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Avoiding An Unnecessary C-section

Updated: 04/13/2016 - Consumer Reports looked into why so many women with low-risk first pregnancies end up having C-sections.

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Consumer Reports: Zika Insect Repellents

Updated: 03/08/2016 - Consumer Reports tests insect repellents for their effectiveness in avoiding mosquitoes that are infected with the Zika virus.

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Hidden Sugar in Food

Posted: 02/26/2016 - It's no secret that foods like soda and doughnuts are packed with added sugar. But it's also hiding in nutritious-sounding foods. Consumer Reports says you may be eating more of the sweet stuff than you think and it could be harming your health.

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Beware Of Calls From IPS

Updated: 01/26/2016 - We were among the first in the country to warn you about the fraudulent IRS scam phone calls. Now there's a new group of crooks circulating who's using the name IPS. They know just enough information to throw you.

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Safest Child Safety Seats

Posted: 12/10/2015 - Based on its latest tests, Consumer Reports is urging parents to move their children out of infant carriers and into rear-facing convertible seats at a younger age.

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Naughty and Nice Company Policies

Posted: 11/23/2015 - Consumer Reports has released its sixth annual Naughty and Nice list of consumer-friendly and not-so-friendly practices and policies at various companies.

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Should You Buy An Ultra HD TV?

Posted: 10/12/2015 - Sales of ultra high definition TVs are way up this year. With their great picture quality, it's no wonder. Consumer Reports has tested U-H-D sets from LG, Samsung and Sony in its labs.

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Laptop Problems

Posted: 10/12/2015 - A warning from Consumer Reports. If you've got an older laptop, prepare for it to stop working. The latest survey finds laptops that are more than three years old are much more likely to break. And once they're five years old, 25% have had a serious problem, often catastrophic. But one brand tops the rest when it comes to reliability.

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Top Pressure Washers

Posted: 10/12/2015 - Every year more than 6,000 people wind up in the emergency room from accidents involving pressure washers. They're powerful and handy clean- up tools, but their spray can be dangerous. Consumer Reports has some safety advice, along with its latest test results.

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Best Buy Leaf Blowers

Posted: 10/12/2015 - New tests and ratings for leaf blowers. Consumer Reports has tested and rated more than 60 of them, ranging in price from $60 for some handheld electric models to $800 for super powerful gasoline units.

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Shrinking Products

Updated: 10/12/2015 - Consumer Reports gets lots of feedback from readers who feel tricked by big companies. The magazine loves nothing more than going to bat for them. Now they've got folks scouring supermarket shelves for gotchas.

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Latest Sleep Medicine

Updated: 10/12/2015 - There's a new prescription sleep drug for people with insomnia. It's called Belsomra and acts on the brain differently than current medications. Consumer Reports took a closer look.

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Steamers to Smooth Wrinkles

Posted: 10/12/2015 - Consumer Reports just tested fabric steamers. They're useful time-savers that can spiff up your wardrobe and refresh your curtains.

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How Safe is Your Hospital?

Updated: 07/31/2015 - We trust hospitals to help make us well. What we don't expect is to get sick in a hospital. But every year about 648,000 hospital patients develop infections during their stay and about 75,000 die. Consumer Reports latest research finds that while some hospitals have been successful at cutting their infection rates, many have not.

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Safety Alert: Laundry Pods

Posted: 07/16/2015 - Young children put just about anything in their mouths. And when it's a liquid laundry pod, it can cause serious injuries. Government pressure has spurred manufactures to make the pods safer. Several companies recently announced new designs, and new voluntary safety standards are under discussion. In the meantime, Consumer Reports says liquid pods pose such a risk that it has stopped recommending them.

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Beware of Phone Scams

Updated: 05/27/2015 - Criminals are finding all sorts of ways to steal your money, posing on the phone as debt collectors or phony IRS agent, or pretending to protect you from credit-card fraud.

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Stopping Annoying Robocalls

Posted: 05/04/2015 - In a new study, Consumer Reports looks at ways to block unwanted calls from scammers.

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Protecting Your Privacy At Home

Updated: 04/30/2015 - Consumer Reports finds there are many connected devices that collect your personal information and send it over the Internet.

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Get Your Free Flights

Updated: 04/28/2015 - Consumer Reports did some exhaustive research and has insider tips on how to get airlines to give you the free travel you have earned.

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