AIDS Prevention Breakthrough Medicine Found

November 23, 2010
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The Los Angeles Times reported today the “first major prevention breakthrough in the AIDS era, researchers have shown that taking a single daily pill containing two HIV drugs can reduce risk of contracting the virus by an average of 44% — and by more than 70% if the subjects take most of their pills.”...

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Holiday Shoppers–Beware of Store Credit Cards

November 23, 2010
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Store credit cards are rarely a good idea for consumers. They encourage impulse shopping and also charge some of the highest interest rates of any credit cards on the market. In a time where credit cards have become a favorite political target, New York Representative Anthony Weiner conducted a study on these store credit...

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More Holiday Spending Expected

November 22, 2010
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In their eleventh annual holiday spending survey, the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) and the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) found that consumers report some improvement in their financial condition and intention to spend more this holiday season than the 2009 season. More respondents to this recent survey (November 11-14) said their financial situation...

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Black Friday Tips And Savings Tools

November 22, 2010
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Black Friday has already started – as the heavy shoppers already know and we have a website that will help you get some of the best deals. Go to http://blackfriday.gottadeal.com/ your tools: Black Friday Sale Ad Listings The site will list all the sale items that retailers will be advertising in their Black Friday...

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BBB Rates Staples F, Office Depot A-: Why? Office Depot Pays Dues

November 22, 2010
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BBB Rates Staples F, Office Depot A-: Why? Office Depot Pays Dues

One of the starkest examples of how the Better Business Bureau’s two-year-old letter grade system rewards dues paying accredited members and punishes those who refuse to pay, is the difference in ratings consumers see when they check the BBB website to purchase office supplies. When consumers look up Staples at BBB.org the see that...

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Surviving the Holidays with Poise: Mindfulness Put to the Test

November 21, 2010
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Surviving the Holidays with Poise: Mindfulness Put to the Test

It’s the holiday season, and this can be a challenging time of year. When we discussed this in my meditation group, the word that came up to describe it was, “expectations.” Of course, the holidays bring many expectations from society, others, and ourselves. We may expect the holidays to be very special — after...

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Holiday Stress: Let Our Experts Help

November 21, 2010
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The holidays can be a wonderful time to celebrate with family and friends. They are also among the most stressful times for many. We had our two psychologists – Dr. Kathleen Cairns and Dr. Arnold Kozak – as our guests on the Connecticut Watchdog News Hour Sunday to explain why we get so stressed....

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LIFE GOES ON: Giving Thanks

November 21, 2010
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LIFE GOES ON: Giving Thanks

THANKS-GIVING DEAR DOCTOR KATHLEEN, I am separated and sad. This Thanksgiving will be the first holiday that I will not celebrate with my wife and children. I will have them for part of the day, and will take them to my parents’ house for a few hours. But it’s just not the same. I...

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Fort Worth Better Business Bureau Gets Low Grade For Charity Reviews

November 21, 2010
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Fort Worth Better Business Bureau Gets Low Grade For Charity Reviews

The Better Business Bureau has been grading businesses for almost a century. So when one bureau messed up big time on its annual charity ratings, CtWatchdog contributor Dave Lieber, a Fort Worth Star-Telegram columnist, decided to ask those hurt what grades they give the BBB.

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