November 10, 2010

FDA Proposes New Cigarette Warning Labeling

Today, the FDA unveiled 36 new proposed cigarette warning labels, many of which contain blunt language and graphic depictions of the effects of smoking.

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September 29, 2010

DePuy recalls Hip Implants

DePuy Orthopaedics has announced it's voluntary recall of their ASR XL Acetabular System and ASR Hip Resurfacing System used in hip replacement surgery, due to the number of failures in patients within the first five years of implant. These failures can cause serious illnesses and health conditions, and nearly always lead to an unnecessary "revision" surgery to replace the implant. Reports indicate that 12% and 13% of the patients with these ASR hip systems report severe pain, swelling, and loss of mobility, which are signs that the implant could be loosening in the socket, fracturing, or dislocating.

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August 30, 2010

ADHD Linked to Pesticides

Several recent studies suggest a strong connection between exposure to common pesticides and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children.

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February 26, 2010

Hospital-Acquired Infections Still a Huge Threat to Patients

Perhaps the most troubling part of a recent study published yesterday in the Archives of Internal Medicine, which estimates that 48,000 people died in 2006 after developing deadly infections while in the hospital, was that many of the deaths involved healthy people who had minor procedures. Sepsis and pneumonia were the two most prevalent infections, accounting for one-third of the 1.7 million that American patients pick up every year while in the hospital, but the figure may be even higher according to the Study. And while certainly many hospital-acquired infections are unavoidable, many of the infections occur because of a lack of proper infection control. This is a serious and growing problem that some hospitals have addressed but many have not.

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February 22, 2010

Step Therapy – Health Care Cost Effectiveness at What Cost

In an attempt to drive down health care costs, insurance companies are utilizing what is commonly called "Step Therapy". Step Therapy, also called Step Protocol, forces patients to try the least expensive drug for a particular condition first to see if it is effective. If that drug is not effective, then the insurer will approve payment for the next least expensive drug and so on. From allergy and heartburn medications, to blood pressure medications, to medications for pain, New Jersey doctors and patients continue to be denied and denied again when it comes to Step Therapy.

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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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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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August 29, 2009

Unnecessary Replacement of Ink/Toner Cartridges Costing Consumers $$

Any printer or all-in one (print-copy-fax) machine purchased within the last few years comes with its own software to install on your computer. This software includes updates regarding the amount of ink or toner remaining in the cartridge and provides reminders and warnings to replace your ink or toner cartridge as soon as a certain level is reached. However, recent tests have found that these indicators are requiring consumers to change or replace their cartridges before it is truly necessary, thereby wasting ink, toner, and consumers' money.

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August 24, 2009

Credit Solutions Unable to Explain Failures

As we reported here in May, the NY Attorney General filed suit against two debt consolidation firms in New York alleging fraudulent and deceptive business practices. Namely, the companies reportedly charge exorbitant consolidation fees while failing to ever eliminate any of the customer's debt. The result for the customer is greater debt and a damaged credit score. Following up on this growing trend last night, ABC News attempted to get answers to the questions that many consumers would like to know. However, the VP of operations for Credit Solutation of America claimed to be ignorant on many issues.

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August 4, 2009

Cash-for-Clunkers Scams

Going green is great – just don’t get scammed in the process.

On Monday, July 27, 2009, the Obama Administration’s Car Allowance Rebate System (CARS) – affectionately dubbed “Cash-for-Clunkers” – went into effect. The program incentivizes consumers to purchase newer, fuel-efficient cars by offering cash vouchers in exchange for gas-gazzling trade-ins.

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July 30, 2009

E-Cigarettes May Contain Carcinogens After All

Billed as the modern alternative to traditional cigarettes, electronic cigarettes – or “e-cigarettes” – may be harmful after all, according to a recent FDA News Release.

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June 24, 2009

“Greenwashing”: The New False Advertising

In a marketplace increasingly populated by environmentally conscious consumers, companies have been adapting by offering “greener” products. Unfortunately, many companies are misrepresenting or exaggerating the eco-friendly nature of their wares, a form of false advertising that has become known as “greenwashing.”

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