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2nd Annual Halloween Haunted House

2nd Annual Halloween Haunted House

It’s that time of year again. Halloween is just a few weeks away, and we have a "Haunted House" planned you won’t want to miss.

Designed by the same immensely creative volunteers who put together our first Haunted House, this one promises to be the most hair-raising, heart-stopping, nail-biting, jaw-dropping, Haunted House yet. It is even more goosebumpishly frightening than last year!

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and overall scariness (kids 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult), the Haunted House will be held at our Placerville Thrift Store "Just off 50" at 3961 El Dorado Road.

Nationwide Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on October 29

Nationwide Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on October 29

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to partner with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and participate in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day scheduled for October 29, 2011.  This is an opportunity for county residents to dispose of old and unwanted prescription drugs.  Three sites will be operating where these drugs can be disposed of free with no questions asked.  The hours of collection will be from 10a.m.

Pfizer, pharmacy group warn on counterfeit drugs

(AP) - Drugmaker Pfizer and a pharmacy standards group are warning consumers about the risks of counterfeit prescription medicines.

Pfizer Inc. and the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy are starting an educational campaign to explain the dangers and help people find legitimate online pharmacies.

The effort includes a website called AWARERx.com, a video series on a new YouTube channel called spotfakemeds, and takeovers of websites that counterfeiters have used to sell knock-offs of Pfizer medicines.

Counterfeit drugs can contain toxic substances such as rat poison or have the wrong amount of the real drug's active ingredient.

Pfizer says counterfeit versions of its impotence pill, Viagra, have been sold in at least 101 countries.

Naturally whiten your teeth with the right diet

WASHINGTON - Teeth whitening is the No. 1 requested cosmetic service, and its popularity continues to soar, according to a 2011 survey by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Typically, we pay cosmetic dentists $200 to $500 for at-home tooth whitening and $500 to $1,000 for in-office procedures.
Outside the dentist's office, it's every bit as popular. Americans spend billions every year on over-the-counter teeth-whitening products.

But there's an easier, cheaper and natural approach: the right diet.

'Toothbrush foods' to eat

Car-safety group: Half of child booster seats pose risks

Car-safety group: Half of child booster seats pose risks

Half of children's car booster seats can't ensure a proper fit with all safety belts, an insurance industry-funded safety group says in a report out today.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said six were so bad that it recommended parents avoid them.

Booster seats, which are recommended for children who have outgrown forward-facing child seats, are designed to raise kids up so adult-size safety belts fit properly.

"Not all boosters are doing that well," says Anne McCartt, the institute's research chief.

Children ages 4-8 in booster seats are 45% less likely to be injured in a crash than those using only seat belts.

Booster seats were rated based on how well they fit the roughly 20 million 4- to 8-year-olds with the lap and shoulder belts in a wide range of vehicles.

IIHS says its ratings are important because it's impossible to tell which booster seats are better just by comparing prices or features.