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Consumer Reports Magazine

June 2016
June 2016

Cover Story

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?
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.
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
Tension Headache Treatment and Prevention
A few simple steps like drinking water and doing neck exercises can relieve your pain
Migraine Treatment, Prevention & Relief
Tips on how to treat—and even prevent—this common type of 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
Addictive Pain Medication: How to Protect Yourself
Many painkillers can be highly addictive

Features

Home Renovation Without Aggravation
Learn how to combat shady contractor practices and avoid common and costly mistakes many homeowners make
Can You Find a Good Contractor Online?
5 User review websites where you can find remodeling professionals, design ideas, and price guidance
Assembling the Right Home Remodeling Team
Know what key players you need—and when you’ll need them
Know What Type of Remodeling Contract You're Signing
Most renovations are covered by one of these two types of contracts. Choose wisely.
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
Can You Spot the $10,000 Wedding Gown?
Our test suggests guests at your nuptials won't guess what you spent
How to Avoid Wedding Shopping Gotchas
Be on the lookout for these come-ons, caveats, and outright cons
Should You Spring for a Wedding Planner?
The service's value depends on your available time and money
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
How Much Should a Wedding Guest Give?
A Consumer Reports survey says people give differently depending on region, income, and gender

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

Veggie Burgers Let You Say, 'Make Mine Meatless'
The best ‘burgers’ at your summer barbecue might not have a shred of beef in them
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

Road Report

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

Departments

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

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