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August 2015

Recall of the Week: Bimbo breads due to glass fragments

Bimbo Bakeries USA has initiated a regional recall of bread products under the Sara Lee, Kroger, Bimbo, Nature’s Harvest, Great Value, and L’Oven Fresh brands due to the possible presence of fragments of glass caused by a broken light bulb at one of its bakeries. Recalled products are the fresh... Read more →


Are you one of the people paying high fees for a checking account?

Most people have checking accounts, and for many, they’re simple and straightforward. I belong to a credit union, and because I’m an older adult, I’ve had a free checking account for years. However, checking accounts can be expensive and complex: up to $800 a year for 49 different fees if... Read more →


Consumers pay about $1,100 each for gas used by the trucking industry

Ever wonder how much it costs to ship all the stuff we buy around the country? More than $1,100 of the cost of the goods and services households buy annually goes to pay for the fuel used to transport them. “When it comes to goods and services, the American consumer... Read more →


California fracking fluids contain dozens of harmful chemicals, report shows

The fluids used for hydraulic fracturing in California oil wells contain dozens of hazardous chemicals linked to cancer, hormone disruption, and reproductive system damage, according to a new report by the Environmental Working Group. In the analysis, “California’s Toxic Fracking Fluids: The Chemical Recipe,” the EWG deconstructs drilling companies’ use... Read more →


Baby boomer bloggers write about life’s essentials: Food, home, cars, and sex

Meryl Baer of Six Decades and Counting is the host for this week’s Best of Boomer Blogs #415. Baer, who’s loving the last days of summer, tells us about her adventure tasting tomatoes. Other boomer bloggers write about the dangers of the new prescription drug for low sex drive in... Read more →


Restorative justice keeps youth offenders out of juvenile hall

San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis working with the Mid-City Community Action Network, the National Conflict Resolution Center, County Probation, and the Public Defender’s Office announced Thursday the results of the first year of a City Heights pilot project offering youth an alternative to the traditional juvenile justice system.... Read more →


Health-care research funded by Coke not credible, says consumer group

James Quincey, Coke’s new president and COO, left, and Muhtar Kent, Coke’s new CEO The Coca-Cola Co. has a long history of using its spending power to silence potential critics and purchase powerful allies inside and outside of academia. The public should be skeptical of any nutrition or health research... Read more →


FDA makes mistake on flibanserin, drug used to treat low sex drive in women, citizens’ group says

On Wednesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Flibanserin, to be sold as Addyi, to treat low sexual desire in women. “Today’s approval provides women distressed by their low sexual desire with an approved treatment option,” said Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and... Read more →