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In the Extreme: Women Serving Life Without Parole and Death Sentences in the United States

Today the Alice Project – a collaboration among The Sentencing Project, the National Black Women’s Justice Institute, and the Cornell University Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide – released a new report analyzing extreme sentences imposed on thousands of women in the U.S. One of every 15 women in prison – amounting to more than […]

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Surveillance Advertising Raises the Potential for Discrimination, Manipulation, Privacy Violations and Identity Theft

oday Consumer Federation of America (CFA) released a series of fact sheets about surveillance advertising.  Also known as targeted advertising or behavioral advertising, surveillance advertising is the practice of showing individual consumers different advertisements based on inferences about their interests, demographics, and other characteristics drawn from tracking their activities over time and space. “Surveillance advertising […]

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Books: The Politics of Rights of Nature, By Craig M. Kauffman and Pamela L. Martin

August 17, 2021 – With the window of opportunity to take meaningful action on climate change and mass extinction closing, a growing number of communities, organizations, and governments around the world are calling for Rights of Nature (RoN) to be legally recognized. RoN advocates are creating new laws that recognize natural ecosystems as subjects with […]

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Wash your hands for 20 seconds: Physics shows why

WASHINGTON, August 17, 2021 — Though hand-washing is proven effective in combating the spread of disease and infection, the physics behind it has rarely been studied. But in Physics of Fluids, by AIP Publishing, researchers from Hammond Consulting Limited describe a simple model that captures the key mechanics of hand-washing. By simulating hand-washing, they estimated […]

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The aching red: Firefighters often silently suffer from trauma and job-related stress

Firefighters regularly face scenes of loss and suffering. Mike Dohmen/EyeEm via Getty Images Arash Javanbakht, Wayne State University Matthew was exposed to unimaginable scenes of pain and suffering in his job over more than a decade as a firefighter. The last straw came when he witnessed the death of a teenager – who was the […]

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The COVID-19 vaccine gives your body an instruction manual to fight the virus. Check out how it works! (VIDEO)

Los Angeles, August 4, 2021 — The videos, along with an animated video explaining how the COVID-19 vaccine works in the human body, are part of a new Cedars-Sinai health education campaign that addresses vaccine hesitancy through education, awareness and promotion of access to COVID-19 vaccines. The Doses of Hope campaign–including videos, social media messages, […]

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65+ and Lonely? Don’t Talk to Your Doctor About Another Prescription

Lonely, older adults are nearly twice as likely to use opioids to ease pain and two-and-a-half times more likely to use sedatives and anti-anxiety medications, putting themselves at risk for drug dependency, impaired attention, falls and other accidents, and further cognitive impairment, according to a study by researchers at UC San Francisco. The study found […]

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Nation’s Top 10 Consumer Complaints

Pandemic-related problems were among the top ten complaints made to state and local consumer agencies in 2020, according to an annual survey by Consumer Federation of America (CFA). They also topped the lists of worst, fastest-growing, and new complaints. “COVID-19 generated complaints about everything from appliance repairs to childcare, trash pick-up to towing,” said Susan Grant, CFA’s […]

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Consumer Alert: Important Chevrolet Bolt Recall for Fire Risk from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is urging owners of select Model Year 2017-2019 Chevrolet Bolt vehicles to park their cars outside and away from homes due to the risk of fire. Owners of these vehicles should park their vehicles outside away from homes and other structures immediately after charging and should not leave their […]

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EPA Seeks Public Comments on Legal Petition to Cancel Seresto Flea Collars Linked to Deaths of Nearly 1,700 Pets

The Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it is opening a 60-day public comment period on a legal petition filed by the Center for Biological Diversity seeking to cancel the registration of the Seresto flea and tick collar linked to the deaths of nearly 1,700 pets. The EPA has received more than 75,000 complaints linking the flea collar to […]

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Study: The Southern diet – fried foods and sugary drinks – may raise risk of sudden cardiac death

Regularly eating a Southern-style diet may increase the risk of sudden cardiac death, while routinely consuming a Mediterranean diet may reduce that risk, according to new research published today in the Journal of the American Heart Association, an open access journal of the American Heart Association. The Southern diet is characterized by added fats, fried foods, eggs, organ meats (such as […]

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Animals deserve disaster preparedness plans, too. Here’s how you can help.

The past few years have shown how suddenly natural disasters and other emergencies can upend our lives. Take, for instance, recent severe hurricanes and wildfires, the early 2021 deep freeze in Texas or the ongoing worldwide Covid-19 crisis. Families everywhere have seen how crucial it is to have disaster plans in place for their loved ones. Animal lovers have […]

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House Passes Critically Important Children’s Product Safety Bill

Consumer Federation of America, Kids In Danger, and Public Citizen applaud the U.S. House of Representatives today for passing a number of important children’s product safety bills that would protect children from hazardous products by a vote of 325 to 103. The Stop Tip-overs of Unstable, Risky Dressers on Youth (STURDY) Act (H.R.1314), sponsored by Rep. Jan […]