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Political Opportunism And Sandy

Political Opportunism And Sandy

As Hurricane Sandy threatened much of the United States’ Eastern seaboard, political pundits took the opportunity to shout back and forth about which Presidential candidate would cut the most funding to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Are The Foods In Your Pantry Contaminated?

There have been hundreds of food product recalls in the last few years for everything from tomatoes to peanuts. But consumers don’t always heed the news. According to a survey released by Rutgers University in New Jersey, only 60 percent of Americans check for recalled foods in their home.

William Hallman, professor of human ecology and lead researcher, said he hopes to get more consumers not only to pay attention to the recalls, but to take active steps to rid the products from their homes. Currently, Hallman said only about 25 percent of those surveyed threw out food after hearing about a recall.

Chevrolet And Mattel Create A Muscle Car

LAS VEGAS (UPI) — U.S. toymaker Mattel Inc. and automaker General Motors Co. are promoting a special edition Camaro as a Hot Wheels car for grownups. For the first time in 44 years of producing Hot Wheels toys, Mattel is working with a car company to produce a special edition vehicle. The cost for the […]

Most Don’t Know They Don’t Save Enough

BOSTON (UPI) — Most people say saving for retirement is their top financial priority, but most don’t save enough and behavioral economics may explain why, a U.S. expert said. A survey sponsored by the mutual fund company T. Rowe Price found about 72 percent of U.S. adults said saving for retirement was their top financial […]

Consumer Spending Rose In September

WASHINGTON (UPI) — U.S. consumer spending rose 0.8 percent in September, twice the rate of incomes, the U.S. Commerce Department said Monday. For the second consecutive month, spending, which climbed 0.5 percent in August, gained at its fastest pace since February. For the three months prior to August, spending rose an average of less than […]

Deal Could Merge Penguin And Random House

LONDON (UPI) — Two companies in Europe that run brand name book publishers Penguin and Random House said they would merge their consumer publishing assets. The companies, Bertelsmann and Pearson, would make the largest English-language consumer book publishing house in the world — Random House — even bigger, The New York Times reported Monday. “Together, […]

Industry Rallies To Defeat Sweet-Drink Tax

EL MONTE, Calif. (UPI) — The mayor of El Monte, Calif., said soda companies came out of their corner swinging to oppose a ballot initiative to tax sugary beverages. Originally believing the tax on soft drinks would be met with voter approval and provide an easy $7 million for the city’s budget, soft drink companies […]

Doctors, Patients Use Massage As Therapy

EVANSTON, Ill. (UPI) — Seventy-five percent of U.S. adults say their main reason for getting a massage in the past 12 months was either medical- or stress-related, a survey indicates. The survey by the American Massage Therapy Association indicated 87 percent of individuals view massage as being beneficial to overall health and wellness. Association President […]

Genes, Not Family, Up Breast Cancer Link

DALLAS (UPI) — Five percent to 10 percent of breast cancers are thought to be hereditary, but women with these gene abnormalities have higher cancer risk, a U.S. surgeon said. Dr. David Euhus, a surgeon at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, said women with the BRCA genes might have as much as an […]

Osteoporosis, A Symptom-Free Disease

DALLAS (UPI) — Osteoporosis is a “silent” bone disease because most people — the disease affects 10 million U.S. adults — are unaware of it until a fracture, an expert said. Dr. Khashayar Sakhaee, chief of the mineral metabolism division at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, said most often osteoporosis affects […]

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