Monthly Archives: June 2012

Alere Recalls Heart Attack and Drug Use Tests That Fail FDA Standards

Bloomberg News reported, “Alere Inc. is recalling 897,000 tests used to detect heart attacks and drug use because of quality control flaws.” In detail, “The 650,000 cardiology tests are used to diagnose heart attacks and manage heart failure, while 247,000 Triage … Continue reading

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Prescription Warning Labels Often Ignored by Older Patients

“Brightly colored warning labels on medication bottles failed to attract much attention from older potential patients, suggesting that labeling standards should be revised to be more effective, a small study published June 14 in the journal PLoS ONE revealed.” That’s … Continue reading

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VA Continues PTSD Outreach With AboutFace Campaign

In observance of June as PTSD Awareness Month, the Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has begun a new online initiative, AboutFace, focused on helping Veterans recognize PTSD symptoms and motivating them to seek treatment. … Continue reading

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With Alzheimer’s, Hospital Stays Can Be A Hazard

There was an alarming article last week in the Boston Globe about the dangers of hospital visits for Alzheimer’s patients. If you have a  family member or loved ones with any form of dementia please read the entire article. Here … Continue reading

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Alzheimer’s — The Importance of Memories

This story by young Natalie Marshall, a junior at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas is so poignant I’m going to post the entire, short article here. The original is from the Dallas … Continue reading

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Featured Link — Senior Living Specialists

Mr. Paul Markowitz is the owner of Senior Living Specialists. His company counsels people who have a family member in need of assisted living or skilled nursing care, and helps the families find the most appropriate facility for their needs. … Continue reading

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Older Sweethearts Face Different Premarital Financial Concerns

Fortunately, love and romance can stay with us our entire lives. So it’s not unreasonable that elderly singles will meet, fall in love, and get married. As a recent Dallas Morning News article points out, the financial considerations involved when … Continue reading

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Protecting Service Members From Predatory Lenders

“Given the sacrifices that members of the military make defending this country, it’s reprehensible when unscrupulous lenders target them or their families at their most financially desperate. But things are improving for military members, according to the Consumer Federation of … Continue reading

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Featured Link — Relatives Raising Children

Nationally, 4.5 million children are living in grandparent-headed households (6.3% of all children under age 18). Texas is ranked #2 in grandparent and other relative-headed households, with over 600,000 children being raised by a relative other than their parent. RelativesRaisingChildren.net … Continue reading

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Finding Health Insurance on Your Own

This information about health insurance is from the for-profit site of CoverageForAll, but in this economy, with more people losing their employer-provided health insurance, it’s worth reading. If you’re self-employed, unemployed or work for a company that doesn’t offer medical … Continue reading

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