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February 2012

FDA should reject Qnexa, another dangerous diet pill, consumer groups says

The diet drug Qnexa shouldn’t be approve because it can cause serious cardiovascular problems, Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group, told a U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory committee. An anti-seizure medication, Qnexa – a combination of phentermine, an amphetamine, and topiramate – causes increased heart rate and may lead... Read more →


Oscar-nominated movies less violent, dark this year

By Rita R. Robison In the last three years that I’ve been writing about the Academy Award nominated movies on this blog, I’ve had to watch a lot of violent and/or dark movies. I sat through “Slumdog Millionaire,” “The Dark Knight,” “District 9,” “The Hurt Locker,” “Inglourious Basterds,” “A Serious... Read more →


Consumer groups urge Obama administration to support country-of-origin labeling for meat and produce

Consumer groups are asking the Obama administration to appeal a November 2011 ruling by a World Trade Organization panel against the United State’s country-of-origin labels on meat and fresh produce. The ruling followed a case brought by Canada and Mexico in December 2008 against the consumer labeling law, which is... Read more →


Recall of the Week: McNeil's grape-flavored Infants Tylenol due to dosing system complaints

Johnson & Johnson’s McNeil Consumer Healthcare division is recalling about 574,000 1 oz. bottles of grape-flavored Infants’ Tylenol. McNeil is recalling the over-the-counter medication as a precaution after receiving a small number of complaints from consumers who reported difficulty using the Infants Tylenol's "SimpleMeasure" dosing system. SimpleMeasure includes a dosing... Read more →


Getting my Mac to work is this week’s best consumer experience, while paying extra for a 3D movie disappoints

By Rita R. Robison I was lucky to get my Mac working again. However, I wasn’t pleased about paying more for a 3D movie. My best consumer experience: Figuring how to get my Mac running again When I turned on my Mac Thursday morning, neither my mouse nor keyboard would... Read more →


What interests you on Presidents’ Day? Finding bargains, traveling, or celebrating America?

By Rita R. Robison It’s a strange custom. The holiday to honor two great presidents and the history of our country is becoming one of the biggest shopping days of the year. However, if you want to shop rather than contemplate history, President’s Day sales do offer consumers great deals... Read more →


Environmental medicine group calls for moratorium on use of wireless ‘smart’ meters

By Rita R. Robison Have you ever wondered about the health effects from the meter your utility installed on your house? Genetic, hormonal, and fertility effects and an increase risk of certain types of cancer could occur from exposure to wireless radiofrequency radiation from “smart” meters, the Board of the... Read more →