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Week of February 4, 2019 (see last week)

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Can You Trust Those DNA/Ancestry Tests?

test tube More and more people are using, 23andMe, and other services to have their DNA tested to learn about their heritage or for medical purposes. But can you trust the results? The CBC Marketplace program in Canada put five companies to the test by sending virtually identical DNA samples from a set of twins to five companies. The tests came back with often conflicting results. Here is how these companies evaluate your DNA (a separate story).

Dental Procedure Prices Vary Widely

teeth The price of dental care can be through the roof, even if you have insurance. Many dental plans have very low maximums payouts, typically between $750 and $1500. To get a sense of how variable the charges are for various dental procedures, Consumers' Checkbook did a survey, listing the highest, lowest, and average prices. See how your dentist compares. And here's a consumer tip: your state's "Obamacare" health exchange may sell dental policies at a discount compared to buying directly from the insurer. But do understand the limitations of each plan before buying, including the network of dentists that participate, coinsurance, deductibles, and exclusions.



See the Super Bowl Ads Again

Many people watch the Super Bowl more for the ads than for the game itself. In case you missed some of the commercials, or just want to see them again, here is where you can do it: site 1, site 2, and site 3.

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Mouse Print* -- Hey, Ghirardelli and Russell Stover, Where's the Chocolate?

mouse print Six California district attorneys recently charged two big chocolate companies with hoodwinking the public by overpackaging their chocolates to make consumers think they were getting more than they really were. That is our Mouse Print* story this week.

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Bargain of the Week

Small Appliances - $9.99 After Rebate at Macy's

Until Tuesday, February 5, while supplies last, Macy's has five Bella small appliances (toaster oven, panini maker, blender, slow cooker, and waffle maker) for $9.99 after $10 mail-in rebate prepaid card. Use "pick up at store" if ordering online to save shipping costs. Use the correct rebate form: for online orders or this one if buying in the store.

See also: Hot Deals

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Heavy Metals Found in Fruit Juice

Tests by Consumer Reports reveal that almost half of the nearly four dozen fruit juices tested contained concerning levels of lead, arsenic, or cadmium.

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