Category: California Department of Consumer Affairs

Get Ready: Flood Preparedness Week, October 21–28

If this year’s rainy season is anything like last year’s, the threat of floods in California is a real concern. To prepare, California Flood Preparedness Week, October 21–28, can help inform you on your flood risk and any necessary safety measures you should take. According to the Department of Water Resources (DWR), flooding is the…

Eclipse Blindness: It’s a Thing

You may have done it. Even the President did it. If you looked up at the solar eclipse on August 21 without eclipse glasses or other eye protection, there’s a chance you may have caused damage to your eyes. According to NASA, the sun’s surface is so intensely bright that it produces enough light to…

Plantar Fasciitis: Taking Steps to ‘Heel’ Thyself

Your feet take a beating every day. They’re responsible for helping you stand, walk, and sometimes kick, run, and dance. With all that daily wear and tear, over time your feet may suffer from aches and pains—one of the most common of which is plantar fasciitis. This painful foot condition occurs when there’s an inflammation…

Sleep Tight and Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite? Right.

They hide during the day. They feed at night. Their food source is blood—preferably human, definitely warm. They’ve been around for centuries. Vampires? Think smaller. Think bedbugs. According to the 2017 Top 50 Bed Bug Cities List by Atlanta-based Orkin, the Los Angeles region (L.A., Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura counties) ranked as the…

Hot off the Press: The Fall 2017 Consumer Connection Magazine

Tiny houses, flu shots, backpacks, and water conservation—what do they all have in common? They’re all the subjects of articles in the fall 2017 issue of the Consumer Connection magazine! The fall issue offers information on: A new office created specifically to help students in need after private school closures Your right to your prescription…

Some Antibiotics May Do More Harm Than Good

When taken properly, antibiotics are generally thought of as innocuous, helpful medications. However, not all bacteria-fighting drugs are alike. One class of antibiotics, called fluoroquinolones, can cause dangerous, possibly permanent, side effects—even birth defects. Despite their extreme potency and potential risks, fluoroquinolones—including Avelox, Cipro, Factive, Levaquin, and Ofloxacin—are commonly prescribed to treat a host of…

Home Sweet Home – Should You Buy or Rent in the Golden State?

The high cost of homes in parts of California has many consumers asking if now is a better time to buy or rent. The short answer is, “It depends.” One thing it depends on is your reasons for wanting to buy a home. Home ownership, besides being a financial investment, gives you a place where…

Beyond Herbicides to Wipe Out Weeds

The active ingredient in an herbicide widely used for killing weeds has been added to California’s list of chemicals that can cause cancer, the state’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) announced in July. Glyphosate, which is found in Roundup and many other weed killers, was added to the state Proposition 65 list of…

GOVERNOR SIGNS BILL TO HELP PSYCHOLOGISTS PREVENT SUICIDE

On September 1, 2017, day one of National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, Governor Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 89 (Levine), which was co-sponsored by the California Board of Psychology. Click here to view the news release.

Copy That: Your Eye Prescription Belongs to You

Did you know that if you have an eye exam or a fitting for contact lenses, the eye doctor must give you a copy of your prescription—without you having to ask for it—free of charge? It’s your right—and it’s enforced by the Federal Trade Commission via the Eyeglass Rule and the Contact Lens Rule. Having…

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