Month: November 2016

Millions of Washing Machines Recalled

Samsung has recalled 2.8 million washing machines after receiving hundreds of reports of excessive vibration or the top of the washing machine detaching completely from the frame, including nine reports of impact injuries such as a broken jaw, injured shoulder, and other fall-related injuries, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The recall…

How One Bad Apple Can Ruin Your Day

  On July 27, 2016, Apple celebrated the sale of its one-billionth iPhone—but if you’ve experienced the “gray bar of death” or had your iPhone not respond no matter how hard you poke or swipe at the screen, you may not feel like celebrating. Welcome to Touchgate. Flickering bars and unresponsive screens are symptoms of…

Annual Furnace Tune-ups Can Help Improve Comfort and Efficiency

As much as half of the energy used in your home goes to heating and cooling, so making smart decisions about your home’s heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system can have a big effect on your utility bills and your comfort, according to Energy Star, a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency voluntary program that helps…

Can You Smile Your Way to Happiness?

Have you ever been told to “turn that frown upside down?” It just so happens that doing so is good advice. Emotions may originate in the brain, but the muscles in the face either reinforce or transform those feelings.  Studies have revealed that through the enhancement of positive emotions – or the suppression of negative…

DEA Launches Program to Educate Youth about Prescription Drug Abuse

In an effort to curb the growing national opioid and heroin epidemic, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has launched an educational program for middle- and high-school students called “Operation Prevention.” According to the Centers for Disease Control, 78 people die every day in the U.S. because of prescription opioid overdose. Prescription opioid abuse often…

Fight the Resistance! Get Smart About Antibiotics Week: November 14–20

Here’s a quick quiz: Do antibiotics fight bacteria, viruses, or both? Which illnesses should be treated with antibiotics: strep throat, whopping cough, bronchitis? Bacteria are germs that cause colds and flu—true or false? You can find the answers to these questions on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website; the CDC’s Get Smart About Antibiotics Week…

DCA Closed for Veterans Day

The California Department of Consumer Affairs will be closed Friday, November 11, 2016, in observance of Veterans Day. There are nearly two million veterans living in California, according to the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) website. Calvet strives to ensure that Veterans of every era and their families get the state and federal benefits…

Get Ready to Cast Your Ballot

If you have grown weary of political-ad rhetoric and sound bites, take heed—Election Day is Tuesday, November 8. Here are a few last-minute guidelines before you vote: The California Secretary of State’s website (www.sos.ca.gov) is a great resource for election and voter information, including finding the location of your polling place and an official Voter…

It’s Not Just About Generics: Saving Money on Prescription Drugs

The generic version of a two-pack of EpiPen is now priced at $300—a price that’s better than the brand-name cost of $600 for this widely used allergic-reaction antidote. Buying the generic versus the brand-name is definitely the first step in saving money on your meds, but what else can you do to combat rising drug prices?…

Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation: Update on Regulations Process

Capacity crowds, lively interaction and solid ideas filled the rooms as leaders from the Department of Consumer Affairs’ Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation (BMCR) and the Department of Public Health’s Office of Medical Cannabis Safety (OMCS)—two of the agencies tasked with regulating the medical cannabis industry—held pre-regulatory meetings to gather feedback before drafting the new…

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