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Bill Hogan has been covering Washington for longer than he can remember. He is the author of three books, most recently, "Are Your Prescriptions Killing You?—How to Prevent Dangerous Interactions, Avoid Deadly Side Effects, and Be Healthier with Fewer Drugs" (with Dr. Armon B. Neel, Jr.).

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Government Recalls Bed Rails After Reported Deaths

Posted on 05/20/2014 by |In Other News . . . | Comments

Bulletin TodayThe Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced the voluntary recall of more than 100,000 adult bed rails that it says can pose a serious risk of entrapment, strangulation and death. When attached to an adult’s bed without the use of safety retention straps, the portable bed handles — sold by Bed Handles Inc., of Blue Springs, Mo., from 1994 to 2007 — can shift out of place, creating a dangerous gap between the handle and the edge of the mattress. …

Students Find $40,000 in Sofa, Return It to Widow

Posted on 05/16/2014 by |In Other News . . . | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsThree college roommates who bought an old couch for $20 at a Salvation Army store in New Paltz, N.Y., had the surprise of their lives when they found $40,000 in cash hidden inside. “I almost peed,” Reese Werkhoven, one of the lucky trio, told, an online student newspaper at SUNY New Paltz. “The most money I’d ever found in a couch was, like, 50 cents.” As it turned out, the couch contained three cash-stuffed plastic envelopes, one of which had …

Can Age Discrimination Kill You?

Posted on 05/12/2014 by |In Other News . . . | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthAge discrimination can be hazardous to your health, a new study by researchers at Florida State University’s College of Medicine has found. What’s more, people who see themselves as targets of age discrimination are likelier to be in poor health than victims of race or sex discrimination, according to the study. “What we found was unexpected and striking,” said the study’s lead author, Angelina Sutin, assistant professor of behavioral sciences and social medicine. >> Sign up for the AARP Health …

Security Guard Killed 83-Year-Old Man With Tire Jack, Police Say

Posted on 05/8/2014 by |In Other News . . . | Comments

Bulletin TodayAuthorities say an 83-year-old man has died from head injuries he sustained when an off-duty security guard went on a violent rampage at a Florida assisted living facility, savagely attacking residents with a tire jack. Joseph Giambrone had been in a coma since the March 27 attack at Atria Evergreen Woods in Spring Hill, which bills itself as a “resort-style” retirement community. Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis described the attacks on Giambrone and another resident, 88-year-old Miriam Lepp, as “beyond comprehension.” …

Boomer Alert: Nation’s 65+ Population to Double by 2050

Posted on 05/6/2014 by |In Other News . . . | Comments

Bulletin TodayWe’re getting older — in a big way. New Census Bureau reports project that the nation’s 65-and-older population will nearly double in size — hitting a total of nearly 83.7 million — by 2050. By then, more than 1 in 5 Americans will be at least 65 years old. Boomers, who began turning 65 in 2011, are the driving force behind the project shift. The Census Bureau says that the demographic shift is already fueling growth in health-care-related industries and …

Can Keeping a Hen Help You Live Longer?

Posted on 04/23/2014 by |In Other News . . . | Comments

Bulletin TodayWant to stay active, feel less lonely and generally be healthier? Maybe it’s time to get yourself a hen. HenPower, an experimental project based in Gateshead, England, aims to get older residents of the community involved in hen keeping as a way to reduce their feelings of isolation and to enhance their health and well-being. The “pensioners,” as the Brits refer to retired folks, look after the hens, collecting their eggs and rearing their chicks; the handiest among them design …