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May 2011

Damage from high heels even worse for baby boomer women’s feet

By Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist Neal Blitz, M.D., foot surgeon, asks the question "Are high heels really bad for your feet?" in a recent Huffington Post article. The answer is a resounding yes, he said, adding common problems associated with high heels and pointy toe shoes are bunions, hammer... Read more →


How do Americans celebrate Memorial Day?

Americans across the country are celebrating Memorial Day with remembrance events, barbecues, trips, personal reflection, and shopping. President Barack Obama took part in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery. AAA estimates that about 34.9 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from... Read more →


Recall of the Week: STIHL power yard tools due to burn and fire hazards

By Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist STIHL Inc. is recalling about 2.3 million gas powered trimmers, brushcutters, KombiMotors, hedge trimmers, edgers, clearing saws, pole pruners, and backpack blowers that utilize a toolless fuel cap. The level of ethanol and other fuel additives can distort the toolless fuel cap, allowing fuel... Read more →


Only a few sunscreens protect consumers from harmful rays, survey shows

By Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist Consumers can trust only 20 percent of the more than 1,700 sunscreens assessed for the 2011 summer season, according to the Environmental Working Group’s annual survey of sun products. Even with a wide array of sunscreens available on the market, consumers are faced with... Read more →


Procession of the Species marchers, crowd celebrate earth’s riches

By Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist On one of the first beautiful days of spring recently in Olympia, Wash., 30,000 people gathered to watch marchers dressed as eagles, crabs, bumblebees, flamingoes, parrots, fish, peacocks, frogs, turkeys, bats, butterflies, owls, turtles, the sun, and more. Others walked with floats they’d made,... Read more →


Recall of the Week: Katie Brown 12-piece tea light candle sets

By Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist About 7,600 Katie Brown 12-piece tea light candle sets imported by Meijer Inc. are being recalled. The clear plastic candle holder can ignite, posing a serious burn and fire hazard to consumers. Meijer has received one report of the resin cup catching fire and... Read more →


What were your best and worst consumer experiences this week?

By Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist 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: Finding a new hotel in Bellingham The strong chemicals used in most motels really bother... Read more →