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February 2011

Citizens’ group urges FDA to stop plastic surgery groups’ misleading advice on breast implant-related cancer

Nearly a third of the more than 289,000 women who selected breast implant surgery in 2009 were age 40 or older. It's important for baby boomer women to be aware of the dangers of plastic surgery and be knowledgeable about recent information from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration regarding... Read more →

Hoover uprights dropped from list of recommended models in Consumer Reports latest vacuum survey

For the first time in years, Consumer Reports’ latest vacuum report doesn’t include Hoover among its list of recommended uprights. Hoover still tops Consumer Reports’ Ratings overall, and its canister models still make top picks; the Hoover Platinum canister, $365, was named a CR Best Buy and delivered superb carpet... Read more →

Recall of the Week: Hoover WindTunnel canister vacuums due to fire and shock hazards

About 142,000 Hoover WindTunnel Bagless canister vacuums are being recalled by Hoover Inc. The power cord between the power nozzle and the wand connector can short-circuit posing fire and shock hazards to consumers. This can occur even if the vacuum has been turned off but left plugged in. Hoover has... Read more →

What were your best and worst consumer experiences this week?

Which consumer happenings cheered you this week and which ones made you want to scream or weep? Here are my best and worst consumer experiences this week: My best: Good customer service from Alaska Airlines and TSA This week, I took a trip to Sacramento. When I arrived at Seattle-Tacoma... Read more →

Top 10 last-minute Valentine’s Day tips

I don’t know about you, but lately I’ve been busy, busy, busy. How about you? Has your schedule been so hectic that you’re still wondering what to do for your special someone on Valentine’s Day? Here are 10 suggestions to help you finalize your plans: Candy, flowers, and jewelry continue... Read more →

Consumer tips for Valentine's Day

For consumers who are searching for love or already in a relationship, the Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer protection agency, has information that may be helpful around Valentine’s Day. Looking for love online? Millions of Americans use online dating and social networking sites to meet people. But scammers also... Read more →

Facts and figures for Valentine’s Day 2011

More than 200 million roses were produced for Valentine’s Day 2011, according to Organic Bouquet. Nearly 200 million cards are exchanged each year on February 14, and that doesn’t include card packs exchanged by millions of schoolchildren each year, according to the Hallmark Corp. Men spend nearly twice the amount... Read more →

Super Bowl 2011: Another round of violent, sexist, and ageist ads

Ads during Sunday’s Super Bowl cost $2.7 million for a 30-second spot, up from last year's $2.6 million. Although the 2011 offerings had many more car ads, the display again was marred by overtly violent images. It seems like since many more men than women watch football, advertisers think it’s... Read more →