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Q: My sister told me there's a connection between aluminum and Alzheimer's disease and suggested I throw out my aluminum pots and pans. She also told me that there's a lot of aluminum in antiperspirants, and that I should switch to just deodorant. Is this necessary?
-- W.T., Del Mar, California

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What can you do if you think fraudulent telemarketers are scamming your parents?

Consumers lose billions of dollars a year to telemarketing fraud. Scam artists often target older people because they tend to be trusting and polite toward strangers, and are likely to be home and have time to talk with callers. You can empower your parents and others by discussing rip-off tip-offs, explaining their rights, and suggesting ways to protect themselves.

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Wielding a defibrillator might seem like an intimidating endeavor, but knowing how it works could help you save someone's life one day.

You've seen it on hundreds of TV shows -- paramedics arrive on the scene to tend to a heart-attack victim, and they whip out an electrical device that seems to jump-start the patient back to life. Could you jump into the paramedic's place to save that heart-attack victim's life?

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Older adults and those in the hospital are at increased risk for deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

Every year, approximately 2 million Americans are affected by deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a blood clot in the thigh or leg. Approximately 600,000 experience pulmonary embolism (PE). For up to 200,000 of those with PE, the blood clot in the lung proves fatal -- almost twice as many deaths per year as AIDS, breast cancer, and highway fatalities combined.

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How to get great looking pet pictures.

We love our pets. They do such cute, adorable, and funny things. They are part of our family. You probably want to capture your beloved friends with great pet pictures. What if, when you go to take those perfect pet portraits, they run and hide, or simply won't cooperate?

Here are some tips to help you get good pet pictures:

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California is one of the few states to offer paid leave to take care of a sick family member. Find out if you're eligible and if paid leave is a good fit for you.

California made history in July 2004 as the first state to create a comprehensive paid leave program. Employees can collect up to 55 percent of their salary per month while caring for their loved ones.

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Active adult retirement communities are as varied as the people who populate them. Take your time doing your research and you're sure to find one that's a good fit.

As the years roll on, some Boomers will choose to sell their homes for a variety of reasons: to save money, to downsize, to be closer to family. Builders of retirement communities are doing a better and better job of discovering what features make these communities appealing to Boomers.

If you're considering an active adult retirement community, here are 10 steps to starting your research.

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Q: How can I be an effective caregiver from far away? I don't feel comfortable just jumping in, but I think my help is needed.

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Survey of female executives finds gender bias in Corporate America.

The best-selling book Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus is all about the male-female relationship. Using humor, author John Grey makes a very important point: men and women think differently. Sometimes the difference is so pronounced, one would think men and women come from different planets.

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A movie production crew takes over my street.

Ahh, the glamor of Hollywood, the excitement of film-making... Unless the movie crew has filled up your street and you just want to get home! It happened in my neighborhood (again). Here's a report. San Diego might not be known as a hotbed of film production, but one day the one block street leading to my house once again filled with movie-making trucks, equipment, people and even actors who aren't people.
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