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March 2010

Recall of the Week: Remote control kits for electric fireplaces and stoves

About 700,000 remote control kits for electric fireplaces and stoves are being recalled, reports the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Imported by Dimplex North America, of Ontario, Canada, the remote control kit’s plug-in wall unit can overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers. Dimplex has received about 5,000... Read more →


What were your best and worst consumer experiences this week?

Which consumer happenings cheered you recently and which ones made you want to scream or weep? Here are my best and worst consumer experiences this week: My best: Visiting my congressman's office to urge him to vote for health care reform The big health care reform vote is coming up... Read more →


What should you do if you’re taking an osteoporosis drug like Fosamax?

Fosamax, one in a class of drugs called bisphosphonates, is supposed to make bones stronger. But now there's mounting evidence that, for some women, taking these medications for more than five years could cause spontaneous fractures, according to the ABC News.com article “Osteoporosis Drugs, Like Fosamax May Increase Risk of... Read more →


Top 10 places to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

What’s your favorite city for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day? Ezinearticles suggests: Dublin, Ireland Philadelphia San Francisco Chicago Coatbridge, Scotland New York City Boston Savannah, Ga. Birmingham, England Seattle National Geographic Traveler gives the nod to: New York Boston Chicago San Francisco Savannah, Ga. New London, Wisc. Montreal, Canada Birmingham England... Read more →


Recall of the Week: Therma Scarf scarves with microwaveable heat packs due fire and burn hazards

About 98,500 Therma Scarf scarves in the United States and about 1,500 in Canada are being recalled, reports the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada. Manufactured in China and imported by Telebrands Corp., of Fairfield, N.J., the heat packs can overheat when heated in a microwave oven, posing... Read more →


What were your best and worst consumer experiences this week?

Which consumer happenings cheered you recently and which ones made you want to scream or weep? 



Here are my best and worst consumer experiences this week:

 My best: Four On Demand movies in 24 hours With the Academy Awards approaching, I was behind in watching movies for the review of... Read more →


Top 10 tips to protect yourself as a consumer

It’s National Consumer Protection Week. This year’s theme, Dollars & Sense: Rated “A” for All Ages, highlights the importance of using good consumer sense at every stage of life, from grade school to retirement. For baby boomers consumers, age 45 to 64, here are the top 10 ways you can... Read more →


Oprah offering discounted DVDs of ‘Food Inc.’

After writing about the documentary film “Food Inc.” in my last post, it was great to turn on the TV and see Oprah and Michael Pollan discussing the movie today on The Oprah Show. Pollan – a journalist, professor, and author of five books, including “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” – said... Read more →