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The Consumer Group Alliance said today that IKEA needs to take consumer safety first. Earlier reports stated that IKEA ignored a court order involving 29 million dressing tables related to the recall of the death of a two-year-old boy.

"IKEA has sold millions of unstable dressers, and the danger of tipping over has killed at least six toddlers and continues to put countless children at risk. It has resisted the recall for too long. Now, it has The internal records of these products are no longer shared." The American Consumer Federation, the American Consumer Federation and the Dangerous Children's Association said in a joint statement.

These groups pointed out that IKEA's wardrobe and dressing table were related to the deaths of 6 children and the injuries of 36 children.


On Monday, IKEA manufactured and sold its own furniture, ignoring court orders and handing over the information to the mother of a two-year-old boy in West Chester, Pennsylvania, who was killed by an IKEA dresser in 2014.

According to the newspaper, on Monday, the mother’s lawyer asked Judge John Young to impose a fine of $1,000 a day on Ikea until it complied with his order.

The recall only took place after two years of talks between the US Consumer Product Safety Commission and IKEA.

IKEA first tried to solve the threat of overturning by sending a wall-mounted fixing kit to consumers in July 2015, but another child died seven months later, leading to a recall in June, the largest recall ever. 

“Although IKEA has been arguing that the transfer of these documents will harm the US Consumer Product Safety Commission’s recall procedures, we are concerned that the company’s record of rejecting regulators and courts to improve safety and transparency is putting consumers at risk. We urge IKEA to increase transparency, Put consumer safety first.

"Given the scale of this recall and the lack of any data on its operation so far, we urge IKEA to work hard to ensure that consumers effectively remove unstable dressing tables from their homes as soon as possible, and continue to cooperate and share with regulators. All safety-related records related to this hazard. This information may prove to be essential to spur rapid action and expand the scope of the recall."

The inquirer reported that the controversial records included photos and videos of internal IKEA tests and "items that may reveal the scope of the IKEA dressing table poses a threat." If it fails to comply with the court's order to hand over documents, the company may face fines or other fines.

According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), one child dies every two weeks, and one child is overturned from furniture or television every 24 minutes and taken to the emergency room. The Consumers League, the American Consumers’ Federation and the Dangerous Children’s Association support CPSC’s "Anchor It" campaign to minimize the risk of furniture and equipment tipping over, and urge consumers who have recalled dressing tables to take immediate action to prevent A tragedy happened at home.

A Texas court dismissed a $1 million lawsuit filed by a Dallas pet care company against a couple who claimed that the pet sitter overfed their goldfish.

It all started when the fish owners Michelle and Robert Duchouquette returned to their hometown of Dallas after a short vacation and found that the water in their tank was muddy, indicating that their fish had been pets The hosting company Prestigious Pets is fed. They commented on Yelp, complaining that they cannot talk directly with people who own pets, and gave the company a one-star rating.

, Claiming that the negative comment is defamatory and that it violates the non-destructive clause in the customer agreement.

Citizen lawyer Paul Alan Levy representing Douchouquettes and local lawyers said that this is considered to be the first unenforceable case in which a court has stipulated an inalienability clause in a consumer contract.

"In order to suppress negative criticism, the owner of Prestigious Pets has probably put the entire company on the line,"

. "Not only did the company lose its business when the client was disgusted by the non-destructive compensation lawsuit, it is now also responsible for paying legal fees and sanctions. This situation should be a warning to other companies."

Michelle Duchouquette said she was satisfied with the ruling.  

She said: “It took a lot of hours, and many smart people spent too much time talking about Douyu Gaudí.” “Thank God, they did not ignore the real problem: the threat to our right to freedom of speech that the non-destructive clause poses.”

New research conducted by Cardiff University can detect Alzheimer's disease as soon as possible, which is a key step in reducing the destructive effects of Alzheimer's disease on people in the future.

The researchers used nearly 300 participants to use blood tests to distinguish certain biomarkers that can predict whether anyone will develop the disease in the near future.

Paul Morgan, director of the Institute of Systemic Immunity at Cardiff University, said: "Our research proves that it is possible to predict whether people with mild memory impairment may develop Alzheimer's disease in the next few years."  

"We hope to use this as a basis to develop a simple blood test that can predict the likelihood of Alzheimer's disease in elderly people with mild or even innocent memory impairment."

To distinguish the biomarkers, Morgan and his colleagues collected blood samples from participants with mild memory problems and analyzed their protein content. A year later, the researchers re-evaluated each participant.

They found that nearly a quarter of the participants continued to develop Alzheimer's disease. Interestingly, the blood of those who continue to develop this disease contains three proteins, which are very different from those who are still healthy at the time of the initial screening. This evidence can provide some insights into how these immune system proteins promote inflammation and Alzheimer's disease as a whole.

Morgan believes that these findings may greatly affect how health officials deal with Alzheimer's disease in the UK.

"Alzheimer's disease affects approximately 520,000 people in the UK, and this number is increasing as the population ages. Therefore, it is important that we find new ways to diagnose this disease early. , Giving us the opportunity to investigate and adopt new treatment methods before irreversible damage occurs."

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Although this may lead to the selection of some unusual styles, getting children to wear clothes is a great way to help foster independence and encourage creativity.

The road to success in the passenger car business is becoming more crowded. According to reports, Google is expanding an experimental ride-sharing service that has already been tested in the San Francisco area, which poses a potential challenge for Uber and Lyft.

Google is using its Waze app to connect drivers with drivers who are heading in the same direction-a bit like the "go my way?" concept. According to Uber and Lyft, they are basically taxis called by apps, while Waze is trying to fill empty seats in commuter cars.

And other places.

According to reports, so far, the test is limited to employees of specific companies in the San Francisco area, but it will be open to everyone in the Bay Area in September.

Waze commuters are already well-known commuters. Basically, it can use input from other users to help the driver avoid constraints and find alternative routes. Drivers like it, but some consumers are dissatisfied with the through traffic on residential streets. 

Google is setting the price of its "finding friend" service below Uber and Lyft at less than 54 cents per mile. During the adjustment period, Google will not cut revenue.

