The Takeaway: Weekend Edition

Updated: Jack Kevorkian, 83, dies. The trumpeter of assisted-suicide died Friday in a Detroit Hospital.

What you may have missed this week:

Dangers of the cellphone: The World Health Organization announced this week that using cell phones could be linked to cancer. More specifically, talkers may be at risk for two types of rare tumors: glioma, a type of brain cancer, and acoustic neuroma, a noncancerous tumor of the nerve that connects the ear to the brain.

Man talking on phone

... What's on your plate today?: The USDA replaced the nearly 20-year-old food pyramid with "My Plate," Thursday. Designed to give a more common sense approach to healthy eating, the guide is a circle with four colorful sections devoted to fruits, vegetables, grains and protein, with fruits, vegetables and grains.

... AIDS at 30: This week marks the 30th anniversary of the emergence of AIDS and HIV. Meet six unforgettable people over 50 living with HIV. ... Travel bug: Summer is near. Which means it's time for vacations, traveling, hotel stays and ... bed bugs. What was first seen as odd, almost retro sightings of the pests - they were largely eradicated 70 years ago - has become a full blown resurgence. They're not just annoying, they may dangerous to your health. One small study linked the parasites to MRSA - the life-threatening superbug found in hospitals. Bottomline: They're disgusting. How you can protect yourselves in hotels. Also: Nine travel facts you should know.

... New look at weight-loss surgery: Bariatric surgery is safe for older people, a recent study claimed. Critics have long viewed the method as taking the easy road to shedding weight, but some experts say it's not cheating. For some people it's the only way to lose it and keep it off.

... Weekend diversions: Paul Simon's new album So Beautiful or So What explores love, death and war - so what else is left? Oh, a lot more. ... The headline could have said something about Han Solo and "the force," but that's been done to death. And it wouldn't have truly captured Harrison Ford. At 68, he's rugged, a "classic," a movie actor, carpenter, family man, aviator and philanthropist.

See "In the News" for more on current events, entertainment and how it all relates to you.

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