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  • 6 Heart Tests and Cancer Screenings You Need Consumer Reports - 6 hours ago

    There has been a backlash in recent years against the annual checkup, the idea that each and every year you need a full head-to-toe accounting of your body's inner workings. Some tests, in partic...

  • Lab Report: Wi-Fi Cameras Can Be Knocked off Your Network Consumer Reports - Sat, Feb 13, 2016 12:00 PM EST

    Background: How Home Security Cameras Work They’re growing in popularity: Small video cameras that can sit anywhere in your home or business and let you keep an eye on things anywhere you have an...

  • Yes, There Is a Way to Get Generic Viagra Consumer Reports - Sat, Feb 13, 2016 6:00 AM EST

    If you’re looking for a less costly Viagra, you might want to ask your doctor about sildenafil—it’s the generic version of the drug Revatio, approved to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension. Sil...

  • Best Presidents Day Appliance Sales Consumer Reports - Fri, Feb 12, 2016 3:41 PM EST

    Presidents Day weekend is one of the best times of year to find sales on major appliances. Consumer Reports combed the websites of Best Buy, Home Depot, Lowe’s, and Sears and found some great dis...

  • 4 Ways to Get Insurance to Cover Your Prescription Drugs Consumer Reports - Fri, Feb 12, 2016 1:07 PM EST

    If your medication prices seem higher than last year, one culprit might be changes to your insurance company’s “formulary”—the list of drugs covered by your health plan. During the year, insuranc...

  • How to Get the Best Eyeglass Lenses Consumer Reports - Fri, Feb 12, 2016 12:52 PM EST

    Picking frames that look right is tough enough. After that all-important decision, you still have to choose eyeglass lenses and coatings. Those decisions are key to how well you’ll see and how mu...

  • Give the Gift of Travel on Valentine's Day Consumer Reports - Fri, Feb 12, 2016 11:13 AM EST

    If you're still trying to find the perfect Valentine's Day gift, here's an alternative to wine and chocolates. Surprise your spouse with travel, the most-desired gift on Cupid's day, according to...

  • Slide-in and Built-in Appliances Give Your Kitchen a Sleek Look Consumer Reports - Fri, Feb 12, 2016 9:08 AM EST

    Slide-in and built-in appliances are hot in kitchen design—these models sleekly integrate into their surroundings. Consumer Reports just tested the Sharp SM-D3070AS built-in microwave drawer (sho...

  • It's Not Too Late to Get the Flu Shot Consumer Reports - Fri, Feb 12, 2016 8:00 AM EST

    Still haven’t gotten your annual flu shot? “It’s not too late to get one, especially because this year’s flu got a late start in our hemisphere,” says Marvin M. Lipman, M.D., Consumer Reports' ch...

  • Android Wear Smartwatches Have a 'Me Too' Problem Consumer Reports - Thu, Feb 11, 2016 5:58 PM EST

    Is Android's open-source operating system saddling us with boring smartwatches? It sure seems that way. Given that companies such as LG, Motorola, and Huawei all use Android Wear, you'd think we'...

  • Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs May Be Linked to Diabetes Consumer Reports - Thu, Feb 11, 2016 1:01 PM EST

    You may have concerns about taking a cholesterol-lowering statin drug, such as atorvastatin (Lipitor and generic), rosuvastatin (Crestor), and simvastatin (Zocor and generic), after a recent stud...

  • Why Chronic Insomnia and Other Sleep Problems Get Ignored Consumer Reports - Thu, Feb 11, 2016 11:20 AM EST

    Up to 70 million Americans have a sleep disorder such as chronic insomnia—and this condition and others can bring persistent difficulty sleeping and subsequent trouble functioning during the day....

  • Dos and Don'ts of Itemized Deductions Consumer Reports - Wed, Feb 10, 2016 5:45 PM EST

    Itemized deductions can come and go like the weather: Each year Congress changes something, the Internal Revenue Service issues opinions, and tax courts make new rulings. If you like a challenge,...

  • Drone Privacy: Is Anyone in Charge? Consumer Reports - Wed, Feb 10, 2016 5:30 PM EST

    In 1942 a chicken farmer outside of Greensboro, North Carolina, sued the U.S. government. He said the frequent, low overflight of military aircraft on the adjacent runway was scaring his birds an...

  • 4 Signs Your Spouse Is Committing Financial Infidelity Consumer Reports - Wed, Feb 10, 2016 3:44 PM EST

    Valentine’s Day is a time to celebrate relationships, but consider putting a little time aside this month to discuss money. "Financial honesty and communication are paramount to a healthy, harmon......

  • Need Valentine's Day Ideas? These Apps Can Help. Consumer Reports - Wed, Feb 10, 2016 3:29 PM EST

    With Valentine's Day fast approaching, it's MVP time. Not the Most Valuable Player kind. More like Most Valuable Partner. You don’t need a bag full of rose petals or a dozen tea lights to whip up...

