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Restless Legs Syndrome Doubles Risk of Stroke, Heart Disease

Largest study of its kind finds connection

Restless Legs Syndrome Doubles Risk of Stroke, Heart Disease...

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Hyping Echinacea with Bad Numbers

The press mangles the statistics on an unpersuasive Echinacea study

Hyping Echinacea with Bad Numbers: The press mangles the statistics on an unpersuasive Echinacea study. The accurate number is less than one third....

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NHTSA Dismisses Public Citizen Ford Complaints

Flex-fuel vehicles prone to stalling, consumer group argues

Regulators at the NHTSA are siding with the Ford Motor Co., ruling that claims by Public Citizen that some flex-fuel Ford and Mercury vehicles are defectiv...

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Medical Uses of Marijuana

The Healthy Geezer

Medical Uses of Marijuana...

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Tests Find More Toxic Pet Toys

Toxic toys may be hazardous to humans as well as pets

Tests Find More Toxic Pet Toys...

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Hackers Lurk In Many Holiday Emails

Your computer could take up a life of crime

Hackers Lurk In Many Holiday Emails...

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Gift Cards Should Be Used Quickly

Unused cards may lose value; some may even expire

Gift Cards Should Be Used Quickly...

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The 12 Duds of Christmas 2007

No pipers piping, just the worst products of the year

In the latter category you'll find The 12 Duds of Christmas, our annual round-up of the year's worst consumer products. Some are good products poorly produ...

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Credit Card Debt Climbs Worldwide

Americans falling behind on payments; other nations' debt surging

Credit Card Debt Climbs Worldwide...

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As Credit Delinquency Rises, So Does Credit Relief Scrutiny

States struggling to control credit counselors

As Credit Delinquency Rises, So Does Credit Relief Scrutiny...

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Can Oatmeal Really Lower Your Cholesterol?

The Healthy Geezer

Oatmeal contains soluble fiber that reduces your low-density lipoprotein (LDL), the "bad" cholesterol that can increase your risk of heart attacks and stro...

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Finding Safe Toys to Give Your Pet

Lack of federal oversight leaves consumers on their own

"To reassure pet owners, we encourage manufacturers to test pet products for lead and other contaminants and post findings on their corporate Web sites," s...

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California Shuts Down Annuity Sales Scam

Salesmen posed as lawyers, preyed on vulnerable seniors

The state of California has reached a $7.2 million settlement with American Investors Life Insurance Company, Family First Insurance Services, Family First...

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Sensitivity to Caffeine Increases with Age

The Healthy Geezer

About 90 percent of Americans consume caffeine daily. More than half of all American adults consume more than 300 mg of caffeine every day, making it Ameri...

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Fur Flies Over 'Mislabeled' Fur

Humane Society calls out retailers over phony faux fur

The group says the mislabeled fur garments are being sold at six major retailers: Bloomingdale's, Neiman Marcus, Lord & Taylor, Dillard's, Saks Fifth Avenu...

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TJX Settles With Banks Over Data Breaches

Nearly 100 million consumers may have been affected

TJX Settles With Banks Over Data Breaches...

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Bombardier Recalls Ski-Doo Snowmobiles

Bombardier Recalls Ski-Doo Snowmobiles...

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Nevada Leads In Foreclosures and Rescue Scams

Beware of strangers offering help with mortgage lenders

Nevada Leads In Foreclosures and Rescue Scams...

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Foreclosures Up 68 Percent In November

Another surge in defaults expected early next year

Foreclosures Up 68 Percent In November...

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Children Becoming Prime Identity Theft Targets

Victims are often under six years old

When the victims are children, the consequences can be even more damaging. And increasingly, children are becoming targets of identity thieves....

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Fed Endorses Lending Protections

New rules include better disclosures, income verification

Federal Reserve has nevertheless approved new rules designed to protect homebuyers from predatory lending and deceptive advertising practices in the market...

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Beware of Lead in Holiday Decorations

Christmas lights sold at Target, Wal-Mart may contain lead

Consumers aren't just worried about lead in their children's toys -- and their pets toys -- this holiday season. They're also worried about lead in their C...

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Chronic Sinus Problems Require Treatment

JAMA study got it wrong and patients could be the losers

Antibiotics and nose spray don't work, simply do not apply to anyone with chronic problems. In fact, antibiotics and sprays help most folks with chronic si...

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Sara Lee Accused of Whole Grain Whitewash

'Soft & Smooth' white bread isn't whole grain, group charges

Sara Lee Accused of Whole Grain Whitewash...

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FCC Votes To Relax Media Ownership Rules

Congressional opposition likely; White House supports measure

FCC Votes To Relax Media Ownership Rules...

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Video Professor Drops Subpoena, Goes After Wikipedia Users

Comcast protects its customers, Wikipedia surrenders

Video Professor Drops Subpoena, Goes After Wikipedia Users...

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Sprint Removes Three Fees, Adds Two New Ones

Company claims new charges will "defray costs"

Sprint customers got a little surprise in their holiday stocking. The company announced it was removing 3 of the extra fees it bills to customers from thei...

