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The Takeaway: Not Worried About the Heat? You Should Be; Debt Ceiling Updates

Posted By Tina Johnson-Marcel On July 20, 2011 @ 9:41 am In Bulletin Today | Comments Disabled

Man lounges in a pool. Heat wave can be dangerous for boomers and seniors [1]The summer heat wave that continues to blister the nation has claimed 13 lives in the Midwest, including a 65-year-old Kansas man [2] who died while mowing his lawn. His internal body temperature was 107 degrees, police said. Still not worried about the heat? You should be. [3] Also: How to protect yourself [4]during a heat wave. (If might even be too hot to do what the guy on the left is doing.)

Lots of interesting developments Tuesday from Congress:  First the House approved a plan that would require an increase in the debt limit to be tied to a balanced-budget amendment [5]. The measure is not likely to pass the Senate and President Obama has threatened a veto. Second: A new strategy for reducing the federal debt has garnered support from President Obama and top GOP and Democratic lawmakers. The plan would save $3.7 trillion over 10 years. The kicker? “The proposal, [6] crafted by a bipartisan group of senators known as the “Gang of Six,”calls for $500 billion in immediate savings and requires lawmakers in the coming months to cut agency spending, overhaul Social Security and Medicare, and rewrite the tax code to generate more than $1 trillion in fresh revenue.” Still confused? Get answers. [7]

FDA panel rejects new diabetes drug. Monday I wrote about a new diabetes treatment that lowers blood sugar by causing it to be excreted and eliminated through urine. The  drug increases the risk of breast and bladder cancers. … Every little bit counts. If people even slightly reduced their risk factors for dementia – lowered blood pressure, quit smoking, lost a few pounds – about 492,000 cases of Alzheimer’s disease could be prevented over the next 40 years, says a new study.  [8] …  From Candy Sagon: Nagging works. Married men seek help for heart attacks faster. [9]

Let me bend your ear. Martha and the Vandellas: “Heat Wave” [10]


See “In the News” [11] for more on current events, entertainment and how it all relates to you.

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[1] Image: http://aarpblog.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/300-heat-wave-seniors.jpg

[2] including a 65-year-old Kansas man: http://www.aarp.org/health/conditions-treatments/news-07-2011/seeking-help-for-heart-attackes.html

[3] You should be.: http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2011/07/19/general-us-med-heat-wave-seniors_8573446.html

[4] protect yourself : http://www.aarp.org/health/conditions-treatments/info-07-2010/heat_wave_threatens_older_americans.html;andstart/0/filter/://:/;andstart/0/filter/://:/:/.html

[5] tied to a balanced-budget amendment: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/07/20/politics/main20080941.shtml

[6] The proposal,: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/house-pursues-balanced-budget-bill-need-for-backup-plan-acknowledged/2011/07/19/gIQAaz0vNI_story.html?hpid=z1

[7] Get answers.: http://www.aarp.org/politics-society/government-elections/info-07-2011/debt-ceiling-limit.html?intcmp=bubb1

[8] says a new study. : http://abcnews.go.com/Health/AlzheimersNews/alzheimers-disease-targeting-risk-factors-cut-number-cases/story?id=14100388

[9] heart attacks faster.: http://blog.aarp.org/2011/07/19/nagging-works-married-men-seek-faster-heart-attack-treatment/

[10] “Heat Wave”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XE2fnYpwrng

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

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