  • Beware of These Valentine's Day Scams Consumer Reports - Wed, Feb 10, 2016 1:09 PM EST

    Scammers want to get close to you on Valentine’s Day—close enough, that is, to swipe your credit card number, steal your personal information, and infect your computer with a virus that lets them...

  • Valentine's Day ETFs Aren't so Sweet Consumer Reports - Wed, Feb 10, 2016 10:43 AM EST

    Cocoa, the essential ingredient for all that chocolate Americans will be buying for Valentine's Day, was one of the few commodities to appreciate in price in 2015. According to World Bank data, t...

  • Tax Preparation: Save Time, Get Your Refund Faster Consumer Reports - Wed, Feb 10, 2016 10:30 AM EST

    Tax preparation. Ugh. If only you could wave a wand and complete your return instantly. Or better yet, just skip all that and go straight for the refund.  Alas, those options aren't available qui...

  • Why Your Valentine's Day Flower Delivery Might Be Late Consumer Reports - Tue, Feb 9, 2016 5:10 PM EST

    If you place an order for a Valentine's Day flower delivery online, you might miss a disclaimer that says the site does not guarantee delivery on major holidays—including Valentine's Day. The inf...

  • Why You Might Not Need That Stress Test Consumer Reports - Tue, Feb 9, 2016 4:22 PM EST

    Having a battery of medical tests may seem like a good idea—like your doctor is leaving no stone unturned in the quest for hidden disease. And getting the right test at the right time can be life...

  • Proposed Law Would Roll Back Mandatory Arbitration Consumer Reports - Tue, Feb 9, 2016 12:05 PM EST

    Two Democratic senators have introduced a bill that would cut companies' ability to push consumers with a grievance into arbitration instead of court. More and more, companies have clauses in the...

  • Tax deduction rules for charity donations Consumer Reports - Mon, Feb 8, 2016 12:00 PM EST

    If efforts to sell your unwanted stuff are unsuccessful, you can take a tax deduction for donations of used clothing and household items that are in good or better condition. You must be giving t...

  • What to Do If You're at Risk for Glaucoma Consumer Reports - Mon, Feb 8, 2016 8:00 AM EST

    Have you been told by your eye doctor that you have preglaucoma or "glaucoma suspect?" This doesn't means that you have glaucoma, which can damage the eye’s optic nerve and may result in vision ...

  • Save money with home office tax deductions Consumer Reports - Fri, Feb 5, 2016 4:45 PM EST

    Small-business owners bedeviled by expense calculations for their home office tax deductions can take advantage of an IRS rule that offers a potentially less time-consuming way to figure out some...

  • Protect yourself from a tax audit Consumer Reports - Fri, Feb 5, 2016 4:45 PM EST

    Tax audits are rare. The average taxpayer has a 1-in-100 probability of being formally audited by the IRS in a given year. The odds of a tax audit rise if, among other things, you itemize deducti...

  • The Trouble With Labels Like 'Natural' and 'All Natural' Consumer Reports - Fri, Feb 5, 2016 4:45 PM EST

    When you see the words “natural” or “all natural” on a food label do you think, no artificial ingredients? No GMOs? No pesticides? No antibiotics? In a recent survey (PDF) of more than 1,000 adul...

  • Why You Shouldn't Take Soma or Other Muscle Relaxers Every Day Consumer Reports - Fri, Feb 5, 2016 4:45 PM EST

    If you've ever had a back or neck muscle spasm, you know they can hurt, a lot. But taking muscle relaxants, especially every day, isn't a good idea, according to our experts at Consumer Reports B...

  • Crestor Goes Generic This Year Consumer Reports - Fri, Feb 5, 2016 4:35 PM EST

    One of the most commonly prescribed brand name drugs in the U.S., the cholesterol-lowering drug Crestor, will become available in a generic version later this year. If you've been paying high co-...

  • Don't make these income tax mistakes Consumer Reports - Fri, Feb 5, 2016 4:29 PM EST

    Tax mistakes can mean much more than just a computation error. The tax code is long and complex, so it's not surprising that wrong assumptions about preparing and filing taxes abound. Correcting ...

  • Best Time to Buy a TV: Super Bowl or Black Friday? Consumer Reports - Fri, Feb 5, 2016 1:00 PM EST

    For many of us, getting the absolute best deal on a TV has become a national pastime, fueling the type of adrenaline rush you usually only get from contact sports. (And if you shop in stores on B...

  • FDA Fields Complaints on Sleeping Pill Suvorexant Consumer Reports - Fri, Feb 5, 2016 12:40 PM EST

    A recent analysis of more than 1,000 safety reports submitted to the Food and Drug Administration about the sleeping pill suvorexant (Belsomra), found that it was associated with side effects suc...

  • How to Stream Super Bowl 50 Consumer Reports - Fri, Feb 5, 2016 10:13 AM EST

    As a journalist who’s been to the Super Bowl three times, I can tell you the best place to watch the game: on the couch in your living room, surrounded by family, friends, and plates filled with ...

  • Fastest, Lowest-Cost Holiday Shipping Consumer Reports - Fri, Feb 5, 2016 7:54 AM EST

    If you still haven’t sent your gifts to friends and family around the country, don’t worry—the carriers are ready to whisk your packages to their destinations in time for Christmas Day. But which...

