TWITTER Week of July 26, 2021 (see last week)
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The makers of Crest Toothpaste have been sued multiple times this year for allegedly misleading claims for their "Gum & Enamel Repair" toothpaste. We review the claims being made.
That is our Mouse Print* story this week.
Whenever MrConsumer shops online at an unfamiliar store, he uses a virtual credit card. It is a temporary number with a short expiration date and charge limit linked to your real credit card. That way the merchant never has your real credit card number for possible future fraudulent use. There are also ways to hide your real email address and phone number. All these techniques are described in this Wirecutter story.
With the used car market on fire at the moment, should you decide to take the plunge before prices fall, make sure you check the vehicle's history. You can ask the dealer to show you a CarFax report to see if the car has been previously totaled or declared a lemon. You can get some of this information for free using these resources that look up the VIN (vehicle identification number).
A health care watchdog organization says that many hospitals perform often needless tests and procedures, including some with inherent risks. Their full report lists the top 50 and bottom 50 hospitals for avoiding overuse.
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