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April 2018

How to reduce the amount of harmful pesticides you and your children eat

All adults and children should eat more fruits and vegetables, whether they’re organic or conventionally grown, most diet plans and health care professionals recommend. The EWG’s 2018 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce can help you choose healthy produce while cutting down on unwanted doses of toxic pesticides. Pesticide residues... Read more →


Why does TV continue to be such a wasteland?

For several stretches in my life, I’ve gone without television. Then, after I returned to the Lower 48 from Alaska in the late 1980s, I decided to get TV after a year or two. I took a class at the local-access station, and I wanted to see the program I... Read more →


Baby boomer bloggers share their wisdom

It’s that time again. Boomers bloggers share useful information, wisdom, and just plain interesting thoughts. Boomers are writing about how to save money on prescription drugs, aging, how bad experiences can turn into good, thriving in life, starting a business overseas, the truth about taxes, how to go through the... Read more →


Vortex electric space heaters being recalled by Vornado Air due to fire and burn hazards

Vornado Air is recalling about 350,000 VH101 Personal Vortex electric space heaters. The electric space heaters can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards. Vornado has received 15 reports of the heaters catching on fire. This recall involves Vornado VH101 Personal Vortex electric space heaters sold in the following colors: black,... Read more →


FTC warns companies it’s illegal to say consumers must use specific parts or service providers for their warranties to be in effect

The Federal Trade Commission staff has sent warning letters to six major companies that market and sell automobiles, cellular devices, and video game systems in the United States. The letters warn that FTC staff has concerns about the companies’ statements which say consumers must use specified parts or service providers... Read more →


Heart and brain tumors linked to cell phone radiation, Italian study shows

Laboratory animals exposed to cell phone radiation developed heart and brain tumors similar to the types seen in some studies of human cell phone users, according to an Italian study. The findings reinforce the need for people, especially children, to exercise caution when using cell phones and other radiation-emitting devices,... Read more →


Polaris fined for not disclosing unsafe ROVs, and safety agency recalls more of its vehicles

Polaris Industries Inc., a recreational off-road vehicle or ROV maker, has agreed to pay a $27.25 million penalty for failing to warn the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission that some of its ROV models contained defects that could create a substantial hazard or that the ROVs created an unreasonable risk... Read more →


How to save money on your medications

Getting a “medication cost-savings checkup” with a local pharmacist can help consumers reduce their out-of-pocket costs – and prevent drug errors and interactions. As the costs of drugs continues to grow, Consumer Reports has proclaimed April 7 through 14 as National Save Money on Your Meds Week. During the week,... Read more →


Scotch thermal laminators are being recalled by 3M due to burn hazard

3M is recalling about 395,000 Scotch thermal laminators in the United and an addition 130 in in Canada. The plastic enclosure can overheat, posing a burn hazard. 3M has received 10 reports of the laminators overheating and causing deformation of the bottom of the plastic enclosures. No injuries have been... Read more →