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Consumer Reports September 2017: Do We Take Too Many Medications?

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From home offices to vehicle satisfaction, the September issue of Consumer Reports has it covered. Read on for a few of the topics included in this issue. 


A recent Consumer Reports survey found that more than half of Americans today take an average of four prescription medicines, not including over the counter vitamins, dietary supplements or drugs. But are all these medications doing more harm than good? This month’s cover article, “Too Many Meds?” discusses this topic. It also includes sections on some lifestyle changes you can try if you have back and joint pain, insomnia, prehypertension or mild depression, and what older adults need to know about drug safety.

Home office

Do you work from home? If so, you’re part of a growing trend. A 2016 survey by the Society for Human Resource Management discovered that since 1996, the number of employers who provide telecommuting as a benefit has tripled, and is now up to 60%. A well-equipped, dedicated workspace in your home is crucial for telecommuting. Check out the “Home Sweet Home Office” article for reviews laptops, desktop computers and printers. The article also includes tips on how to stay fit if you have a desk job.


Most of us think of bugs as mainly a summer nuisance but bugs such as mosquitoes and ticks can stay around through the fall. Since these and other bugs can carry disease, you may want to know which insect repellents are most effective against them. The article “How to Keep the Bugs Away” includes ratings for 25 bug repellents.

Auto Satisfaction Survey

For Consumer Reports’ 2016 Auto Satisfaction Survey, over 225,000 subscribers were asked how satisfied they are with their current vehicle, what were the general maintenance costs on the vehicle for the last 12 months, and would they buy the same vehicle again? This month’s issue lists the average 12-month maintenance costs and general satisfaction ratings for owners of 2014 and 2007 vehicles, from subcompacts to pickups and everything in between.


The following topics and products are also covered in this issue:

  • Solar Roof companies
  • When to get the best deals on large-ticket items like refrigerators and televisions
  • Ways to benefit from credit cards that offer cash back for purchases

Each branch of the Fauquier County Library has the print issues of Consumer Reports from 2011 up to the current issue. The Find It Virginia databases have an index to the issues from February 1, 1976 to the current issue, and the full-text of the reviews from January 1, 1999 to June 1, 2009. You can access Find It Virginia from any library computer, or from home with your Fauquier County Public Library card. You can also see past summaries of Consumer Reports prepared by library staff online.

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