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STUDY: Children more likely to wake up to mother’s voice than smoke alarm
 Ohio researchers have found a mother’s voice is more effective than a high-pitched smoke alarm to wake children. The smoke alarm sound seems powerful enough to wake even the deepest of sleepers. But a new study finds that when it comes to young children, it will not wake them right way, if at all. However, there is a sound that will...

5:53 PM Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018

Ohio researchers have found a mother’s voice is more effective than a high-pitched smoke alarm to wake children. The smoke alarm sound seems powerful enough to wake even the deepest of sleepers. But a new study finds that when it comes to young children, it will not wake them right way, if at all. However, there is a sound that will...
Here’s how to avoid phone scammers using Election Day to get your cash, info
 As we move closer to Election Day, more and more people are receiving phone calls about  political candidates and issues. But not all phone calls about the Nov. 6 midterm elections are authentic. Some that seem to be from political campaigns, polling groups or candidates may actually be scammers trying to get your personal information or...

3:56 PM Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018

As we move closer to Election Day, more and more people are receiving phone calls about political candidates and issues. But not all phone calls about the Nov. 6 midterm elections are authentic. Some that seem to be from political campaigns, polling groups or candidates may actually be scammers trying to get your personal information or...
Recalled toilet flushing device has caused $710K in property damage, 23 injuries
 A dangerous toilet flushing device, baby carriers, and wireless chargers are among the latest recalls announced by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.  An accessory that turns your toilet into a high efficiency flusher is under recall by Flushmate.  More than one million Flushmate II 501-B pressure-assisted flushing systems...

3:49 PM Friday, Oct. 19, 2018

A dangerous toilet flushing device, baby carriers, and wireless chargers are among the latest recalls announced by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.  An accessory that turns your toilet into a high efficiency flusher is under recall by Flushmate.  More than one million Flushmate II 501-B pressure-assisted flushing systems...
Vehicle backup cameras not foolproof, experts warn
 Backup cameras are now required in all new vehicles as of May, but safety experts warn the technology isn’t as foolproof to prevent an accident as you might think. New vehicle safety features, including backup cameras, have made roadways safer but drivers are putting too much trust in the tech, according to AAA.  “This new...

9:19 PM Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018

Backup cameras are now required in all new vehicles as of May, but safety experts warn the technology isn’t as foolproof to prevent an accident as you might think. New vehicle safety features, including backup cameras, have made roadways safer but drivers are putting too much trust in the tech, according to AAA.  “This new...
You might start saving money at the pharmacy
 You may be surprised by the prescription drug deals you’ll now be able to discover through your pharmacist.  Insurers and middlemen will no longer be able to stop pharmacists from telling customers they could get a cheaper price if they don’t use their insurance.  Two bills, with bipartisan support and signed by President...

3:30 PM Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018

You may be surprised by the prescription drug deals you’ll now be able to discover through your pharmacist.  Insurers and middlemen will no longer be able to stop pharmacists from telling customers they could get a cheaper price if they don’t use their insurance.  Two bills, with bipartisan support and signed by President...
Online vision screenings increasing, but find out why experts say they’re dangerous
 A computer and smartphone is all you need if you want to take a test for glasses or contact lenses as a growing number of companies are offering online vision screenings.  One fact needs to be made clear -- it's an eye screening and not an eye exam, Dr. David Anderson of Miamisburg Vision Care said.  That means the procedure will...

3:45 AM Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018

A computer and smartphone is all you need if you want to take a test for glasses or contact lenses as a growing number of companies are offering online vision screenings.  One fact needs to be made clear -- it's an eye screening and not an eye exam, Dr. David Anderson of Miamisburg Vision Care said.  That means the procedure will...
Online vision screenings appear a growing alternative to in-office eye exams
 A computer and smartphone is all you need if you want to take a test for glasses or contact lenses as a growing number of companies are offering online vision screenings.  One fact needs to be made clear -- it's an eye screening and not an eye exam, Dr. David Anderson, Miamisburg Vision Care, told WHIO-TV Consumer Reporter Rachel Murray...

