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    By: Joe Graedon August 22, 2016 1 Comments
    Can Ketamine Jump Start Antidepressant Action?

    When people are severely depressed they need immediate help. Sadly, most antidepressant medications take weeks to start working. That's why this reader's question is so very interesting. Q. You've wri…

    By: Terry Graedon August 22, 2016 2 Comments
    Did Ginkgo Biloba Keep His Mind Sharp?

    Wouldn't you love to know how to keep your mind sharp and your memory intact even as you grow older? Most of us worry about losing our edge. One reader is convinced he has the answer. Indeed he might,…

    By: Terry Graedon August 22, 2016 1 Comments
    How to Prevent Alzheimer Disease

    Alzheimer disease is one of the cruelest conditions that afflict mankind. It robs people of their personalities, their memories and ultimately their ability to perform the simplest functions. It can b…

    By: Joe Graedon August 22, 2016 3 Comments
    People Continue to Complain About Generic Ambien…

    We have received so many complaints about generic Ambien that we have lost count. We notified the FDA years ago about this problem but so far there seems to be no interest in finding out what the prob…

    By: Terry Graedon August 22, 2016 1 Comments
    Is Mail Order Safe for Summertime Supplements?

    Ordering medications and supplements by mail is convenient and usually cost effective. In fact, some insurance plans demand that you use a mail-order pharmacy for prescriptions. But is it reasonable t…

    By: Joe Graedon August 22, 2016 1 Comments
    Is Prostate Drug – Tamsulosin – Safe…

    Q. My family doctor has prescribed tamsulosin for frequent urination at night. I am a 75-year-old woman, and after reading about the side effects of this drug, I am concerned. I can live with the freq…

    By: Terry Graedon August 22, 2016 0 Comments
    Did Nexium Cause Bone Loss and Nerve Pain?

    Whenever you decide to take a new medication, you should know what you will get out of it in terms of benefit and what side effects you might experience. This is especially important for drugs you wi…

    By: Joe Graedon August 18, 2016 15 Comments
    Show 989: The Mediterranean Zone Diet (Archive)

    The Zone diet popularized by Dr. Barry Sears was one of the earliest to emphasize the importance of balancing protein, fat and carbohydrate consumption at every meal. Dr. Sears pioneered the idea that…

    By: Terry Graedon August 18, 2016 6 Comments
    Are Calcium Supplements Bad for Women’s Br…

    For decades, women have been told to take calcium supplements to build strong bones. Many health professionals dismiss the value of multivitamins but have been enthusiastic about supplemental calcium…

    By: Terry Graedon August 18, 2016 4 Comments
    Do Sunscreens Really Prevent Skin Cancer?

    The evidence that sunscreens prevent skin cancer may not be as strong as people would like to believe. That is the conclusion from a recent Cochrane review. What Did the Cochrane Review Find? The Coc…

    By: Terry Graedon August 17, 2016 2 Comments
    Staying Active Can Help Prevent Chronic Health P…

    Exercise remains one of the most powerful interventions for promoting health and preventing disease. An article in the BMJ reviewed 174 studies published over 25 years. The scientists evaluated the am…

    By: Terry Graedon August 17, 2016 2 Comments
    How to Use Time Management to Eat Better

    Weight loss experts have long suggested that people should never shop for food when they are hungry. Doing so increases the likelihood that they will purchase more high-calorie foods on impulse. Can p…

    By: Terry Graedon August 17, 2016 1 Comments
    How to Delay Dementia with Acupuncture

    Could acupuncture delay dementia? To find out, Chinese researchers did a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials comparing acupuncture and medical treatment for mild cognitive impairment with fo…

    By: Joe Graedon August 13, 2016 9 Comments
    How Safe is Nightly Lorazepam for Bad Insomnia?

    Millions of people suffer chronic insomnia. They toss and turn and worry about the consequences of inadequate sleep. The trouble is that almost all the drugs that are prescribed come with side effects…

    By: Terry Graedon August 13, 2016 6 Comments
    Is Your Breakfast Messing Up Your Medicine?

