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    By: Joe Graedon February 22, 2018 13 Comments
    Will Drinking Alcohol and Coffee Extend Your Lif…

    Many people have considered a cup or two of coffee a necessary part of their morning ritual, even if a bit sinful. Ditto for a glass of wine or a cocktail at the end of the day. A new study suggests t…

    By: Joe Graedon February 22, 2018 2 Comments
    Is Too Much Alcohol Bad for the Brain?

    The headlines have recently proclaimed that a little alcohol can improve longevity. The emphasis is on a little. Too much alcohol can increase the risk for cognitive decline. That's because there are …

    By: Terry Graedon February 22, 2018 12 Comments
    Are Patient Groups Taking Money from Pharma Real…

    Patient advocacy groups are often perceived as an independent voice for the patient's perspective. A recent Senate report shows that opioid manufacturers paid more than $10 million to patient groups t…

    By: Terry Graedon February 21, 2018 0 Comments
    Will Eating Junk Food Put You at Risk for Cancer…

    Researchers have become increasingly concerned about links between diet and cancer. Could junk food create an elevated risk? The NutriNet-Santé Study of Junk Food: That seems to be the conclusion fro…

    By: Terry Graedon February 21, 2018 5 Comments
    Show 1111: What Should You Know About Controvers…

    How should you be keeping your heart healthy? Recent headlines have brought some controversies in cardiology to public attention. Defining High Blood Pressure: The American College of Cardiology and t…

    By: Terry Graedon February 21, 2018 5 Comments
    Is There a Diet That Will Work Best for You?

    Which weight-loss diet works best, low fat or low carb? That was the question a team of Stanford scientists were striving to answer (Gardner et al, JAMA, Feb. 20, 2018). It has been a bone of content…

    By: Joe Graedon February 19, 2018 39 Comments
    Flu Myths and Misconceptions about the Vaccine

    People are still suffering from the flu. Many are understandably worried sick, especially for their children. That's because there are reports almost every day about additional deaths from this year's…

    By: Joe Graedon February 19, 2018 21 Comments
    Should You Worry About Serious Melatonin Side Ef…

    More than three million Americans take melatonin to get to sleep. That's twice the number that used this supplement in 2007 (National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health). This makes melat…

    By: Terry Graedon February 19, 2018 6 Comments
    How Does the Heart Drug Amiodarone Hurt Your Lun…

    The heart drug amiodarone (Pacerone) is prescribed for serious, life-threatening heart rhythm abnormalities, such as ventricular fibrillation or unstable ventricular tachycardia. These technical terms…

    By: Terry Graedon February 19, 2018 14 Comments
    What Are the Health Benefits of Black Pepper?

    Cinnamon, ginger, fennel, turmeric and other spices have long been used medicinally. Scientists have confirmed that these natural food additives have physiological effects. We hear less often about th…

    By: Terry Graedon February 18, 2018 17 Comments
    Why Would Armour Thyroid Help Hashimoto’s?

    The thyroid gland is small and rather unobtrusive, but its effects are huge. This butterfly-shaped bit of tissue on the front of the neck produces hormones that help set the metabolism of every cell i…

    By: Terry Graedon February 18, 2018 5 Comments
    How Can You Get Rid of Plantar Warts?

    Plantar warts that appear on the soles of the feet or the palms of the hand can sometimes be stubborn. Those on the soles may cause discomfort when a person is standing, walking or running. But people…

    By: Terry Graedon February 16, 2018 12 Comments
    Cleaning Products Linked to Worsening Lung Funct…

    Women who use common cleaning products at home or at work are at risk for a decline in lung function. The drop may be gradual, but it appears to be sustained. European Respiratory Health Survey: That …

    By: Joe Graedon February 15, 2018 17 Comments
    What Do You Really Know About Scary Ibuprofen Si…

    Do you read the labels on OTC pain relievers? Be honest now. The last time you purchased Advil, Motrin IB or some house brand ibuprofen pills, did you check out the dosage instructions or the warnings…

    By: Terry Graedon February 15, 2018 3 Comments
    Show 1110: Terrific Tips to Help Kids Love Healt…

    Many families struggle to get their children and teens to follow healthful diets. But there is a good reason that grandmothers have been urging kids to eat their vegetables, going back at least a cent…

