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 Talks Cont’d.; Heat Wave

Still far apart: Despite a looming deadline and mounting pressure to “get it done,” President Obama yesterday said he was not interested in any temporary “stopgap” solution to the debt ceiling problem.”That is just not an acceptable approach. So we might as well do it now. Pull off the Band-Aid.” Although the president wouldn’t get into specifics, it was clear that Social Security reforms are still on the bargaining table. … What happens if Congress fails to raise the debt …

Hot Fun In The Summertime?

Given the choice between extreme cold and extreme heat, which would you prefer? If you were on the East Coast last week, chances are you had a chance to test this theory as your city had record-breaking heat. Summer may be fun, especially if you’re a heat seeker, but it’s not all fun and games. Heat waves can cause major health problems, like heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and finally, heatstroke. 

The Takeaway: Heat Wave; Exercise and Stroke; Health Care Law

Dangerous heat wave continues: Five people have died from heat-related deaths as scorching weather continues to grip the East Coast, officials say.  The victims were at least 60 and all had pre-existing medical conditions – making them the most vulnerable in extreme weather.