Unlike the Uber/Lyft approach, Google stated that it does not want drivers to see themselves as professional drivers, but only as commuters helping other commuters. Its price of 54 cents per mile is exactly the allowable price defined by the Internal Revenue Service

, So Google suggests that drivers may not report their payments as taxable income, but instead report them as reimbursements for gasoline and related expenses.

Warning: Please consult your accountant before attempting this operation.

The Waze experiment is unique to the United States, but the model has been used in Israel for about a year. Waze was developed in Israel and was acquired by Google in 2013. 

According to reports, another deviation from the Uber/Lyft model is that Google does not censor its drivers, but instead relies on consumer reviews to weed out bad guys. Anyone who owns the Waze app can register as a driver. 

Although all advice and calculators are designed to show you how much and when you need to retire, retirement planning is an imprecise science.

This is not a one-size-fits-all formula. Demand will depend on many different factors, including lifestyle and location.

However, if you use a retirement calculator in your plan, you may want to consider another flaw. Researchers at Baylor and Texas Tech

It was found that many retirement calculators did not use effective methods to measure the tax payable.

As a result, they say, people who rely on one of these calculators may lose six to seven years of retirement income.

Retiree, Inc.'s chief executive officer and one of the authors, William Meyer, said: "Through our research, we have found that strategies for generating retirement income are better than those currently used in the industry." "These strategies provide It has created higher tax efficiency and created income for six years or more. This is a game changer for retirees."

The author attempts to debunk the traditional views surrounding tax-efficient retirement withdrawals. They said these practices indicate that investors should withdraw one account from one account, then withdraw funds from another account, starting with a deferred account, and then transfer to a tax-exempt account.

But the author claims that this is not the most effective way to withdraw money, at least in terms of tax liability.

The study believes that the most tax-efficient strategy considers progressive tax rates. It is recommended that retirees consider withdrawing funds from multiple accounts at the same time when using Roth IRA conversion. They say they take advantage of the lower marginal tax rate for savers.

When withdrawing funds from a traditional IRA or 401(k) savings plan, the money will be taxed as ordinary income because the saver can deduct contributions from federal taxes. Since taxes paid to the Roth IRA are not deductible, no tax is levied on withdrawals (including any capital gains).

The tax consequences of retirement withdrawals can be one of the lesser-known aspects of retirement planning and makes the whole subject somewhat controversial.

Dara Luber, retired senior manager of TD Ameritrade, told ConsumerAffairs in February that retirees need to pay more attention to the tax impact of retirement.

When you are 65 years old, the way you file your taxes may change. You may be eligible for certain credits and deductions, and you will be able to apply higher standard deductions, which may be more advantageous than claiming itemized deductions. Tax planning may change, especially when you withdraw funds from a retirement account with deferred taxes.

Rupert said: "If you are over 70, you may need to consider issues such as minimum allocations. You may want to consider some state tax incentives and taxation methods in terms of social security."

Keep in mind that some credits or credits you received in the past may no longer apply. After retirement, you may need to consider paying estimated quarterly taxes.

Drinking your first cup of coffee in the morning is a great way to start your day, but as you get older, can it still help you keep your memory? A recent study suggests that it may be possible.

A multinational cooperative organization (including researchers from France, Germany and the United States) found that caffeine can resist the effects of age-related memory impairment. This may be another way to slow down the decline in memory function of elderly consumers and cognitive impairments such as Alzheimer's disease.

Researchers have confirmed that a receptor called adenosine A2AR in the brain is associated with age-related memory impairment. On the basis of previous research, they were able to manipulate the receptor to induce some kind of "early aging", resulting in the release of hormones related to stress and memory loss.

"This is part of a larger study initiated 4 years ago in which we identified the role of this receptor in stress, but we don’t know whether its activation is sufficient to trigger all the changes. Now we have found that by changing the hippocampus and The content of this receptor in cortical neurons (the memory-related area) is sufficient to induce a feature we call "early aging", which combines memory loss with an increase in the stress hormone (cortisol) in the plasma. "Said research coordinator Luisa Lopes.

In order to prevent the occurrence of early aging, the researchers tested caffeine analogs on animal models. They found that caffeine prevents the receptors from functioning normally, thereby normalizing previously produced memory and stress-related deficits.

Researchers believe that their work can enable medical professionals to treat memory-related problems in the elderly and affected cognitively impaired patients. In addition, it opens the door for further research on the causes of memory impairment.

"We know that in the elderly, the increase in stress hormones affects memory. Our work supports the view that A2AR antagonism observed in Alzheimer's disease and age-related cognitive impairment The precognitive effects of caffeine may rely on this ability to offset the loss of stress control mechanisms due to aging." Research Director David Blum said.

"This is not only important, not only to understand the fundamental changes that occur after aging, but also to determine that the dysfunction of the adenosine A2AR receptor is the key factor that triggers these changes. This is a very attractive treatment target," Lopez added Say.

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Let us immediately admit that banks often cause a lot of complaints from consumers. No one likes charging, and banks have increased their fees a lot.

For Apple, this is a long and hot summer, and the company may be ready to say goodbye to August and enter September.

In recent setbacks, the European Union this week

To the Irish government. It is worth noting that the Irish government is challenging this ruling because its preferential corporate tax rate has been the key to persuading companies such as Apple to open stores in the country.

According to reports, Apple is facing a lawsuit against the iPhone at home.

A proposed class action lawsuit filed a lawsuit alleging that the iPhone 6 had a design flaw that caused the screen to become unresponsive during use.

Reuters said the complaint was filed in a federal court in San Jose, California. The complaint stated that the problem was that Apple did not use metal "protective layers" or "underfills" to provide adequate protection for important components.

The lawsuit stated that the protection was provided on the iPhone 5, but it was terminated on the iPhone 6. Apple did not respond to this allegation.

Instead, the company may look forward to next week, when it is expected to release the iPhone 7 and may announce an upgrade to the Apple Watch.

May give Apple reasons for optimism.

A survey of 1,000 current iPhone users shows that half of them plan to upgrade to the next iPhone when the next iPhone is on the market (possibly sometime in September). This is a significant improvement compared to March, when only 22% of respondents said they plan to upgrade.