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Senate Passes Home Loan Reform Bill

Legislation would help borrowers refinance into government loans

Senate Passes Home Loan Reform Bill...

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Sleuths Find Asbestos in CSI Toy

CBS doesn't respond to consumer groups' warning

Sleuths Find Asbestos in CSI Toy...

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Toyota Tundra Pickups Recalled

Toyota Tundra Pickups Recalled...

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Car Warranty Scams Target Seniors

High-pressure tactics used to sign up unwary seniors

They want to pressure you into buying an expensive car warranty. Dont let a high-pressure sales pitch talk you into something you dont want or need....

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Study: Shingles Virus Common among Healthy Adults

More adults should get shingles vaccine, researchers conclude

When a vaccine to prevent shingles was approved for use in 2006, the Food and Drug Administration recommended the vaccine for people age 60 and older....

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Menu Foods Denies Acetaminophen Found in its Cat Food

But company won't disclose results of UC-Davis tests

Menu Foods Denies Acetaminophen Found in its Cat Food...

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Student Loan Company Agrees to End Kickbacks to NCAA Division I Schools

Code of Conduct Aims to Prevent False, Misleading Direct Marketing of Student Loans

Student Loan Company Agrees to End Kickbacks to NCAA Division I Schools...

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Winter Months Increase Radon Danger

Odorless gas is second-leading cause of lung cancer

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that about 200 people die each year from carbon monoxide poisoning associated with home fuel-burning ...

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Top Ten Scams of 2007

Old reliables and nervy newcomers fleece rich and poor alike

The Federal Trade Commission tells us that scams hit 30.2 million adults -- 13.5 percent of the adult population -- during the last year for which it has a...

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Noisy Toys Can Be Dangerous Too

Electronic gadgets can quickly damage young ears

Noisy Toys Can Be Dangerous Too...

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Report: Some Home Prices Could Fall 30 Percent

Prices likely to sink through at least 2009

The national average value of homes in the U.S. is likely to drop further before rebounding, according to a report by the financial service, Moodys Economy...

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Consumer Reports Snubs Toyota Highlander

Magazine withholds its coveted "Recommended" designation

Consumer Reports Snubs Toyota Highlander...

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Bush, Paulson Unveil Mortgage Rescue Plan

Qualified borrowers could get five-year rate freeze

President Bush and Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson offered a plan today that would supposedly enable as many as 1.2 million homeowners with risky mortgage...

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Minneapolis Jumpin' Jeep Injures Two at Car Wash

Jeep owners beware: Jeeps and car washes don't mix

Minneapolis Jumpin' Jeep Injures Two at Car Wash...

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Pediatricians Alarmed About Wheeled Shoes

Kids can roll right into the emergency room

Pediatricians Alarmed About 'Wheeled' Shoes...

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GE, Kenmore Microwave Combo Wall Ovens Recalled

GE, Kenmore Microwave Combo Wall Ovens Recalled...

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Hannah Montana Fans Skip the Scalpers

Same-day tickets save the day for Kansas City fans

Hannah Montana Fans Skip the Scalpers...

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Toy Dangers Not Confined To Lead

Even safe toys can be dangerous if broken or mishandled

Toy Dangers Not Confined To Lead...

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Indiana Sues Timeshare Marketers

Promoters allegedly failed to honor refunds, award prizes, deliver the goods

The State of Indiana is seeking penalties and restitution from three companies that operated a timeshare and travel club sales center out of Crown Point, I...

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Amusement Park Rides Can Be Deadly

Powerful lobbyists shield the industry from rigorous regulation

While part of the joy of amusement park rides is the fake element of risk, a report in today's Washington Post reveals that thrill rides may be outright de...

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Feds Propose New Rules for Credit Bureaus

Consumers could dispute bad data directly with lenders

Feds Propose New Rules for Credit Bureaus: Now a federal task force has issued proposed rules that might make the process a little easier....

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Spoofed Credit Union E-Mails Could Ruin Consumers' Holidays

Brazen new scheme takes 'phishing' one step further

Spoofed Credit Union E-Mails Could Ruin Consumers' Holidays...

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Japanese Dominate Car Owner Satisfaction Survey

Europeans Gain Slightly, Domestics Inch Upward

Japanese vehicles continue their domination over domestic and European brands in Consumer Reports' Annual Car Owner Satisfaction Survey....

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Video Professor Goes After Critics

'Professor' claims consumer complaints are fabricated

But after hundreds of consumers have complained on the Internet that the lesson is not free at all, the "professor" is responding to critics with threats o...

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A Visit to the Video Professor's 'Classroom'

We sign up for the 'free' lesson

A Visit to the Video Professor's 'Classroom': After numerous complaints about Video Professor's sales tactics, ConsumerAffairs.com decided to try the lesso...

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Veterinarians Solve Pet Food Death Puzzle

Combination of two chemicals proved lethal

Veterinarians Solve Pet Food Death Puzzle...

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