  • Where to Get Tax Preparation Help Consumer Reports - Fri, Feb 5, 2016 7:54 AM EST

    It's bad enough to have to prepare your taxes. It's even worse when your tax return comes back to haunt you. The best way to prevent that from happening? Pick a good tax preparer. If you have fe...

  • 5 Ways to Order a Healthy Pizza for the Big Game Consumer Reports - Fri, Feb 5, 2016 7:00 AM EST

    Unless you make it yourself, it’s tough to serve up a healthy pizza. All the fat, calories, and sodium wouldn't matter as much if Super Bowl Sunday was the only day Americans ate pizza, but it’s ...

  • Mosquito Repellents That Best Protect Against Zika Consumer Reports - Thu, Feb 4, 2016 5:25 PM EST

    The World Health Organization has declared the rapid spread of the Zika virus—which has been linked to serious birth defects and is transmitted mainly by mosquitoes—an international public health...

  • Don't Risk a Super Bowl DWI Consumer Reports - Thu, Feb 4, 2016 4:32 PM EST

    Super Bowl Sunday is a major national party day, complete with snacks, beer, and big-screen TV action. But don't let the annual gridiron celebration turn into a personal tragedy by driving after ...

  • Is the New Fitbit Alta Stylish Enough? Consumer Reports - Thu, Feb 4, 2016 2:52 PM EST

    If you're waiting for a stylish fitness tracker to lure you into the wearable device game, Fitbit’s latest offering might have you covered. The Fitbit Alta is a couture accessory through and thro...

  • Making a Super Bowl Bet? You Might Owe Tax Consumer Reports - Thu, Feb 4, 2016 12:52 PM EST

    Betting on the Super Bowl has become as much of a ritual as picking the right beer and getting the best view of the TV. But an even older American ritual is confronting the outstretched hand of U...

  • Supermarket Prepared Meals: What to Watch Out For Consumer Reports - Thu, Feb 4, 2016 6:00 AM EST

     Barbecued pulled pork with garlicky greens. Spicy tuna rolls with avocado. Artichoke asiago rice croquettes. Are they menu choices at a white-tablecloth restaurant? These days, you’re just as li...

  • From Our Experts: Buying Prepared Food Consumer Reports - Thu, Feb 4, 2016 6:00 AM EST

    Between long work hours and frustrating commutes, there isn't always a lot of time to make healthy meals for your family. Buying prepared food at the supermarket is one option—if you choose caref...

  • How Prepared Foods Stack Up to Frozen Meals and Restaurant Takeout Consumer Reports - Thu, Feb 4, 2016 6:00 AM EST

    Prepared foods are now the rage in supermarkets. But many consumers who don’t want to cook still turn to two old standbys: restaurant takeout and frozen dinners. How do those three types of meals...

  • Tips on How to Win a Super Bowl Pool Consumer Reports - Wed, Feb 3, 2016 4:22 PM EST

    Americans will be betting billions of dollars on Super Bowl 50 this Sunday, according to the American Gaming Association. While much of that staggering total includes betting at sportsbooks (lega...

  • Best Last-Minute Super Bowl TV Deals Consumer Reports - Wed, Feb 3, 2016 1:54 PM EST

    If waiting until the last minute to find a great deal on a TV is part of your Super Bowl 50 game plan, we've got you covered. We've pored over all the ads and promotions leading up to the big gam...

  • 7 Reasons Why Airlines Can Bump You Consumer Reports - Wed, Feb 3, 2016 12:57 PM EST

    Most of us realize we need to be on our best behavior while traveling by air. Gate crews and flight attendants are particularly concerned about the possibility of a petulant passenger going off t...

  • Super Bowl Recipes for a Crowd Consumer Reports - Wed, Feb 3, 2016 9:42 AM EST

    Whether you're rooting for the Broncos or the Panthers on Super Bowl Sunday, you'll want your party guests to be cheering for the food you've cooked up. But crowd-pleasing party food isn't always...

  • Is Peach Still the Next Big Social Network? Consumer Reports - Wed, Feb 3, 2016 9:23 AM EST

    A few weeks ago, a social network named Peach arrived with a pedigree that made tech bloggers and Twitter nerds swoon over what could be the next big thing. Yes, I was skeptical: There are only s...

  • For Teens, Vaping Leads to More Cigarette Smoking, Study Finds Consumer Reports - Wed, Feb 3, 2016 6:00 AM EST

    Teens who vape—use an e-cigarette—were almost three times more likely to have started smoking tobacco cigarettes a year later than those who had never vaped, according to a recent study in the jo...

  • TV Calibration Will Turn Your Set Into a Super Bowl MVP Consumer Reports - Tue, Feb 2, 2016 6:02 PM EST

    If you're hosting a Super Bowl 50 party on February 7 when the Carolina Panthers take on the Denver Broncos at Levi's Stadium, you're probably spending more time thinking about what beer goes bes...

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