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Los jabones antibacteriales… ¿sí funcionan?

Posted on 04/22/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

En EspañolLas opiniones de los expertos en materia de higiene y salud pública siguen encontradas en cuanto a la efectividad del uso de jabones antibacterianos para garantizar la salubridad general y prevenir la transmisión de virus, gérmenes y bacterias, sobre todo en la cocina durante la preparación de alimentos. Mira también: Jabones antibacterianos, ¿son necesarios? Si bien a finales del año pasado la Administración de Medicamentos y Alimentos (FDA, por sus siglas en inglés) informó que no existía evidencia contundente para …

Vicious New Malware Steals Files Forever

Posted on 10/18/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

TechnologyIt’s always a good idea to back up your computer files. But now, it’s a great idea. An especially nasty form of “ransomware” – known as CryptoLocker – was recently discovered that puts computer users at risk of losing their files forever. Sign up for the AARP Money Matters newsletter In most forms of ransomware, infected computers freeze up and are essentially held hostage until a ransom is paid. One common scheme: False messages claiming to be from the FBI, accusing you …

When Danger Lurks in ‘Lily Collins’

Posted on 09/23/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

TechnologyMove over, Emma Watson. The new Malware Maven is fellow actress Lily Collins. The star of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and Mirror, Mirror (and daughter of ’80s music icon Phil Collins) tops McAfee’s 2013 list of “Most Dangerous Celebrities”  to search for on the Web. Roughly one in seven online searches of her name — along with words such as “free downloads,” “nude pictures” and “apps” — landed computer users on websites that the security vendor says “tested positive” …

‘Microsoft’ Calling? Don’t Believe It

Posted on 07/18/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsSome people deal with pesky (and usually illegal) telemarketing calls by simply not answering the phone when their Caller ID displays an unrecognized or “private” number. I answer and even engage, so I learn more about telephone scams de jour. But these calls usually end the same way: After I hear their claims, obviously conning callers get their own earful: A blast of a portable air horn into the handset. You know, the kind favored by sea-stranded sailors because it …

The New Bird Flu: Many Worries, Few Solutions

Posted on 04/12/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthThe numbers are modest but still alarming: 13 dead, 60 sick, from a new strain of bird flu in eastern China, according to the latest reports. But even though the H7N9 virus so far has not spread outside of China, both national and international health officials worry that it may be just a matter of time before it does — and right now there’s no vaccine to protect against the disease. The New York Times reported on a new analysis by …

West Nile Virus: If You’re Over 50, Your Risk Is Higher

Posted on 08/23/2012 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthFederal health officials are warning older adults to take extra steps to protect themselves against the mosquito responsible for this summer’s record outbreak of West Nile virus. Thanks to the extreme heat and drought affecting the country, the mosquito that carries the West Nile virus has flourished. The result, say officials with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is the worst outbreak of the virus in history — infecting people in 47 states and causing 41 deaths so …