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June 2014

Recall of the Week: Hondas, Nissans, Mazdas added to recall of flawed air bags

The recall of vehicles with a defective air bag component is being expanded to include about 3 million Honda, Nissan, and Mazda vehicles. Honda is recalling 2.03 million vehicles, including the 2000-2005 Fit, Element, and CR-V models, according to the New York Times. Nissan is recalling an additional 755,000 vehicles,... Read more →


One in 10 working-age adults die from excessive use of alcohol

Excessive alcohol use accounts for one in 10 deaths among working-age adults ages 20-64 years in the United States, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report published Thursday in Preventing Chronic Disease. Excessive alcohol use led to about 88,000 deaths per year from 2006 to 2010, and... Read more →


FDA issues guidance on nanotechnology, but consumer groups say it fails to protect consumers

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued three final guidances and one draft guidance Tuesday that the agency said would provide greater regulatory clarity for industry on the use of nanotechnology in FDA-regulated products. One final guidance addresses the agency’s overall approach for all products that it regulates, while two... Read more →


Two companies charged with operating work-at-home schemes agree to FTC settlement

The Tax Club and American Business Builders, two companies that the Federal Trade Commission charged with operating home-based business schemes, have agreed to settlements that will prohibit future misconduct. The two companies also agreed to surrender assets, with The Tax Club assets valued $15 million. The Tax Club operators sold... Read more →


Baby boomer bloggers celebrate Summer Solstice with articles on exercise, health, retirement, and relationships

Photo: Daniel Stockman I’m the host for this week’s Best of Boomer Blogs #361. One of the big ways we celebrate Summer Solstice here in the Seattle area is with the Fremont Solstice Parade. Hundreds of people participate, and one thing you can do is paint your body and ride... Read more →


Recall of the Week: Cost Plus glass bubble knobs due to laceration hazard

Cost Plus is recalling about 251,400 glass bubble knobs. The knobs can break and expose sharp pieces of glass, posing a risk of laceration to the consumer, the company and U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said. Cost Plus has received five reports of broken knobs resulting in five reports of... Read more →


New Web resource launched to help older adults quit smoking

The National Institutes of Health is offering a new Web resource to help older adults stop smoking. Quitting Smoking for Older Adults, a new item from NIHSeniorHealth, offers videos, worksheets, interactive features, strategies, quizzes, and more for older smokers who want to or are thinking of quitting. Cigarette smoking is... Read more →


Google and Microsoft to include smartphone ‘kill switch’ in next operating system

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón announced Thursday that, for the first time, Google and Microsoft will incorporate a “kill switch” in the next version of their operating systems. Google’s system, Android, runs on more than half of all smartphones used in the... Read more →


Green living: How metal roofs can help save the environment

By Paul Kazlov, Home Remodeling Writer Global Home Improvement Eco-friendly solutions are often thought of in terms of powering vehicles and cities with clean, renewable energy. This leaves many consumers thinking the ability to initiate change toward a greener future is out of their hands. However, with increasing trends that... Read more →