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NEWS

This area contains all of the news articles from the Prime Timers Worldwide quarterly newsletter.  They are listed in chronological order, with the most recent news article listed first.  Feel free to peruse this article archive; it is chock full of interesting stories from local chapters, the worldwide organization as a whole, and important news to its members.

Health Brief

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Murray Betts and Gene Poole, both Prime Timers from the San Antonio chapter, have alerted us to a recent announcement in the U.S. regarding a recall of a common prescription medicine used to treat high blood pressure. If you are taking such medication, we urge you to contact your doctor to find out if it contains Valsartan, either by name or as an active ingredient in the medication. Currently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a recall of certain drugs that contain Valsartan due to a manufacturing impurity that poses a potential cancer risk. However, the recall does not affect all drugs containing Valsartan. Therefore, it is important to speak with your doctor before you stop taking any medication prescribed for you. Have your doctor help make this determination with you. Do not attempt to make any decisions completely on your own.

While visiting a recent Prime Timer event at another chapter, I met a smiling, relatively new member who related the story of his life-long partner's passing. His despair was treated by a doctor who dealt with the loss of "the love of his life". Yes, grief happens when the loss of a wife or husband happens just as it does when there are two men joined in a life of togetherness! The "straight" doctor advised that it would be good to get back out of the house and socialize to combat the loneliness. "Why don't you try Prime Timer?" the doctor suggested. "Who?" that new member said he asked.

Passing It On

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Towards the bottom of this article is a link from Gay RVA in Richmond, Virginia, highlighting the inaugural recipient of a scholarship given by our chapter, Central Virginia, to a deserving student that is a participant in an organization called Side-by-Side. The organization helps youth that are questioning their sexuality and, accordingly, awards deserving youth the opportunity to higher education.

I'll answer your two questions about my picture: "Yes, I'm shaped like a Teletubby and 'no' I'm not an astronaut." However, I, Mark Hatten, did stay at a Holiday Inn Express in May. In the picture, I was actually SCUBA-like diving in Cozumel, Mexico and it was a memorable experience.

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