Family News

Mattel reintroduces ThingMaker as a 3-D printer

Feb. 16, 2016—When we took a look at the emerging consumer market for 3-D printers, we came away unimpressed with the devices as a useful household tool for a variety of reasons, including price.

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Related Department Briefs

Pregnancy & privacy

Social media are common places where expectant parents post digital timelines of their pregnancy.

Buying stocks for kids

A gift of stock to children can provide good lessons as well as profits—particularly if the stock is a company that children know and like, two experts tell Consumers Digest.

Student debt also for elders

Over the past decade, the number of U.S. consumers who are age 60 and older and have student-loan debt quadrupled—primarily because they financed their children’s and grandchildren’s education, according to a January 2017 report from Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Tuning in older generations to tech

Senior citizens’ disinterest in technology, which often is prompted by their apprehension about it, prevents them from benefiting from advanced devices and services.

Pregnancy & anemia rising

Two experts believe that the findings of a December 2016 study that was published in the journal Blood in regard to increased rates of anemia in pregnant women are viable.

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Family Recalls

Listeria possible in certain Sunseed parrot, rabbit food

June 19, 2017—Vitakraft Sun Seed recalled certain Sunseed Parrot Fruit & Vegetable food and Sunseed SunSations rabbit food, because they might be contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes, which can cause serious and sometimes-fatal infections in people who have a weakened immune system. If the animals consume Listeria-infected products, they might become carriers of the infection and might present a risk to humans.

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