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Products sold on late-night television often promise to solve pressing life problems like eliminating baked-on crud from cookware, mopping up gallons of spilled milk and preventing falls from ladders when cleaning gutters. But do they work?

Consumer Reports’ tests of 15 products sold through infomercials reveal that many of them are just not worth buying.

CR’s experts suggest that some of the products not worth paying for include The Slap Chop dicer, the Snuggie, the ShamWow, the Ab Circle Pro, Debbie Meyer Green Bags and the iRobot Looj gutter cleaner.

According to the report “Should you buy this now!?” infomercials are a mighty money machine. They can chop marketing costs to as little as one-tenth the size of a traditional advertising campaign and slice posted prices when they increase the total bill with shipping and handling fees and other extras.

The secret, according to an advertising expert, lies in neuroscience – infomercials are carefully scripted to pump up dopamine levels in your brain. The fun starts with dramatizations of a problem you didn’t know you had followed by an incredible solution, then a series of ever more amazing product benefits, bonuses, and giveaways, all leading to the final thrilling plunge of an unbelievably low price. After the ride, dopamine levels drop in five or six minutes, which is why they ask you to buy in the next three minutes.

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Wood Lane/Wood County Board of Developmental Disabilities is partnering with the Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission (RSC) to begin a new program called “Bridges to Transition.”

The program’s focus is to assist youth with developmental disabilities to acquire the needed skills to obtain employment upon graduation from high school.

National statistics indicate that youths with disabilities have significant difficulties with their transition from school to the demands of adult life.

“A student with a disability has less than a 20 percent chance of ever being employed in adult life if he or she does not have a job upon high school graduation,” said Wood Lane Employment Services coordinator Vic Gable. “Bridges is intended to change that outcome in Wood County.”

According to RSC, Bridges to Transition will generate new, high-quality transition assistance programs, expand services to young people with disabilities and maximize federal match funding for the state’s vocational rehabilitation program.

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January marks a special month for the unsung heroes who commit to helping the one in 10 hospital patients who need blood. Every year since 1970, blood collection organizations have honored people who roll up their sleeves to help save lives by designating January as National Blood Donor Month.

“You couldn’t pick a better month than January to recognize blood donors in your community and across the United States,” said Don Baker, CEO for the Western Lake Erie Region of the American Red Cross. “As the start of the new year, January represents a time of renewal. And when you donate blood, you’re giving someone hope for a new beginning on life.”

Last year, about eight million people volunteered to donate blood in the United States, and gave about 15 million units of whole blood and red blood cells. Those donations, Red Cross officials say, went to help patients needing blood transfusions for emergency and trauma care, for surgeries, or for the treatment of serious diseases like cancer or leukemia.

“Every two seconds, someone in America needs blood,” said Baker. “Chances are someone in your very community will need blood within the coming year.”

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Giving money to people along road

Do you feel compelled to give money to people holding signs along the road asking for money?
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