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Pancake Syrup Health Concerns

Posted: 03/30/2014 - Consumer Reports recently reported that some kinds of caramel color in soft drinks can contain a potential carcinogen. Now it’s tested several brands of pancake syrups. The results underscore why consumers should be aware of how much food they eat that lists caramel color on the label.

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Supermarket Savings

Posted: 03/27/2014 - How often do you shop at the supermarket? The average American makes 88 trips a year, according to the Food Marketing Institute. And the average amount spent is about 6-thousand dollars. Consumer Reports’ survey of more than 27-thousand of its readers can help you find the best place to put all that time and money.

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Problem-Solving Vacuum

Posted: 03/24/2014 - A new vacuum from Kenmore could be the answer to one of the main reasons vacuums stop working — the belt breaks. Consumer Reports tested to see how well Kenmore’s beltless vacuum delivers.

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Closet Organizers For Spring Cleaning

Posted: 03/23/2014 - With spring cleaning just around the corner, you may be vowing to straighten out your messy closets. Plenty of do-it-yourself kits promise to provide the rods, shelves, and drawers you need to turn chaos into order. Consumer Reports tested several closet organizers, priced from under 100 dollars to more than 500.

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Overuse Of The #1 Prescription Drug

Posted: 03/23/2014 - What’s the top-selling brand-name prescription drug in America? Nexium, “the purple pill.” We spend six billion dollars a year on it. But Consumer Reports says Nexium, and drugs like it, are overused.

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Best Paper Towels

Posted: 03/13/2014 - The average household goes through at least one roll of paper towels a week. The costs can quickly add up, so you want paper towels that give you your money’s worth. Consumer Reports ran side-by-side tests to find the best.

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Fallout From Target's Data Breach

Posted: 03/13/2014 - The average household goes through at least one roll of paper towels a week. The costs can quickly add up, so you want paper towels that give you your money’s worth. Consumer Reports ran side-by-side tests to find the best

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Ad Tricks and Traps

Posted: 03/09/2014 - When it comes to advertising, what you see isn’t always what you get –– seductive half-truths and outright deceptions are common. But Consumer Reports has some good advice about advertising terms you should not take at face value.

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Ad Tricks And Traps

Posted: 03/09/2014 - When it comes to advertising, what you see isn’t always what you get –– seductive half-truths and outright deceptions are common. But Consumer Reports has some good advice about advertising terms you should not take at face value.

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Beware Of Tax Scams

Posted: 03/09/2014 - As accountants gear up for tax season, so do the scam artists. Tactics range from promises of a faster or bigger refund to threats of arrest or prosecution. The government estimates scams will cost taxpayers 21-billion dollars this year. Consumer Reports tells you how to avoid them.

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Nest Smoke Alarm & CO Detector

Posted: 03/02/2014 - You know the problem — you’ve burnt the toast and the smoke alarm won’t quit, so you rip it from the wall or pull out the batteries. Consumer Reports tested a new combo smoke alarm and CO detector that offers a better solution. It’s from Nest Labs, the company that Google bought recently for more than three billion dollars.

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Bad News Appliances

Posted: 03/02/2014 - Consumer Reports tests more than three-thousand products a year. Plenty of them work just fine, and Consumer Reports finds appliances are generally getting more reliable. But some products are far from perfect.

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Skip Extended Car Warranties

Posted: 03/02/2014 - It’s any car owner’s fear — needing a costly repair just after the warranty has run out. Extended warranties promise peace of mind. But they’re expensive, typically more than a thousand dollars. The Consumer Reports National Research Center checked to see if they’re worth it.

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Complicated Car Controls

Posted: 02/23/2014 - If you’re having trouble working your car radio or can’t get your Bluetooth to function, you’re not alone. In Consumer Reports National Research Center’s survey, drivers of recent model cars reported the high-tech controls were giving them lots of trouble.

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E-Cigarettes Under The Microscope

Posted: 02/23/2014 - E-cigarette sales have exploded, from 500-million dollars in 2012 to an estimated one-and-a-half billion dollars in 2013. With that kind of money up for grabs, Big Tobacco has created its own brands of e-cigarettes and is spending big bucks on commercials. Consumer Reports has been watching this new product closely.

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T-Mobile's New Offer Analyzed

Posted: 02/23/2014 - If you’re a Sprint, Verizon, or AT&T customer, T-Mobile is trying to entice you to break your contract and jump ship. As an incentive, T-Mobile is offering to pay the penalty fee, up to 350 dollars for every line you switch. Consumer Reports checks out the offer.

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Trans Fat Hasn't Disappeared

Posted: 02/17/2014 - Artificial trans fat may be on the way out. The Food and Drug Administration has taken steps to essentially ban it, saying partially hydrogenated oils — the main source of trans fat — are no longer generally recognized as safe. But Consumer Reports says at this point you can still find trans fat in many products.

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Dyson VS. Swiffer

Posted: 02/16/2014 - The new Dyson Hard promises to make cleanups a snap. It vacuums and wet wipes at the same time. Consumer Reports tested to see if it’s worth its hefty price tag.

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Stopping Robocalls

Posted: 02/09/2014 - You’re probably all too familiar those irritating sales calls that come just as you’re sitting down to dinner. Robocalls — with their annoying pre-recorded messages — have been limited by law in recent years, but unscrupulous telemarketers are continuing the onslaught. Consumer Reports has advice on how to get rid of these unwanted phone solicitations.

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Hazards Of Hot Yoga

Posted: 02/09/2014 - Hot yoga classes are soaring in popularity. Lady Gaga, Madonna and other celebrities swear by it. So do legions of yoga practitioners. But is exercising in extreme heat and humidity healthful? Consumer Reports medical experts have a caution.

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Valentine's Day Chocolate Boxes

Posted: 02/09/2014 - What would Valentine’s Day be without chocolate? But what’s the perfect box to give to your love? Consumer Reports did some tasting and shares their sweet secret.

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Supermarket Choice Overload

Posted: 01/29/2014 - Shoppers like choice, and manufacturers are responding. Back in 1975, the average supermarket carried around 9-thousand products. In 30 years, that’s swelled to nearly 47-thousand. Consumer Reports checked in to see if it’s leading to supermarket overload.

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Hip & Knee Replacement Surgery

Updated: 01/29/2014 - Nearly half a million Americans get hip replacements each year, and hundreds of thousands more receive artificial knees.

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Popcorn For The Big Game

Posted: 01/28/2014 - Many football fans feel strongly about their roster of snacks for Super Bowl Sunday. A Consumer Reports survey found that popcorn is a top pick for many watching the big game! Taste testers have several good choices for tackling game-day munchies.

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Is Pricey Paint Worth It?

Posted: 01/22/2014 - Designers showcase paint from the British company Farrow and Ball because of its luscious colors. But Farrow and Ball costs two to three times more than other paints. Consumer Reports included it in its tests of more than 60 paints to see what you get paying top dollar.

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