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March 2014

Recall of the Week: Fitbit wireless activity-tracking wristbands due to risk of skin irritation

Fitbit Inc. is recalling about 1 million wireless activity-tracking wristbands in the United States and 28,000 in Canada. Users can develop allergic reactions to the stainless steel casing, materials used in the strap, or adhesives used to assemble the product, the company and U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said. As... Read more →

One in five older adults take medications that conflict, with possible harmful effects

About three out of four older Americans have more than one chronic health condition, and more than 20 percent of them are being treated with drugs that work at odds with each other – the medication being used for one condition can make the other condition worse. Treating conditions “one... Read more →

Groups work to reconnect farmers and consumers

The Food Network draws more viewers then any other cable news channel, but consumers are cooking less and less. Efforts are underway reconnect farmers and consumers, including encouraging young people to be farmers. Farmers are aging, with the average age in the United States 56. Danielle Nierenberg, president of the... Read more →

FTC finds a quarter of funeral homes inspected last year failed to give required price information

Investigators working undercover in eight states found that in 32 of the 124 funeral homes they visited during 2013 the funeral homes failed to disclose pricing information to consumers as required by the Federal Trade Commission’s Funeral Rule. That’s about 25 percent. This list shows how many funeral homes by... Read more →

Midlife, moving, memories, and health catch the attention of baby boomer bloggers

I’m the host this week for the Best of Boomer Blogs #348. As the rain pours down in the Seattle area, filling the rivers with water, and many areas of the country are digging out of the snow, baby boomer bloggers are busy writing about the challenges of midlife. Karen... Read more →

Recall of the Week: Hitachi Koki grass trimmers due to fire and burn hazards

Hitachi Koki is recalling about 115,000 grass trimmers in the United States and 12,400 in Canada. The grass trimmers can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards to the consumer, said the company and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. No incidents or injuries have been reported. Consumers should immediately stop... Read more →