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Consumer Reports Magazine

August 2015
August 2015

Cover Story

Avoid superbugs at the gym
MRSA and other bacteria are common—and sometimes deadly
Myths about antibiotics
No, they won't help with the cold or flu, and other common misconceptions
The rise of superbugs
Dangerous infections that are resistant to antibiotics are spreading and growing stronger, with dire consequences

Special Section

3 steps to choosing the right kitchen cabinets
Cabinets set the tone for the whole kitchen
Pros and cons—and costs—of 10 countertop materials
Your guide to the many stylish options. (Hint: Quartz rocks.)
Create the perfect kitchen for you
How to make smart choices that stand the test of time
Refrigerators packed with freshness features
Extend the life of your fruits, vegetables, and meats
Kitchen remodeling on a budget: A downsized space that is high on style
Learn how to get exactly what you want without breaking the bank
Top picks in pro-style ranges
High-end features are now showing up on midpriced ranges
Plan your kitchen remodel at Home Depot, Lowe's, or Ikea
Which big-box store offers the best service and biggest selection?
Splashy dishwasher features that save water
Fancy sprays and wash settings that aim to clean better

Features

Can you afford to live to 100?
5 ways to start planning for financial longevity now
Do-it-yourself TV packages that save you money
Whether you're a sports fan, a parent with kids at home, or a budget-minded viewer, one of these combinations could be right for you
Get the TV shows you want at the best price
As cable companies and streaming services fight it out, you face more choices—and confusion—than ever

Cars

Pickup reviews: Ford F-150 and Chevrolet Colorado are home-improvement haulers
We put these all-new trucks to the test
Muscle machine showdown: Ford Mustang vs. Dodge Challenger
Road tests of those go-fast coupes, plus a preview of the all-new Chevrolet Camaro
Excessive oil consumption isn't normal
Automakers say adding oil between scheduled changes is acceptable. It's not.

CR Money

Surprising credit card fringe benefits
Tucked away in the fine print are deals that can save you money

Departments

Viewpoint: Improving the marketplace for consumers
This page highlights efforts by Consumers Union and others to improve the marketplace
Make our future healthier—without abusing antibiotics
Antibiotic overuse is leading to resilient and dangerous 'superbugs'
Selling It
Goofs, glitches, and gotchas spotted by our readers

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