Monday, September 28, 2009

Safety Alert Issued For Lifeline Pendant Personal Help Buttons

'Lifeline' could be deathline 


By James Limbach, ConsumerAffairs.com

The Food and Drug Administration today is warning people who wear personal emergency response buttons around the neck of a potential choking hazard.

The agency says it is aware of at least six reports between 1998 and 2009 of serious injury or death, including three deaths in the United States and one in Canada, from choking after the cord on the Philips Lifeline Personal Help Button became entangled on other objects worn around the neck.

More than 750,000 people use these devices in the United States and Canada. By pushing the "help" button on the device when in distress, users can call for emergency assistance to their home. Philips Lifeline says the device is used primarily by seniors living independently, who feel they are at risk for falls or other medical emergencies.

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Children's Tylenol Products Recalled

Manufacturing problems could cause contamination


By ConsumerAffairs.com 

McNeil Consumer Healthcare is recalling certain children's and infant's Tylenol products that were manufactured between April 2008 and June 2008. The company said potential manufacturing problems could result in bacterial contamination.

No contamination has been found in any finished product, McNeil Vice President Edwin D. Kuffner, M.D., said. He said Burkholderia cepacia (B. cepacia) was detected in some of the raw material used in the manufacture of children's Tylenol products but he emphasized that, so far, none has been found in finished products.

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Sunday, September 27, 2009

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Recalls

Clarks Children's Shoes


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WoodMaster Outdoor Furnaces Recalled


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Trudeau Garlic Slicers Recalled


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Big Lots Recalls Wooden Bunk Beds


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Grand Trunk Recalls Parachute Hammocks


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Preparing For Flu Season

By Fred Cicetti, ConsumerAffairs.com 

Flu season in the northern hemisphere can range from as early as November to as late as May. The peak month usually is February.

However, this coming season is expected to be unpredictable because of the emergence of the H1N1 influenza virus or swine flu. The H1N1 has caused the first global outbreak—pandemic—of influenza in more than four decades.

There is concern that the 2009 H1N1 virus may make the season worse than a regular flu season. It is feared that there will be many more hospitalizations and fatalities this season. The 2009 H1N1 virus caused illness in the U.S. during the summer months when influenza is very uncommon.

The 2009-10 flu vaccine protects against the three main flu strains that research indicates will cause the most illness during the flu season. The seasonal vaccine is not expected to protect against the 2009 H1N1 virus. A vaccine for 2009 H1N1 is being produced and may be ready for the public in the fall.

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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Report Finds Toxins Common in Products for Children, Pets

Car seats, backpacks, pet toys contaminated with lead, PVC, arsenic, other toxins


By Lisa Wade McCormick, ConsumerAffairs.com

Hundreds of common household products -- including children’s backpacks, car seats, and even pet products -- are tainted with lead, arsenic, and other toxins, according to test results released by a national environmental group.

Tests conducted by HealthyStuff.org -- part of the Michigan-based Ecology Center -- also found toxins in lunch boxes, pencil bags, purses, and several new and used vehicles.

The group tested the products for such chemicals as lead, brominated flame retardants (BFR), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), cadmium, arsenic and mercury, which studies have linked to birth defects, impaired learning, liver toxicity, and cancer.
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New Rogues

Every day we add hundreds of new consumer complaints and comments to our site. And each day sees the addition of companies and products that haven't previously appeared in our Rogues Gallery. Here are today's newcomers:
From ConsumerAffairs.com
Enlightened Wealth Institute
Valspar Paint
Intuit Payroll
Destinations Unlimited
Soul Planet Travel
AirTel Prepaid
Blue Casa Communications
Captains Cove Marina
Get Physical Software
Posh Pet Shop

Favor Warehouse
Exotic Tour and Travel
World Education Services
Healthsalesreps.com
National Employee Benefit Group
Global Relogistics
Global Contact Inc.
Allied Interstate

Boniva
Americas Servicing Company
Kemwel
Texas Workforce Commission
Conair
Nordyne
Market Reader Pro
DPI Energy
Plan 4 College
Universal City Nissan

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Friday, September 25, 2009

Thank you!