In any case, half is a considerable percentage, but nowadays, when mobile phone operators no longer subsidize the purchase of new equipment, consumers have to pay the full retail price, so the threshold for upgrading has been greatly increased.

Chris Mason, Co-founder and CEO of Branding Brand, who conducted the survey, said: “Apple customers have been hesitant to upgrade their smartphones this year.” “In March, people were highly expecting that Apple would launch its latest generation iPhone, but 4 The inch iPhone SE is a step backwards for consumers who like to enjoy more innovative Apple products."

Leaked details about possible new features of the iPhone 7 may also be the reason for increased enthusiasm. 49% of respondents said they are excited about the possible camera upgrade in the new device. About 20% of people said they look forward to a new operating system.

Auto dealers across the U.S. will dominate TV broadcasts with "Labor Day Weekend Blowout" sales this weekend. Indeed, you can try the tires now.

The holiday weekend coincides with the traditional styles of most car manufacturers. In fact, they are working hard to make room for the 2017 model.

But let us be clear. They did not completely give up 2016. Nonetheless, the automotive website Edmunds.com has identified some of the 2016s and you should be able to negotiate a lot here.

What these cars have in common is that the model is about to be phased out or redesigned. Yes, this may also hurt the resale value of the car, but Edmonds says that if you are looking for a lower entry price for a new car,

Bargains on luxury cars are rare, but the E-Class sedan has been redesigned in 2017. Edmunds said that buyers should find that the price of the car is between $7,000 and $10,000 lower than the regular price. The model received an A rating edited by Edmund in 2015.

For 2017, this car was renamed Genesis G80. Edmunds spoke highly of Genesis because it offered luxury goods at a lower price. The price is now lower. Edmunds reported that the discounted price of the car was more than $5,000.

LaCrosse Auto was redesigned in 2017, but dealers still have a large number of 2016 models. This is a comfortable entry-level full-size car with many options. Edmunds said that buyers in the 2016 years saw discounts of $6,000 or more.

Cadillac changed the name of the SRX to XT5 and made some other changes to its luxury SUV in the process. As a result, consumers may find some deals in the remaining 2016 years. Edmunds said the discount should be around $8,000.

This is another redesign that can create some potential transactions on the current model. However, don't expect to save a lot of money on the above models. Subaru is usually a popular brand with lower profit margins than competing models. Having said that, Edmonds said, buyers should be able to get a discount of about $1,000 from the manufacturer’s suggested retail price.

Edmunds.com senior consumer consulting editor Ron Montoya said: "Even if these vehicles are redesigned or completely eliminated, they still have the same excellent technology and performance as most new cars, but at a higher price."

Montoya also advised consumers interested in one of these bargains to act quickly. The number of selections is expected to decrease, especially after this weekend.

The private sector of the US economy continued to increase employment in August on the basis of last month’s growth.

according to

"National Employment Report" prepared in cooperation with

From July to August, another 177,000 jobs were created, an increase of 5,000 from July.

Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's Analytics, predicts that the US economy will soon be in full employment.

He said: "The work machines in the United States continue to be buzzing. Job creation remains strong, and most industries and companies of all sizes are steadily increasing their salaries."

Normally, most of the new jobs (63,000) come from small businesses with 49 employees or less. Employment in companies with 50-499 employees increased by 44,000 jobs, while employment in large companies with 500 or more employees increased by 70,000. Companies with 500-999 employees increased by 25,000, and large companies with more than 1,000 employees increased by 46,000.

After losing 5,000 jobs in July, the commodity production sector of the economy lost 6,000 jobs in August. After adding 5,000 last month, 2,000 jobs have disappeared from the construction industry, while job creation in the manufacturing industry has remained flat.

On the other hand, employment in the provision of services increased by 183,000, of which professional/business services provided 53,000 jobs, trade/transport/utilities increased 26,000 jobs, and financial activities increased 15,000 jobs.

Ahu Yildirmaz, vice president and head of the ADP Research Institute, said: "As consumer conditions improve, job growth in August was stable and consistent with the level of previous months." "The positions that provide services continue to be strong. The growth was offset by weakness in commodity production areas."

Last week mortgage applications increased, ending two consecutive weeks of decline.

The weekly mortgage application survey showed that the market’s composite index, which measures the volume of mortgage applications for the week ending August 26, increased by 2.8%.

The refinancing index rose 4.0% from the previous week, raising the share of refinancing of mortgage activities from 62.4% a week ago to 63.5% of the total application volume.

Variable rate mortgage (ARM) activities accounted for 4.5% of total applications, FHA share rose to 9.7% from 8.9% in the previous week, VA share rose from 12.4% to 12.5%, and USDA's share of applications remained flat at 0.6% .

The survey covers more than 75% of all retail residential mortgage applications in the United States.

Snyder's-Lance recalled the "California® Macadamia" diamond.

The product may be contaminated with Salmonella.

To date, there have been no reported diseases.

The following products distributed in retail stores nationwide have been recalled:

Customers who bought the recalled products should not consume them, but should contact the company's consumer affairs office for a full refund.

Consumers can contact the company at 503-364-0399 from Monday to Friday from 8 am to 5 pm (Pacific Time), or visit online

The dazzling toy company in Monroe, New York recalled about 800 egg-laying hen toys.

Toys contain small eggs, and the chicken will break into small plastic pieces, posing a choking hazard to children.

There were no reports of incidents or injuries.

The recall involves "bump action egg laying hens" with lights, music and bump actions. There are two ways to sell battery-powered plastic toys: yellow chickens with orange head and wings, and chickens of another color (yellow, green and orange).

The chicken toy consists of three white plastic eggs, which are put into the back of the chicken and then released from the bottom. The yellow chicken is 7 inches (width) × 6 inches (height) × 7 inches (depth). The height of the colored chicken is 7 inches by 5 inches high by 4 inches deep. The eggs of these two toys are one inch wide, one inch high, and one inch deep.

These toys produced in China were sold online at www.amazon.com and www.ebay.com from February 2016 to July 2016, priced at approximately US$12.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled toys and contact the company for a full refund. Dazzling Toys is contacting consumers who bought the recalled toys.

