TV Drug-Ad Claims: Take With a Large Grain of Salt

Television commercials for drugs apparently should be taken with a healthy dose of skepticism, says a new study that found that six out of 10 claims in the ads were misleading and one in 10 was false. Researchers analyzed 168 prescription drug ads airing between 2008 and 2010 on the nightly news, which draws a predominantly older audience and is considered a prime time for drug advertising. They found that nearly 60 percent “had misleading statements that omitted or exaggerated …

Atari: 7 Facts About the Video-Game Pioneer

If you were a teen or young adult in the 1970s and 1980s, the brand-name Atari was synonymous with cutting-edge cool – and not just because of that classic 1978 TV commercial in which a little kid bests Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.  From iconic arcade video games such as Pong and Asteroids to a line of early home gaming consoles that gradually evolved into personal computers, Atari – in its various corporate incarnations under different owners – did more than its share …