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Consumer Reports Magazine

June 2016
June 2016

Cover Story

Addictive Pain Medication: How to Protect Yourself
Many painkillers can be highly addictive
Best Ways to Treat Joint Pain
Stiff or swollen joints can result in pain, especially first thing in the morning and after resting. Here's what you can do to ease it.
How to Get Rid of Lower Back Pain
If you don't feel better after four weeks, see a doctor because it could be another condition, like osteoporosis
Migraine Treatment, Prevention & Relief
Tips on how to treat—and even prevent—this common type of pain
Pain Management: Which Treatment Is Right for You?
An array of pills and practices are available to pain sufferers today. But be sure you understand the limitations—and risks—of each.
Pain Relief: What You Need to Know
125 million people are in pain, spending some $300 billion on pills, pot, procedures, and natural ‘cures’ to find relief, but are they worth it?
Tension Headache Treatment and Prevention
A few simple steps like drinking water and doing neck exercises can relieve your pain
Try This Instead of Drugs to Treat Neck and Shoulder Pain
Strengthening weak neck muscles with exercise and applying heat can alleviate the pain
Up in Smoke: Does Medical Marijuana Work?
Medical marijuana is gaining a foothold in more and more states, but doctors aren't sure it can cure what ails you

Features

Assembling the Right Home Remodeling Team
Know what key players you need—and when you’ll need them
Can You Find a Good Contractor Online?
5 User review websites where you can find remodeling professionals, design ideas, and price guidance
Can You Spot the $10,000 Wedding Gown?
Our test suggests guests at your nuptials won't guess what you spent
Cheap Wedding: 31 Ways to Save on the Festivities
Weddings are expensive, so we asked planners, bridal industry insiders, and newlyweds for their best strategies on how to keep costs down
Get More Wedding for Your Money
Whether you’re tying the knot or just footing the bill, use our savvy guide to save money, skirt scams, and plan a wedding in style
Home Renovation Without Aggravation
Learn how to combat shady contractor practices and avoid common and costly mistakes many homeowners make
How Much Should a Wedding Guest Give?
A Consumer Reports survey says people give differently depending on region, income, and gender
How to Avoid Wedding Shopping Gotchas
Be on the lookout for these come-ons, caveats, and outright cons
Know What Type of Remodeling Contract You're Signing
Most renovations are covered by one of these two types of contracts. Choose wisely.
Pros and Cons of Taking a Contractor Loan
What you need to know before saying "Show me the money!"
Should You Spring for a Wedding Planner?
The service's value depends on your available time and money

Insights

5 Things to Know Before Buying a Toilet
Glow-in-the-dark seats, throne height, and built-in bidets are three reasons you may want to upgrade

Product Updates

Cold-Brew Coffee for Hot Days
You’ll be singing “bye bye bitter” once you try cold-brew coffee, claim fans who say it’s smoother than the traditional stuff
Cold-Brew Coffee Maker Review: Cool Ways to Make Cold Brew
Results depend on a lot of variables including the quality of the beans and the water
Veggie Burgers Let You Say, 'Make Mine Meatless'
The best ‘burgers’ at your summer barbecue might not have a shred of beef in them

Road Report

2016 Kia Optima Review
The redesigned Optima should tempt many Accord and Camry buyers away from their familiar favorites
2016 Toyota Avalon Review
The redesigned Toyota Avalon gets better gas mileage than you might expect for a large sedan
2016 Toyota Tacoma Review
The popular, bare-bones work truck wins for reliability, if not much else
In Pursuit of Used Car Happiness
Opting for an almost new car allows you to upgrade your aspirations
When an Extended Car Warranty Is Worth It
In our survey, only about half of people who bought an extended warranty for a used car filed a claim
Why Haggling for Your Next Car Really Pays
Our national Used Car Buying Survey shows that shoppers can save big when they negotiate

Departments

Building a Better World, Together
Join with us to make a safer, healthier marketplace
From Our President: Easing Your Pain
Consumers need unbiased information on safe and effective pain management and treatment options
Selling It
Goofs, glitches, and gotchas spotted by our readers

The June 2016 issue of Consumer Reports provides recommendations, expert buying advice, and Ratings on hundreds of consumer products. Consumer Reports is one of the most trusted sources for information and advice on consumer products and services, with more than 7 million print and online subscribers. It conducts the most comprehensive testing programs of any U.S. publication or website, and the company's experts have decades of experience in testing and reporting.
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