Consumers can contact Dazzling Toys at 844-222-2812 toll-free between 9 am and 5 pm (Eastern Time) from Monday to Friday. The email address is callback.dazzlingtoys@gmail.com or online.

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We humans are very special. We can talk to each other, think and understand, and do all kinds of things that animals can't do, right? Maybe not.

Researchers in Hungary said that they eventually discovered that dogs not only understand and care about what we say, but also the way we speak, and more importantly, they behave in almost the same way as we do.

Therefore, when talking to a dog, it is like talking to a person. This is not only what you say, but also what you say. 

Researchers found that dogs, like humans, use the brain regions of the left hemisphere to process words and the language of the right hemisphere to process intonation. Studies have shown that the neural mechanisms for processing words are much earlier than previously thought, and they are not unique to humans.

Dogs have not developed the physical structure that allows them to form words, but they have the mental ability to process words and intonation in other words from their human companions.

Obviously, dogs living in the wild may not have this ability, but over time, domestic dogs bathed in human language can learn to understand many of them like babies.

"In the process of speech processing, the distribution of labor in the human brain is well known. It is mainly the work of the left hemisphere to process the meaning of words, and the work of the right hemisphere to process the intonation. The human brain not only analyzes what we say, and how we In the way of speaking, two kinds of information are also integrated to achieve a unified meaning.” said Attila Andics, chief researcher of the Department of Ethnology at Elov Lorend University in Budapest.

"Our findings show that dogs can do all of this, and they use very similar brain mechanisms," Andis said.

Researchers trained 13 dogs to lie completely still in the fMRI brain scanner, and then measured their brain activity while they listened to the coach.

"Dogs hear compliments in the compliment tone, words that compliment the neutral tone in the compliment and neutral tone, and neutral conjunctions that are meaningless to them. The brain regions we look for distinguish between meaningful and Meaningless words, or between praise and non-praise words. Praise intonation." said Anna Gábor, a doctoral student and one of the authors of the study. 

Andics and colleagues also pointed out that praise activates the dog's reward center-the brain region, which responds to various pleasurable stimuli, such as food, sex, being pampered, and even human music. Importantly, the reward center only works when the dog hears the compliment when the dog hears the compliment tone.

"This shows that for a dog, a good compliment can be a good reward, but if the words and intonation are matched, the effect is best. Therefore, the dog can not only distinguish between what we say and how we say it, but it can also tell them Combine it together. Second, correctly understand the true meaning of these words. Again, this is very similar to the behavior of the human brain." Andis said.

The research may help improve communication between dogs and people. It also has important conclusions about communication between people.

"Our research has provided new highlights for the emergence of words in the process of language development. What makes words the only human being is not the special neural abilities, but the inventions we invented and used them," Andis said.

The number of children with autism spectrum disorder seems to have been increasing. Statistics show that 1 in 160 children in North America and Europe suffer from this disease, but many children may not be diagnosed for many years.

But a new study by researchers at Strathclyde University and the startup Harimata has discovered a novel way to diagnose autism early so these children can get the help they need. Researchers say the key is to let children play games on the tablet.

"We have proven that it is possible to identify children with autism through games on the iPad... For the early recognition of autism, this may be a major breakthrough because it does not require clinicians to perform stressful and expensive tests. Early detection is important because it allows parents and children to receive a range of services and support." Researcher Dr. Jonathan Delafield-Butt said.

After the researchers realized that the current diagnostic criteria for autism were not ideal, they started the study.

Anna Anzulewicz, Harimata Research Director, said: "Early evaluation of autism can provide timely therapeutic intervention, but professional diagnosis of this disease is difficult and time-consuming."

"Our goal is to develop a test that is intuitive, fast, fun and appealing to children. iPad-based games seem to be perfect, and are embedded with powerful sensors that can accurately measure children's game dynamics."

To test the diagnostic efficacy of the tablets, the researchers examined 37 children with autism between the ages of three and six. Every child is required to play games on smart tablets equipped with touch screens and motion sensors. Researchers have found that they can determine whether a child has autism based on the way they interact with the game.

"This research is the first step towards a validated instrument. Interestingly, our research further clarifies the origin of autism, because it turns out that exercise is the most important differentiating factor in game data. "Delafield-Butt said.

In other words, it is not the social, emotional, or cognitive aspects of gameplay that identify autism. On the contrary, the key difference is that children with autism use iPad touches, swipes and gestures during play. This unexpected discovery provides new impetus to the growing scientific understanding, because it is believed that exercise fundamentally destroys autism and may become the basis of the disease. "He concluded.

This study may be a landmark for providing medical professionals with a non-invasive, easy way to test whether a child has autism at an early stage. However, although the new method looks promising, the researchers say that more work is needed to verify their findings.

"This new "serious game" assessment provides a cheaper, faster, and more interesting way to test for autism. But work needs to be done to confirm this finding and test its limitations," Delafield-Butt said .

The lives of children with food allergies are prudent. Additional measures need to be taken to ensure that they are not at risk of dangerous reactions, but new research shows that the health difficulties of this disease even go beyond this range.

Researchers at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) found that children with food allergies are also more likely to develop eczema, asthma and allergic rhinitis. Children who are allergic to certain foods are more likely to develop these diseases than other children.

The lead researcher of the study, Dr. David Hill, said: "Among the major food allergens, allergies to peanuts, milk and eggs clearly make children susceptible to asthma and allergic rhinitis."

Although food allergies are very common among young children in the United States, Hill pointed out that eczema, asthma and allergic rhinitis are more common, so they need some treatment.

He said: "Eczema, asthma and allergic rhinitis are the most common childhood medical diseases in the United States. The incidence of these diseases seems to be changing, which prompts the need for more information and monitoring."

Researchers examined the records of more than 1 million urban and suburban children in the CHOP nursing network from 2001 to 2015 and found a link between food allergies and the aforementioned conditions. After dividing the records into two groups and analyzing them, they found that the incidence of food allergies and eczema, asthma and allergic rhinitis was much higher.

