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Consumer Reports answers the question, “Which hospital should you go to if you need heart surgery?”

 

Consumer Reports’ first-ever Ratings of more than 400 hospitals can help patients find the right one

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – Consumer Reports’ first-ever Ratings of hospitals for heart surgery finds some top-rated hospitals in surprising places, and that performance can vary widely—even at neighboring hospitals in the same geographic area.

The Ratings, which look at heart bypass surgery and aortic valve replacement surgery, cover more than 400 hospitals nationwide.

“It’s extremely difficult for consumers to find out which hospitals and surgeons have the best result with their specific heart procedure. But it shouldn’t be so hard,” said John Santa, M.D., medical director of Consumer Reports Health. “Hospitals and doctors should make their information accessible and understandable, so families can make informed choices when they make life and death decisions.” «Read the rest of this article»

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Consumer Reports Guide to Building a Social Kitchen Designed To Last On Any Budget

 

How to plan a remodeling budget to create space to accommodate parties, homework & more; Plus, Ratings of countertops, flooring, appliances and the best places to shop for them

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – Today’s kitchens are built for entertaining, digital networks and cooking, but creating one that meets all of these needs can be a challenge.

Consumer Reports has compiled a comprehensive kitchen remodeling guide that features essential steps to creating a truly social kitchen on any budget that is featured in the July 2014 issue of Consumer Reports and online at www.ConsumerReports.org.

The report also includes complete Ratings of countertops, flooring, major appliances and appliance stores. «Read the rest of this article»

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Consumer Reports Survey shows 62 Percent of Online Consumers Do Nothing to Protect Their Internet Privacy

 

1 in 7 Notified of Personal Data Breach Last Year; Victims of E-mail Phishing Scams Up 22 percent from 2012

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – Despite a rash of high-profile data breaches and cyber threats, an alarming 62 percent of U.S. online consumers have done nothing to protect their privacy on the Internet, according to a recent national Consumer Reports survey.

Perhaps not surprisingly, the number of victims is on the rise. One in seven online consumers were notified that their personal data had been breached in 2013 – a 56 percent increase from 2012. And a projected 11.2 million people fell for e-mail phishing scams, up 22 percent from the previous year. «Read the rest of this article»

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Honda Accord Hybrid Delivers Class-Leading Fuel Economy, but Falls Well Short of EPA’s 47 MPG Estimate according to Consumer Reports

 

Jeep Grand Cherokee and BMW 328d diesels shine, Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid underwhelms

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – Consumer Reports fuel economy tests found the Honda Accord Hybrid delivered impressive overall fuel-economy, tying the smaller Honda Civic Hybrid and just below the top-performing Toyota Prius hatchback.

The Accord Hybrid’s 40-mpg performance on Consumer Reports combined city and highway tests make it a class leader for fuel economy among midsized sedans.

2014 Honda Accord Hybrid

2014 Honda Accord Hybrid

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Consumer Reports Tests Raise Questions About Some Sunscreens Claimed SPF Protection

 

Many provide excellent protection from UVA and UVB rays; Five common myths about sunscreen debunked

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – When it comes to sunscreen, SPF (sun protection factor) is the feature that influences consumers’ purchasing decision most.

In its tests of 20 sunscreens, Consumer Reports found two products – BullFrog WaterAmor Sport InstaCool SPF 50+ and Coppertone Sensitive Skin SPF 50 – that provided the SPF promised on the label. «Read the rest of this article»

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ShopSmart’s Closet Solutions for $25 or less

 

Low-cost & no-cost fixes for overstuffed closets; Plus the best DIY closet systems

ShopSmart MagazineYonkers, NY – Those looking to tame an out-of-control closet or for smart ways to store clothes may already have the tools they need handy. The June 2014 issue of ShopSmart, from Consumer Reports, highlights more than two dozen fixes for disorganized closets for $25.00 or less – and some of solutions may cost nothing at all.

The feature also identifies four great do-it-yourself closet systems that cost a lot less than ones installed by professionals. «Read the rest of this article»

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Consumer Reports research finds Many Hospitals do Too Many C-sections

 

Consumer Reports releases most comprehensive info ever on C-section rates for individual U.S. hospitals, covering 1,500 hospitals in 22 states

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – A Consumer Reports analysis of over 1,500 hospitals in 22 U.S. states suggests that some hospitals do a much better job than others at helping mothers avoid unnecessary C-sections.

Consumer Reports’ Ratings are the largest one-stop shop for consumers to compare hospitals on C-section rates. The Ratings show dramatic variation in the percentage of women who have their babies delivered through a surgical incision using a cesarean section or C-section—even between hospitals in the same community.

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Consumer Reports looks at products that let your run your Home from your Phone

 

Findings from the latest tests of home automation products including smart appliances, app-enabled locks, musical toilets and more

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – The number of home automation products is exploding. And according to a survey of nearly 2, 500 subscribers from Consumer Reports, almost 20 percent of respondents who have a smart phone or tablet already use it to remotely control some aspect of their home, and almost 70 percent of those who don’t voiced interest in doing so in the future. «Read the rest of this article»

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ShopSmart Magazine survey shows what shoppers will do to save money

 

America’s bargain-hunting habits: What shoppers will and won’t do to save a buck

ShopSmart MagazineYonkers, NY - You might already be a pretty shopping-savvy saver, and we’re not encouraging you to become a crazy-coupon lady, but there’s no reason you can’t save even more by checking out the lengths to which other bargain-hungry shoppers will (or won’t) go for a great deal. «Read the rest of this article»

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Consumer Reports says 3.1 Million Smart Phones Were Stolen In 2013, Nearly Double from Year Before

 

1.4 Million Had a Smart Phone that was Lost and Never Recovered

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – Smart phone theft is on the rise. About 3.1 million Americans were the victims of smart phone theft in 2013, according to Consumer Reports’ Annual State of the Net survey. That’s nearly double the 1.6 million thefts that the company projected in 2012.

At least 1.4 million smart phones were lost and not recovered last year, up slightly from the 1.2 million in 2012, Consumer Reports projects. «Read the rest of this article»

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