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Wednesday
Feb092011

Stress on Rise Amid Financial, Employment Concerns

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(YONKERS, N.Y.) - A new report suggests that stress is on the rise in the U.S. as Americans grow more concerned about their finances.

The Consumer Reports Trouble Tracker index jumped from 54.2 last month to 58.7, which represents the third straight month that the index, which measures a household's overall financial difficulties, has increased.
 
According to the report, 9.7 percent of Americans have missed a payment on a major bill, with 3.2 percent missing their mortgage payment. Both figures have increased from a year ago.

In a separate Consumer Reports survey, 6.7 percent of respondents said they had lost their job in the past 30 days, with just 5.2 percent of those getting a new job in that time.

The combined factors of job and financial strain suggest a rise in stress, according to Consumer Reports Stress Index. The index rose to 59.3 in February compared to 55.4 a month ago.

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Friday
Feb042011

Consumer Reports Survey Shows Some Heart Tests Not Needed

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A survey by Consumer Reports magazine suggests many healthy adults are getting screening tests for heart disease that they don't need.

Forty-four percent of healthy adults surveyed reported that they had received at least one heart screening test, such as an electrocardiogram or exercise stress test, which show limited evidence of effectiveness in low or normal risk patients.

Consumer Reports evaluated whether the benefits of nine common heart screening tests, based on guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, outweigh the potential harms. 

Blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose received the highest ratings for most adults. 

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Tuesday
Oct122010

Poll: Many Health Care Workers Not Getting Flu Shot

(NEW YORK) -- A new Consumer Reports poll finds just four out of 10 health care workers definitely plan to get a flu shot this year.  The so-called "work risk" category includes those who care for young children, along with those who work in residential nursing homes, hospitals and other health care environments.   The poll involved 1,500 people and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.9 percent. 

Only 45 percent of  people considered "at health risk" plan to get the vaccine, which combines the seasonal flu and the 2009 H1N1 virus, or swine flu.  That category includes people with lung or heart trouble, compromised immune systems and other diseases. 

Among the reasons people cite for not getting the vaccine are the belief last year's swine flu epidemic was overblown, along with concerns about safety and side effects.  Only a small number of people, twelve percent, cited cost as a reason for avoiding the shot.  Sixty-six percent say they got flu shots last year for free. 

Gender may also play a role in whether someone gets the vaccine.  The Consumer Reports poll finds men more likely than women to say "I do not get the flu" as a reason for not not getting the shot.  Overall, 41 percent of people polled gave that reason, with men making up 46 percent of that number, compared to women, at 35 percent.

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