Category: California Department of Consumer Affairs

Droids for Grandma!

When the first Star Wars movie was released in May 1977, the thought of having a droid or robot as a companion was still an idea that was far, far away. However, as Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens in theaters today, having a droid, or robot, around the house is now a real thing.…

New Law Enables Better Mental Health Care in ER

A new law that takes effect January 1 gives emergency healthcare providers improved access to patients’ medical records—something that can be crucial during a mental health crisis or when a patient is unable to provide consent. Assembly Bill 1119, signed by Governor Brown in September, addresses the lack of clarity in existing law, which has…

Extended Warranty? Retailers Bet You’ll Buy One…

When spinning the roulette wheel of gift giving and buying this year—or at any time of year, really—when you’re purchasing an electronics product, cell phone, computer, or appliance, you may get asked this question at the register: “Do you want to purchase an extended warranty?” Oh, the pressure. Retailers are betting that you will, because,…

Overloaded: Coping With Bad News in the Media

No doubt, we’re inundated with a stream of tragic news—from mass shootings and plane crashes to devastating natural disasters and the next pandemic disease. Although our unfettered access to news and images can be useful and convenient, it can also be detrimental—processing all the bad news can leave one feeling overwhelmed, and even depressed. Before…

Feel Like You’re Coming Down With a Cold or the Flu? Hold Off on Buying Out the Drugstore

The January 2018 issue of Consumer Reports hit the stands last week, and in the cover story, “How to Survive the Cold and Flu Season,” the magazine’s editors issue a stern warning to consumers for this year’s cold and flu season: Instead of overloading on over-the-counter (OTC) cold and flu meds at the first sign…

Protect Your Home From Holiday Break-Ins

You’re not the only one looking forward to the holiday gift-giving season–burglars are too. Vacant homes left empty by holiday travel or stocked with extra purchases as well as packages left on doorsteps provide increased opportunities for thieves. According to FBI statistics, there were an estimated 1,515,096 burglaries in 2016. Residential properties accounted for nearly…

Cannabis Licensing Authorities Release Proposed Emergency Medicinal and Adult-Use Regulations

California’s three state cannabis licensing authorities have announced that proposed emergency licensing regulations for commercial medicinal and adult-use cannabis have been posted online and are available to the public for review. The announcement was made during the Cannabis Advisory Committee‘s first meeting held November 16, 2017, in Sacramento. The Department of Consumer Affairs’ Bureau of…

Body Art for Teens and Adolescents—Talk it Out First

“There is nothing permanent except change,” said Greek philosopher Heraclitus. That may be true, but not when it comes to body modifications. Body art, such as permanent tattoos, piercings (in locations other than the earlobe), stretching or scarification which involves scratching, etching, burning, branding (yes, like cattle) or superficially cutting designs into the skin, can…

Coding From a Clipboard: Life Situation Forms

The next time you visit the doctor, you might have a different type of form to fill out. They’re called life situation forms, and they are helping physicians get a more 360-degree view of your life—where you live, your financial situation, if you have kids, etc.—in order to figure out the best way help you…

Coughing Up Money for Nothing: Consider Other Remedies When Sick

When searching for the perfect elixir to suppress a stubborn cough, many of us turn to over-the-counter or prescription-strength cough medicine. However, “perfect” is far from what cough medicine is, according to a new report from the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP). After reviewing trials that looked at medicines such as cough syrups and…

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