"For patients diagnosed with food allergy, 35% continue to develop asthma; compared with patients with a single food allergy, patients with multiple food allergies have a higher risk of developing asthma. Similarly, 35% of food allergy patients continue to develop asthma. Develop allergic rhinitis." Senior author Dr. Jonathan Spergel said.

This research is important because it is the first method to examine the link between food allergies and related conditions on this scale. Previously, smaller studies were conducted to investigate the link between food allergy and asthma, but the scope was limited.

"Using provider-based diagnostic data provides important information that is often lacking in existing research. We found that unlike previously reported disease incidence, our research provides key data to shape the common goals aimed at preventing, diagnosing, and managing these common Future efforts for pediatric diseases." Spergel said.

Your kitchen and bathroom taps release water at a rate of 2.2 gallons per minute. Eventually, most American households will see 27 gallons of oil...

An advertising campaign has been launched for LTE Advanced. 

What LTE is this? where can buy this? LTE itself is like 3G, 4G and other wireless terms. It is basically a fictitious word that describes concepts rather than actual standards. It stands for "Long Term Evolution" and should indicate that wireless services have been getting better and better.

For LTE Advanced, Verizon said that in more than 450 cities in the United States, peak speeds have increased by 50%. According to Verizon, it uses software that combines multiple channels to increase data speed, and customers who have one of 39 updated smartphones and tablets can use the software (see the list below).

It is expected that new equipment released by major manufacturers will be able to use the upgraded service. 

Tami Erwin, director of operations for Verizon's wireless division, said: "Our customers have just received major network enhancements without paying additional fees."

. "Verizon LTE Advanced works like a turbocharger on an engine. With the help of big data, you can increase speed when you need it most. By then, you will get the highest peak of Verizon LTE Advanced."

Verizon said that LTE Advanced currently uses a combination of two-carrier aggregation and three-carrier aggregation. Customers will get a typical download speed of 5 to 12 Mbps, but two-channel carrier aggregation shows that the maximum download speed is 225 Mbps, far exceeding the current speed of the national wireless data network. Three-channel carrier aggregation can provide higher efficiency, reaching speeds above 300 Mbps.

Current devices supporting Verizon LTE Advanced include:

Apple iPhone 6

Volkswagen owners generally choose to scrap their diesel-powered cars and accept funds provided under the settlement agreement. In addition, Volkswagen dealers have reached a preliminary settlement with the automaker.  

In a federal court document, class lawyers said that so far, about 210,000 of the 475,000 owners of Volkswagen’s TDI "clean diesel" vehicles have chosen to participate in the $15 billion settlement awaiting final court approval.  

That said

, Is an abnormally high level of participation in the plan, and its deadline for filing claims did not arrive until September 2018. Only 235 people chose to withdraw from the settlement, and 110 people opposed it. 

Owners of Volkswagen and Audi models that have reached a settlement can choose to sell their cars to Volkswagen, or modify them to meet air quality standards, although so far, there is no consensus on how to reach an agreement. Depending on the model, car owners will also receive an additional $5,100 to $10,000 to compensate for their time and trouble.

The cars covered by the settlement are diesel versions of these models:

The Federal Trade Commission endorsed the settlement, saying it was fair, because after revealing that Volkswagen had fiddled with emission software, car owners would receive money representing the value of their cars so that the cars could pass clean air. Tested, but its pollution is as high as 40 times the legal limit on the highway.

The U.S. District Court Judge Charles Breyer is expected to make a final ruling on the proposed settlement on October 18.

According to reports, Volkswagen dealers have reached

In cooperation with Volkswagen, a settlement fund was created, which will be paid within 18 months.

Volkswagen also agreed to buy back used diesel vehicles on the same terms as consumers. Dealer lawyers said that compared with consumers, they should be careful not to win special treatment for dealers.

Steve Berman, managing partner of the Hagens Berman law firm, said: "These 652 mainly small business owners were blinded by the diesel emissions scandal and saw their corporate value plummet." "Our investigation found no evidence that Volkswagen distributes. The dealer has any idea to ask the public to sell them a car with a malfunctioning device."

The proposed settlement is now submitted to Judge Breyer for preliminary approval in mid-September.

Banks and other financial institutions spend billions of dollars on information and data security, mainly because they are such lucrative targets for cybercriminals.

Despite such expenditures and active defensive measures, more than one-third of consumers still say that their personal bank accounts have been stolen. Nearly 80% of financial institutions admit that in the past two years, hackers have penetrated the defense system.

These facts appear in

, Which means that banks can turn such negative emotions into positive emotions.

Jitendra Sharma of KPMG (KMPG) said: “Financial institutions have the opportunity to consolidate trust with customers by proving that security is a strategic priority, and are taking all possible precautions to protect consumers.” “In this environment. Consumers have many choices. Therefore, in the fierce competition for customers, the company must make the right choice."

Indeed, consumers have high demands on banks. According to the survey, 37% of respondents said that if current financial institutions cannot make up for the losses caused by cyber attacks, they will change banks. If the bank does not come out and confirm in time before the incident, then almost a lot of people will leave.

Despite frequent attacks, the survey found that the financial sector is the most active in defending against cyber attacks. About two-thirds of financial sector executives surveyed said that their companies have invested in data security in the past year.

Not even the Fed is exempt from cyber attacks.

In June of this year, the Federal Reserve has conducted "continuous" cyber attacks on it since at least 2011. The network lists at least 50 incidents that have been marked as "unauthorized access" or "information disclosure."

At the same time, the American Bankers Association (ABA) stated that

Make their bank transactions more secure. The most basic technique is to create highly complex and random passwords, avoiding pet names and other predictable combinations.

It said that consumers should also monitor their accounts regularly. Don't just do this when the monthly statement arrives.

In addition, please ensure that computers and mobile devices are protected from viruses and malware. No matter how formal the email you receive, do not disclose your personal financial information in response to unsolicited emails. The ABA says that your bank will never contact you via email asking for your password, PIN or account information.  

Driving through any American community on weekends, you may encounter at least one yard for sale.

At some point, consumers decide that the "thing" they have exceeds their needs and decides to get rid of it. They may be preparing to move, or they may end up having enough of the chaos.

