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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Low-Cost Laptops

Updated: 12/12/2014 - Prices for laptops are all over the map. Some can set you back thousands of dollars, while others cost $300 or less. Just in time for the holidays, Consumer Reports has tested some of the lowest-cost laptops to find out what they offer, and what they don't.

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