FTC Sending Refund Checks Totaling More Than $9.8 Million to People Who Were Charged for “Free Trials” for Health Products

The Federal Trade Commission is mailing 227,000 refund checks totaling more than $9.8 million to people who bought “fat burning” and “weight loss” products and other dietary supplements, DVDs, or skin creams, including Pure Green Coffee Bean Plus and RKG Extreme, from Health Formulas LLC and related companies. The average refund amount is $43.
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This study investigated the relations between achievement and several core aspects of motivation for mathematics in primary school: self-efficacy, self-concept, task value, and mathematics anxiety (N = 4306 students of grade 2 – 6). Moreover, it was investigated whether these relations were similar or different for low-achieving, average-achieving, and high-achieving students. Students completed a standardised mathematics achievement test at T1 and T3 and a mathematics motivation questionnaire at T2. Working memory was measured as a covariate. Self-efficacy and self-concept were combined into a single perceived compe...
Source: Contemporary Educational Psychology - Category: Child Development Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 12 August 2018Source: Food Research InternationalAuthor(s): Enda Cummins, Almudena Hospido, Jan F.M. Van Impe
Source: Food Research International - Category: Food Science Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 12 August 2018Source: Food Research InternationalAuthor(s): M. Villalva, L. Jaime, D. Villanueva-Bermejo, B. Lara, T. Fornari, G. Reglero, S. SantoyoAbstractAchillea millefolium L. is a plant widely used in traditional medicine. Nowadays, there is a growing concern about the study of its bioactive properties in order to develop food and nutraceutical formulations. Supercritical anti-solvent fractionation (SAF) of an A. millefollium extract was carried out to improve its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities. A selective precipitation of phenolic compounds was achieved in the precip...
Source: Food Research International - Category: Food Science Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 12 August 2018Source: Food Research InternationalAuthor(s): Katelene Lima, Olga Silva, Maria Eduardo Figueira, Carolina Pires, Daisy Cruz, Samuel Gomes, Elisabete Muchagato Maurício, Maria Paula DuarteAbstractThe phenolic profile and antioxidant activity of Cape Verde's Artemisia gorgonum Webb and Hyptis pectinata (L.) Poit. infusions before and after in vitro simulation of the gastrointestinal digestion were determined. The LC-UV/DAD fingerprinting analysis allowed the identification of 3-O-caffeoylquinic acid, chlorogenic acid, 3,5 dicaffeoylquinic acid, 4,5-dicaffeoylquinic acid...
Source: Food Research International - Category: Food Science Source Type: research
In this study, for the first time, both the extraction of carotenoids from the peel of tucumã and peach palm fruits and their carotenoid profile were investigated. The carotenoid contents of the peel of both fruits were higher than those found in the pulp. The highest yield of carotenoids from both fruit peels were obtained at the solid-liquid ratio of 1:7 (w/v), 80 min of shaking and by adding 30% of ethyl acetate in acetone, being β-carotene the major carotenoid (7.8 and 7.3 mg/100g for tucumã and peach palm, respectively), followed by γ-carotene and δ-carotene. Thus, peels of tucumã...
Source: Food Chemistry - Category: Food Science Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 12 August 2018Source: Results in PhysicsAuthor(s): Shunji NakataAbstractAn adiabatic reversible circuit was designed for charging a Lithium ion capacitor. The duty ratio of the switching transistors is digitally controlled by a microprocessor. A Lithium ion capacitor has the minimum and the maximum operating voltage. Therefore, the charging voltage is set to be in that range. Using this energy storage system, it is clarified from the experiment that the efficiency is 95.5 % during charging and also discharging process. Then the total efficiency is 91.2 % during one cycle, which is the bes...
Source: Results in Physics - Category: Physics Source Type: research
In this study, a pressure sensor based on the photo elastic effect in a waveguide in z-cut LiNbO3 diaphragm has been made. In the waveguide, polarization of light changes due to the external pressure. It has been shown that z-cut LiNbO3 provides more pressure sensitivity than other commonly used materials such as silicon and glass.
Source: Sensors and Actuators A: Physical - Category: Physics Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 12 August 2018Source: Sensors and Actuators A: PhysicalAuthor(s): Durga Nand Mahaseth, Lokesh Kumar, Tarikul IslamAbstractTo obtain the solutions to the problem of linearization of the sensor characteristics is a matter of investigations for a long time. This paper presents a new and simple piecewise linearizing circuit to compensate the nonlinearity of highly nonlinear sensor. It is having a mixed signal conditioning circuit, employing a 2-bit flash ADC, a (4×1) multiplexer and the Op amp-based signal conditioning units. The circuit was initially simulated using SPICE software and ...
Source: Sensors and Actuators A: Physical - Category: Physics Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 12 August 2018Source: Physics of the Earth and Planetary InteriorsAuthor(s): Donna Eberhart-Phillips, Bill FryAbstractWe have developed a joint inversion of local earthquake and teleseismic data and applied it in New Zealand to obtain improved 3-D seismic velocity, Qp and Qs models. To accommodate sharper detail where there are dense local earthquake data, varied spatial resolution is enabled with linking of nodes into larger inversion elements where data are sparse. The teleseismic t∗ measurements are obtained by stacking and removing the average for the common source and path. Th...
Source: Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors - Category: Physics Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 12 August 2018Source: Journal of BiotechnologyAuthor(s): C. Schirmer, J. Posseckardt, A. Kick, K. Rebatschek, W. Fichtner, K. Ostermann, A. Schuller, G. Rödel, M. MertigAbstractRecently it has been proposed to use sensors based on genetically engineered reporter cells to perform continuous online water monitoring. Here we describe the design, assembly and performance of a novel flow-through device with immobilized genetically modified yeast cells that produce a fluorescent protein upon stimulation with diclofenac whose intensity is then detected by fluorescence microscopy. Although o...
Source: Journal of Biotechnology - Category: Biotechnology Source Type: research
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