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Consumer Cats hide when they are sick Cats hide when they are sick
Cats are very good at disguising when they don't feel well. That's because in the wild they're both predator and prey. So you need to be looking for subtle signs that something is wrong.
Consumer Local home security companies -- some better than others Local home security companies -- some better than others
When it comes to home security- most people don't investigate. Common complaints after the fact include deceptive sales practices, alarm systems that don't work, installers who damage property, excessive charges and poor customer service after you sign the contract. Tthere are great companies out there- but this is not a purchase you want to make under pressure.
Consumer Get the cleanest clothes possible Get the cleanest clothes possible
Even the best detergent can’t make up for bad laundry practices. Here are some tips from the laundry pros at Consumer Reports.
Consumer Customer service - or not! Customer service - or not! (Video)
Almost everyone has had to deal with customer service-to question a bill, request repairs, or return merchandise. And as the Consumer Reports National Research Center discovered, many have experiences they don't like!
Consumer The connection between sleep and dementia The connection between sleep and dementia
The more we learn about sleep, the more we discover how important it is for both the mind and the body. It's no secret that lack of sleep can cause problems with learning and the ability to focus. Based on the latest research, it appears there is a link between sleep and dementia.
Consumer Problem Solver alert helps reunite Seattle man with stolen vintage Firebird Problem Solver alert helps reunite Seattle man with stolen vintage Firebird (Video)
First, Anthony Monaco discovered he had to prove his stolen vintage car was actually his. Then, with the car still missing he feared he'd never see it again. Since my alert on July 20th I've had people across the state on the lookout for his rare, '68 Pontiac Firebird convertible. You can imagine his relief this week when Seattle Police called to say- "We found it."
Consumer Are bottled water and sports drinks better than plain water? Are bottled water and sports drinks better than plain water?
Quenching your thirst has become complicated. Many drinks claim health benefits, such as replenishing electrolytes and boosting your vitamin intake. Consumer Reports looked at 20 beverages to help you decide which ones to sip and which to skip.
Consumer A is for Avocado
Avocados are rich in antioxidants and a good source of potassium, folate and other B vitamins. Plus they're loaded with fiber.
Consumer College tuition insurance: Do you need it? College tuition insurance: Do you need it? (Video)
The cost of a private four-year college now averages $42,000 per year. That's a big investment. Should you consider tuition insurance so that you can be reimbursed if your child has to leave before the end of the year? It is sold through educational institutions, although not all schools offer it. If they do, you'll most likely get a brochure in the orientation packet you get before the semester starts.
Consumer An app for Alzheimer's? An app for Alzheimer's?
It seems like there is an app for everything. A new one called Gray Matters delivers reliable information each day about dementia and encourages behavior that may reduce the risk of getting Alzheimer's disease.
Consumer Answering phone brings jail threat Answering phone brings jail threat (Video)
After what just happened, Barbara Berg feels kind of like the garden she waters every day - soaked. A company called her out of the blue about and said she owed $4,995 for an unpaid bill. It didn't add up- but Berg and her husband are in the process of buying property.
Consumer How effective are non-chemical mosquito repellents? How effective are non-chemical mosquito repellents? (Video)
Lots of products claim to protect you from pesky mosquitoes. But many of them contain chemicals you don't necessarily want to spray on yourself or your kids. Consumer Reports took to the labs to look at alternative ways to keep the bugs from biting.