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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.
Addictive Pain Medication: How to Protect Yourself
Many painkillers can be highly addictive
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
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
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
Try This Instead of Drugs to Treat Neck and Shoulder Pain
Strengthening weak neck muscles with exercise and applying heat can alleviate the pain


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
Can You Spot the $10,000 Wedding Gown?
Our test suggests guests at your nuptials won't guess what you spent
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
Should You Spring for a Wedding Planner?
The service's value depends on your available time and money
Home Renovation Without Aggravation
Learn how to combat shady contractor practices and avoid common and costly mistakes many homeowners make
Know What Type of Remodeling Contract You're Signing
Most renovations are covered by one of these two types of contracts. Choose wisely.
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


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 Maker Reviews: Cool Ways to Make Cold Brew
Results depend on a lot of variables including the quality of the beans and the water

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
Why Haggling for Your Next Car Really Pays
Our national Used Car Buying Survey shows that shoppers can save big when they negotiate
In Pursuit of Used Car Happiness
Opting for an almost new car allows you to upgrade your aspirations


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

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