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New website promotes community among traumatic brain injury survivors

People whose lives have been altered by traumatic brain injury (TBI) may find plenty of technical information online about these elusive injuries and the various symptoms they may cause, but it’s much more difficult to forge connections with others who are coping with similar situations and experiences. That is why the family of one TBI survivor started TryMunity, a website dedicated to helping TBI sufferers, their families, and other supporters connect and share “stories, ideas, suggestions, and words of encouragement.” TryMunity is the first and currently the only online social community for TBI sufferers and others whose lives are in ... Read More

New product safety database a success, but still under attack

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s new Saferproducts database has been operating for little more than four months, but it is already a successful and valuable tool for consumers and manufacturers alike, says Consumer Reports. “There have been hundreds of thousands of visits to the new website, and people are reporting safety problems as intended,” Consumer Reports says. Some manufacturers had even found the database helpful to them in identifying potential hazards in their products and addressing them as needed. Still, a powerful anti-consumer lobby wants the database shut down, and it is using politics to achieve that. While the ... Read More

CPSC’s product-safety database survives budget cuts, goes online

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s new public database of safety information, part of the www.saferproducts.gov website, offers American consumers for the first time ever a world of valuable safety information at their fingertips. The database went online earlier March 11, but its future appeared bleak when budgets battles raging on Capitol Hill threatened to take the website down before it had a chance to prove its worth. Fortunately, the database was taken off the chopping block and the project remains safe for now. Developed at a cost of $3 million, this new database offers American consumers an easier way ... Read More