4:35 PM Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018

A computer and smartphone is all you need if you want to take a test for glasses or contact lenses as a growing number of companies are offering online vision screenings.  One fact needs to be made clear -- it's an eye screening and not an eye exam, Dr. David Anderson, Miamisburg Vision Care, told WHIO-TV Consumer Reporter Rachel Murray...
Study: Parents spend $500 billion a year on adult children
 Raising a child to adulthood is an expensive task, but the drain on a parent’s wallet doesn’t stop when the child turns 18. Parents spend twice as much on their adult children than they contribute to their retirement accounts, according to a new study by Merrill Lynch.  The study found parents in the United States spend $500...

3:27 PM Tuesday, Oct. 09, 2018

Raising a child to adulthood is an expensive task, but the drain on a parent’s wallet doesn’t stop when the child turns 18. Parents spend twice as much on their adult children than they contribute to their retirement accounts, according to a new study by Merrill Lynch.  The study found parents in the United States spend $500...
Connected cars: How syncing your phone to vehicles could put your data at risk
 Syncing your phone to your vehicle is a convenient feature for music and phone calls, but it is also putting your personal information at risk. There are millions of connected vehicles on the roadways, but what you might not realize is that you are leaving behind your personal data even if your phone isn’t in the vehicle. Rodney Cranford...

4:08 PM Monday, Oct. 08, 2018

Syncing your phone to your vehicle is a convenient feature for music and phone calls, but it is also putting your personal information at risk. There are millions of connected vehicles on the roadways, but what you might not realize is that you are leaving behind your personal data even if your phone isn’t in the vehicle. Rodney Cranford...
RECALLS: dolls, axes, golf cars and more 
 Parents, campers and golfers are among the shoppers who need to check to see if they have this week’s recalled products announced by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.  Boy Story action dolls are being recalled after 32 reports of the vinyl on the joints breaking which could pose a choking risk. No one has been hurt, but don&rsquo...

5:47 PM Friday, Oct. 05, 2018

Parents, campers and golfers are among the shoppers who need to check to see if they have this week’s recalled products announced by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.  Boy Story action dolls are being recalled after 32 reports of the vinyl on the joints breaking which could pose a choking risk. No one has been hurt, but don&rsquo...
New rideshare service lets seniors hitch a ride without worrying about technology
 Seniors are outliving their ability to drive safely by an average of seven to 10 years, according to AAA.  Rideshares, like Uber and Lyft, should be an easy way for senior citizens to get around, but many don’t use them because of the tech hurdles.  “I tried to drive a little bit when I knew there wasn’t much traffic...

3:26 PM Friday, Oct. 05, 2018

Seniors are outliving their ability to drive safely by an average of seven to 10 years, according to AAA.  Rideshares, like Uber and Lyft, should be an easy way for senior citizens to get around, but many don’t use them because of the tech hurdles.  “I tried to drive a little bit when I knew there wasn’t much traffic...
Charity scams: How you can avoid being duped
 We walk to raise money, we donate and we buy and wear pink ribbons to help fund breast cancer awareness and research. But some people pretend to be from legitimate organizations — and maybe even use the pink ribbon logo — to get your money and pocket it for themselves. Benjamin Banning with the local chapter of the American Cancer...

9:16 PM Tuesday, Oct. 02, 2018

We walk to raise money, we donate and we buy and wear pink ribbons to help fund breast cancer awareness and research. But some people pretend to be from legitimate organizations — and maybe even use the pink ribbon logo — to get your money and pocket it for themselves. Benjamin Banning with the local chapter of the American Cancer...
Sales tax goes up in Montgomery County today
 It’s going to cost a few extra bucks to buy big-ticket item in Montgomery County now, because a new quarter-percent retail sales tax increase kicked in today.  The extra bit figures to add an average of $36 a year, or about a dime more a day, for every man, woman and child in Montgomery County and generate an additional $19.1 million...

7:16 PM Friday, Sep. 28, 2018

It’s going to cost a few extra bucks to buy big-ticket item in Montgomery County now, because a new quarter-percent retail sales tax increase kicked in today.  The extra bit figures to add an average of $36 a year, or about a dime more a day, for every man, woman and child in Montgomery County and generate an additional $19.1 million...
Recalls: Fitness equipment, grills, ceiling lights and more
 Fitness buffs, grill masters and Boy Scouts are among the people who need to check to see if they have some of the latest recalled products announced by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.   Provata activity fitness trackers are being recalled because they can overheat. Three people have reported being burned on the wrist. ...

