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Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book for January – December 2013

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Crime/Justice,Privacy,Statistics

http://www.ftc.gov/system/files/documents/reports/consumer-sentinel-network-data-book-january-december-2013/sentinel-cy2013.pdf

Reports on the number and types of consumer complaints received by the online database for 2013.  The network received over 2 million complaints during 2013 with identity theft the leading category with 14% of the complaints.  From the Federal Trade Commission

 

Massage Therapy for Health Purposes: What You Need to Know

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Health/Medical

http://nccam.nih.gov/health/massage/massageintroduction.htm

Describes what it is, what science says is effective about treatment for pain, what licensing and certification is required, and where people can find more information.  From the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

 

Food Labeling: Revision of the Nutrition and Supplement Facts Labels

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Food/Nutrition,Laws/Regulations

https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2014-04387.pdf

Official wording from the Federal Register notice about the proposed rule changes relating to food labels. From the Food and Drug Administration

 

FDA Proposed Updates to Nutrition Facts Label on Food Packages

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Food/Nutrition,Headlines,Laws/Regulations

http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm387418.htm

Press release with details and examples of current and new proposed label formats.  From the Food and Drug Administration

 

Credit Cards: Marketing to College Students Appears to Have Declined

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Education-Higher,Financial Crisis/Markets

http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/661121.pdf

Examines trends in marketing of credit cards and college affinity cards to students since credit card legislation was passed in 2009 and the effect of the use of such cards on student debt.  From the Government Accountability Office

 

Hallucinogens and Dissociative Drugs

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,Consumer Info/Protection,Health/Medical

http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/hallucinogens-dissociative-drugs

Offers the latest research findings on these drugs, describing what they are, how they are abused, and basic facts about different drugs within this classification of drugs.  From the National Institute on Drug Abuse

 

2013 Airline Consumer Complaints Down From Previous Year

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Statistics,Transportation

http://www.rita.dot.gov/bts/sites/rita.dot.gov.bts/files/dot19_14.pdf

Summarizes consumer complaints about airliner performance including tarmac delays, on-time performance, flight cancellations, mishandled baggage, and bumping.  From the Bureau of Transportation Statistics

 

Chronic Pain and Complementary Health Approaches: What You Need to Know

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Health/Medical

http://nccam.nih.gov/health/pain/chronic.htm

Provides information about the safety and effectiveness of alternative approaches to the treatment of chronic pain, such as massage and yoga.  Also provides sources for further information.  From the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine of the National Institutes of Health

 

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