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Public reporting of hospital infection rates will save lives & dollarsPublic reporting of hospital infection rates will save lives & dollars
[Jun. 20, 2010] National and state patient safety organizations are urging the Department of Health and Human Services to adopt a set of proposed regulations that will require all U.S. hospitals to disclose how many patients develop certain infections during treatment. The groups also support the proposal to tie Medicare payments to how well hospitals protect patients from these infections. The regulations are being developed as part of the Department’s five-year action plan to reduce hospital acquired infections.
 
Consumer Reports survey finds that antidepressants used by 78 percent of respondents with depression or anxietyConsumer Reports survey finds that antidepressants used by 78 percent of respondents with depression or anxiety
[Jun. 9, 2010] Reflecting the tremendous growth in the use of antidepressants, nearly 80 percent of people seeking treatment for depression or anxiety were prescribed antidepressants according to a recent survey of Consumer Reports (CR) subscribers. The report also finds that anxiety is on the rise. Of the 1,500 subscribers seeking treatment, 58 percent had experienced anxiety, up from 41 percent in 2004 when CR last surveyed subscribers about these conditions.
 
When headaches beget headaches; plus, Consumer Reports' “Best Buy” for treating migrainesWhen headaches beget headaches; plus, Consumer Reports' “Best Buy” for treating migraines
[May 17, 2010] People suffering from chronic headaches can easily fall prey to “rebound headaches,” overdoing it with non-prescription pain relievers such as aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, and generics), and naproxen (Aleve and generics), in addition to certain prescription pain medications, including drugs to treat migraines. Current estimates indicate that one in four adults exceeds the recommended dosage on nonprescription pain medications and, according to a recent Consumer Reports online survey of 47,283 subscribers, even more people (31 percent) fess up to not carefully following the directions on the label.
 
How to navigate the newly reformed health care systemHow to navigate the newly reformed health care system
[May 8, 2010] With health reform now the law of the land, Consumer Reports Health lays out next steps for consumers in a variety of situations—those who are currently insured; Medicare and Medicaid recipients; people with pre-existing conditions; parents of children with pre-existing conditions; parents of uninsured young adults; and people who develop serious illnesses. The report appears in the June issue of Consumer Reports and online at www.ConsumerReportsHealth.org.
 
Consumer Reports Health News: Allergies, back surgery, salt, documentsConsumer Reports Health News: Allergies, back surgery, salt, documents
[May 2, 2010] Consumer Reports, Consumer Reports on Health, and ConsumerReportsHealth.org cover issues pertaining to the efficacy and safety of prescription and non-prescription drugs (including natural medicines), mental health, diet and nutrition, food safety, and fitness. Consumer Reports tests health and fitness products, rates the effectiveness and affordability of prescription drugs, and evaluates the claims made by drug companies and the health care industry.
 
Anti-wrinkle serums claim miracles, but fall short on resultsAnti-wrinkle serums claim miracles, but fall short on results
[Apr. 21, 2010] Consumers are better off spending money on sunscreen or moisturizer, than anti-wrinkle facial serums according to the May issue of Consumer Reports, which put nine face serums to the test and found only minor and inconsistent improvements among test subjects.
 
Latest tests of treadmills and ellipticals by Consumer Reports yield 14 top machinesLatest tests of treadmills and ellipticals by Consumer Reports yield 14 top machines
[Jan. 14, 2010] After putting 48 machines to the test, Consumer Reports Health lists 14 recommended treadmills and ellipticals for a home workout, including five Best Buy choices which combine performance and value. The report is part of “Get Fit In 2010,” a do-it-yourself Web guide at www.ConsumerReportsHealth.org.
 
Consumer Reports prepares consumers for potentially tough flu seasonConsumer Reports prepares consumers for potentially tough flu season
[Oct. 19, 2009] As the U.S. prepares for a possible second wave of H1N1 or swine flu, as well as for the annual scourge of seasonal flu and colds, a new report from Consumer Reports helps households prepare for, prevent, and treat cold and flu symptoms safely and effectively, including recommendations for what to pack in an emergency kit for a flu outbreak.
 
Consumer Reports launches online hospital ratings for more than 3,400 U.S. hospitalsConsumer Reports launches online hospital ratings for more than 3,400 U.S. hospitals
[Aug. 29, 2009] A new Consumer Reports investigation into hearing aids has found that consumers pay high prices and get mediocre fittings. The new report—the first such report on hearing aids since 1992—offers a comprehensive guide to purchasing and owning a hearing aid.
 
Consumer Reports finds that hearing aid shoppers pay high prices, get mediocre fittingsConsumer Reports finds that hearing aid shoppers pay high prices, get mediocre fittings
[Jul. 8, 2009] A new Consumer Reports investigation into hearing aids has found that consumers pay high prices and get mediocre fittings. The new report—the first such report on hearing aids since 1992—offers a comprehensive guide to purchasing and owning a hearing aid.
 
Consumer Reports rate men’s and women’s Asics Gel-150tr as top overall athletic shoesConsumer Reports rate men’s and women’s Asics Gel-150tr as top overall athletic shoes
[Jul. 7, 2009] In its latest tests of athletic shoes, the August issue of Consumer Reports rated the Asics GEL-150TR as the top performing shoe for both men and women. Both models topped the charts for excellence in cushioning and fit and rated “Very Good” for stability.
 
Avoid turning fireworks from a joyful celebration into a painful memoryAvoid turning fireworks from a joyful celebration into a painful memory
[Jul. 5, 2009] The American traditions of parades, cookouts, and fireworks help us celebrate the summer season, especially our nation's birthday on the Fourth of July. However, fireworks can turn a joyful celebration into a painful memory when children and adults are injured while using fireworks.
 
Chatham health department offers guidance on swine flu for children's summer programsChatham health department offers guidance on swine flu for children's summer programs
[Jun. 22, 2009] Even though it is summertime and the school year has ended, youth are still at risk of contracting the swine flu. The H1N1 flu doesn’t fall into the regular flu season, which usually lasts from November through March. This is why it is important for parents, vacation Bible school teachers, day and overnight camp employees, and other groups working with young people during the summer to pay attention to H1N1 symptoms to stop the spread of the disease.
 
Chatham Council on Aging hosts community forum about helping pay for prescription drugs
[May 28, 2009] The Chatham County Council on Aging is sponsoring a community forum for local seniors to identify resources to help pay for prescription drugs. The forum will be held Thursday, May 28, noon to 2 pm at the Western Chatham Senior Center in Siler City.
 
Consumer Reports finds that thirty-one percent of Americans never use sunscreenConsumer Reports finds that thirty-one percent of Americans never use sunscreen
[May 27, 2009] Thirty-one percent of Americans polled by the Consumer Reports National Research Center said they never wear sunscreen. But consumers aren’t oblivious to the sun’s risks: 22 percent of those polled said they’d been examined by a doctor for something they thought might be skin cancer. The July issue of Consumer Reports rates ten top selling sunscreens to slather on, noting that there’s plenty of variation among the brands tested. Consumers should choose carefully.

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