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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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Consumer Reports Finds it’s Too Difficult For Patients To Learn About Physicians’ Disciplinary Records

 

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – Thousands of doctors are currently practicing medicine while being on probation for issues ranging from sexual misconduct and drug addiction to unprofessional and dangerous treatment of patients. But it’s difficult and time-consuming for consumers to find out if their doctor is one of them, according to Consumer Reports.

A survey by Consumer Reports finds that 82 percent of Americans are in favor of requiring doctors to tell their patients if they are on probation and why. And 66 percent lean toward barring doctors from seeing patients until their probationary period ends.

Thousands of doctors still practice while being disciplined for sexual misconduct, substance abuse, and making careless, sometimes deadly, mistakes

Thousands of doctors still practice while being disciplined for sexual misconduct, substance abuse, and making careless, sometimes deadly, mistakes

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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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Consumer Reports Drugstore Survey reveals Huge Price Differences for Commonly Prescribed Drugs

 

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – In a national price scan of more than 200 pharmacies, Consumer Reports uncovered startling variation in drug costs at a time when unpredictable drug pricing is an increasing national concern.

The scan found that some drugs can cost as much as 10 times more at one retailer versus another—even within the same zip code.

CVS and RITE-AID are among the highest priced drug stores in nationwide price scan; CR finds some drugs can cost as much as 10 times more at one retailer than another, even in the same town or city.

CVS and RITE-AID are among the highest priced drug stores in nationwide price scan; CR finds some drugs can cost as much as 10 times more at one retailer than another, even in the same town or city.

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Consumer Reports finds Consumers are more Satisfied Doing Business with Credit Unions, Primarily Online Banks and Smaller Banks in recent Survey

 

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – When it comes to banking, bigger isn’t always better.  A recent subscriber survey conducted by Consumer Reports found that customers of credit unions, primarily online, and smaller traditional banks were more satisfied with their overall banking experience than those who do business with one of the nation’s four dominant mega banks: Bank of America, Chase, Citibank, and Wells Fargo.

The full report, “Choose the Best Bank for You,” is in the January 2016 issue of Consumer Reports and at ConsumerReports.org.   «Read the rest of this article»

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Consumer Reports says fewer Superbugs produced in Meats without Antibiotics

 

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – A review of a series of in-depth studies conducted by Consumer Reports show that, in general, meat, poultry and shrimp from animals raised without antibiotics are less likely to harbor multidrug-resistant bacteria than conventionally-produced meat from animals that get the drugs routinely.

During the past three years, Consumer Reports’ Food Safety and Sustainability Center has conducted tests of bacterial contamination in four different types of primarily raw and uncooked meat while also examining antibiotic resistance of bacteria as a consequence of antibiotic overuse, including the presence of dangerous “superbugs.” Hundreds of packages of meat, poultry and shrimp were methodically tested for bacteria and antibiotic resistance and analyzed by an expert team of scientists and statisticians.

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Consumer Reports Tests shows Conventional Ground Beef Twice as Likely to Contain Superbugs as Sustainable Beef

 

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – In Consumer Reports new tests of ground beef, 18 percent of the beef samples from conventionally-raised cows contained dangerous superbugs resistant to three or more classes of antibiotics used to treat illness in humans compared with just 9 percent of beef from samples that were sustainably produced.

Consumer Reports’ investigation comes as food poisonings are striking an estimated 48 million people in the U.S. each year with beef being a top cause of outbreaks. «Read the rest of this article»

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Consumer Reports digs into Car Insurance Quote Secrecy, Prices Are Rife With Inequities and Unfair Practices

 

Poor Credit May Raise Premiums Higher Than a Drunk Driving Conviction

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – The amounts drivers pay for their car insurance premiums are based on confounding algorithms that increasingly have more to do with socioeconomic factors than driving habits, according to extensive research conducted by Consumer Reports.

The organization, w­hich believes that knowledge about the going rate of any product or service is a fundamental consumer right, has released the findings of a two-year, in-depth car insurance investigation. The report analyzed more than 2 billion price quotes for sample drivers that were obtained in August and November 2014 from more than 700 companies across all 33,419 general U.S. ZIP codes. «Read the rest of this article»

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