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Consumer Reports Magazine

June 2017
June 2017

Cover Story

Home Remedies for Back Pain: What Really Works
We turned an expert eye on products to find out what to try, what to skip, and what might make things worse
The Better Way to Get Back Pain Relief
Growing research suggests that drugs and surgery may not be the answer for your bad back

5 Causes of Back Pain
Not all injuries are created equal. Here, some of the most prevalent conditions and symptoms.
How to Recover From a Back Injury
A step-by-step guide
Back Stretches and Other Ways to Keep Pain Away
Bad habits to avoid and good ones to adopt
New Thinking on How to Relieve Back Pain
Recent research has turned some medical advice on its head: Hands-on methods are preferred over drugs or surgery
The Link Between Chronic Pain and Depression
The brain can be a powerful healer of the body’s discomfort
Does Insurance Cover Acupuncture and Other Nondrug Therapies?
Try these smart strategies to help get coverage for your hands-on back treatments

Special Report

Homes Away From Home: The Appeal—and Pitfalls—of Home-Sharing
Homestay fans say ditching the hotels makes vacations more authentic and affordable. Do the rewards outweigh the risks?

5 Ways to Increase the Odds of a Happy Homestay
Home-sharing websites let travelers pay to stay in a home rather than in a hotel. Here's what to look for when booking.
Pros and Cons of Choosing a Homestay Rental Over a Hotel
You lose certain services when booking a homestay, but the trade off may be worth it
How to Avoid Vacation Rental Nightmares
Airbnb Plus makes it easier, but there's more to consider before you make a reservation

Features


Is Popcorn the Perfect Healthy Snack?
It can be, as long as you’re careful to read the nutritional fine print and not be blinded by packaging claims

Product Updates

Is the Big Green Egg Grill Worth It?
Why this charcoal grill has a cult following of Eggheads
No Strings Attached: Wireless Headphones That Do It All
Today’s devices can count calories, coach you through a workout, and quiet the riot
Why You Need More Than One Vacuum at Home
Match the vacuum to your flooring and house style
Why Now Is the Right Time to Buy a Gas Grill
There are more choices than ever this season. Here's what you need to know before you decide.

Headphone Safety Tips
How to reduce risk and safely enjoy your playlists when you’re out and about
Some Owners Love Their Vacuums Even If They Break
Owners of Miele uprights are fiercely loyal
Best Vacuums for Pet Hair
Vacuums that aced Consumer Reports pet hair tests
Best Gas Grills for $400 or Less
You don't have to spend a fortune to get a solid model
Best Gas Grills for $400 to $700
You'll find a wide selection of models in this price range
Best Gas Grills for $700 to $1,000
Step up on the price for impeccable construction, extra features, and a visual boost
Best Gas Grills for $1,000 and Up
CR's exclusive reviews of impressive high-end models that last

Road Report

2017 Honda CR-V Review: Firing on All Cylinders
The redesign cruises toward the front of the small-SUV class

2017 Fiat 124 Spider Review: Roadster Revival
The Italian carmaker started with a Mazda MX-5 Miata
2017 Ford Escape Review: Rescue From the Ordinary
The updated version is a nimble ride with a luxuriously quiet cabin. But fuel economy and acceleration disappoint.
2017 Porsche 718 Boxster Review: Turbo-Boosted Brilliance
The redesign proves to be every inch a sensational sports car

Departments

Building a Better World, Together
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From Our President: We Have Your Back in a Digital World
Highlighting Consumer Reports' efforts to protect consumers' privacy online
Selling It
Goofs, glitches, and gotchas spotted by our readers

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