Shows that this is actually a common problem. This study, conducted by ClearVoice Research and commissioned by OfferUp, surveyed 1,000 consumers and found two recurring complaints: They have too much stuff and not enough money.

For example, nearly half of the people surveyed said that their houses are too cluttered because they no longer use these items. In fact, one in seven people said that a room in their house was unusable because the room was full of unused “items”.

72% said they needed to "cool down", but 41% admitted that they had not done so for more than a year.

Collette Shine, president of the New York Chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers, said that it is clear that people have too much stuff, which makes them feel too much anxiety.

She said: "People are difficult to sort out for many reasons, such as potential emotional attachment, or because the process is too overwhelming,"

In extreme cases, grabbing things will become hoarding. The live TV show recorded the weird behaviors that people often take place surrounded by old newspapers and magazines surrounded by mountains, empty bottles and other "things".

In most cases, all these "things" are purchased once or twice. The consumer economy encourages the purchase of "things", and these transactions are usually carried out on impulse. Therefore, it is not surprising that consumers who think they have too much "stuff" also feel a certain amount of financial pressure.

The study found that 84% of consumers expressed economic concerns. Nearly half (46%) said it is difficult to pay for basic household expenses each month. Many people worry that they lack sufficient emergency savings.

Nick Huzar, the co-founder and CEO of OfferUp, said: "We really want to understand how Americans perceive things in their homes and how to keep them asleep at night." Craigslist and eBay.

Huzar said that selling unwanted items can solve two problems: It helps organize clothes and brings a small amount of cash.

Of course, this problem may resolve itself, because millennials seem to be less obsessed with "things" and are more likely to spend money on experiences.

You can see it in GroupOn's latest campaign, which emphasizes experiential deals.

RushCard is a popular prepaid currency card,

It said it will provide new security features while enhancing the card's functionality.

It is available on both Android and iOS platforms.

One of the security features allows the user to freeze the activity if the card is lost or stolen. By enabling "Pause Protection", users can temporarily stop making purchases on the card.

Another feature is "one-touch access", which allows cardholders to use fingerprints instead of passwords or PINs to access accounts on mobile devices.

The app also includes an electronic pharmacy benefit card that can provide cardholders with discounts on prescription drugs at Wal-Mart.

Ron Hynes, CEO of RushCard, said: "We are committed to providing customers with safe, simple and affordable products to help them achieve their personal and financial goals.

Popular bank account alternatives

RushCard was founded in 2003 by hip hop spokesperson Russell Simmons and is considered a solution for millions of "unbanked" consumers who for some reason do not have traditional bank accounts with check and debit card privileges .

The card is an inexpensive service that allows consumers to deposit their salary and benefits payments directly into their card, allowing them to immediately make purchases and withdraw cash from ATMs. Generally, it has achieved high levels of satisfaction among consumers. Simmons said that the new application is just a way to make the memory card easier to use.

He said: "From the early days of prepaid cards, RushCard has helped shape the industry and continue to provide innovative products that are easy to use and accessible, and provide our customers with financial opportunities."

RushCard customers can get instructions for downloading the "Make Moves" app

Chipotle is one of the companies enjoying the title of "Halo". Its commitment to organic and locally sourced food and sustainable practices has won praise from some consumers.

At the end of last year, the company had to close a number of stores while tracking the outbreak of E. coli in multiple states, which hit this halo. As this issue is finally resolved, Chipotle may have another issue to resolve.

According to reports, thousands of current and former Chopotle employees are suing the company for alleged wage theft.

Nearly 10,000 workers have submitted applications to join the Turner v. Chipotle class action lawsuit, claiming that they usually have to work unpaid.

For its part, Chipotle told the network that it has done nothing wrong and has paid all employees their due wages.

However, CNN interviewed several former Chipotle employees, who claimed that they often worked "unfixed hours." The complaint stated that employees would go to work routinely when the shift officially ended, and then were asked to stay and work until the task was completed. The lawsuit says this usually affects the checkout staff, and if customers stay in the restaurant until checkout time, their members usually have to stay up late to clean up.

Salary theft claims against fast food restaurants are not uncommon. In May, the State of New York sued Dominos, claiming that the pizza chain offered low salaries to employees in 10 stores in the state.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said at the time: "At some point, the company must take responsibility for its actions and the well-being of its employees." "We found it in Domino's franchise store. Rampant wage violations. And, as stated in our lawsuit, we found that Domino headquarters was closely involved in store operations and even caused many such violations." 

The consumer confidence index is at its highest level in nearly a year.

After a slight decline in July, the index is currently 101.1, an increase of 4.4. The current situation index rose from 118.8 to 123.0, while the expectations index rose from 82.0 to 86.4.

"Consumers' assessment of current business and labor market conditions is more favorable than last month," said Lynn Franco, director of the Economic Indicators Conference Committee. "The short-term expectations for business and employment conditions and personal income prospects have also improved, which suggests that the economy may pick up moderately in the next few months."

Consumers who think business conditions are “good” have increased from 27.3% to 30.0%, while the proportion of consumers who think the opposite remains the same at 18.4%.

Consumers’ assessment of the labor market is also more favorable. Those who said work was more "rich" increased from 23.0% to 26.0%. However, at the same time, those who think jobs are "hard to find" also rose from 22.1% to 23.4%.

More optimistic about the short-term outlook for August. The proportion of consumers expecting business conditions to improve in the next six months increased from 15.7% to 17.3%, while the proportion of consumers expecting business conditions to deteriorate from 12.4% to 11.1%.

The outlook for the labor market is more favorable than in July. The proportion of people expecting more jobs in the coming months has increased from 13.5% to 14.2%, while those expecting losses remain stable at 17.5%.

The proportion of consumers expecting income growth increased from 17.1% to 18.8%, while the proportion of consumers expecting income decline slightly dropped from 11.0% to 10.7%.

The monthly consumer confidence survey based on a random sample of probability design is conducted by The Nielsen for the conference committee, Nielsen is a provider of information and analysis about the purchase and viewing of goods by consumers. The deadline for preliminary results is August 18.

June is another good month for house prices to rise.

according to

Covering all 9 population census departments in the United States, prices rose 5.1% year-on-year, the same as in May.

