Consumer Reports June 2016: Managing Pain

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Check out this information in the June issue of Consumer Reports:

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Did you know that Americans spend around $300 billion on pain treatments and care every year? The overuse of opioid painkillers is creating numerous overdoses and addictions. What can be done? Check out this month’s feature article, “Pain Relief Now!” for information on pain treatments and care, and “soothing strategies” for tension headaches and migraines, and pain in the lower back, joints, and neck and shoulders. There is also information on medical marijuana.

Streaming video

According to a recent Consumer Reports survey, almost half of the adults in the U.S. watch programs streamed over the internet. Many popular new series, such as “Orange is the New Black” and “House of Cards,” are not available on cable or network TV. Check out this month’s article on streaming media services, both subscription and pay-per-view, and the ratings for streaming media players.

Cold-brew coffee

Do you like coffee? Have you ever tried cold-brew coffee? Fans say that it’s much smoother, without some of the bitterness and acidity of traditionally-brewed coffee. Cold-brew coffee is not just iced coffee or any other coffee drink made by chilling standard hot coffee; it’s made by mixing coarsely ground coffee beans with cold water, and letting them sit for 12 to 24 hours, at least. There are several cold-brew coffee makers on the market now; check out the article “Cold Brew for Hot Days” for more information on them.

Home renovation

Are you planning to start a home renovation–large or small? Check out the “Renovation Without Aggravation” article for tips on planning a project, and finding a contractor and other pros using online home-services directories such as and

The following topics and products are also covered in this issue:

  • Veggie Burgers
  • Wedding planning and how to save money
  • Buying a used car
  • Ratings on dishwashers

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