9 Things to Know if You’re Laid Off After 50

Tales from the newly laid-off have been overflowing my Facebook news feed of late. These journalist friends, all of them over 50, are gobsmacked by the idea that their publications will go on without them. I get it — the same thing happened to me five years ago — and I’m heartsick for all of them. On the dark day in 2009 when I was unceremoniously dismissed from USA Today, I was informed that my job had been “eliminated.” Of course, …

Al Neuharth: 5 Ways USA Today’s Founder Changed the Newspaper

There are two schools of thought about USA Today founder Al Neuharth, who died on April 19 at age 89 in Cocoa Beach, Fla. Some think he helped ruin the newspaper, an institution older than our country itself, by turning it into a paper-and-ink imitation of TV news. Others think he helped modernized a desperately outdated medium and, in so doing, perhaps staved off its demise. Either way you choose to look at it, though, the former Gannett CEO was …

Stop the Sequester (Wait … What’s a Sequester?)

The major budget cuts looming on March 1 are a bad idea, whether you know much about them or not. That’s one takeaway from a new poll by the Pew Research Center and USA Today on issues that are likely to dominate the political landscape this year. By a 9 point margin (49 to 40 percent), those polled favored finding a way around the $85 billion in spending cuts scheduled for military and most domestic programs – known in Washington …

5 Heart Tests You Don’t Need, 4 You Do

How heart smart are you? Do you know what your gums have to do with your heart? Or what the most dangerous day of the year is for a heart attack? Or the best type of pet for someone who has had a heart attack? And what about some of those tests your doctor might want to order, like a heart calcium scan or an exercise stress tests — do you really need them? Nationally known heart experts Steven Nissen, …

Statins Linked To Diabetes In Older Women, Study Finds

One in four Americans over age 45 take a statin to lower their cholesterol, but a new study says the popular drugs may increase the risk of diabetes. An analysis of postmenopausal women who were taking statins found they had almost a 50 percent greater risk of diabetes than those who weren’t on the cholesterol-lowing drug. The study, published online in the Archives of Internal Medicine, looked at nearly 154,000 women, average age 63, who didn’t have diabetes when the …

Rocky Bleier: The Comeback Boomer

Have you seen any of USA Today’s series this week: “Senior Moments?” It’s a great series with a ton of interesting and informational stories, put together in tribute to the oldest Baby Boomers turning 65 (what the Social Security Administration calls full retirement age) next year. One story that USA Today posted today is about the well-known, four-time Super Bowl ring winner, Vietnam War veteran Rocky Bleier. His story may be familiar, but it’s such a great one that it’s …