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  • METHYLENE CHLORIDE Bathtub Refinishing Deaths on the Rise
    Researchers say they found an “unacceptable” number of deaths from paint stripper chemicals in a recent study, despite the known dangers of the chemical, methylene chloride. Most of the victims died while working, mostly in paint stripping and […]
  • FCC Building A Case Against Robocalls
    The Federal Communications Commission is building a file on robocallers, in hopes of eradicating them. The agency today launched its Robocall Mitigation Database, which requires phone companies to document their efforts to stamp out illegal robocalls. After a […]
  • Sensors to Save Babies in Hot Cars OK’d by FCC
    It’s a common story, and a tragic one: A harried parent forgets about the baby in the back seat. Hours go by and the baby dies from the heat, which builds up quickly in a parked car. A […]
  • Debt Settlement Company ‘Took Advantage’ of Customers, CFPB Charges
    Debt settlement isn’t always bad. For consumers who are drowning in debt, it may be a better option than bankruptcy or other remedies. But it can also do little more than make matters worse, as the Consumer Financial […]
  • Warranties and Repairs Shouldn’t Be At Odds
    Consumers trapped at home during the pandemic who were tempted to repair minor problems with their appliances and electronics may have been scared away by fears that doing so would void their warranty — a belief that consumer […]
  • Unused Airline Tickets Should Be Refunded: PIRG
    A flight to nowhere might sound romantic but paying for a flight that never happens is annoying and a waste of money. But that’s what millions of Americans unwittingly did in 2020 when they did the safe thing […]
  • You Tube Kids a Child Predator?
    A generation or two ago, television was labeled a “vast wasteland.” Now it’s YouTube Kids that’s being denounced. Congressional critics say the Google-owned video service is “a wasteland of vapid, consumerist content” being fed to children to boost […]
  • Do Uber & Lyft Really Reduce Congestion?
    To hear Uber and Lyft tell it, they are helping to reduce congestion and air pollution by making transportation more efficient. But are they really? A new study finds that, in fact, they are discouraging consumers from using […]
  • Dr. Google’s Not So Bad … Sometimes
    “Dr. Google” may not be so bad after all. Doctors complain about “cyberchondia” — increased anxiety inducted by the internet — but a new study finds that consumers’ ability to arrive at a correct diagnosis is often helped […]
  • Regulators Consider New Rules for Pet Insurance
    Pet owners have been snarling about pet insurance for years and regulators are taking note. A committee of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) is considering a model law that would set new rules about such issues […]
  • Study Finds High-Protein Not Necessary to Build Muscle
    Weight-lifters routinely down vast quantities of protein drinks, protein bars and high-protein meals in the belief that they need a lot of protein to get the full benefit of their workout and build bulging muscles. But a new […]
  • Does ‘Ed Tech’ Deliver on its Promises?
    When the COVID-19 pandemic devastated classroom teaching, there was widespread optimism that technology would fill the gap. School districts and colleges rushed to implement remote learning strategies. The results are still out but many schools have had problems […]
  • Should You Take Fish Oil? It Depends
    Think fish oil supplements are good for you? Well, they might be. But then again, they might not be. Now, researchers have developed a way to tell whether you have the genetic make-up to produce the results you’re […]
  • $50 Million on the Way to University of Phoenix Students
    More than 147,000 University of Phoenix students will soon be collecting $50 million in refunds following a lawsuit filed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The lawsuit alleged that the for-profit school used deceptive advertisements that falsely touted its […]
  • Governor Signs Illinois Payday Loan Bill
    Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has signed a measure that’s expected to end the payday loan industry in Illinois. The Predatory Loan Prevention Act will cap interest rates at 36% on consumer loans, including payday and car title loans. […]