You go to the hospital to get well. But far too many people die after something goes wrong. Patients get the wrong drugs, fail to get needed tests or treatments or develop infections that could have been prevented.
The average bill for phone, Internet and TV runs more than $150 a month, according to market research firm, the Mintel Group. One way to trim your costs is to cut the cord and switch to a phone service that delivers calls via the Internet. Consumer Reports recommends a phone service called Ooma.
For something so simple as a toothbrush, there sure are a lot of choices. Buying a toothbrush can be daunting. There are fat ones, skinny ones, brushes that surround your teeth, ones that hang up and one that sits up on the counter all by itself. And of course there are all kinds of electric toothbrushes that brush your teeth for you.
Brand loyal with your toilet paper? Consumer Reports says you might want to reassess. Of the 19 different toilet papers it tested, more and more brands are skimping — fewer sheets, smaller sheets and narrower rolls.
Feeding a hungry baby isn’t always a picnic, but it shouldn’t be dangerous. A recent study in Clinical Pediatrics reports an alarming number of children suffer injuries from high chair accidents.
4-MeI is found in two kinds of caramel color that are used to make syrups brown. The chemical has been shown to cause cancer in mice and is a possible human carcinogen.
Walmart is America’s largest grocer, but in Consumer Reports' ratings of 55 supermarkets Walmart supercenters landed at the bottom, based on a survey of 27,000 of Consumer Reports’ subscribers.
There’s a growing problem in our supermarkets — good food gone bad. We’re not talking about wilted vegetables and rotten meat. These are once healthful foods that have been turned into something that’s no longer so good for you.
A Consumer Reports survey of 12,000 subscribers found extended warranties are an “expensive gamble.”
What’s the top-selling brand-name prescription drug in America? Nexium, “the purple pill.” We spend six billion dollars a year on it. It’s one of many proton pump inhibitors, or PPI’s, and it’s often prescribed for heartburn to keep your stomach from producing too much acid.
Paper towels are great for cleaning up spills and messes around the house. Consumer Reports tested 18 paper towels, including some from Bounty, Viva, and Brawny. Plus store brands like Costco’s Kirkland Signature and Walmart’s Great Value.
Consumer Reports testers make sure products offer peak performance and safety but recently they’ve found some problems with appliances.
Deceptive advertising generally violates the law, but regulators can’t monitor everything. So it’s up to shoppers to read the fine print. Especially, Consumer Reports cautions when they see certain advertising terms.
The Sony PlayStation 4 is one of the hottest selling gaming systems. The PS4’s parental controls can restrict content that you might not want your children to see, like violent or adult games. But Consumer Reports says you could be surprised by what the parental controls allow.