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    By: Terry Graedon February 4, 2016 0 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 2 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 4 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 0 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 0 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 1 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 4 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 10 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 31 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 5 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 7 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 13 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 17 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 13 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 …

    By: Terry Graedon January 28, 2016 0 Comments
    Teens on Antidepressants Are More Prone to Aggre…

    Questions have been raised in the past about the balance of benefits and risks of antidepressants for youngsters. In fact, a Swedish study published in 2015 showed that people between 15 and 24 were m…

    By: Joe Graedon January 25, 2016 24 Comments
    Should Doctors Worry About Heartburn Drug Danger…

    When powerful acid-suppressing drugs called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) were first introduced in 1989 they were promoted as highly effective and extremely safe. Doctors embraced drugs like Prilosec,…

    By: Terry Graedon January 25, 2016 21 Comments
    No One Is Watching Out for Older People’s …

    As we get older, things change. We can see the gray hair cropping up, and try as we might, we can't hide the wrinkles. (At least, not entirely.) Interior changes aren't so visible, but aging also alte…

    By: Joe Graedon January 25, 2016 15 Comments
    How Was Your Medicine Stored, Shipped and Delive…

    There is a dirty little secret that many generic drug manufacturers and mail order pharmacies prefer you not know about. They break the rules on a regular basis when it comes to proper storage of med…

    By: Terry Graedon January 25, 2016 12 Comments
    Taking Garlic at the First Sign of a Cold

    During cold season, it can be difficult to follow all the rules that are supposed to protect us from cold viruses. We can certainly wash our hands many times a day and refrain from touching our faces.…

    By: Terry Graedon January 25, 2016 2 Comments
    Try Coconut Oil on the Skin to Relieve Itchy Ecz…

    Eczema is not very well understood. Dermatologists call it "atopic dermatitis," which implies that the red, itchy skin characteristic of eczema is fundamentally a type of allergic reaction. In most ca…

    By: Terry Graedon January 25, 2016 4 Comments
    Hand Sanitizer Offers a Simple Solution for Foot…

    Do your feet smell bad? Foot odor is an embarrassing problem. Although there are many potential solutions (read about some of them here and here), it can sometimes be difficult to deal with stinky f…

    By: Terry Graedon January 25, 2016 8 Comments
    Could Cayenne Lower Your High Blood Pressure?

    Many people prefer to treat chronic health problems by natural means. They hate taking pills, and the specter of side effects makes them nervous. After all, any effective medicine has a range of acti…