Madonna Still a Kid in a Candy Store: The world’s most-successful female musician — who turns 50 in August — releases a new album today, titled “Hard Candy,” to mostly positive reviews. So we felt it was our duty to share the first single with you. Have “4 Minutes” to spare?

Designing for the Senior Surge: “Makers of appliances and bath fixtures are finding new ways to ensure their wares age gracefully along with their users,” writes Sara Lin in the Wall Street Journal. “Among the innovations: stoves that monitor pots to prevent them from boiling over and appliance control panels with adjustable typefaces. The race to invent senior-friendly designs has prompted researchers at General Electric Co. to plug their ears with cotton to simulate hearing loss and don goggles that blur their vision during product testing.”

Lin continues:

Redesigning products for aging consumers seems to make good business sense. There are 78 million U.S. baby boomers, and roughly one-third will be 62 years old or older by 2013, says AARP. Unlike their parents, who often moved into retirement communities or assisted-living centers, most boomers plan to remain in their own homes, surveys show. In recent years, this “aging in place” phenomenon has triggered home renovations and new construction including halls and doorways wide enough for walkers and wheelchairs, and master suites and laundries on the ground floor so residents can avoid stairs. Now, the technology behind home appliances and fixtures is catching up.

Blogging Boomers Blog Carnival: Cynthia Samuels at Don’t Gel Too Soon hosts the Blogging Boomers Carnival #67, a round-up of blog posts on fashion tips, retirement news and relationship advice. Samuels’ own post is about the Clinton-Obama race and its relationship to 1968.

Heart Disease Education: “Heart disease kills more women than breast cancer and all of the other cancers combined. And yet the American Heart Association’s first awareness campaign aimed at women was called ‘Hearts and Husbands’ — designed to make wives more alert to heart attacks in their men. Happily, much has changed since 1964, when 10,000 women attended that
heart association seminar,” begins this Boston Globe editorial on differences between men and women when it comes to heart disease symptoms; diagnosis and treatment; and survival rates.

Drop Off in Women Starting Businesses: “The percentage of women starting new businesses dropped to a 10-year low in 2007, according to a new study released Thursday by the Kauffman Foundation. Meanwhile, men and immigrants became entrepreneurs at an unprecedented pace,” reports Fortune Business.

Robert Fairlie, an economics professor at the University of California at Santa Cruz who prepared the study, cautioned that the finding may be a one-year anomaly. But he also left open the possibility that the numbers could signal a disturbing trend.

“Female rates of entrepreneurship are substantially lower than the male level,” Fairlie said. “There was some closing of that gap in the ’70s and ’80s, and it’s a little bit concerning now that it looks like the gap has widened, at least for this year.”

There may be other explanations for the statistical decline. The study does not count individuals who start a business while holding on to their current employment, as many new women business owners do, said Candida Brush, professor of entrepreneurship at Babson College.

Plus: The Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity is available here (PDF).

Celebrating a Decade of Delightful Decadence: “The women celebrate National Red Hat Day every April 25, but this year was particularly significant for the participants because the Red Hat Society, a national social organization for women over 50 founded in Fullerton, Calif., is celebrating its 10th anniversary,” writes Jane Carlson in the Register-Mail.

Moles and Melanoma: “We’ve long been told to keep an eye on our moles lest they progress to melanoma, a form of skin cancer that’s treatable if caught early, deadly if not. But not all moles are equal — some are risky; others can be safely left alone. The biological roots of those differences are not really understood. However, scientists are making progress on several fronts,” writes Jennifer Cutaro in the L.A. Times.

Also see these L.A. Times stories on how to monitor moles and how melanoma travels through the body. After age 60, the melanoma rate for women increases, according to the Mayo Clinic.

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  • Laurie April 28, 2008 at 6:08 pm

    I love your website, and thank you for your efforts in posting the information.
    However, in looking at the still of Madonna airing her ass all I can think of is that poor woman in Austria who lost her childhood to her patriarchal father. What an antithesis.