasons within 25 years of their approval, according to a new study. The study, published Monday in the August issue of Health Affairs, examined all of the drugs approved by... Read more →


USDA refuses to act on antibiotic-resistant salmonella and approves controversial poultry inspection plan

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has denied a three-year-old petition from the Center for Science in the Public Interest asking the department to declare dangerous strains of antibiotic-resistant Salmonella as adulterants. The department also released its version of a poultry inspection proposal that has been criticized by labor, animal welfare,... Read more →


BBB warns consumers to secure personal date after report of Russian hackers stealing more than 1 billion passwords

The New York Times reported Wednesday that a Russian crime ring has amassed the largest known collection of stolen Internet credentials, including 1.2 billion username and password combinations and more than 500 million email addresses. While details are still limited, including which companies are victims or how the hackers conducted... Read more →