First, I want to thank Jim Ames from UFOHQ.ORG.  He donated $20 to help me out and started a campaign for me! 

I also want to thank everyone that has kept me in their prayers and thoughts. It worked! I got the job. It isn't full-time, but it's a job and has the potential for more hours eventually.

I don't know if it is going to help in time to keep my Internet going without interruption, but at least I know I won't be down for long if it does happen. So please don't give up on me if I do disappear for a while.

Love and BIG hugs to everyone!


~Sandy G.


Saturday, September 19, 2009

FDA Warns Against Use Of Stolen Inhalation Meds

 

Consumers cautioned about Albuterol and Ipratropium solutions 

By James Limbach, ConsumerAffairs.com
The Food and Drug Administration is advising consumers not to use certain respiratory medications purchased after Sept. 8, 2009 and manufactured by Dey L.P., a subsidiary of Mylan Inc., because the medications might have been part of a shipment being transported on a tractor-trailer stolen in Tampa, Fla., on Sept. 8, 2009.

The respiratory medications, Ipratropium Bromide Inhalation Solution, 0.02%, and Albuterol Sulfate Inhalation Solution, 0.083%, unit-dose vials, have not been recovered and may be dangerous to use because the drugs may not have been stored and handled properly.

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~Sandy G.


California Firm Recalls Beef and Bean Burritos for Possible Listeria Contamination



Windsor Foods, a Riverside, Calif., establishment, is recalling approximately 2,268 pounds of beef and bean burrito products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

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~Sandy G.


Quorn Foods Sued For Not Disclosing Potential Allergic Reactions


Vat-grown mold tastes like chicken but allegedly makes some violently ill

By James Limbach, ConsumerAffairs.com
An Arizona woman has filed a class action lawsuit accusing Quorn Foods of not disclosing on labels the fact that some people have serious allergic reactions to the main ingredient in its Quorn line of meat substitutes.

That ingredient happens to be a fungus-mold, actually-discovered in the 1960s in a British dirt sample. The company grows the fungus in vats and processes it into a fibrous, proteinaceous paste.

But more than a thousand people have reported to the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) that they have suffered adverse reactions, including nausea, violent vomiting, uncontrollable diarrhea, and even life-threatening anaphylactic reactions after eating the patties, cutlets, tenders and other products made with Quorn's fungus.

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~Sandy G.



Thursday, September 17, 2009

Study: Common Pain Cream Could Protect Heart During Attack

Researchers compare treatment to acupuncture effect

By James Limbach, ConsumerAffairs.com
New research from the University of Cincinnati shows that a common, over-the-counter pain salve rubbed on the skin during a heart attack could prevent or reduce damage to the heart while treatment is administered.

Keith Jones, PhD, a researcher in the department of pharmacology and cell biophysics, and scientists in his lab have found that applying capsaicin to specific skin locations in mice caused sensory nerves in the skin to trigger signals in the nervous system. These signals activate cellular "pro-survival" pathways in the heart, which protect the muscle.

Capsaicin is the main component of chili peppers and produces a hot sensation. It is also the active ingredient in several topical medications used for temporary pain relief.

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~Sandy G.


Levaquin Manufacturer Hit With Three More Suits


Claims allege permanent tendon damage

By Jon Hood, ConsumerAffairs.com  
The manufacturer of Levaquin is facing three lawsuits from consumers who claim the medication caused them permanent tendon injuries. The actions follow a similar lawsuit filed two weeks ago.

The latest suits were filed by Illinois residents who took the drug and say they suffered serious tendon damage as a result. All three groups are represented by Corey & Danis and the Lowe Law Firm, which also brought the earlier suit.

The plaintiffs allege that they were unaware of the increased risk of tendon rupture for patients over 60 or those who are on corticosteroid therapy, which uses steroids to fight osteoporosis, arthritis, and a number of other ailments.

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~Sandy G.


Saturday, September 12, 2009

Feds Unveil New Food Safety Web Site

New site features latest government food safety and recall information

By James Limbach, ConsumerAffairs.com
The government has a new food safety Web site for consumers up and running.

