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Melatonin poisonings in kids are up dramatically

In the last two decades, the number of young children accidentally ingesting melatonin gummies, tablets, and other forms has skyrocketed. During 2012–2021, a 530 percent increase in poison center calls for pediatric melatonin exposures occurred, and during 2009–2020, a 420 percent increase in emergency department visits for melatonin was reported. Read more →


More than 8 million bags of Tide and other detergents pods are being recalled over faulty packaging

Proctor & Gamble is recalling about 8.2 million Tide Pods, Gain Flings, Ace Pods, and Ariel Pods liquid laundry detergent packets packaged in plastic bags. The outer packaging can split open near the zipper track, posing a risk of serious injury to children and other vulnerable people if the contents of the packets are eaten, as well as posing a risk of skin or eye injuries. Read more →


Have you filed your taxes yet?

Things got crazy in March with lots of time spent helping a friend get ready to move and a trip to San Diego for a party for Wildlife Madagascar, a nonprofit my niece has founded. I just filed my taxes Saturday, April 13. Usually, I’m filing at the last minute. Since I have a small business, I need to add up all my expenses for the year. Read more →


Why are prices increasing so much in the fast food industry?

In my weekly newsletter, “Helpful Money Tips for You,” I included an item on how most fast food chains have raised prices by 60 percent on average over the last 10 years. Four who have raised prices even more are McDonald’s, Popeyes, Taco Bell, and Chipotle. A reader wrote back and said the fast food article I had linked to said nothing about wages. Read more →


Amazon’s recycling program for its plastic packaging isn’t working, report says

Amazon packaging rarely gets recycled when customers use the company’s recommended store drop-off system. Packaging from drop-off bins ended up in landfills or incinerators, became stuck in distribution centers, or was made into nonrecyclable products, according to a report from the U.S. PIRG Education Fund and Environment America Research and Policy Center. Read more →