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January 2014

After Target hack, should you use your credit card less?

Like many consumers, I’ve switched to using my credit card for most purchases. It’s usually faster than writing a check, and I accumulate reward points for airline flights. So, in light of the recent massive hacking of Target and other retailers, what should consumers do about using their credit cards?... Read more →


Baby Boomer bloggers take a look at ageism, better eating, lost relationships, reverse mortgages, and acetaminophen

Amy Blitchok of the Modern Senior is the host for this week’s Best of Boomer Blogs #341. As 2014 gets under way and cold winter winds continue to blow, boomer bloggers are raising questions about: Whether we older adults engage in ageist practices, too. How healthy eating can help prevent... Read more →


Recall of the Week: RSI bathroom medicine cabinets due to injury hazard

RSI Home Products is recalling about 14,000 bathroom medicine cabinets. The mirror or its back panel can separate and fall out, posing an injury hazard to consumers, said the company and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. RSI has received two reports of the cabinet’s mirror or back panel detaching... Read more →


When should you repair an item and when should you replace it?

Deciding whether to repair a broken product or replace it is often a difficult decision. Consumer Reports has studied the issue and created year-by-year advice for more than a dozen home appliances, electronics, and lawn and snow equipment. “Repairing broken items or keeping them going as long as possible isn’t... Read more →


FDA issues new warnings on dangers of high-dose acetaminophen

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is recommending health care providers stop prescribing and dispensing combination prescription drugs that contain more than 325 milligrams of acetaminophen. Benefits don’t outweigh the risks The FDA said no data show that taking more than 325 mg of acetaminophen in a dose provides additional... Read more →


Phony mortgage relief scam defendants banned from business, ordered to pay $3.8 million

The South Florida-based defendants in an alleged mortgage relief scam will surrender their assets and be banned from providing mortgage relief and debt relief services to consumers under a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission. The settlement is the FTC’s largest judgment against a mortgage assistance relief provider. In 2012,... Read more →


Baby boomer bloggers turn their attention to travel, fashion, aging, and money

Martin Rice of Fifty 2 Ninety is the host for this week’s Best of Boomer Blogs #340. As the New Year begins, baby boomer bloggers are writing about travel to Florida, government actions that are saving money for consumers, how mature women can show their style, and good things about... Read more →


Operation using robocalls to pitch medical alert devices to seniors shut down

A U.S. district court has temporarily halted an Orlando-based operation that used robocalls to pitch “free” medical alert devices to senior citizens, telling them that the devices had been purchased for them by a relative or friend. The firm’s frozen the assets also have been frozen. The defendants also allegedly... Read more →


Recall of the Week: U.S. Boiler gas-fired hot water boilers due to carbon monoxide hazard

U.S. Boiler Co. Inc. is recalling about 26,000 gas-fired hot water boilers in the United States and about 310 in Canada. The air pressure switch can fail to shut down the burners when there’s a blockage in the vent system, allowing the boiler to emit excessive amounts of carbon monoxide,... Read more →