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack say the site, www.foodsafety.gov, is designed to help families get all the latest information on food safety and recalls in one convenient place.

The new site will feature information from all the agencies across the federal government that deal with critical food and food safety information, including preventive tips about how to handle food safely, alerts on life-saving food recalls, and the latest news from the key agencies.

Consumers can sign up in one easy place to receive email and RSS alerts on recalled or potentially unsafe food and hear from the top scientific experts across the government on food safety. Later phases of the site to be launched will include recall feeds for texting and mobile phones.

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~Sandy G.



Recalls

SRAM Recalls Bicycle Chains, Links


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Grizzly Recalls Bandsaws


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Children's Animal Masks, Pendants


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~Sandy G.


Thursday, September 10, 2009

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Recalls

Baby Jogger Recalls City Mini Strollers


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Frigidaire, Kenmore Smoothtop Electric Ranges Recalled


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OfficeMax Recalls Office Chairs


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Wal-Mart Expands Durabrand DVD Players Recall


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Pirelli Recalls Pzero Corsa Tires


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Toyota Recalls Corolla, Corolla Matrix, Scion XD & Pontiac Vibe


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~Sandy G.


New Internet Scam Targets Yahoo! Users

WSLS News Staff, news@wsls.com
A new internet scam is making its way through Southwest Virginia.

The Tazewell Co. Sheriff’s Office says the scammers are targeting Yahoo! account holders.

Investigators say the scam works by sending a request to the Yahoo! user to update their Yahoo! account. When the user does this, the scammers then gain access to the Yahoo! account holder’s e-mail contacts.

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~Sandy G.




How Much Radiation Does Your Cell Phone Emit??


Cellphone radiation levels vary widely, watchdog report says

By Leslie Cauley, USA TODAY
Some cellphones emit several times more radiation than others, the Environmental Working Group found in one of the most exhaustive studies of its kind.

The government watchdog group on Wednesday releases a list ranking cellphones in terms of radiation. The free listing of more than 1,000 devices can be viewed here.

Concerns about radiation and cellphones have swirled for years. Scientific evidence to date has not been able to make a hard link between cancer and cellphones. But recent studies "are showing increased risk for brain and mouth tumors for people who have used cellphones for at least 10 years," says Jane Houlihan, senior vice president of research at the Washington-based group.

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~Sandy G.



Tuesday, September 08, 2009

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Recalls

Child's Strangulation Death Prompts Vertical Land Window Blinds Recall



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Lutron Recalls Roller Shades



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Victoria Classics Recalls Roman Shades Sold at Target



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Pottery Barn Kids Recalls Roman Shades



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IKEA Recalls Roman Blinds



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Lewis Hyman Recalls Roll-Up Blinds, Roman Shades



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~Sandy G.


This "Webmaster" Is A Hacker

Scam seeks access to victims' email accounts

By Mark Huffman, ConsumerAffairs.com
If you got an email purporting to be from the individual in technical support who is administering your email account, you'd likely pay attention. If you did what this particular email asks, your email account would probably be promptly hacked.

"We are pleased to announce that we are currently carrying out scheduled maintenance and upgrade with our new F-SecureR HTK4S anti-virus/anti-spam 2009 version from our data base," says an email arriving in email inboxes worldwide. "You are therefore advised to submit your username (e.g.user@name.net) /email address, and password to our technical officer within 7working days to enable us upgrade your mailbox."

The email provides an email link where you can send your user name and password. But hold on--take a closer look at this document.

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~Sandy G.



FDA Conducting Safety Review Of Weight Loss Drug

Review includes both prescription drug Xenical and OTC drug Alli

By James Limbach, ConsumerAffairs.com
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is reviewing adverse event reports of liver injury in patients taking the weight loss drugs Xenical and Alli, also known as orlistat.

Between 1999 and 2008, the FDA received 32 reports of serious liver injury in patients taking orlistat. Of those cases, 27 reported hospitalization and six resulted in liver failure. Thirty of the adverse events occurred outside the United States. The most commonly reported adverse events included yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes (jaundice), weakness, and stomach pain.

ConsumerAffairs.com has received two reports of adverse effects of the drug.

