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Consumer Reports says Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs are the Health Crisis of This Generation

 

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – Decades of inaction to curb the overuse of life-saving antibiotics by physicians, dentists, patients, and farmers has created hard-to-treat “superbugs” that are spreading and growing stronger, with dire consequences, according to Consumer Reports, the world’s largest and most trusted nonprofit consumer organization.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that the unrestrained use of antibiotics sickens at least 2.25 million Americans each year and kills another 37,000 people.

New report investigates the rise of the superbug and offers advice on immediate actions to thwart the spread; CR survey reveals 41 percent of Americans unaware of antibiotic resistance.

New report investigates the rise of the superbug and offers advice on immediate actions to thwart the spread; CR survey reveals 41 percent of Americans unaware of antibiotic resistance.

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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Study Finds Many Reverse Mortgage Ads Are Misleading

 

Advocates Urge CFPB to Protect Seniors From Reverse Mortgage Abuses

Consumer ReportsWashington, D.C. – A new study released by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau found that many advertisements for reverse mortgages contain incomplete or inaccurate information that can pose a serious risk to seniors who take out such loans.  The study was issued in conjunction with an advisory to consumers warning them to “watch out for misleading and confusing reverse mortgage advertisements.”

Consumers Union and Californians for Nursing Home Reform praised the CFPB for alerting seniors about the deceptive ads and urged the consumer watchdog to adopt reforms to protect seniors from reverse mortgage abuses. «Read the rest of this article»

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Consumer Reports looks to halt the spread of Superbugs

 

Consumer ReportsWashington, D.C. – Consumer Reports, the world’s largest and most trusted nonprofit consumer organization, on Monday announced its commitment to help wipe out antibiotic-resistant bacteria or “superbugs.”

Infections related to the use of antibiotics sicken about 2.25 million Americans each year and kill 37,000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Superbugs are strains of bacteria that are resistant to several types of antibiotics.

Superbugs are strains of bacteria that are resistant to several types of antibiotics.

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Consumer Reports tests Sunscreens and finds Eleven Products that didn’t meet their SPF Claims

 

Results reveal many provide excellent protection from UVA & UVB rays, some at a low cost; Natural sunscreens don’t work all that well according to CR’s tests

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – When shopping for sunscreen, SPF (sun protection factor) is usually an important feature for consumers.  Consumer Reports recently tested 34 sunscreens and found almost a third of them didn’t meet the SPF claim on their labels, missing the mark by anywhere from 16 to 70 percent.

But there’s good news too: many of the sunscreens Consumer Reports tested met their SPF claims and some of the most effective products were also the lowest-priced.   «Read the rest of this article»

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Consumer Reports Tests Found Insect Repellents That Are Safer, More Effective Than Some Deet Products

 

For the first time, picaridin & oil of lemon eucalyptus products top the ratings

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – there is good news for consumers concerned about dousing their skin with potentially harmful repellents in order to arm themselves against insect bites. Consumer Reports tests found the more effective bug repellents were also among the safer choices.

For the first time ever in Consumer Reports tests, the top scorers (Sawyer Fisherman’s Formula & Repel Lemon Eucalyptus) outperformed products that contained up to 25 percent deet, a chemical that can cause serious side effects. «Read the rest of this article»

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ShopSmart Uncovers True Cost of Convenience at the Supermarket

 

When it pays to buy recipe-ready fresh foods and when it doesn’t

ShopSmart MagazineYonkers, NY – Precut fresh fruits, veggies, and meats may help get dinner on the table faster, but the markups on these can be huge.

The June 2015 issue of ShopSmart, from Consumer Reports, uncovered how much more shoppers will pay for 12 ready-to-cook items versus their unprepped counterparts including onions and green beans, which pre-cut, cost 370 and 192 percent more respectively. «Read the rest of this article»

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Consumer Reports Tests of Frozen Shrimp finds Potentially Harmful Bacteria and Illegal Antibiotic Residues

 

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – Shrimp has surpassed tuna in popularity, with each American consuming almost 4 pounds of it on average per year.

However, if shrimp isn’t raised, caught, and handled properly, this popular seafood item can pose some potential risks to consumers and the environment.

Consumer Reports recently tested 342 samples of frozen shrimp – 284 raw and 58 cooked – and found bacteria that can potentially make a consumer sick and illegal antibiotic residues that raise some cause for concern.

Consumer Reports recommends buying responsibly-caught U.S. wild shrimp when possible.

Consumer Reports recommends buying responsibly-caught U.S. wild shrimp when possible.

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ShopSmart’s gives Secrets to Big Savings at the Supermarket without Coupons

 

A month-to-month breakdown of what to buy when, plus storage tips to make food last

ShopSmart MagazineYonkers, NY – Clipping coupons can be a chore, but there are secrets to slashing grocery bills without using coupons.

The April 2015 issue of ShopSmart, from Consumer Reports, uncovers ways to track supermarket sales cycles and other special discounts for big savings, plus food storage tips so shoppers can stock up on items when they are on sale. «Read the rest of this article»

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Consumer Reports’ Supermarket Ratings continues to be dominated by Publix, Wegmans and Trader Joe’s

 

Walmart Supercenter still among lowest-rated grocers in latest survey; Fresh, high-quality produce & store-made meals a top consideration

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – In Consumer Reports’ new supermarket survey, Wegmans, Publix, and Trader Joe’s remain at the top of the Ratings of 68 of stores nationwide.

Also earning high overall satisfaction scores were Fareway Stores, Market Basket (Northeast), Costco, and Raley’s.  Once again, America’s largest grocer, Walmart Supercenter, landed at the bottom, along with A & P and Waldbaums, two smaller regional chains. «Read the rest of this article»

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ShopSmart Crowns lists Top Brands for Appliances, Electronics and more

 

The winners in appliances, electronics, and cars; Plus, brands to avoid

ShopSmart MagazineYonkers, NY – Each year, the experts at ShopSmart, from Consumer Reports, test thousands of products to help shoppers navigate the crowded marketplace and decide where to spend their dollars.

ShopSmart’s April 2015 issue highlights some of the appliances, electronics, and cars from brands that performed well in tests and received high scores in owner-reliability surveys within the past three years. «Read the rest of this article»

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