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15 Supplements That Carry Serious Health Risks | Posted 08.02.2016 | Healthy Living

By Amanda MacMillan Despite their popularity in pharmacies, health food stores, and even hospitals, over-the-counter dietary supplements are not re...

What If You Crossed a Sears Catalogue With Consumer Reports?

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 06.09.2016 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

When I was in high school, I had a summer job delivering Sears catalogues. What a great job. I got to drive all over the Maryland suburbs of Washing...

New Report Recommends Babies Switch To Convertible Car Seats By Age 1

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 01.13.2016 | Parents

After conducting a series of crash tests, Consumer Reports has issued a new car seat guideline. The organization recommends that parents move their ba...

Reduced Use of Antibiotics in Animal Agriculture

Elizabeth Glass Geltman | Posted 01.04.2016 | Green
Elizabeth Glass Geltman

Routine use of antibiotics in animal agriculture to increase growth and as a prophylactic measure to prevent disease in crowded conditions also contributes to antibiotic resistance. In fact, about 80 percent of antibiotics sold in the United States are used in meat and poultry farms.

The False Divide Between Digital vs. Traditional Media

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 12.06.2015 | Business
Tom Doctoroff

This post argues two basic points. First, and contrary to conventional "digital eco-system" thinking, both traditional and new media are useful at each stage. And, second, the decision making process -- and media needed to stimulate behavior change -- depends on category type.

Theranos, Tesla, and the Achilles Heel of Disruption

Mary Buffett | Posted 10.27.2015 | Business
Mary Buffett

For those who have been following this week's food fight between Theranos and The Wall Street Journal, there are illustrative lessons to be learned su...

Tesla, The American Dream And The New American Reality

Jeff Wald | Posted 10.01.2016 | Business
Jeff Wald

Tesla is only freely allowed to sell cars directly to consumers in six states, four more allow it with restrictions. In many states your government outright bans you from directly buying the best and safest car ever made.

How Much Bacteria Is in Your Burger?

Chris Hunt | Posted 09.04.2016 | Green
Chris Hunt

Just in time to put a damper on your Labor Day barbecue, the latest edition of Consumer Reports Magazine hit newsstands yesterday with the cover story, "How Safe is Your Ground Beef?" Our two-word summary: Not very.

Tesla's Model S Is So Great It Broke Consumer Reports' Scoring System

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 08.27.2015 | Business

Its price tag aside, the Tesla Model S P85D is nearly perfect. A year after Consumer Reports published a harsh critique of the electric sedan it once ...

Consumer Reports No Longer Recommends Liquid Laundry Detergent Pods

The Huffington Post | Carly Ledbetter | Posted 07.17.2015 | HuffPost Home

Laundry pods may be convenient solutions to heavy detergent containers, but the colorful pods have contributed to 11,000 poison-control centers cases ...

Customer Service or Lip Service?

Ira Kalb | Posted 07.01.2016 | Business
Ira Kalb

Remember the "old days" when you could buy a product and count on competent service after purchase? Doesn't it seem that those days are long gone? Instead of customer service, most customers get lip service

Ouch! 9 of the Least Safe Hospitals in Illinois

Reboot Illinois | Posted 06.23.2016 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

If you want to make sure you get the best quality care from hospitals in your area, Consumer Reports' 2015 rankings of the safest hospitals in Illinois is a good place to start your research.

The SPF Number On Your Sunscreen Bottle May Not Be Accurate

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 05.22.2015 | Healthy Living

When it comes to skin care products, it's important to know about any unwanted chemicals lurking in that ingredient label. But when it comes to sunscr...

Why Wegmans Is America's Favorite Supermarket

The Huffington Post | Jenny Che | Posted 04.06.2015 | Business

Customers love the freshness of its products. But that's not all...

Is Cruz a Brainy Reactionary or Just ‘Right' for Evangelical GOP? Or Both?

Mark Green | Posted 03.30.2015 | Politics
Mark Green


Remember that post-2012 RNC "autopsy" that was supposed to expand the party? Now comes contender Cruz who wants the base to vote, not grow. Ron Christie & Gara LaMarche debate whether he's the party's RX or poison. And has Baker's break with Bibi created a problem for "Bush45"?

O'Really? vs. Corn: Didn't Franken Cover This in His Senate-Boosting 'Lying Liars' No. 1 Book?

Mark Green | Posted 03.02.2015 | Politics
Mark Green


Corn & Christie debate the need for auto safety regulation on 50th of Unsafe at Any Speed (consensus yes) & for Net Neutrality (split decision). Also, do Bill-O's "war stories" matter since he's a) an influential public figure or b) a smug, blustery braggart as his business model?

The Top Five Empty Promises by Comcast

Chris Meyer | Posted 04.12.2015 | Business
Chris Meyer

It's been one year since Comcast unveiled its bid to merge with its fellow cable-and-Internet behemoth Time Warner Cable. The deal is currently under review by the federal government.

An "Informed Consumer" of Students' Test Scores

Jack Jennings | Posted 04.11.2015 | Education
Jack Jennings

The care we give to buying a vacuum cleaner is absent when we consider the test scores released to the news media by the states and local school districts. And, from those test scores the news media, politicians, and the general public reach simplistic conclusions about the effectiveness of public education.

These Tried And Tested Appliances Will Add Two Hours To Your Day

The Huffington Post | Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson | Posted 01.12.2015 | HuffPost Home

God bless the good folks at Consumer Reports. They found a few hours to test out a slew of new appliances that they say could save you more than 2 hou...

WTF Is A Self-Cleaning Oven, Anyway?

The Huffington Post | Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson | Posted 12.03.2014 | HuffPost Home

Unless you've mastered the clean-as-you-go approach to hosting, the aftermath of a dinner party can feel a lot like the hangover that comes with it --...

Are Extended Warranties Worth the Cost?

Jason Alderman | Posted 01.05.2015 | Money
Jason Alderman

You're in final negotiations to buy a new car and the dealer is urging you to protect your $20,000-plus investment by purchasing an extended warranty (also known as a service contract). Are these costly add-ons worth the expense or simply a sucker bet intended to boost the seller's bottom line?

Scott Hits the Fan and GOP Hits the Czar

HuffPost Radio | Posted 10.19.2014 | Politics
HuffPost Radio


AIDs cases pile up but POTUS40 says nothing. After three Ebola patients in Dallas, POTUS44 sends 4000 troops/medical personnel to West Africa, creates CDC SWAT teams, appoints Czar -- NOT ENOUGH says GOP! Ebola Derangement Syndrome?

Most Foods Labeled 'Natural' Actually Contain GMOs

Reuters | Posted 12.07.2014 | Business

By Carey Gillam Oct 7 (Reuters) - A majority of U.S. packaged foods labeled as "natural" and tested by Consumer Reports actually conta...

Time to Blow the Whistle on Sports TV Blackouts

Chris Meyer | Posted 11.29.2014 | Politics
Chris Meyer

Back in 1975, the Federal Communications Commission put a rule in place that says cable companies can't carry games that have been blacked out locally, and that rule was eventually extended to satellite TV providers as well.

iPhone 'Bendgate' May Be Overblown: Consumer Reports

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 09.28.2014 | Technology

“Bendgate” may be a bit overblown. Consumer Reports ran lab tests on the two new iPhone models, and found that it is difficult to bend the devi...