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The Takeaway: Cigarette Labels; COLA; Emergency HUD Loans

Posted By Tina Johnson-Marcel On June 22, 2011 @ 8:12 am In Bulletin Today | Comments Disabled

New graphic cigarette warning labels [1]Will the new cigarette labels stop you from smoking? The federal government unveiled nine graphic images that appear on all cigarette packs [2] and ads as part of a powerful new warning strategy. What do you think? Are the new labels more “fear factor” than effective? Something else to consider: Smoking linked to more aggressive prostate cancer. A report in this week’s Journal of the American Medical Association [3] says men with prostate cancer who are cigarette smokers at the time of their diagnosis are much more likely to die [4]of the disease. …

Some good news: A Social Security cost-of-living allowance is coming: But don’t get too excited. The January 2012 COLA is expected to be modest [5]. … The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is offering emergency funding for people struggling to pay their mortgage. Homeowners facing foreclosure have until July 22 to “pre-apply” for a forgivable loan up to $50,000 through the Emergency Homeowner Loan Program (EHLP) [6]. …

Statins linked to diabetes risk. A study in Tuesday’s JAMA reports that cholesterol-lowering drugs may trigger diabetes. But don’t stop taking your meds [7], experts warn.  … Relief for people with pre-existing conditions: Next month, a nationally funded health-care program will lower premiums and relax eligibility for some people with pre-existing conditions ranging from low blood pressure to cancer. … For women, friendship really can get better with age [8]Obesity and lack of exercise linked to chronic pain [9]

Two studies released Tuesday examine employer-based health insurance [10]. About 61 percent of people (not including those eligible for Medicare) are covered through their employer: “Even though the number of Americans with health insurance through employers has declined, most will continue to get coverage through their jobs after the new healthcare law takes full effect.”  … Will housing take another hit as 50+ begin to sell their homes? [11]New research shows many want to age in placebut most have no plan [12].

See “In the News” [13] for more on current events, entertainment and how it all relates to you.

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[1] Image: http://blog.aarp.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/300-cigarette-pack-label.jpg

[2] appear on all cigarette packs: http://www.aarp.org/health/conditions-treatments/news-06-2011/new-cigarette-warning-unveiled.html

[3] Journal of the American Medical Association: http://jama.ama-assn.org/content/305/24/2548.short

[4] much more likely to die : http://www.cnn.com/2011/HEALTH/06/21/smoking.prostate.cancer/

[5] to be modest: http://www.aarp.org/work/social-security/info-06-2011/social-security-cola-in-your-future.html

[6] Emergency Homeowner Loan Program (EHLP): http://www.aarp.org/money/low-income-assistance/info-06-2011/facing-foreclosure-hud-offering-emergency-loans.html

[7] But don’t stop taking your meds: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/21/cholesterol-drugs-linked-with-diabetes-risk/

[8] For women, friendship really can get better with age: http://www.aarp.org/relationships/friends-family/news-06-2011/friendship-better-with-age.html

[9] Obesity and lack of exercise linked to chronic pain: http://www.aarp.org/health/conditions-treatments/news-06-2011/obesity-linked-to-chronic-pain.html

[10] employer-based health insurance: http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/06/21/usa-healthcare-employers-idUSN1E75J1WP20110621

[11] begin to sell their homes?: http://www.npr.org/2011/06/21/137303327/will-housing-take-another-hit-as-boomers-sell

[12] but most have no plan: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/new-research-shows-many-boomers-want-to-age-in-place-but-most-have-no-plan-2011-06-21?reflink=MW_news_stmp

[13] “In the News”: http://www.aarp.org/politics-society/newsmakers/news/

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