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    By: Terry Graedon November 16, 2017 0 Comments
    Understanding Ayurvedic Medical Practice and Pro…

    For people who are interested in learning more about Ayurvedic medicine, the traditional medicine of the Indian subcontinent, we offer this guest post by Jennifer Rioux, PhD. She is a Doctor of Ayurv…

    By: Terry Graedon November 16, 2017 0 Comments
    Show 1101: How You Can Use Essential Oils for Be…

    Plant-based oils often carry the scent of the plant. Plants may use them to attract insects, but people have found numerous uses for them as well. Some can be used in skin care, while others may be us…

    By: Terry Graedon November 16, 2017 0 Comments
    Do Nuts Help the Heart Stay Strong?

    We’re nuts about nuts. A new epidemiological study demonstrates that people who enjoy an ounce of nuts several times a week are less likely to be diagnosed with heart disease (Guasch-Ferré et al, J…

    By: Joe Graedon November 16, 2017 0 Comments
    Does Lowering Blood Pressure to 120/80 Save Live…

    New guidelines from the American Heart Association (AHA) and the Ameircan College of Cardiology (ACC) state that all adults should get their systolic blood pressure to 130 or lower and their diastolic…

    By: Terry Graedon November 16, 2017 0 Comments
    Baby Boomers Less Likely to Have AMD

    Baby boomers may acknowledge that birthdays happen, but they never thought they’d grow old like their parents and grandparents. A new report shows they were right in one respect: they have not devel…

    By: Joe Graedon November 16, 2017 0 Comments
    Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN) Provides Surprising Pa…

    There are two powerful opioid antagonists: 1) naloxone (Narcan) given as an injection or nasal spray in the case of narcotic overdose and 2) naltrexone administered orally in the treatment of alcohol …

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    Coffee Drinkers Lower Their Chances of Heart Fai…

    One of the longest running heart studies comes from Framingham, Massachusetts. It began in 1948 and continues to this day. The Framingham Heart Study is a longitudinal epidemiological study that coll…

    By: Terry Graedon November 16, 2017 0 Comments
    Do You Want Digital Pills to Report When You Tak…

    Doctors often worry that patients are not taking their medications as prescribed. Now the FDA has approved digital pills that will allow health professionals to track patients' compliance. Essentially…

    By: Joe Graedon November 13, 2017 14 Comments
    Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) Side Effects, Complic…

    We suspect that hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ or HCT for short) is the most prescribed drug in the America on a daily basis. HCTZ is taken regularly by over 20 million people. More than 115 million prescr…

    By: Terry Graedon November 13, 2017 4 Comments
    Do You Have High Blood Pressure?

    Millions of Americans may be shocked to learn that they have high blood pressure according to the latest guidelines from the nation’s cardiologists. The American Heart Association and the American C…

    By: Terry Graedon November 13, 2017 0 Comments
    How Dangerous Is It to Stop Taking Aspirin?

    Aspirin, a drug that has been easing pain and even saving lives for more than a hundred years, gets very little respect. Perhaps because it is so old or maybe because it is available over the counter,…

    By: Terry Graedon November 13, 2017 7 Comments
    An Inside Look at Pharmacy Mistakes

    We have frequently urged our readers to be vigilant whenever they pick up a prescription from the pharmacy. Check to make sure that the drug you were given is exactly what your doctor prescribed: same…

    By: Terry Graedon November 13, 2017 0 Comments
    Is There Science to Support Vinegar for Reflux?

    We love home remedies, but most are based on people's experience and don't have any truly scientific explanation for why or how they work. That is why we get excited when we encounter a possible reaso…

    By: Joe Graedon November 13, 2017 0 Comments
    Will You Experience Drug Shortages Because of Hu…

    There is an epidemic of drug shortages in the U.S. It has been going on for years. The reasons are often hard to pin down. Drug company consolidation has contributed. The big fish swallow the smaller …

    By: Terry Graedon November 13, 2017 0 Comments
    How Do Statins Compare to Red Yeast Rice?

    Cholesterol is not the only risk factor that is important for heart health, but it remains an important indicator. People with heart disease need to take care not to let their dangerous LDL cholestero…

    By: Terry Graedon November 12, 2017 0 Comments
    How Can You Choose a Good Supplement?

