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September 2014

Testosterone: Labels need warnings about greater risk of heart attacks, other problems, consumer group recommends

The labels of all testosterone medications in the United States should be updated to include warnings about the increased risk of heart attacks and other life-threatening cardiovascular dangers. That’s the recommendation Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group, recently gave the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Bone, Reproductive, and Urologic Drugs... Read more →


Recall of the Week: IKEA children’s swings due to fall hazard

IKEA is recalling about 2,000 GUNGGUNG children’s swings in the United States and 300 in Canada. The suspension fittings can break causing a child to fall from the swing, posing a risk of serious injury, said the company and U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission. There have been four reports including... Read more →


New tools help consumer pick seafood with less mercury, more omega-3 fatty acids

The Environmental Working Group is offering a new shopping tool and seafood calculator to help people buy seafood lower in mercury, higher in omega-3 fatty acids, and sustainably produced. EWG’s tools offer people more detailed information than is available from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Environmental Protection Agency.... Read more →


Ab Glider maker to pay $3 million for bogus ad claims

Icon Health and Fitness has agreed to pay $3 million to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it violated an earlier order by advertising that use of its exercise equipment for three minutes a day would result in significant weight loss. The 1997 administrative order against Icon and its related... Read more →


Technology, languages, city living, and scams are the topics for this week’s Best of Boomer Blogs

Laura Lee Carter of the Midlife Crisis Queen is the host for this week’s Best of Boomer Blogs #373. Laura Lee is all excited about fall, her favorite season of the year. However, I’m still enjoying the last rays of summer. And, I’m hoping for more, such as the nice... Read more →


Yelp, TinyCo settle FTC charges their apps violated child privacy laws

Yelp, an online review site, and TinyCo, a mobile app developer, have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges they improperly collected children’s information. Under the terms of the settlements, Yelp will pay a $450,000 penalty, and TinyCo will pay a $300,000 penalty. “As people – especially children – move... Read more →


Maker of Alzheimer’s drug charged with forcing patients to switch to high-priced drug

An antitrust lawsuit is seeking to stop Actavis from forcing Alzheimer’s patients to switch medications to maintain high drug prices. The switch would disrupt patient treatment and restrict patient choice just to protect corporate profits, New York Attorney General Attorney Eric T. Schneiderman said Tuesday. Actavis has announced a plan... Read more →


Toxic diabetes medication shouldn’t be used for weight loss, citizens group says

Liraglutide is too toxic to be approved for weight loss at a dose higher than that approved for diabetes and in patients that will receive little, if any, long-term benefit, Public Citizen told the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Endocrinologic and Metabolic Drugs Advisory Committee Thursday. More than two-thirds of... Read more →