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Experts question benefits of fluoride-free toothpaste

Experts question benefits of fluoride-free toothpaste

Dental health experts worry that more people are using toothpaste that skips the most important ingredient — fluoride — and leaves them at a greater risk of cavities.
Most toothpastes already contain fluoride. While health authorities recognize fluoride as a cavity blocker, the internet is dotted with claims, often fr ... (full story)


Mueller Water

Dear Mr. Berko: My Morgan Stanley broker just recommended that I buy 800 shares of Mueller Water Products, which trades at $11.75. He insists it's a good stock to hold for 10 years because the water facilities at most cities are poorly maintained and in serious need of upgrades. Could I have your thoughts? -- TC, Joliet, Ill.
Dea ... (full story)


Advocates condemn psych techniques used to keep kids online

Advocates condemn psych techniques used to keep kids online

CHICAGO (AP) — Children's advocates want the American Psychological Association to condemn the tech industry's practice of using persuasive psychological techniques to keep kids glued to their screens.
The advocates, citing research that links excessive use of social media and video games with depression and academic troubl ... (full story)


Some cheap and risky stocks

Dear Mr. Berko: I began trading cheap stocks -- below $5 a share -- in 2001. I've had some good years and some bad years. Over the 17 years, I'm down about $19,000. I initially invested $100,000, and I've got $81,000 remaining. I've subscribed to 30 or 40 low-price stock services, and it's been lots of fun. Most of these stock servi ... (full story)


The Green Big Apple: New Yorkers document the city's plants

The Green Big Apple: New Yorkers document the city's plants

NEW YORK (AP) — Susan Hewitt found a special prize recently while wandering the streets of New York.
The 70-year-old spotted a mysterious patch of bright green leaves with tiny white flowers in a raised flower bed. It turned out to be tropical Mexican clover, a weed common in South America and Florida's orange groves, but n ... (full story)