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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Ebola Outbreak 2014: Information Resources

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Headlines,Health/Medical

http://sis.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/ebola_2014.html

Lists and links to sources of information from the federal government, private and international organizations, other national government sites, and more.  From the National Library of Medicine

 

Considering a Reverse Mortgage

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Financial Crisis/Markets,Housing/Homelessness

http://files.consumerfinance.gov/f/201409_cfpb_guide_reverse_mortgage.pdf

 

Discusses what it is, how it works, why caution is needed, and what alternatives might be available.  From the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

 

Consumer Expenditures 2013

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/cesan.pdf

Reports that average expenditures per consumer unit in 2013 were $51,100, little changed from 2012 levels.  Also offers details on the average consumer expenditures per category such as housing, food, transportation and so forth.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

Google to Refund Consumers at Least $19 Million to Settle FTC Complaint…

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Telecommunications/Internet

http://www.ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2014/09/google-refund-consumers-least-19-million-settle-ftc-complaint-it

Press release which explains the terms of the consent agreement between Google and the Federal Trade Commission for refunds to consumers who were billed for mobile apps downloaded from the Google Play store by children without authorization by the account holder.  Also contains link to text of consent agreement.  From the Federal Trade Commission

 

Ebola Virus Disease: Occupational Safety and Health

Categories: Africa,Consumer Info/Protection,Health/Medical,United Nations

http://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/groups/public/—ed_protect/—protrav/—safework/documents/briefingnote/wcms_302532.pdf

Describes the nature of the disease, the way it is transmitted, risks for health care workers, and resources for further information.  From the World Health Organization

 

Recalls Look-Up by VIN

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Transportation

https://vinrcl.safercar.gov/vin/

Check to see if your vehicle has been the subject of a safety recall by entering the Vehicle Identification Number.  Covers 15 years.  From the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

 

Telemarketing Regulation: National and State Do Not Call Registries

Categories: Advertising/Marketing,Consumer Info/Protection,Laws/Regulations,Telecommunications/Internet

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43684.pdf

Outlines the laws underpinning the national do not call list, describes the regulations implementing the list, answers some of the most frequently asked questions, and discusses penalties for violating the rules.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Prevention and Control of Seasonal Influenza with Vaccines: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP): United States, 2014-15 Influenza Season

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Health/Medical,Statistics

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6332a3.htm

Includes groups recommended for vaccination, timing of vaccination, and vaccine composition for the 2014-15 season.  From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

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