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Consumer Overuse of the purple pill Overuse of the purple pill(Video)
What's the top-selling brand-name prescription drug in America? Nexium, "the purple pill." We spend six billion dollars a year on it. It's one of many proton pump inhibitors, or PPI's, and it's often prescribed for heartburn to keep your stomach from producing too much acid.
Consumer Why you can forget about Ginkgo Why you can forget about Ginkgo
Ginkgo Biloba is one of the best-known and most widely-used herbal supplements. It's supposed to do all sorts of things, but most people who take it hope to sharpen their memory and concentration.
Consumer Local family learns new toothbrushes actually very used Local family learns new toothbrushes actually very used(Video)
Most of us might be put off to learn the new clothes we just bought had been used by someone else then returned to the store. So you can imagine how a local mother feels knowing the same thing happened with toothbrushes she bought for her kids- especially since her children actually used the toothbrushes before she and her husband discovered the ugly truth.
Consumer Unsexy maintenance repairs need to be done Unsexy maintenance repairs need to be done
Some home improvement projects - like transforming your ho-hum bathroom into a master bath suite - are fun and exciting But most of the time, it's maintenance work that's far from glamorous, but extremely important.
Consumer 2 more recalls push GM total to 4.8 million in a month 2 more recalls push GM total to 4.8 million in a month
General Motors announced two more recalls late Friday, bringing to 4.8 million the number of cars, trucks and SUVs the automaker has called back for repairs in the past month.
Consumer Concerns raised over caramel coloring agent in some pancake syrups Concerns raised over caramel coloring agent in some pancake syrups (Video)
Consumer Reports recently reported that some kinds of caramel color in soft drinks can contain a potential carcinogen called 4-MeI. Now it's tested several brands of pancake syrups,- Hungry Jack Original, Aunt Jemima Original and Original Lite, Mrs. Butterworth's Original and Log Cabin Original. All contained 4-MeI.
Consumer Landslides, mudslides not covered by typical homeowners policy Landslides, mudslides not covered by typical homeowners policy
As if the devastation and loss aren't enough - some Snohomish County slide victims are getting more bad news when they call about their homeowners insurance. They're learning their homeowners insurance policy does not cover mud or landslides. It's an issue that comes up every time the land gives in and causes damage.
Consumer Chop Magic: Does it work? Chop Magic: Does it work?(Video)
Chop Magic is billed as the "Fast & Easy Way to SLICE and DICE!" It's a hard plastic, 6-cup container that comes with 2 blades, one for slicig and one for dicing. The square blades fit on top of the container so you can place your produce directly on the blade. A hard plastic cover with a built-in pusher slides over the container so you can push the produce through the blades and into the container. It sells for around $20.
Consumer Color touch-up products keep the gray at bay Color touch-up products keep the gray at bay
For some women, keeping their hair looking glorious is no small task. Monthly colorings can add up to hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars a year. So what happens when your roots start showing, and you can't color your hair right away? Consumer Reports tested eight of the new root touch-up products that promise to help.