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    By: Terry Graedon February 8, 2016 0 Comments
    Popular Herbal Remedy Goldenseal Can Make the To…

    Sometimes taking a supplement that is intended to improve your health can backfire. That is what happened to this reader who decided to take the herbal remedy goldenseal for greater immune system str…

    By: Joe Graedon February 8, 2016 0 Comments
    Why Does Soap Under the Sheet Lose Its Power?

    So many people swear that putting soap under the bottom sheet works to prevent or ease leg cramps that we believe them. This remedy presents a challenge for many health professionals because there is …

    By: Terry Graedon February 8, 2016 0 Comments
    Could Her Antidepressant Make Her Thyroid Proble…

    A thyroid gland that produces too little thyroid hormone is a very common problem. The drug used to treat it, levothyroxine (Synthroid or Levoxyl), is among the most commonly prescribed medicines in t…

    By: Joe Graedon February 8, 2016 0 Comments
    Mistakes in the Pharmacy Could be Deadly

    Pharmacists used to be one the of most respected group of professionals in America. But their working conditions have become untenable, making their work dangerous, if not deadly, for patients. Too o…

    By: Terry Graedon February 8, 2016 0 Comments
    How to Prevent Colds by Taking Supplements

    People have been searching for centuries for a way to prevent colds. That, we've been told, was one of the motivations for dosing children with cod liver oil in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Non…

    By: Joe Graedon February 8, 2016 1 Comments
    Did This Year’s Flu Shot Cause Persistent …

    How can you keep from getting the flu? The answer from the CDC has long been "get your flu shot." When people ask about side effects they are told reactions are rare and mild, disappearing within a da…

    By: Terry Graedon February 8, 2016 0 Comments
    How Much Beet Juice Do You Need for Better Sex?

    We have been writing about the research showing that beet juice can relax blood vessels and lower blood pressure for quite some time. (You can read our first report here; the research was published i…

    By: Terry Graedon February 8, 2016 0 Comments
    Why Don’t Generic Drug Names Make Sense?

    Pronouncing names properly can be tricky. Prescription drug advertisements on TV tell you how to pronounce the brand names that presumably were designed to be snappy and memorable. Every drug with a b…

    By: Terry Graedon February 4, 2016 7 Comments
    Show 1023: How to Rebalance Your Digestive Tract…

    What do you know about your digestive tract bacteria? Normally, a wide range of bacteria helps us digest our food and works together to keep us healthy. But when infections or antibiotics intervene, t…

    By: Joe Graedon February 4, 2016 6 Comments
    How Can You Get Off the Laxative Merry-Go-Round?

    Laxatives remain one of the most popular products in the pharmacy. Millions worry that if they do not have a bowel movement every day they will become sick. But sometimes a laxative habit can develop …

    By: Joe Graedon February 4, 2016 14 Comments
    Desperate Diarrhea Victim Saved by Coconut Macar…

    If it happens in Mexico we call it "Montezuma's Revenge." In India an attack would be "Delhi Belly" and in Russia travelers call it the "Trotskis." When it happens at home we simply call it diarrhea. …

    By: Terry Graedon February 3, 2016 3 Comments
    WHO Officials Are Frightened of Zika Virus; Are …

    This week the World Health Organization declared Zika virus to be a global health emergency. Zika Virus Has Spread Far and Wide: The virus is turning out to be much more widespread than most people re…

    By: Terry Graedon February 3, 2016 3 Comments
    How to Reduce the Risk of Alzheimer’s Dise…

    The risk of Alzheimer's disease is a specter that looms over a graying America. Researchers have been trying to test strategies for prevention, and one such study was reported in the JAMA this week. A…

    By: Terry Graedon February 3, 2016 7 Comments
    Will Antiperspirants Disrupt the Ecology of Your…

    When people hear the word "microbiome," they often think of intestinal bacteria. (As well they should. For fascinating insight into some unexpected ways the intestinal microbiome affects our health, y…

    By: Terry Graedon February 3, 2016 22 Comments
    Should You Worry About Indian Pharma Firms’…

    Over the last several years, dozens of Indian drug manufacturers have received warnings from the FDA about bad manufacturing practices. In one of the latest incidents, Indian pharma firm Wockhardt is …

    By: Joe Graedon February 1, 2016 12 Comments
    When Should High Blood Pressure Be Treated?