    When was the last time you read a manual? Most of us are so impatient that we skip straight to plug and play. That's true whether it's a computer program, a cell phone or a rental car. Taking pills is…

    By: Joe Graedon August 13, 2016 0 Comments
    Why Did Generic Remeron (Mirtazapine) Disappoint…

    People who are seriously depressed depend upon their medication to get through challenging times. Without a reliable medication they can fall back into a dark depression. This reader shares the frustr…

    By: Terry Graedon August 13, 2016 11 Comments
    Mother Found Solution for her Son’s Big BM…

    Over the years, we have heard from a number of people troubled by large bowel movements that would stop up the toilet. It can be hard to figure out what to do about this problem if we don't know the c…

    By: Terry Graedon August 13, 2016 10 Comments
    How to Stop Cramps Instantly with Yellow Mustard

    Whether you are are running around a tennis court or spending a lot of time in the swimming pool, you might suffer a painful muscle cramp. Even if you are lying in bed at night, a leg cramp can hit w…

    By: Joe Graedon August 13, 2016 0 Comments
    Do Vitamin D Supplements Vary in Quality and Doe…

    Most people do not think much about the quality of their vitamin supplements. They just assume that the FDA is protecting them from sub-par manufacturing. Sorry to disappoint. The FDA can barely keep …

    By: Terry Graedon August 13, 2016 3 Comments
    How to Prevent Migraines by Eating Gluten-Free

    Many doctors are justifiably skeptical of the popularity of gluten-free foods. Some of the people who turn to these products are a bit unclear about why they are eating a gluten-free diet; others may …

    By: Terry Graedon August 11, 2016 3 Comments
    Show 1046: How to Save Money on Prescription Dru…

    Prescription medications cost more in the US than anywhere else in the world. What's behind the high cost of these drugs? How are insurance companies and other payers coping with costs? Is there any w…

    By: Terry Graedon August 11, 2016 2 Comments
    Are There Toxins in Your Drinking Water?

    Your drinking water might be contaminated without your knowledge. Harvard researchers have identified dangerous compounds in the PFAS class in the drinking water of 6 million Americans. These chemical…

    By: Terry Graedon August 11, 2016 1 Comments
    How to Delay Dementia with a Mediterranean-Style…

    Could a Mediterranean-style diet help preserve cognitive function in older individuals? Research from Minnesota suggests that eating pattern might help delay dementia, even though Rochester, MN, is f…

    By: Terry Graedon August 11, 2016 2 Comments
    Can You Stay in the Sweet Spot for Your Warfarin…

    Warfarin is a classic anticoagulant that is used to prevent strokes and deep vein blood clots. Doctors know a lot about this old inexpensive drug, but they also know getting the warfarin dose just rig…

    By: Terry Graedon August 11, 2016 0 Comments
    Babies’ Airways Are Not Sterile at Birth

    Scientists used to think that babies' airways and lungs were sterile at birth and colonized with microbes only after that. Babies' Airways Are Colonized Before Birth: New research from the Universit…

    By: Terry Graedon August 11, 2016 1 Comments
    Should Drug Prices Be Determined by the Benefits…

    Payers around the world have been protesting the rapid rise in drug prices. The prices for some older prescriptions have gone up as much as 5,000 or 6,000 percent. And the price tag on new pharmaceut…

    By: Joe Graedon August 8, 2016 7 Comments
    What Vitamins and Minerals are in the Cardio For…

    Last week we asked the question, "Can You Trust Your Multivitamin?" A report from ConsumerLab.Com stated "defects found in 33% of multis [multivitamins] put to the test." This was based on analyses …

    By: Terry Graedon August 8, 2016 7 Comments
    How to Use Juniper to Fight Arthritis

    There are innumerable home remedies reputed to ease the pain of arthritis. One of the perennial favorites is golden raisins soaked in gin. Nobody knows quite how it works, and people have offered a v…

    By: Joe Graedon August 8, 2016 1 Comments
    Why Would Metformin and Crestor Stop Prostate Ca…

    Q. I have been treated for prostate cancer. My oncologist has recommended that I take the diabetes drug metformin and the cholesterol medication rosuvastatin to reduce my risk of recurrence. When I sa…

    By: Terry Graedon August 8, 2016 6 Comments
    Can You Get Addicted to Nicotine Gum?

    There is no question that the single most important step a person can take toward improved health is to stop smoking. Nobody ever would or should say this step is easy, though. Fortunately, there are …