Consumers' Research Magazine

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Articles from Vol. 84, No. 11, November

Airport Security Debated. (Dateline Washington)
The House of Representatives and the Senate have both passed bills to reform and bolster airport security. However, the two chambers have disagreed on the degree of federal control. The House wants to institute stronger government oversight of and...
Avoid a Catastrophe in the Cold: Ten Steps to Get Your Car Ready for Winter
Winter is hard on everyone--and cars too. But just as you can dull the bite of Old Man Winter with thermal underwear, warm socks, and a hot mug of cocoa, so too can you take steps to make the cold months easier on your vehicle. These steps include:...
Bad Omens for a Medicare Drug Benefit. (Calling All Consumers)
Many senior citizens would like the Medicare program to include a prescription drug benefit. But how much would beneficiaries actually benefit from such a program change? Recent events highlight two dangers that could result from a Medicare prescription...
Be Charitable and Smart. (Fraud Watch)
Americans have responded to the September 11 terrorist attacks with an outpouring of charitable gifts for the victims, their families, and the rescue workers. Charitable organizations have raised over $1 billion so far for those in need. Unfortunately,...
Better Allocation of Resources Sought: Should the U.S. Have a Single Food Agency?
For a century of federal food surveillance in the United States, the idea has been suggested, repeatedly, that responsibility for all food regulations should be grouped together in a single agency. This idea has waxed and waned with rhythmic regularity....
Beware "No Risks or Obligations": Trial Offers: Know What the Deal Really Is
Chances are you've gotten offers to try a product or service through a "free trial." Companies use these offers to sell a variety of items, from books and CDs to videos, magazines, hosiery, and Internet access. But as part of a trial offer, a company...
Consumer Notes
California Governor Gray Davis signed into law two bills requiring more rigorous assessment of the water supply needs for new housing developments. One bill requires developers of large housing projects to verify that "a sufficient, reliable water...
Coping with Anxiety. (Tips ...)
Americans are feeling anxious, edgy and vulnerable, with good reason. The accelerating appearance of cases of anthrax, combined with innumerable hoaxes and false alarms, are inimical to our usually tranquil lives. And the mixed messages we're getting...
How to Store Your Four-Wheeled Friend. (Automotive Consumer)
Cars are not like good books--you can't just put them back on the shelf and leave them there for months--even years--until you need them again. Prolonged periods of just sitting there can be ruinous to any motor vehicle, cosmetically as well as functionally....
Pharmaceutical Patents and Public Safety: Profit Incentives Help Fight Terror
Bioterrorism--the dissemination of toxic organisms in order to inflict harm on a large scale--has been discussed in the medical and public policy communities for many years. Recent events have changed bioterrorism from a theoretical threat into...
Regulation Alert: Don't Expand Energy Efficiency Standards
Household energy use is heavily affected by federal regulations on appliances. Under the 1987 National Appliance Energy Conservation Act (NAECA), the Department of Energy has set energy conservation standards for a wide range of home appliances. (See...
Should You Buy an Internet Appliance? (Computer Savvy)
Let's say you're not yet online and want to get online but don't want to mess with a complicated computer. Or let's say your parents or grandparents fit this description. What should you do? This question has spawned an entire category of simple...
Some Good News for a Change. (from Consumer Alert)
Not all news is bad. The latest government report on life expectancy in the United States shows an increase to nearly 77 years--the highest ever. Life expectancy increased to 76.9 years for those born in 2000, up from 76.7 years in 1999, said the Centers...
The Consumers' Observation Post
ANOTHER 58 HEALTH PLANS WITHDREW or reduced participation in the Medicare program this year. As a result half a million Medicare beneficiaries will have to find new plans for the upcoming year, reports American Medical News, a publication of the American...
The Form Counts: Toxic Elemental Metals. (Food for Thought)
Some essential nutritional elements such as arsenic, chromium, iron, cobalt, molybdenum, and selenium are toxic at high levels or in different forms. Other elements, widely distributed in the environment, do not appear to have nutritional value, but...
The Green Thumb
Q. The Game Commission gave out multi-flora roses in the 1940s. The springs on my farm drain into the creek that provides water for my neighbor's cattle. I'm afraid to use sprays on these roses in case it would kill my neighbor's cattle. A. You...
The Price Is Right. (Publisher's Page)
As our cover feature and other items in this issue focus on the terrorist problem, we here consider another topic a bit more pleasant for consumers: The price of gasoline at the pump, and its sharp decline this autumn. The last time we discussed...
What the Critics Say about Movies
What the critics say * about movies Adult Entertainment Values Number of Critics Saying-- Go ?? No Aberdeen (unrated)...
What You Need to Know about Anthrax
Discovery of anthrax attacks at governmental buildings, the postal system, and major media outlets has caused understandable alarm about the dangers of germ warfare in the U.S. and intense concern about effective measures to prevent and/or protect...
You Asked for It
Q. Someone told me that arsenic is being used to treat leukemia. I thought arsenic was a poison. Please comment. A. Arsenic-based therapy was used more than 100 years ago in the United States to treat leukemia. Use of this heavy metal for this purpose...