Monthly Archives: June 2011

Granny Snatching: Battle Over Right To Die

June 29, 2011
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Granny Snatching: Battle Over Right To Die

Usually this column is devoted to issues of elder abuse, or elder care, but today I want to explore another issue that affects the elderly, and is growing significantly and encompasses both elder abuse and elder care simultaneously. As our population ages and useful life far outstrips our life expectancy, we nonetheless are still...

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Diet Soda Can Make Your Fat

June 29, 2011
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“In the constant battle to lose inches or at least stay the same, we reach for the diet soda. Two studies presented June 25 and 27 at the American Diabetes Association’s Scientific Sessions in San Diego suggest this might be self-defeating behavior,” says Science Daily. “Epidemiologists from the School of Medicine at The University...

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Sunscreen Advice From Consumer Reports

June 29, 2011
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“No one type—spray, cream, or lotion—protected best. We found three Best Buys: Up & Up Sport SPF 30 (Target), No-Ad with Aloe and Vitamin E SPF 45, and Equate Baby SPF 50. The Up & Up is a spray while the other two products are lotions. “Although most products were excellent against UVB rays...

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Drop Side Baby Cribs Illegal To Sell, New Or Used

June 27, 2011
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Beginning tomorrow, June 28, 2011, all cribs of any size that are manufactured or sold in the United States (including used cribs) must comply with new and improved federal safety standards. Drop side cribs may no longer be built, or sold — even in second-hand stores or at tag sales. All cribs will need...

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DESTRESS: There is No Time Like the Present

June 27, 2011
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DESTRESS: There is No Time Like the Present

Much of our stress arises out of our relationship to time. There are three time frames to consider: past, present, and future. And in any given moment we are always in the present. That present can consider itself, the past, or the future. The psychological present, which lasts about three seconds, directs attention. It...

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Recalls For Gamma Children’s Tennis Racquets, Honda Portable Generators, B-Nimble Strollers, Target Infant Sandals

June 24, 2011
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Consumer Product Safety Commission Rugby Laboratories (Duluth, Ga.) recalls 898,000 Children’s Pain and Fever Concentrated Drops due to failure to meet child-resistant closure requirement GAMMA Sports (Pittsburgh, Pa.) recalls 2,000 children’s tennis racquets due to risk of lead exposure America Honda (Torrance, Calif.) recalls 2,500 portable generators Target (Minneapolis, Minn.) recalls 51,700 infant girl’s...

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Medical Privacy Issue: FICO Medication Adherence Score Coming

June 24, 2011
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Think you have little privacy now, wait until FICO, the company whose credit scores are frequently used to guage your credit worth, launches a new program that will allow companies to determine how likely you are to take your medicine properly. In a recent New York Times article, FICO has “developed a new FICO...

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WhatItIs – Hair Products: Huh?

June 24, 2011
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WhatItIs – Hair Products: Huh?

American consumers spend $2.6 billion dollars annually on their hair products. This is equivalent to the GNP of Mali. There are more hair product choices at a supermarket than there are for produce, meat, bread, or dairy. Even more than cereal. The selection is incredible. But are the labels credible? Do they go too...

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LifeGoesOn: The Pie Exercise

June 24, 2011
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LifeGoesOn: The Pie Exercise

THE PIE EXERCISE     DEAR DOCTOR KATHLEEN, I feel like all I ever do it work. There is never time for me. I have a full time job, a husband, and 3 teenagers. My life feels like I’m just passing time with no real rest or enjoyment. What can I do? NO TIME...

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NAPAfire and FIREGEL Gel Fuel Recalled after Connecticut Man Severely Injured In Explosion

June 23, 2011
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One week after the state Department of Consumer Protection launched an investigation into the serious injuries inflicted upon a Connecticut man as a result of a firepot exploding while being refilled with FIREGEL fuel, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Home & Garden, of Duluth, Georgia, is announcing a voluntary recall...

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