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November 2016

15 steps consumers can take to prevent infection when they’re in the hospital

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... Read more →


Hospitals reducing infections from IV use, but more needs to be done

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... Read more →


Giving Tuesday: Make sure charities are effective and watch out for scams

With so much holiday spending and hype, several charities started Giving Tuesday to follow the shopping weekend after Thanksgiving – Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday. Giving Tuesday is Nov. 29 this year. With so many consumers donating this time of year – American charities receiving one-third of... Read more →


Baby boomers keep on blogging

It’s time for a post-Thanksgiving collection of articles from a great group of baby boomer bloggers. Topics include what did you do over Thanksgiving, the message the coyote – an important figure in Native American lore – has for us, time with grandchildren after driving through the season’s first snow... Read more →


Six brands of dry carpet cleaners recalled due to bacterial exposure risk

Melliken is recalling about 550,000 containers of dry carpet cleaners. The dry carpet cleaning powder can contain harmful bacteria. Exposure to bacteria poses a risk of respiratory and other infections in immunocompromised individuals. Consumers with healthy immune systems aren’t generally affected by the bacteria. No incidents or injuries have been... Read more →


Tips for shopping on Cyber Monday

More shoppers are giving up on retail stores and turning to the Internet for their holiday purchases. If you’ll be looking for bargains on Cyber Monday here are some tips from the Federal Trade Commission to help you save money and protect your personal information: Know the seller and the... Read more →


Facts and figures for Thanksgiving this year

What are your plans for Thanksgiving? Will you be able to get together with friends or family? Or, do you have a trip planned? Travel About 48.7 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home this Thanksgiving, an increase of 1 million travelers compared with last year, according... Read more →