Grains Linked to Increased Life Span

BOSTON, Mass.– A new study shows eating more grains may increase your life span by 15%. Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health said this is particularity true for risks of heart disease. The study also found that bran has similar beneficial impacts. It was linked to a 6% lower risk of death and … Continue reading »

Annual List of World’s Safest Airlines

(CNN) Aviation website AirlineRatings.com has just released its annual list of the world’s 10 safest airlines. Once again, Australian airline Qantas grabs the top spot. “Qantas continues to lead the industry with safety innovations and its fleet is now the youngest — 7.9 years — it has been since the airline was privatized in 1995,” … Continue reading »

Consumer Reports: Home Wi-Fi

(Consumer Reports) — We’re dependent on Wi-Fi to access the Internet in different parts of our homes. But too often service is sluggish or there are dead zones. Consumer Reports has advice to help improve Wi-Fi in your house. Many people get Internet service through their cable provider. The signal comes in through a modem … Continue reading »

Money-Saving Wardrobe Fixes

(Consumer Reports) —  Don’t toss your favorite clothing or shoes without giving them another chance.  Consumer Reports ShopSmart says fabrics and leather can be easily renewed, saving you big bucks. • For less than $15, a fabric de-fuzzer can remove ugly pills and make your sweaters smooth again. • Got nasty shoulder puckers from putting … Continue reading »

Pet of the Week: Winston

This week’s pet is Winston, a 9 year old Parson Russell Terrier. Don’t be fooled by his age, Winston can be lively and rarely acts his age. He is active and like most terriers, enjoys chasing and running. Because he enjoys running after small animals he would do best in a home without a cat. He … Continue reading »

Make Charitable Donations Count

(CONSUMER REPORTS) — For many, the holiday season is a time to give not only to friends and family but also to  those in need. In fact, 40 percent of charitable contributions are made in the last few weeks of the year. Consumer Reports has found that some charities spend very little on  the causes … Continue reading »

Safety Advice for Gas Fireplaces

MEDFORD, Ore. — Starting January 1,  manufacturers of gas fireplaces with a glass front will have to provide protective screens as standard equipment. According to the website www.fairwarning.org, the industry is voluntarily changing its policy “to prevent contact with the scorching glass fronts, which get hot enough to melt skin.” FairWarning reports “more than 2,000 … Continue reading »

Sea Turtle Recovering in Newport

Newport, Oregon— A distressed olive ridley turtle named “Solstice” is showing slight signs of improvement one week into her rehabilitation at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. The turtle was found on the winter solstice, thus her name.  She was found hypothermic and dehydrated on a beach in Oysterville, Washington. The aquarium says “her location alone indicated … Continue reading »

The Truth about Weight-Loss Supplements

(CONSUMER REPORTS) — Store shelves are packed with weight-loss supplements promising to help you drop pounds, lose inches and burn fat fast. There are tablets and gummies and chewies and capsules containing ingredients like green coffee beans, green tea, raspberry ketones, and garcinia cambogia. A new Consumer Reports survey of about 3,000 Americans shows one … Continue reading »

Top Treadmills & Ellipticals

(CONSUMER REPORTS) —  You want to exercise, but can’t find the time. That’s one of the most common reasons  people skip their workouts. Consumer Reports just tested treadmills and ellipticals for your home, which will save you commute time to the gym. But you want one that you’ll keep using for years to come. Consumer … Continue reading »

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