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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.
Consumer The truth about car insurance The truth about car insurance
Car insurance commercials tout low rates but don't tell you just how the companies set those rates.
Consumer Consumer Reports: How safe is your hospital? Consumer Reports: How safe is your hospital? (Video)
We trust hospitals to help make us well. What we don't expect is to get sick in a hospital, but every year about 648,000 hospital patients develop infections during their stay and about 75,000 die.
Consumer Consumers test devices that promise to block robocalls Consumers test devices that promise to block robocalls
Robocalls are a nuisance. Even the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission has said, "Telephone companies can and in fact should offer consumers robocall-blocking tools." But Consumer Reports knows that many people don't want to wait, so it asked volunteers to try out four devices that are supposed to limit the number of robocalls that get through.
Consumer Most common medical conditions for dogs Most common medical conditions for dogs
Skin allergies and ear infections are the most common medical conditions for dogs, according to an analysis of medical claims by Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI).

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Consumer Consumer Reports: Granite still a top countertop choice for durability
Kitchen countertops can cost thousands of dollars. So you want them to last for many years. There are so many choices: quartz, granite, solid surface, recycled glass. And a new ultracompact material, Dekton, sold at Home Depot and kitchen-design stores. Consumer Reports tests countertops and can tell you which will stay looking good the longest.
Consumer Are new expanding hoses really "Improved" ? Are new expanding hoses really "Improved" ? (Video)
Who wouldn't want a garden hose that's lightweight, expandable, and never kinks? But when those supposedly easy-to-use hoses were introduced a few years ago, most of the user reviews had complaints about how easily they broke.
Consumer After 2 deaths, Ikea and government warn about dressers After 2 deaths, Ikea and government warn about dressers
After Ikea chests tipped over and fatally injured two boys, safety regulators say consumers should stop using Ikea's dressers and chests for children unless the products are mounted to a wall.