Consumer Reports June 2017: Back Pain Relief

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

Back Pain Relief

Did you know that back pain is one of the main reasons for doctor visits? More than 24 million people visit a doctor each year for some some kind of back pain. The possibility of back pain increases as we age, since disks wear and shrink and our strength and flexibility lessens. Check out this month’s cover article, “Real Relief from Back Pain,” for some causes of back pain, nondrug therapies, such as Tai Chi, massage, and acupuncture, and tips on how to keep your back healthy. The article also includes information on over-the-counter relief products like heating pads, creams and patches, back braces and insoles.

Popcorn–the perfect snack?

Are you a popcorn fan? It’s not just for eating during movies anymore! In the past few years, the demand for bagged, healthy, ready-to-eat popcorn as an alternative to chips has increased and so have number of  varieties available. Popcorn can be healthy for you, but a lot depends on the ingredients in the popcorn–those with chocolate, caramel or high sodium content can be less healthy. Check out this month’s article on popcorn, including ratings for popular sea salt/original and sweet/cheesy bagged popcorn varieties.

Homestay while traveling

Many of today’s travelers prefer to stay in a home rather than in a hotel while traveling. Websites like Airbnb and HomeAway have made it easier to rent someone’s home or apartment on a temporary basis. Do the risks involved outweigh the rewards?  “Homes Away From Home” has information on these websites, comparisons of what you gain and lose by choosing a homestay instead of a hotel, and what to do if you have a bad homestay experience.

Gas Grills

With summer approaching, you may be in the market for a new gas grill. Depending on the features you want, and the size, you could spend over $1,000 on a new grill. Check out this month’s article on gas grills, including “best bets” at Home Depot and Lowe’s, and ratings for small, midsized, large and portable gas grills.

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

  • Ratings for vacuums
  • Ratings for headphones 
  • Ratings for compact SUVs and sports/sporty cars
  • Medicine cabinet safety guide

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