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May 2010

Are you flying with high- or low-performing airlines?

With fewer flights and fewer passengers, airlines are performing better. For the second year, the performance of the nation's leading carriers improved, according to the 20th annual national Airline Quality Rating report. It was the third best overall score in the years researchers at Purdue University and Wichita State University... Read more →

With number of flights down, airline performance improves in 2009

With the economy still in a slump, a less stressed airline industry with fewer travelers improved its performance in many areas in 2009. For 2009, U.S. airlines carried 5.2 percent fewer domestic passengers and 6.3 percent fewer international passengers in 2009 than in 2008. Airline travel still hasn’t returned to... Read more →

Food industry plans to fight obesity through voluntary actions are questionable

After I received a flood of e-mails recently from The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation – a group of retailers, food and beverage manufacturers, and trade associations – about an educational campaign it was undertaking on childhood obesity, I wrote a post about how consumers can’t count on the food industry... Read more →

Recall of the Week: BaylissPro compact hair dryers due to laceration hazards

About 291,000 BaylissPro compact hair dryers are being recalled by Conair Corp., East Windsor, N.J. The spinning fan inside the hair dryer can break and shatter the hair dryer’s plastic shell, creating a laceration hazard, reports the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Conair has received 16 reports of fan breakage... Read more →

FCC looking at requiring cell phone companies to notifying consumers about possible charges for extra minutes, roaming

It’s irritated me for years. It ranks right up there with the banks not denying debit card transactions when your account is empty, then charging you a big fee. Verizon Wireless doesn’t notify me when I’m approaching the limits of my cell phone plan. Several times, I’ve been shocked to... Read more →

Federal government chooses voluntary actions over regulations to curb obesity

First Lady Michelle Obama unveils the findings of the Childhood Obesity Task Force report with cabinet officials. Although the Obama administration was willing to take on the health care insurance companies, he and his agency heads are less willing to regulate the food industry. Tuesday the Childhood Obesity Task Force... Read more →

‘War on cancer’ needs larger scope than prescription drugs

David Brown’s article in The Washington Post, "War Against Cancer Has More Than One Target," offers information on new theories on how different kinds of cancer develop and a new treatment called "targeted biological therapy," which targets cell errors with drugs that locate and block a defective gene or its... Read more →