Posted On: October 21, 2009

Video and Audio Cables: Are Consumers Paying More than Necessary?

Consumers have paid upwards of $100 for cables whose performance is equal to a standard $10 six-foot HDMI cable. Many electronic stores and manufacturers have made claims that these “premium” cables outperform standard cables. However, many well respected third party reviewers, such as cnet.com contend that this isn’t necessarily the case. “Do you really need to spend that much money on a single HDMI cable? Absolutely not – those cables are a rip-off” says CNET. “And despite what salesman and manufacturers might tell you, there’s no meaningful difference between the $10 cable and the $50 cable.”

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Posted On: October 11, 2009

Even More Dangers of Taking SSRIs When Pregnant Revealed

According to a recently released Danish study, pregnant women taking an SSRI were twice as likely to have pre-term delivery as other women, and their babies were also more likely to be admitted to an intensive care unit after delivery. Specifically, women taking an SSRI delivered their baby an average of five days earlier and babies exposed to antidepressants during pregnancy were far more likely to have a five-minute Apgar score -- a measure of a newborn's health scored between 0 and 10 -- of seven or below. Any score below seven is generally regarded as low.

Additionally, the study found that women who take more than one SSRI quadrupled the risk of their babies experiencing a septal heart defect, which is a defect in the wall that divides the heart’s left and right sides. For those women taking only one SSRI, the study revealed that use of Celexa and Zoloft early in pregnancy doubled and tripled the risk for the heart defect, respectively. While the association between SSRIs and birth defects has been reported for several years, this is the first study to specifically highlight the increased risk with Celexa and Zoloft.

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Posted On: October 2, 2009

Forced to Rent a Cable Box?

Have you looked at your cable bill and found that you are paying $5, $6, and even $10 a month to rent a cable box from your service provider? Ever wonder why you cannot simply purchase your cable box or rent a cheaper box from another company? Many consumers are limited in subscribing to certain cable companies; however, numerous cable companies take advantage of consumers by charging $60 or more EACH year to rent a set-top box that should cost no more than a DVD player to buy.

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