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Consumer Reports Magazine

January 2018
January 2018

Cover Story

How to Survive Cold and Flu Season
Take our quiz to see how much you really know about these winter woes
The Truth About Cold and Flu Supplements
Sparse research and lax regulation make their claims dubious

A Day-by-Day Guide to Treating a Cold or the Flu
The first step is figuring out which infection you have
Why Your Excuses for Not Getting a Flu Shot Stink
Plus advice on which shot is best for you
How to Shop for Cough and Cold Medicine
Why you should skip multisymptom products, and other tips for navigating the drugstore aisle
The Dangers of Teens Abusing Cough Meds With Dextromethorphan
High doses of this common over-the-counter cough suppressant can have devastating effects
How to Soothe Miserable Cold and Flu Symptoms
What works, what doesn’t, and what may actually be dangerous

Special Report

The Dangers of Driving While Distracted
Car-crash fatalities are on the rise. Whatever the solution, the time for action is now.

The Most and Least Distracting Infotainment Systems
Our testing found that some take a driver's eyes off the road for too long
Technology That Can Reduce Driving Distractions and Their Dangers
These car safety features and phone software help to save lives

Product Updates

8 Healthy Cracker Toppings to Try This Holiday Season
How to crunch and munch without packing on the pounds
Cracker Confidential
These party staples have undergone a makeover. CR reveals which ones are good for you and tasty, too.
Are You Ready for Your Cell-Phone Upgrade?
The newest phones offer great features, but finding the best fit for you can be tough
Can a Robotic Vacuum Replace Your Canister or Upright?
CR tested the latest robotic vacs to see whether they really offer a hassle-free way to keep your floors clean

4 Great Low-Price Smartphones for Under $350
These affordable, CR-recommended phones deliver very good performance—even without the latest bells and whistles

Road Report

2018 Subaru Crosstrek Review: Class-Topping Crossover
A subcompact SUV that will satisfy weekday commuters and weekend adventurers

2018 Toyota C-HR Review: A Pretender, Not a Contender
Some glaring faults, but it gets points for standard advanced safety features
2018 Honda Civic Si Review: A Brawny Bargain
This small sedan delivers driving excitement, fuel economy, and practicality at a modest price
2018 Nissan Rogue Sport Review: Mini Footprint and Max Appeal
It has plenty of panache and advanced safety features that come standard

Departments

Building a Better World, Together
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Selling It
Goofs, glitches, and gotchas spotted by our readers
From Our President: Making Colds Less Costly
Consumer Reports offers its expert advice on effective and cost-efficient treatments against the common cold and flu

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