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2014-05-08 08:31:15

CR releases most comprehensive info ever on C-section rates for individual U.S. hospitals, covering 1,500 hospitals in 22 states YONKERS, N.Y., May 8, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 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...

2014-04-29 08:39:11

CR also fights to end the use of antibiotics on all organic fruits and vegetables; Survey shows that 9 out of 10 don't believe their use should be allowed SAN ANTONIO, April 29, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, Consumer Reports is releasing a nationally representative survey of more than 1,000 adults focused on the organic label. Many of the findings are directly relevant to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meeting, which begins today in San Antonio, TX. The poll results are...

2014-04-28 23:11:15

A new report from Consumer Reports titled “Get Out and Stay Out of the Hospital” details the results of its investigation of readmission rates and reveals how important a hospital’s culture is in reducing admissions. To help hospital leaders who want to reduce their readmission rates and improve other factors through permanent culture change, LifeWings is offering a 13-Point Guide with step-by-step directions on how to assess their culture to make measurable, sustainable...

2014-04-25 12:24:22

Former Senior Editor at Newsweek/Daily Beast to Spearhead Magazine's Editorial Team YONKERS, N.Y., April 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumer Reports, the world's largest independent, non-profit product-testing organization, has named Ellen Kampinsky as editor-in-chief of Consumer Reports magazine. In her new role, Ms. Kampinsky will be responsible for overseeing Consumer Reports' flagship publication and working closely with the editorial team to ensure it remains at the...

2014-04-17 08:25:04

1.4 Million Had a Smart Phone that was Lost and Never Recovered YONKERS, N.Y., April 17, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 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...

2014-04-04 08:20:09

Plus, tips for winning a home insurance claim and five ways to save on a policy YONKERS, N.Y., April 4, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A home insurance policy is a must to protect an owner from the expense of a potentially large loss, but not all insurance companies are easy to deal with. In Consumer Reports new survey, Amica, USAA, and Auto-Owners were among the highest-scoring insurance companies. The report, which includes the full Ratings of 14 insurance companies and advice for winning...

2014-03-31 12:29:46

CLARKSVILLE, Ind., March 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Kentuckiana Medical Center (KMC), managed by the national healthcare development firm Galichia Hospital Group (GHG), is ranked as the '#1 Hospital in Louisville Area for Patient Safety' by Consumer Reports. The announcement is made jointly by GHG's Chairman & CEO Joseph P. Galichia, M.D., F.A.C.C., and Michael Phillips, CEO of KMC. The top ranking was first released March 27, 2014, by WAVE-TV's 11-time Emmy Award winning...

2014-03-27 12:26:42

Tests find two smart picks that can help save money on trips to the hair salon YONKERS, N.Y., March 27, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Root touch-up products are a great way to stretch the time between hair-color appointments and help save some money. The April 2014 issue of ShopSmart, from Consumer Reports, highlights findings from tests of eight temporary touch-up products for hair including sticks, sprays, markers, and brushes. "While the color match wasn't always perfect, our testers did...

2014-03-26 08:24:31

While Walmart, America's largest grocer is lowest scoring in subscriber survey. Plus, consumers' top gripes about grocery shopping revealed, and; how to save time and money at the supermarket YONKERS, N.Y., March 26, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- When it comes to supermarkets, biggest isn't always best. In Consumer Reports' latest survey, Wegmans, Trader Joe's, Publix, Costco and Sprouts earned the highest scores overall among 55 of the nation's major grocery stores; Walmart, America's...

2014-03-25 08:25:16

Experts share favorite household products and tips to combat tough stains YONKERS, N.Y., March 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dealing with difficult-to-remove stains can be stressful; yet many of the tools needed to tackle a mess may be lying around the home already. The April 2014 issue of ShopSmart, from Consumer Reports, identifies common household products that may help tackle even the toughest stains. Before turning to costly professional cleaning services, ShopSmart recommends...


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