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October 2018

Baby boomers focus on autumn opportunities

The weather here is changing, with temperatures dropping and brightly colored leaves beginning to pile up sidewalks so you can swish through them when you walk. There's a fall nip in the air, foreshadowing Halloween and the Day of the Dead – just around the corner. Our boomer bloggers are... Read more →


Raw chicken causes drug-resistant salmonella outbreak in 29 states, sickening 92

Ninety-two people infected with Salmonella Infantis have been reported from 29 states. Twenty-one people have been hospitalized, and no deaths have been reported. An investigation shows that many types of raw chicken products from a variety of sources are contaminated with Salmonella Infantis and are making people sick. In interviews,... Read more →


FDA considering approval of a super-potent opioid medication that will be abused and kill people, consumer group says

A U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory committee has recommended approval of AcelRx Pharmaceuticals’ application for use of sufentanil sublingual tablets to treat moderate-to-severe acute pain in a medically supervised setting. It’s five to 10 times more potent than fentanyl and 1,000 times more potent than morphine. The committee voted... Read more →


Trump administration delays and rolls back public protections

None of the of 14 significant regulatory actions finalized during FY 2018 by the Trump administration are significantly improving the public’s health and safety or saving lives, according to Public Citizen, a citizens’ advocacy organization. Public Citizen analyzed the U.S. Office of Management and Budget’s Unified Agenda of Regulatory and... Read more →


Source of widespread antibiotic-resistant Salmonella outbreak unknown

An outbreak of Salmonella from an unknown source has so far infected 92 people in 29 states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday. This strain, Salmonella Infantis, which can be fatal, is resistant to many antibiotic treatments. Antibiotic resistance, made worse by the routine overuse of antibiotics... Read more →


Burger chains make little progress in serving beef raised without antibiotics

Two burger chains, Shake Shack and BurgerFi, are serving beef raised without the routine use of antibiotics. They were the only restaurants to earn an “A” in the fourth annual Chain Reaction scorecard developed by six consumer and environmental groups. The vast majority of hamburger chains – 22 of the... Read more →


How to file claims for damage from Hurricane Michael

Hurricane Michael damage is expected to be $5 billion from wind damage and $3 billion from flood damage. Only about one in three families who have flood damage from Hurricane Michael have federal flood insurance. Most homes have homeowners policies covering wind damage, but insurers have been steadily increasing hurricane... Read more →


Baby boomers provide information on daily living, including relationships and stress

Tom Sightings of Sightings Over Sixty is back in the classroom every week this fall, once as a teacher and twice as a student. Many baby boomers are interested in pursuing their education, whether for profit, leisure, or cultural enrichment – whether they go to a local adult-education class, attend... Read more →


Solar-powered outdoor LED light fixtures recalled by Cooper Lighting due to fire hazard

Cooper Lighting is recalling about 350,000 All-Pro and Defiant solar-powered outdoor LED light fixtures in the United States and about 11,963 in Canada. The batteries in the solar-powered light fixtures can overheat and cause the light fixture’s housing to melt, posing a fire hazard. Cooper Lighting has received seven reports... Read more →


Uninsured rates for health insurance going up again: Which states and cities are having the largest increase?

With the national health insurance uninsured rate back on the rise, growing from 10.9% in late 2016 to 12.2% in late 2017, WalletHub, a personal-finance website, released its report on "2018's Uninsured Rates by City" and by state. WalletHub compared the rates for 547 U.S. cities and the 50 states,... Read more →