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New Year’s resolution to lose weight? Read this first.

Holiday parties went straight to your hips? Looking to jump-start your New Year’s weight loss?

Before reaching for any pill, powder, patch, exercise belt, or cream – know this: a lot of products promising quick, easy and permanent weight loss are bogus. They can hurt your wallet, and hurt your health too.

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We Don’t Serve Teens — even on New Year’s Eve

What are your plans for New Year’s Eve? Maybe you’re watching the ball drop in Times Square on TV, having a get-together at home, or going out for a night on the town. Whatever your plans are, let’s make sure that those under the age of 21 ring in the new year without alcohol.

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These anti-aging claims could leave you light-headed

A “solar-powered” lotion that transforms UV rays into red light to give you the same anti-aging results you’d get from laser treatment in a doctor’s office, or from an FDA-approved at-home red light device?

An eye lotion that works as well on your eyes as a surgical eye lift? 

A body lotion that mimics the effect of a lobster hormone — one that causes their bodies to shrink before molting — to help you shrink, too?

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FTC thwarts company’s mole, skin tag, and wart-removal claims

So, a frog hops into a bar and says, “Hey, did you hear the one about DermaTend?” Apparently, explained the frog, ads said this product removed moles, skin tags and warts — fast and permanently. Better yet, it was supposedly doctor-recommended and clinically proven. Said the frog, “Sounds like the answer to a frog’s dream, right? But then I heard the FTC just filed a complaint in federal court charging the advertiser, Solace International, with deceptive advertising. And that’s no joke.”

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Don’t let scammers disrupt your Zen

If you are a yoga teacher, massage therapist, or other wellness practitioner, you’ve probably worked hard to get the word out about your services. And it’s a good feeling when new customers reach out to you. Unfortunately, though, scammers pretending to be new customers are looking to disrupt your Zen — and take your money.

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Sensa buyers gain refund checks

Close to half a million people who bought Sensa, a sprinkle-on weight loss product, will share more than $26 million in refunds, thanks to the FTC. The money comes from the FTC’s settlement with Sensa’s marketers, who said their powder would help people lose weight. According to the FTC, the company didn’t have the scientific evidence they needed to back up the claims.

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Protecting your sensitive health information

Books closed, it’s time for a health privacy pop quiz. What online medical billing company did the FTC allege deceived consumers in an attempt to get their sensitive health information from pharmacies, health insurance companies, and medical labs?

A. Trapper John, M.D.

B. Doogie Howser, M.D.

C. House, M.D.

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Open season for identity thieves

It’s open season for everyone who wants to switch health coverage. As you select your health insurance plan, watch out for scams. Whether you are on Medicare, selecting a plan through the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or have private insurance, here are some tips to help you more safely navigate the open enrollment season.

Ad for Gerber baby formula: Deceptively cute

You want the best for your baby. So when you see an ad for formula that claims to help reduce the risk of your child developing allergies, you might be willing to give it a try. Well, hang on to your wallet.

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“Free” products weren’t really free

The story: a company says its product will help you lose weight without diet changes or exercise, and you can try it free — 100% satisfaction guaranteed.

The reality: the company can’t support — or deliver on — those weight loss claims. If you give your credit or debit account number, you get charged $60 to $210 every month — and it’s almost impossible to get a refund.

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