    By: Terry Graedon February 15, 2018 3 Comments
    Why People with Flu Should Stay Home from Work

    The CDC urges everyone who comes down with flu symptoms like coughs, fever and muscle aches to stay home from work. Ideally, they would stay at home and away from other people who might catch the infe…

    By: Terry Graedon February 15, 2018 10 Comments
    Painful Kidney Stones Are Becoming More Common

    Kidney stones can cause excruciating pain. For some patients, a kidney stone becomes a medical emergency. How Often Do People Suffer from Painful Kidney Stones? A new study from the Mayo Clinic Procee…

    By: Terry Graedon February 12, 2018 13 Comments
    Stopping Duloxetine Leads to Terrible Withdrawal…

    Before anyone starts taking an antidepressant, the prescriber should give them some guidance on how to quit. As it turns out, getting off a medication like duloxetine can be extremely difficult becaus…

    By: Joe Graedon February 12, 2018 11 Comments
    What Should You Do If Your Medicine Freezes?

    There are very stringent guidelines about how medicines should be stored. The manufacturer and the FDA agree about the proper temporary and long-term storage temperatures. We fear that pharmaceutical …

    By: Joe Graedon February 12, 2018 22 Comments
    What Are the Most Dangerous Drugs for Older Adul…

    Imagine you are a space alien from the Planet Xelziga. You land somewhere in North America and turn on your television monitoring system. As you attempt to learn the basics about human behavior, you m…

    By: Terry Graedon February 12, 2018 2 Comments
    Natural Blood Sugar Control to Benefit Sex Life

    Doctors are taught that erectile dysfunction (ED) is a red flag. It should encourage them to look for other health problems, such as heart disease or diabetes. Patients, too, are becoming aware that p…

    By: Terry Graedon February 12, 2018 25 Comments
    Can Kefir Help You Recover from an Infection?

    Have you been looking for a way to boost your immune system? Especially during the season when colds and flu are rampant, many people would like to know how to recover from an infection more readily. …

    By: Terry Graedon February 11, 2018 2 Comments
    Does the Laxative Psyllium Really Lower Choleste…

    Dietary fiber is almost universally acknowledged as beneficial. Diets rich in whole grains and vegetables that supply fiber seem to be associated with better cardiovascular health, better metabolic ba…

    By: Terry Graedon February 8, 2018 12 Comments
    Show 1109: How Do Doctors Overcome Diagnostic Ch…

    When you go to see the doctor because you are sick, the first order of business is to get a diagnosis. How does the doctor arrive at that? What does she need to know? And is there any way you can help…

    By: Terry Graedon February 8, 2018 5 Comments
    Does Scalding Tea Boost Your Risk for Esophageal…

    People who drink very hot tea may want to let it cool a bit before they sip. That is particularly true for anyone who smokes or drinks alcohol. Smokers and drinkers who also regularly imbibe scalding …

    By: Terry Graedon February 8, 2018 29 Comments
    Why Do Nursing Homes Dispense Risky Antipsychoti…

    The Food and Drug Administration has long warned that administering antipsychotic drugs to people with dementia is dangerous. That practice can increase the risk of premature death. Previous studies s…

    By: Terry Graedon February 8, 2018 7 Comments
    What Is Lurking in Hospital’s Plumbing?

    Scary antibiotic-resistant bacteria appear to be thriving in hospital plumbing, according to a new report (Weingarten et al, mBio, Feb. 6, 2018). The research was conducted in a hospital run by the N…

    By: Terry Graedon February 8, 2018 36 Comments
    Fish Oil Flops When It Comes to Heart Protection

    For years, Americans have been taking fish oil and other types of omega-3 supplements. Their goal was heart protection, but it seems that expectation is unrealistic. Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Heart Prot…

    By: Joe Graedon February 5, 2018 20 Comments
    Naltrexone for Alcohol Problem: Will It Work?

    Americans have an alcohol problem. Most people think alcohol abuse is someone else's problem. The guy on the street corner begging for money, perhaps. Not the upstanding citizen who drives a nice car …

    By: Joe Graedon February 5, 2018 15 Comments
    What’s the Story on Metformin for Diabetes?

    Metformin has become the go-to drug for type 2 diabetes. It's easy to understand why. The drug works to control blood sugar and it is incredibly inexpensive compared to many of the newer diabetes drug…