5:17 PM Friday, Sep. 28, 2018

Fitness buffs, grill masters and Boy Scouts are among the people who need to check to see if they have some of the latest recalled products announced by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.   Provata activity fitness trackers are being recalled because they can overheat. Three people have reported being burned on the wrist. ...
Washing machine ‘explosions’ apparently stem from vibration issues
 "I heard what I thought was a car crashing into the house," Jay Kimelman said.  But what Kimelman heard wasn't a wreck, it was his washing machine. He went to his laundry room and found his front-loading Whirlpool Duet washer had warped into a mess of twisted plastic and metal.  A 22-pound concrete block, the machine's...

9:28 PM Wednesday, Sep. 26, 2018

"I heard what I thought was a car crashing into the house," Jay Kimelman said.  But what Kimelman heard wasn't a wreck, it was his washing machine. He went to his laundry room and found his front-loading Whirlpool Duet washer had warped into a mess of twisted plastic and metal.  A 22-pound concrete block, the machine's...
How to keep your information safe from the dark web
 “Your personal information has been found somewhere on the dark web.” That alarming statement may one day come in a text message or to your email inbox.    Credit monitoring services are now scanning for your information on the anonymous, untraceable dark web.    Creditwise from Capital One began dark web searches...

3:08 PM Tuesday, Sep. 25, 2018

“Your personal information has been found somewhere on the dark web.” That alarming statement may one day come in a text message or to your email inbox.    Credit monitoring services are now scanning for your information on the anonymous, untraceable dark web.    Creditwise from Capital One began dark web searches...
How virtual and augmented reality are changing the way you shop
 See what new curtains, a new refrigerator or a new couch look like in your own home before you buy them with virtual or augmented reality applications created by a company based in the Miami Valley. Marxent is working with big name retailers, like Macy’s, to give customers a new shopping experience.  With a virtual reality headset...

10:14 PM Monday, Sep. 24, 2018

See what new curtains, a new refrigerator or a new couch look like in your own home before you buy them with virtual or augmented reality applications created by a company based in the Miami Valley. Marxent is working with big name retailers, like Macy’s, to give customers a new shopping experience.  With a virtual reality headset...
Recalls: Children’s clothing, fitness products and more
 Parents, fitness buffs and those prone to bug bites should check to see if they have the potentially dangerous products being recalled this week. Infant and toddler coveralls sold under the name ED by Ellen DeGeneres are under recall because the bunny applique can come off and pose a choking hazard for your child, according to the Consumer...

5:20 PM Friday, Sep. 21, 2018

Parents, fitness buffs and those prone to bug bites should check to see if they have the potentially dangerous products being recalled this week. Infant and toddler coveralls sold under the name ED by Ellen DeGeneres are under recall because the bunny applique can come off and pose a choking hazard for your child, according to the Consumer...
STUDY: Thousands of children injured in infant walker accidents each year
 At least 9,000 children have been injured in infant walkers every year over the last 25 years. Most were head and neck injuries caused by falling down the steps, according to a new study released in The Journal of Pediatrics. Lisa Schwing with Dayton Children’s Hospital said if you have an infant walker, don’t use one. &ldquo...

4:34 PM Tuesday, Sep. 18, 2018

At least 9,000 children have been injured in infant walkers every year over the last 25 years. Most were head and neck injuries caused by falling down the steps, according to a new study released in The Journal of Pediatrics. Lisa Schwing with Dayton Children’s Hospital said if you have an infant walker, don’t use one. &ldquo...
Hurricane Florence could affect price tags in the Miami Valley
 Hurricane Florence is expected to produce billions of dollars in insured losses, and there is already evidence that the storm will impact prices in the Miami Valley and beyond, according to experts. “The damage that’s being done right now in North Carolina is already starting to creep into our future prices,” said University...

9:27 PM Monday, Sep. 17, 2018

Hurricane Florence is expected to produce billions of dollars in insured losses, and there is already evidence that the storm will impact prices in the Miami Valley and beyond, according to experts. “The damage that’s being done right now in North Carolina is already starting to creep into our future prices,” said University...
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