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Consumer Reports Partners with Reveal to Investigate the Nation’s $1.3 Trillion Student Debt Crisis

 

What Caused The Student Debt Crisis and What People Can Do About It

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – Consumer Reports has partnered with the nonprofit Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting to produce a special report examining the nation’s growing student debt crisis, in which some 42 million people owe $1.3 trillion. The report explores how the crisis occurred, and what people—including parents and students—can do about it today.

The education debt report is being released concurrently today by both institutions, with a cover story in Consumer Reports’ August issue, and online at both ConsumerReports.org/studentdebt and RevealNews.org/studentdebt

Consumer Reports survey finds 45% of people who have left college with student loan debt say college was not worth the cost; More than half reported problems making loan payments at least once.

Consumer Reports survey finds 45% of people who have left college with student loan debt say college was not worth the cost; More than half reported problems making loan payments at least once.

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Consumer Reports Sunscreen testing shows Nearly Half Did Not Meet their SPF Claims

 

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – While Consumer Reports urges consumers to use sunscreen, the organization’s latest tests show that you may not be as protected as you think—and it’s important to choose the right one.

In CR’s latest annual tests and ratings of 65 water-resistant lotions, sprays, and sticks with SPF claims of 30 or higher, the organization found that 28 of them—a full 43 percent of the sunscreens tested—tested below their advertised sun protection level. Two of the sunscreens tested, Banana Boat Kids Tear-Free, Sting-Free SPF 50 lotion and CVS Kids Sun Lotion SPF 50, tested at an SPF 8.

Nearly three-quarters of ‘natural’ sunscreens fell short of the SPF on their labels; Two “natural” sunscreens for kids claiming to be SPF 50 tested as SPF 8

Nearly three-quarters of ‘natural’ sunscreens fell short of the SPF on their labels; Two “natural” sunscreens for kids claiming to be SPF 50 tested as SPF 8

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Consumer Reports Survey Show 73% of Consumers Look for ‘Natural’ Labels at Grocery Stores; Many Are Unwittingly Misled

 

CR submits nearly 250,000 signatures demanding change

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – A new survey released by Consumer Reports today shows that the majority of consumers—73 percent—seek out foods labeled as ‘natural’ when they make food-purchasing decisions.

However, the term ‘natural’ on processed food labels has no clear meaning and is not regulated by any government agency. This is in contrast to 58 percent of consumers—15 percent less—who seek out the organic label, which is actually meaningful and backed by hundreds of pages of standards.

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Consumer Reports Investigates What Causes Pain, What Treats It, What Doesn’t – and How to Prevent It

 

Also, CR looks at the prescription painkiller epidemic, efforts to curb overuse of opioids, and surprising truths about medical marijuana

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – Persistent and chronic pain can be a frustrating, debilitating and expensive problem. According to the June issue of Consumer Reports, 125 million Americans in pain spend about $300 billion on treatments and care every year. But not all of that care is effective, and some of it may be costly or even dangerous.

To help consumers make better, more informed choices, Consumer Reports took a closer look at the issue of treating pain in a special report on what works and what doesn’t—and developed guidance on how to treat common ailments—including back, neck and joint pain.

Consumer Reports takes a look at What Causes Pain

Consumer Reports takes a look at What Causes Pain

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Consumer Reports Survey shows 61 Percent of Recently Married Couples admit to Exceeding their set Wedding Budget

 

New report reveals money-saving strategies to help couples to save money and still wed in style.

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – It’s a day many dream about their whole lives and the $60-billion-a-year wedding industry knows just how to stoke expectations and drum up sales.  While many couples have a limit on what they plan to spend on their wedding, a new Consumer Reports survey found that many of them go over budget, with some even dipping into savings and retirement accounts to pay for the occasion.

Consumer Reports National Research Center surveyed 464 Americans who’d had a wedding reception in the last five years; 78 percent of those newlyweds reported they had budgeted for their reception.

Consumer Reports’ secret shoppers find that some vendors charge a “wedding surcharge” for products and services.

Consumer Reports’ secret shoppers find that some vendors charge a “wedding surcharge” for products and services.

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General Mills Plans to Label All Products Containing Genetically Modified Foods (GMOs)

 

Represents a Major Win for Consumers’ Right to Know what’s In Their Food

Consumers UnionWashington, D.C. – The announcement by General Mills that it plans to label all of its products containing Genetically Modified Foods (GMOs) represents a major win for consumers’ right to know what’s in their food, according to Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy division of Consumer Reports.

General Mills is now the second major food company to agree to label products with these ingredients after Campbell Soup made a similar commitment in January.

General Mills is now the second major food company to agree to label products containing GMOs.

General Mills is now the second major food company to agree to label products containing GMOs.

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Consumer Reports 2016 Annual Brand Report Card shows Subaru and Mazda Keeping Pace with Luxury Brands

 

Audi, Subaru, Lexus, Porsche, BMW lead the pack

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – Consumers don’t always have to spend top dollar to get a great car. The Consumer Reports 2016 Brand Report Card reveals mainstream brands like Subaru and Mazda can often deliver as much quality as more opulent luxury brands.

The highest overall brand scores in Consumer Reports’ annual indicator of which brands make the best cars went to Audi (80) and Subaru (78). Consumer Reports currently Recommends 100 percent of each brand’s models that it has tested. Luxury brands Lexus (76), Porsche (76), and BMW (76) rounded out the top five in CR’s rankings.

Consumer Reports 2016 Brand Report Card lists Audi, Subaru, Lexus, Porsche and BMW top 5 Luxury Brands.

Consumer Reports 2016 Brand Report Card lists Audi, Subaru, Lexus, Porsche and BMW top 5 Luxury Brands.

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Consumer Reports selects Kia Sorento and Lexus RX as Best SUVs in 2016 Top Picks

 

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – Seven new vehicles made Consumer Reports’ 2016 Annual Top Picks list—the Mazda MX-5 Miata, Kia Sorento, Toyota Sienna, Toyota Camry, Lexus RX, Honda Fit, and Ford F-150 — in each of their respective categories.

The redesigned Ford F-150 was named best Pickup Truck, thanks in part to its fuel economy, quiet and spacious cabin, and much-improved infotainment system. It’s Ford’s first win in the category since 1999 and its first overall Top Pick honor since 2012.

Consumer reports names Ford F-150 top pickup truck for first time in 17 years.

Consumer reports names Ford F-150 top pickup truck for first time in 17 years.

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Senators Introduce Bills to Make College More Affordable and Help Americans Struggling With Education Debt

 

Consumers UnionWashington, D.C. – Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy division of Consumer Reports, praised a group of Senators today for introducing a package of bills that will help make college more affordable and assist those struggling to pay off their education debt.

The bills aim to ensure Pell grants cover more of the cost of higher education, enable Americans to refinance their loans at lower rates, and create a path for more students to afford community college without going into debt.

Consumers Union Calls On Congress to Take Action to Address America’s College Affordability and Education Debt Crisis

Consumers Union Calls On Congress to Take Action to Address America’s College Affordability and Education Debt Crisis

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Consumers Union reports Campbell Soup’s to products with Genetically Engineered Ingredients

 

Consumers UnionWashington, D.C. – Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy division of Consumer Reports, today praised Campbell Soup’s decision to label its products made with genetically engineered ingredients nationwide, not just in Vermont where a mandatory labeling law will go into effect in July.

The company, the first major food company to agree to label products with these ingredients, often referred to as GMOs, also announced its support for a national, mandatory and uniform labeling system for foods containing GMOs. «Read the rest of this article»

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