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Improper use of antibiotics kills thousands and harms millions every year, CDC says

In response to the growing crisis, Consumer Reports has begun or is in participating in several initiatives that aim to rein in antibiotic overuse in health care and on farms.

Improper use of antibiotics kills thousands and harms millions every year, CDC says

In response to the growing crisis, Consumer Reports has begun or is in participating in several initiatives that aim to rein in antibiotic overuse in health care and on farms.

Preventing Overdiagnosis: Consumer Reports participates in a groundbreaking conference to address a growing healthcare problem

People immediately understand misdiagnosis, but the concept of overdiagnosis can be harder to grasp, especially when stories of people getting bad or inadequate care dominates headlines. When it comes to healthcare, is there any harm in getting too much?

Consumer Reports participates in a groundbreaking conference to address a growing healthcare problem

Consumer Reports staff attended the 2013 Preventing Overdiagnosis conference hosted by The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice, in partnership with the BMJ, Consumer Reports, and Bond University. Learn more about our work to educate consumers on the problem of overdiagnosis and overtreatment in healthcare.

Q&A: Are medi-spas safe for laser hair removal and other cosmetic procedures?

Learn about the potential health risks associated with unsupervised medi-spas.

Why Are Hospital Ratings All Over the Map?

Jordan Rau (Kaiser Health News) reports on hospital ratings, mentions Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports: Deadly infections still too common in U.S. hospitals

The number of potentially deadly infections picked up by patients in hospitals is down slightly, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But your risk still depends on which hospital you go to, since the rate of infections varies widely, with some hospitals reporting none of them and others reporting many.

Consumer Reports: The cancer tests you need—and those you don’t (preview only)

For this investigation, we pored over reams of research, consulted medical experts, surveyed more than 10,000 readers, and talked with patients. We found that too many people are getting tests they don’t need or understand, and too few are getting those that could save their lives. Many patients, and even some doctors, can be confused by cancer screening.

Consumer Reports: FDA cracks down on all-metal hip replacements

Manufacturers who want to keep selling all-metal hips will have to prove that they’re safe and effective, according to proposed new rules from the Food and Drug Administration.

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