    How low should your blood pressure go? Doctors have a surprisingly hard time answering this seemingly simple question. Historical "High" Blood Pressure: In the mid 20th century, doctors accepted as na…

    By: Terry Graedon February 1, 2016 35 Comments
    How Should You Dry Your Hands in the Restroom?

    Who would have guessed that hand washing (or, actually, hand drying) could be a contentious topic? The techniques available in public restrooms to dry your hands have fierce champions on all sides. T…

    By: Terry Graedon February 1, 2016 7 Comments
    Snorkeling in Hawaii Was Unique Remedy for Psori…

    Psoriasis is a chronic condition that occurs when the immune system attacks the skin. Skin cells turn over far more quickly than usual and create red patches on the skin with slivery scales. While th…

    By: Terry Graedon February 1, 2016 3 Comments
    Do You Have to Finish All Your Tamiflu?

    The focus on vaccines to prevent influenza sometimes overshadows antiviral drug treatment such as Tamiflu. Antivirals have actually been available for decades, but they haven't had much press. Part …

    By: Terry Graedon February 1, 2016 13 Comments
    Acupressure Wristband Is the Secret for Not Snor…

    People go to great lengths to stop snoring. Some are silly, like sewing a tennis ball into the back of the pajama top. This is supposed to keep you from lying on your back, a position in which snoring…

    By: Terry Graedon February 1, 2016 1 Comments
    People Taking Metformin Need a Vitamin B12 Suppl…

    How many medications do you take? How do they affect your nutritional status? Doctors don't always think about possible nutritional effects when they write a prescription. If you take pills prescribed…

    By: Terry Graedon February 1, 2016 15 Comments
    How Can You Get Rid of Onychomycosis?

    Nail fungus, which doctors call onychomycosis, is unsightly and can make nails hard to trim. This is especially true of toenails, which can be a little tough to cut anyway. So it makes sense that peop…

    By: Terry Graedon February 1, 2016 21 Comments
    How to Get Dry Skin to Stop Itching

    In the winter, when we turn on the heat and hot air blows through our houses, dry skin is common. That doesn't make it any less bothersome. This reader is hoping for a way to manage it. Itchy Dry Ski…

    By: Terry Graedon January 28, 2016 1 Comments
    Do Colorful Fruits and Veggies Prevent Weight Ga…

    Your mother had good reasons to urge you to eat your vegetables. Plant-based foods such as fruits and vegetables are rich in nutrients. Everyone has heard about the vitamins and minerals they contain,…

    By: Terry Graedon January 28, 2016 15 Comments
    Show 1022: How to Pick Dietary Supplements That …

    Are you getting all the nutrients you need from the food you eat? We are often advised to eat a well-balanced diet, but many people find that difficult. In today's fast-paced world, it can be hard eve…

    By: Joe Graedon January 28, 2016 9 Comments
    Can You Boost Your Immune System with Extra Zinc…

    Most people would like to improve their immune function at this time of year. Viruses that cause colds and influenza are everywhere and even vigorous hand washing may not protect you from coming down …

    By: Terry Graedon January 28, 2016 0 Comments
    More Countries Pose a Risk of Zika Virus Exposur…

    The Zika virus, which has only recently started making headlines, poses a hazard in more countries than the CDC originally suspected. Travel warnings have been extended to several more countries inclu…

    By: Terry Graedon January 28, 2016 6 Comments
    Do Heart Attacks Have Different Symptoms in Wome…

    After years of hints that women may have different symptoms and outcomes of heart disease than men, the American Heart Association has made it official. This week the organization published a scientif…

    By: Terry Graedon January 28, 2016 2 Comments
    Benefits of Prenatal Vitamin D Are Unclear

    Epidemiological research has suggested that low levels of vitamin D are associated with a variety of serious health conditions including cancer, heart disease, inflammatory disorders, diabetes and dem…

    By: Terry Graedon January 28, 2016 0 Comments
    Pregnant Women Should Be Screened for Depression

    The United States Preventive Services Task Force issues recommendations for screening for a variety of diseases and conditions based on the evidence from studies. Usually these public health messages …