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~Sandy G.



What You Need To Know About Weight Loss Surgery

Five tips for those considering an operation

By James Limbach, ConsumerAffairs.com
America is a fat country.

Sixty-six percent of all U.S. adults are overweight or obese according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And, faced with heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes, many are shopping for bariatric surgery to help manage these conditions and, in some cases, cure them.

What should a consumer look for in a bariatric program? Stephen Hamn, M.D., medical director of the weight loss surgery program at Baylor Medical Center at Frisco, an American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence, offers these tips:

• Take your time choosing a program. Weight loss surgery is a not a magic bullet, but requires life style changes to be effective. A good-quality program will tell you up front about the different options for weight loss surgery and the post-operative work -- exercise and changes in diet -- required for each option. Weight loss surgery is not an emergency. Take time to consider at least two programs.

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~Sandy G.



Monday, September 07, 2009

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Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Telltale Signs You're Dealing With A Scammer

When a salesman uses a "fake voice," he just might be a scammer

By Mark Huffman, ConsumerAffairs.com
Countless times each day consumers encounter sales people online, over the phone and in person, who use deception to take their money. They may appear to be salesmen, but people who deceive you for a buck are actually scammers.

Wouldn't it be nice if there were an easy way to identify a scammer? Well, there are signs you're being scammed, if you'll only be aware of them.

We often think of a conman as smooth and sophisticated, and some of the really good ones are. But more often than not, the people responsible for taking your money are nothing more than common thugs, and they behave that way.

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~Sandy G.



Tuesday, September 01, 2009

12 steps for victims of identity fraud

1. Notify affected creditors or bank

If a bank account or existing credit line has been affected, shutting it down should be the first order of business. Working with the credit card company or the bank as soon as possible can save you money. In general, most credit cards have zero-liability policies, but the Fair Credit Billing Act specifies that your maximum liability for unauthorized charges is $50.

ATM or debit cards and electronic transfers from your bank account fall under the Electronic Fund Transfer Act. Under this act, consumers have to move fast. Reporting a lost or stolen ATM or debit card before any fraudulent transactions means the victim is off the hook for any that happen afterward.

But if purchases or withdrawals are made, consumers have a small window of two business days to report the unauthorized charges or transfers and get a $50 liability limit. After that, there is a $500 liability limit for up to 60 days after the statement reflecting the fraud is mailed. After 60 days, consumers are exposed to unlimited liability.

Consumers should also notify banks of any lost or stolen checks.

2. Put a fraud alert on your credit report

"Contact any one of the three credit reporting agencies and request a fraud alert. By doing so, a fraud alert will be put on all three of your credit files," says Steven Katz, director of consumer education for TransUnion's TrueCredit.com.

The fraud alert will last 90 days. After you've filed a police report or filled out the ID theft complaint form from the FTC, you can put an extended fraud alert on your credit file which will last seven years.

"Filing a fraud alert is probably the best step for someone who is unsure if they are a victim," says Katz.

A credit freeze will provide more protection but can be restrictive when applying for credit.

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~Sandy G.



New Rogues

Every day we add hundreds of new consumer complaints and comments to our site. And each day sees the addition of companies and products that haven't previously appeared in our Rogues Gallery. Here are today's newcomers:
From ConsumerAffairs.com
Zales
Colonial Health Insurance
TripAdvisor.com
Lug-nuts.net
Tickets At Work
Planetfone
Desert Dental, Las Vegas
Liberty Equity Solutions
Red Flannel Dog Food
Paperbackswap.com
Dermapril
Sharp TV
Emerson Microwave
Valencia Dental, Valencia, CA
World Car Nissan, San Antonio
Boston Sports Clubs
Abcircle Pro
Smile Brite
Smith Barney
Clayton Homes
Hilton Hotels
Champion Chevrolet, Houston
All Star Mitsubishi, Sayreville, NJ
Integra Telecom
Rowenta Steam Irons
AnimeDVDSupply.com
Skyway USA
American Garage Door

We want to hear from you. If you've had a problem -- or a pleasant experience -- with a company, product or service, please let us know, using our secure complaint form.


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