Among them, the annual growth of the ten-city complex was 4.3%, and the growth of the twenty-city complex was 5.1%.

In the past five months, Portland, Seattle and Denver had the highest year-on-year growth among the 20 cities. Prices in Portland rose 12.6% year-on-year, followed by Seattle's 11.0%, and Denver's price increase of 9.2%. Compared with the year ending in May 2016, six cities experienced greater price increases in the year ending in June 2016.

S&P Dow Jones Indices' Managing Director and Chairman of the Index Committee David M. Blitzer said: "Driven by the West and the South, house prices across the country continue to rise." "In the strongest region, the Pacific Northwest, prices are It has risen by more than 10%; in the slower Northeast, prices have risen faster than inflation. Nationally, house prices have grown steadily at a rate of 4.8% per year for the past two years, without any signs of slowing down. "

The National Index increased by 0.2% month-on-month, while the 10-city composite index and the 20-city composite index both fell by 0.1%. Prices in 9 cities increased, of which 2 remained unchanged, and prices fell in 9 cities.

"Overall, residential real estate and houses are in good condition," Blitzer noted. “The annual sales volume of existing homes is about 5.5 million units, and the inventory level is below five months, which indicates that the market is quite tight. In July, the sales of new single-family homes reached 654,000 at a seasonally adjusted annual rate. The highest level since November 2007. Housing starts in July reached the highest level of 1.2 million units per year."

A company in Conroe, Texas, recalled 30,000 boxes of various fresh-cut vegetable products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

So far, the public health department has not confirmed any diseases.

The following products are dated from August 7, 2016 to August 19, 2016 (8/19/16), marked "Best IF USED BY", and packed in transparent plastic containers or polystyrene foam trays, And wrapped with transparent plastic film. Recall:

The recalled products are shipped to retailers in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia in accordance with Country Fresh and store brand labels described in the product list .

Customers who purchased the recalled product should return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Consumers in doubt can contact the company at 281-453-3305 from 9 am to 5 pm (CDT) Monday to Friday.

The Decatur, Alabama company recalled approximately 18,672 pounds of pork and chicken sausage products.

The product contains milk and the allergen is not stated on the label.

There are no reports confirming adverse reactions due to the consumption of this product.

The following instant sausage products produced on June 7, 2016 are recalled:

The recalled products bear the company number "EST. 45411" printed on the packaging were shipped to retail stores across the country.

Customers who bought the recalled product should not consume the product, but should discard it or return it to the place of purchase.

Consumers who have questions about the recall can call the Land O'Frost Consumer Hotline at 1 (800) 762-9865.

Last week, a truck equipped with Takata airbag inflators and propellants exploded in Texas, destroying houses and two cars, killing one person and wounding four others. Volatile airbags have been at the center of the largest car recall ever and have been blamed for at least 14 deaths worldwide.

Authorities said the truck accident occurred on Monday, August 22, near Eagles Pass, Texas. Takata's warehouse there is in Monclova, Mexico. The inflators produced at the factory were manufactured across the border. 

Lucila Robles was killed in the explosion and her house was destroyed in the incident. Robes’ body was found on Tuesday and was identified on Wednesday after her niece dentist compared the remains with dental records.

According to reports, Robles’ home was razed by the explosion, leaving only the burnt car wreck as evidence of the disaster.

The inflator uses a propellant containing ammonium nitrate, a volatile compound that is said to be highly sensitive to heat and moisture. The US National Weather Service last week’s weather in Eagle Pass was in the 90s, and the humidity reading was about 80%.


Millions of cars equipped with Takata airbags have been recalled, more than once. To check if your car is in it, write down the VIN code (you can find it on the left side of the windshield) and go to

News Gram said Takata employees were sent to the local library last week to provide residents who found any combustible containers with information to report their location so that potentially lethal items can be picked up safely. The company said in a statement: "Takata immediately dispatched personnel to the scene and has been working closely with subcontractors and relevant authorities to investigate this incident."

The company said: "Takata has strict safety procedures for the transportation of its products to meet or exceed all regulatory requirements." "Our idea is to injured the family of the woman who lost their lives in this accident and four people."

Plans to recall more than 100 million vehicles worldwide to replace Takata inflators.

A week after playing public relations damage control, Mylan

It hopes to stand out from the controversy over the price of its anti-allergic product EpiPen.

But the critics were not impressed. "T

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After that, the company was met with protests

The injection device can provide a certain dose of epinephrine, which is a life-saving antidote and can be used for anaphylactic shock. The announcement last week of discounts for low- and middle-income patients did not calm the commotion.

On Monday, the company took other measures. The company announced that it will provide EpiPen with two bottles of generic drugs at a price of US$300, which is equivalent to a 50% discount. The generic name is the same as that of the brand-name products.

More importantly, it will be classified so that pharmacists can replace it with a brand name without consulting a prescribing doctor.

Mylan said that the general version is expected to be available in a few weeks, waiting for the label revision to be completed. After being put on the market, the product will be provided in two-pack cartons with concentrations of 0.15 mg and 0.30 mg. Mylan said it will continue to market and distribute the brand EpiPen.

Weissman, a public figure, said the announcement made things worse.


Mylan chief executive Heather Bresch (Heather Bresch) is under tremendous pressure to lower the price of EpiPen, but he says this is an easier option.

She said: "Our decision to launch a generic alternative to EpiPen is an extraordinary business response, which requires the cooperation of our partners." "However, due to the complexity and opacity of today's branded drug supply chain, and due to high prices Excluding the increased patient cost transfer caused by the health plan, we decided that in this case, bypassing the brand system and providing other alternatives is the best option."

She said that generic drugs have a long and proven track record of saving a lot of money, and believe that generic drugs EpiPen can do just that.

The price increase of EpiPen has angered many patients because the product is not a new product – it has been in one form or another for nearly 40 years. It contains a small amount of easily available adrenaline, but the new price increases the price of the two packs to around $600.

Although this insurance is covered by many insurance plans, the high deductible makes the new price too high for many patients. The device is only sold in two packs because the injection can only provide temporary relief, and the patient may need a second injection before it can be taken to the emergency room.

