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How Safe is Your Hospital?

Updated: 8:58 AM - 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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Tax Mistakes To Avoid

Posted: 03/23/2015 - We are looking at the biggest mistakes people make when they file their taxes.

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CT Scans for Concussions

Posted: 03/02/2015 - The number of children rushed to the emergency room because of a head injury has increased dramatically in recent years, according to the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Often children undergo a C-T scan, also known as a CAT scan. But Consumer Reports cautions in many cases the test isn't needed and can lead to long-term health risks.

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Cell Phone Chargers

Posted: 01/16/2015 - Some cell phone batteries last a lot longer than others. Among the best in Consumer Reports' tests are Samsung Galaxy S4, S5, Alpha and Notes; the LG G phones; the Motorola Droid Turbo; and the Apple iPhone 6 Plus. Another option is to get a charging device.

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Super Snack Bars

Posted: 01/16/2015 - The most overcrowded section of your grocery store these days may well be the snack bar aisle. Sales are on the rise with 20% of Americans saying they munch at least one bar a day, according to Mintel Market Research. Consumer Reports sampled dozens of bars to help you find the best.

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Echo: Amazon's Answer Machine

Updated: 01/16/2015 - Online retail giant Amazon has introduced the Echo. It's similar to Apple's Siri or Google Now, using voice recognition to respond to your questions and commands. But instead of having to pull out your smart phone, Echo sits in one spot, making it particularly handy in a home or office. Consumer Reports takes a look at what the $200 device can do.

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Long-Lasting AA Batteries

Posted: 12/12/2014 - When you're making up your holiday checklist, there's one item you don't want to leave out - batteries. Double-As are the most popular size. Consumer Reports ShopSmart magazine sifted through test results, to find out which will keep you all powered up for less.

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