Consumer Alert: Side effects, airline prices and MacBook battery life

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News 12 New Jersey's Walt Kane takes a look at several issues impacting commuters in this week's Consumer Alert.

A new report finds that half a million Americans could be suffering from hearing or vision loss because of the side effects from certain medications.

The side effects may come from some antibiotics, blood pressure medications and cholesterol drugs. The report by Consumer Reports find that dozens of medications can affect various senses in a person's body. A list can be found on the Consumer Reports website. 

Medical experts say that any patient who notices sensory changes should consult their doctor.

After years of falling prices, airline fares may start to increase again. Delta Airlines says that it expects to raise its prices by 2 percent this spring. Other big airlines are expected to follow.

Apple Computers says the company has come up with a solution for reported battery life issues with the new MacBook Pro.

A software fix is now being tested and will soon be released, although the computer maker insists battery life would not have been a problem for most users. 

The battery life issue was spotted by reviewers at Consumer Reports magazine and was caused by a software glitch that only pops up if a user is on the internet in developer mode, which happens to be the setting the magazine uses in its tests.

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