Ever wonder how much it costs to ship all the stuff we buy around the country?
More than $1,100 of the cost of the goods and services households buy annually goes to pay for the fuel used to transport them.
“When it comes to goods and services, the American consumer really does ‘pay the freight,’” said Jack Gillis, author of “The Car Book” and spokesman for the Consumer Federation of America. “From a household energy expense perspective, the amount consumers pay for truck fuel is almost as much as they spend for home electricity and about half of what a typical household pays for gasoline.”
The fluids used for hydraulic fracturing in California oil wells contain dozens of hazardous chemicals linked to cancer, hormone disruption, and reproductive system damage, according to a new report by the Environmental Working Group.
In the analysis, “California’s Toxic Fracking Fluids: The Chemical Recipe,” the EWG deconstructs drilling companies’ use of 200 unique chemicals in nearly 700 wells across the state, with each company deploying around two dozen chemicals. These chemicals have the potential to contaminate drinking water, air, and soil and to harm human health, the EWG said.
“Fracking is inherently problematic because of the chemicals used in the fluid,” said Tasha Stoiber, EWG senior scientist and report co-author.
San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis working with the Mid-City Community Action Network, the National Conflict Resolution Center, County Probation, and the Public Defender’s Office announced Thursday the results of the first year of a City Heights pilot project offering youth an alternative to the traditional juvenile justice system.
The project takes qualified youth offenders and puts them in meetings with the people who they have committed crimes against and community members. Together, the parties work out customized plans of action designed to repair the harm done to victims, families, and the community, as well as the offenders.
Plans may include community service for the offender, restitution, getting involved in after-school activities, or taking drug or alcohol classes.
Consumers expect hospitals to be sterile, safe environments where sick people get better, not sicker. However, an analysis by Consumer Reports shows many hospitals have problems curbing infections.
Consumer Reports is expanding its hospital ratings to include information about two common and deadly infections: methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus or MRSA and clostridium difficile or C. diff.
Each year about 648,000 people in the United States develop infections during a hospital stay and about 75,000 die, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s more than twice the number of people who die each year in car crashes.
Signed 25 years ago this month, the Americans With Disabilities Act is helping millions of Americans lead healthier, more productive lives.
The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, telecommunications, and all public and private places that are open to the general public. The purpose of the law is to make sure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else.
Visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s ADA 25th Anniversary page to learn about how the ADA has impacted workers and jobseekers with disabilities. The page includes a disability employment timeline and stories about workers with disabilities. People can also add their own stories by filling in the form at the end of the page.
San Antonio has the highest credit card debt burden in the nation and San Francisco has the lowest, according to a CreditCards.com study.
Texas ranked poorly – three of the five highest debt burdens – and the Northeast fared well – five of the seven lowest debt burdens.
The study compared the average credit card debt in the 25 largest U.S. metro areas with each area’s median income. It assumed that 15 percent of median income would go towards credit card debt each month.
Because of congressional restrictions on the government’s ability to negotiate with the pharmaceutical industry, Medicare Part D drug prices are significantly higher than those in either Medicaid or the Veterans Health Administration and 30 other countries, a study by Carleton University and Public Citizen finds.
Twenty seven of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development countries are able to purchase the medications studied from manufacturers at less than 50 percent of the purchase price in the United States.
In a letter sent to Congress Thursday, the authors of the study called for a House-Senate committee to be formed to draft legislation that would lower Medicare Part D prices to those of Medicaid or the VHA. Doing so could save Medicare Part D between $15.2 billion and $16 billion a year and reduce the number of people who don’t fill their prescriptions for financial reasons.
Federal and state agencies are investigating two separate outbreaks of Salmonella Enteritidis infections linked to raw, frozen, stuffed chicken entrees. The two outbreaks are caused by different strains of Salmonella Enteritidis.
On July 1, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service issued a public health alert due to concerns about illnesses caused by Salmonella that may be associated with frozen chicken products.
On July 2, Barber Foods recalled about 58,320 pounds of frozen, raw, stuffed chicken items that may be contaminated with Salmonella Enteritidis. The company issued an expanded recall of about 1.7 million pounds of these chicken products on July 12, 2015. On July 13, Omaha Steaks issued a recall of stuffed chicken breast entrees that may be contaminated with Salmonella.