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The Takeaway: Heat Wave Moves East, How to Keep Cool; Gang of Six?

Posted By Tina Johnson-Marcel On July 21, 2011 @ 8:46 am In Bulletin Today | Comments Disabled

As the dangerous heat wave moves to the Northeast, here’s another explainer on how extreme heat attacks your body [1]and why certain people have to be especially careful. [2] Also: How to help a loved one or neighbor stay cool. [3]

Senator Mark Warner speaks to reporters abou the deficit reduction package proposed by the Gang of Six [4]President Obama is open to [5] accepting a sto [5]pgap plan [5] if Congress agreed to a bipartisan deficit reduction plan. That’s a reversal of his earlier stance: The president had threatened a veto of any short term measure. … Much is being made of a proposal from the Gang of Six  [6](Sen. Mark Warner, left, is a member) to deal with the deficit and debt ceiling. Does it raise taxes, cut Social Security? Read it here [7]. Still confused about the debt ceiling? Get answers. [8]

Report: Michigan seniors are struggling:

A new study [9] concludes that one-third of Michigan’s senior citizens are considered ‘economically insecure,’ far more than suggested by the federal poverty line.”

Health notes: Genome Maps May Spot Disease In African Americans. “Two independent teams of researchers [10]have come up with the most accurate genetic maps ever made — a feat that should make the search for genes associated with diseases easier.” … Is new technology driving up unnecessary prostate surgeries? A new study finds that hospitals with robotic surgical technology performed twice as many prostate removal procedures than hospitals without the technology.  … From Candy Sagon: A list of the healthiest fast-food burgers. (Yeah, but are they good?) … Alzheimer’s might be detected 20 years before symptoms occur. [11]Study: Two antidepressants given to dementia patients are ineffective [12].

Federal workers tend to be older, have higher salaries [13], says a report by the Congressional Research Service. … One Couple, Two Retirements: Boomers are spending more time apart during retirement. [14]New TSA Software to End Naked Scanner Images: “The Transportation Security Administration announced Wednesday [15] that it will begin installing software to allow  airport scanners to show objects hidden under the clothes of passengers without creating what appears to be a naked digital image of the travelers.”

Fantastic (final) voyage. Earlier this morning, the space shuttle Atlantis made its final landing at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. Take a look:

YouTube Preview Image [16]

See “In the News” [17] for more on current events, entertainment and how it all relates to you.

(Photo: Melina Mara/The Washington Post/Getty Images)

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URLs in this post:

[1] how extreme heat attacks your body : http://www.latimes.com/health/ct-met-heat-science-20110720,0,3780264.story

[2] especially careful.: http://www.aarp.org/health/conditions-treatments/info-07-2010/heat_wave_threatens_older_americans.html

[3] How to help a loved one or neighbor stay cool.: http://www.createthegood.org/toolkit/help-someone-stay-cool-during-extreme-heat?promo=front&promo=front

[4] Image: http://aarpblog.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/300-gang-of-six-warner-mark.jpg

[5] is open to: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/as-debt-talks-intensify-obama-opens-door-to-short-term-deal-to-buy-more-time/2011/07/20/gIQAOGRkQI_story.html

[6] proposal from the Gang of Six  : http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/the-gang-of-sixs-plan-better-than-were-likely-to-do-otherwise/2011/07/19/gIQAXjZROI_blog.html

[7] Read it here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/documents/gangofsixproposal07202011.html?hpid=z1

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

[9] A new study: http://www.freep.com/article/20110721/NEWS06/107210485/Michigan-senior-citizens-struggling-economically-report-says

[10] Two independent teams of researchers : http://www.npr.org/2011/07/21/138548043/genome-maps-may-spot-disease-in-african-americans

[11] detected 20 years before symptoms occur.: http://www.latimes.com/health/boostershots/la-heb-alzheimers-test-07202011,0,7777094.story

[12] Study: Two antidepressants given to dementia patients are ineffective: http://www.aarp.org/health/drugs-supplements/news-07-2011/antidepressants-ineffective-for-dementia-patients.html

[13] older, have higher salaries: http://www.aarp.org/work/on-the-job/news-07-2011/age-boosts-public-pay.html

[14] time apart during retirement.: http://abcnews.go.com/US/couple-retirements-baby-boomers-spend-time-retirement/story?id=14106412

[15] announced Wednesday: http://www.aarp.org/travel/destinations/news-07-2011/no-more-naked-scanner-images.html

[16] Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpVdhPrJoPM

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

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