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Millions of Americans provide care for ill, frail or elderly family members while working and parenting. To manage this complex web of care responsibilities, Family Caregiver Alliance has launched CareJourney, an online service that maneuvers users through various topics, including legal and financial issues, health conditions, in-home assistance or out-of-home resources, self-care, communication with health practitioners, and training on care tasks. The website is “one of the first secure, online delivery systems specifically designed for long-term caregivers, who have little time, limited resources and are under great stress. At the same time, [the FCA is] able to access data, look…

by Christa Emmer | Contributing Writer Most people don’t think about germs until they get sick, but these organisms, good and bad, can be found everywhere and on everything. Even the best handwashing diligence cannot prevent people from eventually becoming ill. But for the most vulnerable population—the elderly, young children and people with compromised immune systems—staying away from germs is a higher priority. A new company with a cutting-edge technology is working to keep those germs at bay. BioGuard is a sanitizing service company that uses a proprietary system to safely and quickly sanitize a room from floor to ceiling.…

Deere & Co. has issued a recall of one of its lawn tractors and service parts transmission because the transmission can fail and pose a safety hazard. The company voluntarily filed this recall with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, according to a federal news release. The recalled model D105 lawn tractors with have serial numbers beginning with 1GXD105, and the service transmissions were sold by John Deere authorized dealers for use in this particular tractor. The tractors were sold at John Deere dealers and Home Depot and Lowe’s stores nationwide from February 2016 through July 2017. The service transmissions…

Consumers should stop using the Room Essentials 4-Drawer Dressers, because they can tip over and cause injuries or death if not anchored to a wall. Target filed this recall with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, according to a federal news release. The recalled dresser is 41 7/8 inches tall by 31 ½ inches wide by 15 11/16 inches deep. Determined by the color of the dresser, the recalled model numbers are 249-05-0103 for the black dresser, 249-05-0106 for the espresso one and 249-05-0109 for the maple dresser. Consumers can receive a refund by calling Target at 800-440-0680 or clicking…

Generosity, compassion and steadfastness easily characterize the public outreach and community service of the Prince George’s County Rotary Club, formerly known as the Rotary Club of Bladensburg. To provide the aid so desperately needed, the club is seeking new members who want to advance its mission in the coming years with leadership and dedication. The Rotary Club of Historic Prince George’s County lives the Rotary’s motto of “Service above Self” through its numerous community projects, said Joe Slert, president of the Prince George’s club. Starting in 2010, the club has been involved in Disaster Aid USA, which provides funds, supplies…

Savings for Thanksgiving travel begin sooner than most travelers may realize. With Labor Day behind us, the deals are beginning now up to the two weeks before Nov. 23. Skyscanner, a global travel search engine, analyzed data from its more than 60 million monthly users to determine the most opportune time to score holiday trip deals. Starting this week and leading up to the week of Nov. 6, a traveler can find potential savings of up to 4 percent. A round-trip domestic airline ticket around the holiday period will average around $300, according to a news release from Skyscanner. To…

Consumers are advised to stop wearing their Dr. Martens vegan boots because direct contact with the boot tongue lining can expose the wearer to the cancer-causing chemical benzidine. Airwair voluntarily filed this recall with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, according to a federal news release. The recalled unisex Vegan 1460 boots have the following characteristics: Cherry red in color; Chunky sole; Golden heel pull tab with the name “AirWair” printed on it; Tongue label with the phrase “Made in Vietnam,” product code 14585 and batch code starting with GV and ending in Q, R or S printed on it.…

by Christa Emmer | Contributing Writer Marylanders are getting a little reprieve this year with school starting after Labor Day. But the mad dash for school shopping has been underway in fits and spurts. In this rush, it is inevitable that you will forget something. The basics are covered on school supply lists, but what about those items that make you and your kid’s lives a little easier? Kidbox Back-to-school sales can lead to empty racks and disappointment. A new company called Kidbox delivers a curated box of clothing based on your child’s age, fit, style and color palette. Boxes…

Consumers are advised against allowing their children to use the BRIO soft hammer rattles because its wooden rings can crack, posing a choking hazard. BRIO voluntarily filed this recall with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, according to a federal news release. The recalled rattles are about 5 inches long and have a wooden handle with a white plastic teething ring at one end and a red, yellow, white and green hammer head at the other end. The name “BRIO” is stamped on the hammer head. Consumers can receive a replacement product or a full refund by clicking Recall or…

Protecting our eyes has been in the news recently because of the solar eclipse, but vision care should be a major priority, especially as school approaches. The Vision Council and the American Optometric Association launched the Think About Your Eyes campaign to educate the public on vision health, according to a news release. The online campaign allows users to search for local doctors by typing in their ZIP code and specifying an appropriate travel distance. In addition, videos and articles provide information on digital eyestrain; early detection of diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke through eye exams; and…

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