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The Truth About Sleeping Pills

Here’s what you need to know about sleep drugs and the risks.

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A Surprising Way to Avoid Medical Errors in the Hospital

Most of us have a bad waiter or waitress experience. Maybe they were rude, made a mistake with your dish, or overcharged you. Similarly, people have had less than optimal experiences in the hospital, as a patient or family member of a patient.

Categories: Doctor Accountability, Hospital Acquired Infections, Medical Errors
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6 Questions to Ask Before Getting a CT scan or X-ray

I was shocked to learn that 15,000 people are estimated to die each year because of cancers caused by the radiation in CT scans.

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These people are working to make your health care safer

Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project hosts a national gathering of patient safety activists from across the country to connect face-to-face, share information and strategize on future work together. This year November 11-13, we held our 9th summit in Yonkers, NY, headquarters of Consumer Reports.

Categories: Doctor Accountability, Hip and Knee Replacement, Hospital Acquired Infections, Medical Errors
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Find out if your doctor takes payments from drug companies

This Tuesday the federal government under the Physician Payment Sunshine Act, as part of the Affordable Healthcare Act, began to release details of payments from pharmaceutical and medical device makers to doctors and teaching hospitals for promotional speaking, consulting, meals, travel, research, and other activities. Research shows these payments influence doctors in their choice of treatments.

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What You Need To Know Before Getting Heart Surgery

Our Consumer Reports colleagues published an informative report on heart surgery to help you make informed choices when you make life and death decisions.

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Top-scoring hospitals for heart surgery

Consumer Reports’ Ratings of more than 400 hospitals can help you find the right one, plus tips on finding a heart hospital.

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Consumer Reports: What can I do if the pharmacy gives me the wrong drug?

Tips from Consumer Reports on avoiding medication errors at the pharmacy.

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Consumer Reports shows you what hospitals don’t want you to know about C-sections

Consumer Reports has today released groundbreaking hospital ratings by C-section rates, informing the public about which hospitals perform C-sections at higher rates than others for low-risk deliveries…

Categories: Hospital Acquired Infections, Medical Errors
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The Truth about Antibiotics

These lifesavers are being misused and might stop working if we don’t take important precautions now

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