    The topic of supplements has long been controversial, with some health care professionals claiming that people who eat a well-balanced diet need no additional vitamins or minerals. Others, in contrast…

    By: Terry Graedon November 9, 2017 11 Comments
    Are Generic Drug Makers Guilty of Collusion?

    Generic drugs were originally developed as a way for people to save money...lots of money! The idea is that the generic manufacturer does not have to spend the big bucks on proving that a given drug i…

    By: Terry Graedon November 9, 2017 4 Comments
    Show 1100: What Is the Story on Celiac Disease?

    At one time, doctors believed that celiac disease was extremely rare, that the few children who had it would outgrow it and that the symptoms were primarily digestive. We now know that none of these a…

    By: Joe Graedon November 9, 2017 7 Comments
    The Shocking Results of a Heart Stent Experiment

    More than half a million Americans and Europeans undergo angioplasty and a receive a heart stent in one or more coronary arteries annually. The cost of this procedure can vary enormously in the U.S. E…

    By: Terry Graedon November 9, 2017 23 Comments
    Do You Really Need a Narcotic for Your Pain?

    For years, emergency departments have dispensed narcotic analgesics to ease acute pain. Now in the middle of an opioid epidemic, some experts are asking whether there might be safer ways to alleviate …

    By: Terry Graedon November 9, 2017 1 Comments
    Do You Know How Your Medicine Affects Your Drivi…

    Are you taking medicines that might make you a dangerous driver? Most people now realize that driving and drinking do not mix. Alcohol impairs judgment and slows reaction times. It’s illegal to driv…

    By: Terry Graedon November 9, 2017 3 Comments
    Drinkers Boost Their Chance of Getting Cancer

    The American Society of Clinical Oncology is warning us that alcohol increases the risk of getting cancer (Journal of Clinical Oncology, online Nov. 7, 2017). What might that mean in practical terms? …

    By: Terry Graedon November 6, 2017 2 Comments
    Is H Pylori Responsible for Bad Flatulence?

    Flatulence is not usually considered a serious medical problem. Doctors see it as more of a nuisance, although severe gas, whether it is loud or merely smelly, can have a terrible impact on the suffer…

    By: Joe Graedon November 6, 2017 6 Comments
    What To Do When a Miracle Drug for Pain Goes Sou…

    Almost everyone wants a miracle drug for pain relief. Is Lyrica (pregabalin) that medicine? If you watch any television at all you have likely seen commercials for Lyrica. A few years ago there was a …

    By: Joe Graedon November 6, 2017 6 Comments
    Will Sleeping Pill with Diphenhydramine Lead to …

    Do you ever forget the names of people you should remember? What about dates like birthdays or anniversaries? How about pass codes? Is it just a benign "senior moment," or something more insidious? Me…

    By: Terry Graedon November 6, 2017 4 Comments
    How to Lower Blood Pressure by Sipping Hibiscus …

    Does your doctor frown over your blood pressure? Sometimes blood pressure is higher in the office than at home. (This is called "white-coat hypertension.") But if your pressure is starting to climb ev…

    By: Terry Graedon November 6, 2017 0 Comments
    Will Smearing Greek Yogurt on the Face Ease Flak…

    Have you ever heard of seborrheic dermatitis? This skin condition resembles dandruff on the face. Probably the cause of both conditions is an overgrowth of the yeast that normally co-exists with other…

    By: Terry Graedon November 6, 2017 0 Comments
    Is It Safe to Heat Cocoa in the Microwave?

    Microwave ovens are no longer a novel or unusual technology. In many offices and some homes, they are the primary or only way to heat things. Still, some people are unsure about their safety. We stron…

    By: Terry Graedon November 2, 2017 2 Comments
    Show 1099: How to Recognize and Overcome Eating …

    What could be more natural than eating when you are hungry and stopping when you are full? That simple approach is far from easy for many people. Hunger and eating get disconnected in eating disorders…

    By: Joe Graedon November 2, 2017 4 Comments
    A Pharmacist Remembers a Link Between Omeprazole…

    On November 1, 2017 we sent out a People's Pharmacy Special Health Alert asking the question: "Do Acid-Suppressing Drugs Cause Cancer?" This article was based on new research from Hong Kong (Gut, onli…