The latest trend among teenagers seems to prefer e-cigarettes, and many high school and middle school students say they have tried it. Although many people worry that this habit will lead to dependence on nicotine and smoking, a new study suggests that the problem may not be that worrying.

Researchers have found that many teenagers who use vape to smoke do not like nicotine. Instead, many teenagers say that the taste provided by e-cigarette products is the attraction. This makes people suspect that teenagers are taking nicotine in the first place, and there is a "nicotine epidemic" in this age group.

The researchers came to their conclusions after analyzing the results of the 2015 Monitoring Future survey, in which teenagers were asked about their e-cigarette experience. This survey is a nationally representative study of 8th, 10th and 12th grade students.

Of the 15,000 students who participated in the survey, nearly 4,000 admitted that they had fogged at some point. The researchers further narrowed the numbers and found that 1,701 were executed at least once, 1,085 were executed as many as five times, and 616 were executed at least six times.

When asked if they have become obsessed with anything recently, two-thirds of the respondents gave the answer "just seasoning." Vaping nicotine ranked second, with only 13% of 8th grade, 20% of 10th grade and 22% of 12th grade giving the answer. The popularity of Vaping cannabis is even lower, with only 12% of 12th graders, 8% and 6% and 7% of 10th grades respectively giving answers.

These findings indicate that the atomized nicotine is almost not as large as what many experts have said in the past. The researchers say this is good news because the interventions to prevent nebulization can be modified into more specific and effective methods.  

They said: “Because many young Americans who use vaporizers do not smoke nicotine, they are candidates for major interventions. This is particularly strategic in combating nicotine use because they occur before the need to address the addictive nature of nicotine. ."

In addition, the researchers said that it may be unfair to designate e-cigarettes as an electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS) because most teenagers do not use e-cigarettes for this purpose, although they do say that the use of vaporizers does increase tobacco And the prevalence of nicotine.

Speed ​​limit is one thing; speed limiter is another thing-US Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx wants to see speed limiters on heavy trucks.

Foxx believes that large trucks should be equipped with equipment that can physically restrict their travel speeds beyond a predetermined speed.

"This proposed regulation has significant security advantages," Foxx said. "In addition to saving lives, the expected fuel and emissions savings have enabled the proposal to win in terms of safety, energy conservation and our environment." 

Fox said limiting the speed of trucks will reduce 1,115 fatal accidents involving heavy trucks each year and save $1 billion in fuel costs.

The proposal published by Foxx and colleagues on Friday discussed the benefits of setting the maximum speed to 60, 65, and 68 miles per hour. It is suitable for trucks, buses and other vehicles with a gross weight exceeding 26,000 pounds.

US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Commissioner Mark Rosekind (Mark Rosekind) said: "This is basic physics." "Even if the speed increases slightly, it will have a great impact on the impact force. Setting the speed limit of heavy vehicles is safe And the environment is meaningful."

The rule will apply to new trucks, not to trucks currently in motion, because retrofitting existing trucks involves difficulties and costs.

Since 2006, the proposal has been circulating in various agencies and departments. At that time, the non-profit organization

File a petition. The American Trucking Association later approved the plan.  

The proposal has now begun to accept comments from citizens. You can

As we all know, various tobacco products have certain health risks, especially cancer. But researchers have discovered other dangers associated with smokeless tobacco products, including substances from chewing tobacco to soluble pills and chewing gum.

They say that these tobacco delivery methods also carry bacteria, which can cause infection and cause disease. Moreover, as with most bacteria or pathogens, prolonged exposure can increase the risk for people who use these products.

"Some species have been identified as pathogens of spice-related diarrhea and vomiting outbreaks. In addition, the mild toxins they produce can cause disease in large quantities," said Stephen Foley, a co-author of the study.

Researchers have discovered several kinds of bacteria, which may cause consumers' attention. Bacteria from

It is well known that Foley can cause the above-mentioned bacteria to cause intestinal discomfort, but other bacteria come from Foley.

Species may be even more disturbing.

These bacteria include


It will cause the nitrate in the body to be converted into nitrate, which may lead to the formation of potential carcinogens.

Part of the reason these bacteria can pose such a huge danger to humans is due to the way smokeless tobacco products are consumed. Those who use this product tend to keep them in their mouths for a long time so that nicotine can enter the bloodstream. This increases the time consumers are exposed to bacteria.

This practice is especially dangerous for those who suffer from gingivitis or other oral health problems, and it is common for smokeless tobacco users. Researchers say that certain bacteria in these products can easily enter the bloodstream in these consumers and cause dangerous heart valve infections.

So far, a large amount of data on the microbial threats in smokeless tobacco products has not been collected. The researchers hope that their work can help the US Food and Drug Administration formulate policies related to the production and distribution of these substances, so that consumers can avoid some dangerous health risks.

Consumers obviously like to give and receive gift cards. It allows the recipient to get what he or she wants without being as tacky as cash.

In fact, offering a gift card from a particular retailer allows the giver to personalize it, thereby choosing the retailer that the recipient prefers.

But apart from the retailer’s personal preferences, which retailer does the best in its gift card program? That is a

Annual research on best gift card practices is conducted every year.

The survey ranked the digital gift experience of 100 top retailers, restaurants and airlines in the United States (for the first time this year). Retailers will evaluate how they make the most of the mobile platform, including omni-channel payments, bulk purchases, and the ability to use credit card loyalty program points to purchase cards.

Sephora is the person who won the highest award this year, scoring 55 points out of the possible 66 points. Starbucks ranked second with 50.5 points, followed by Home Depot (46.5 points), Dunkin Donuts (44.5 points) and Amazon (43 points).

"Sephora is honored to top the list again in the RSR benchmark study," said Lisa Kueffel, vice president of customer experience at Sephora. "Gift cards are a key element of our digital strategy and we are committed to providing customers with an outstanding omni-channel experience. Working with CashStar has helped us expand our plans and achieve our goals."

CashStar President and CEO Ben Kaplan said that many of the high-end customers in the survey came from the company.

He said: "We are very happy to see that merchants are investing more in digital gifts and working hard to improve the experience they pr

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