The Takeaway

As online news editor for AARP, Tina will blog about news, current events and how they relate to you. She has mastered the underappreciated art of knowing a little about everything to survive any cocktail party.

The Takeaway: Americans Are Fed Up; Recession Rages; Salmonella Outbreak

Don’t mean to start the morning on a low note, but the numbers don’t lie. The recession rages and long-term unemployment rates are still high. As the country focuses on the very important issue of the debt ceiling (here’s an update), many segments of the population are asking,” Hey, remember us?” 

The Takeaway: Taking Aspirin? Don’t Stop; Longevity Study; Prehistoric Grandparents

Aspirin wards off heart attack–just don’t stop taking it, study warns. Researchers tracked people ages 50 to 84 and found patients with a history of heart disease who had recently stopped low-dose aspirin were 63 percent more likely to have a heart attack. “Even stopping aspirin for 15 days was associated with the short-term risk.”

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

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

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

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

The Takeaway: Heat Wave; Fattest Generation?

Heat wave continues. As temperatures continue to soar, 20 states are under heat advisories, according to the National Weather Service. Despite the warnings, many people still don’t recognize the signs of heat-related illness. And the older we get, the less tolerant we become of the heat. Which is dangerous: “Many older Americans don’t heed heat-advisory warnings as carefully as they should, because they don’t consider themselves old.”

The Takeaway: Debt Plan; Brain Injury Linked to Alzheimer’s; Grandparent ‘Lifeline’

Baby steps. “A bipartisan effort in the Senate to allow President Obama to raise the federal debt ceiling in exchange for about $1.5 trillion in spending cuts over 10 years gained momentum Sunday … The growing sentiment for raising the federal limit on U.S. borrowing sets the stage for a week of largely scripted actions on Capitol Hill, where leaders in both chambers are looking to build support for the plan being crafted by Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) …