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    By: Terry Graedon July 21, 2016 0 Comments
    Show 1043: How to Strengthen Bones and Fix Your …

    Do you think of yoga as exercise? Many people don't. Yoga doesn't seem like exercise that can combat osteoporosis. Yet physiatrist Loren Fishman, MD, has shown that certain yoga poses can improve bon…

    By: Joe Graedon July 21, 2016 0 Comments
    Are Rehab Hospitals Hazardous to Your Health?

    If you suffer a serious injury in an automobile accident, get a knee or hip replaced or suffer a stroke, there is a very good chance you will end up in a rehabilitation hospital. These facilities are …

    By: Joe Graedon July 21, 2016 1 Comments
    How to Save Money and Smell Good During the Heat…

    The weather will be brutal over the next couple of weeks because of heat and humidity. That means you will be sweating up a storm, which is actually a good thing since perspiration is your body's natu…

    By: Terry Graedon July 21, 2016 1 Comments
    Is High-Risk Prostate Cancer on the Rise?

    High-risk prostate cancer seems to be on the rise. Experts are debating the reasons for this alarming development. Have Prostate Cancer Diagnoses Changed? A new study found a 72 percent increase in …

    By: Terry Graedon July 21, 2016 0 Comments
    What Are the Benefits of a Mediterranean Diet?

    The Mediterranean diet has gained quite a reputation of late. But is the buzz all hype, or is there science to support it? Studying the Mediterranean Diet: A new analysis of 56 studies of the Mediterr…

    By: Terry Graedon July 20, 2016 1 Comments
    How to Lower Your Chance of Diabetes

    Don't be afraid of fat! That's the message from a study that scrutinized the links between saturated fat, polyunsaturated fat, monounsaturated fat and carbohydrate consumption and the chance of dia…

    By: Terry Graedon July 20, 2016 0 Comments
    Can You Protect Your Brain with Postmenopausal H…

    Hormone replacement therapy is a well-known treatment for the horrible hot flushes and night sweats of menopause. Apparently, women sometimes take postmenopausal hormones not only to ease the symptoms…

    By: Terry Graedon July 20, 2016 0 Comments
    Are Kids Ruining Their Bones in Front of the TV?

    Children who spend hours in front of a television may be ruining their bones, or at least setting themselves up for osteoporosis later in life. The Study from Oz: A new study in Australia monitored t…

    By: Terry Graedon July 17, 2016 7 Comments
    How Much Tonic Water Is Safe for You?

    In the heat of a summer afternoon, a tall cold glass of tonic water can seem very appealing. It may even have health benefits, such as warding off nighttime leg cramps. But if you get carried away and…

    By: Terry Graedon July 17, 2016 16 Comments
    How Can You Forestall an Ugly Cold Sore?

    Cold sores are such a common complaint that they get very little attention from the medical profession unless something goes horribly wrong. These unsightly lesions are caused by an outbreak of herpes…

    By: Joe Graedon July 16, 2016 2 Comments
    Should Everyone Be Taking Metformin to Fight Can…

    Metformin was created in the 1920s by chemists who were working with the French lilac plant. That's because healers had been using French lilac for centuries to control the symptoms of type 2 diabetes…

    By: Joe Graedon July 16, 2016 6 Comments
    Boswellia Eased Arthritis Pain but Triggered Hot…

    You may not have heard of boswellia, but we'll bet you have heard of frankincense. This dietary supplement has been used for a variety of symptoms including inflammation. This reader reported that i…

    By: Joe Graedon July 16, 2016 9 Comments
    Research Vindicates Vicks VapoRub for Foiling Na…

    Some people seem oblivious to their gross toenails. They walk around barefoot or in sandals with ugly yellow or even black nails oblivious to bystanders. Their thick, misshapen nails really need help.…

    By: Joe Graedon July 16, 2016 3 Comments
    Will Medical Marijuana Ease Pain and Prevent Dem…

    Two of our most complicated and challenging health problems are nerve pain and dementia. The drugs we have are often woefully inadequate. That's why it is so intriguing to learn that ingredients in me…

    By: Joe Graedon July 15, 2016 14 Comments
    How Can You Stop Acid Suppressing Drugs Without …

    As complications from proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) accumulate, people are getting worried. Millions of people take medications like dexlansoprazole, esomeprazole, lansoprazole, omeprazole, pantopraz…

    By: Terry Graedon July 14, 2016 15 Comments
    Show 1042: How Acupuncture Can Help You Overcome…

    An ancient Chinese medical modality is gradually gaining converts in the US. In acupuncture, a skilled practitioner inserts thin needles into specific points on the body. The problems that may be t…

    By: Terry Graedon July 14, 2016 2 Comments
    How to Help Old Mice Run Longer

    Pomegranates have a reputation as superfood that may just have gotten a boost. Researchers at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland have found that a compound derived from pomegr…

    By: Terry Graedon July 14, 2016 9 Comments
    Are Kids Who Sucked Their Thumbs Less Prone to A…

    An epidemiological study of around 1,000 children born between 1972 and 1973 in New Zealand suggests that those who bit their nails or sucked their thumbs when they were little were less likely to dev…

    By: Terry Graedon July 14, 2016 3 Comments
    How to Fight Breast Cancer with Hops

    Hops are the seed cones of the plant Humulus lupulus. They give beer its distinctive flavor, but they may have benefits beyond beer. An extract of hops might someday play a role in breast cancer prev…

    By: Terry Graedon July 14, 2016 4 Comments
    How to Overcome Fatigue with Acupressure

    Cancer treatment can result in fatigue that may last many months after the treatment is finished. Michigan scientists may have found a technique that can help overcome fatigue, however. How Can Brea…

    By: Joe Graedon July 11, 2016 24 Comments
    What Are the Most Common Statin Side Effects?

    Many health professionals are convinced that statin-type cholesterol-lowering drugs do not cause any side effects. These physicians published a review that stated that very idea (European Journal of …

    By: Terry Graedon July 11, 2016 23 Comments
    How to Keep Chiggers from Biting

    Chiggers, also known as red bugs or berry bugs, are among the annoyances of summer. Unlike ticks or mosquitoes, they don't carry deadly diseases in the US. But their bites swell, redden and itch madd…

    By: Terry Graedon July 11, 2016 9 Comments
    Is There Room for Butter in a Healthful Diet?

    We often hear from people that they get mental whiplash from the frequent reversals in health advice they see in the news. This is especially true when it comes to nutrition: first eggs were evil, and…

    By: Terry Graedon July 11, 2016 19 Comments
    How to Use Cranberry Juice for UTIs

    The effort to reduce bacterial resistance to antibiotics requires doctors to cut back on using these drugs for the most common problems. That may mean that many women prone to repeated urinary tract i…

    By: Terry Graedon July 11, 2016 5 Comments
    How to Ease Nerve Pain with Supplements

    Neuropathy, pain generated by inflamed or damaged nerves, can be quite difficult to treat. Narcotics may not do much to ease the pain of damaged nerves, and NSAIDs are frequently ineffective. How can…

    By: Joe Graedon July 11, 2016 15 Comments
    Can A Drug for Restless Legs Turn You Into a Gam…

    Americans are firm believers in free will. Most reject the idea that someone could become a gambling addict or a compulsive shopper because of a prescribed medication. We cannot imagine that anyone wo…

    By: Terry Graedon July 11, 2016 4 Comments
    How to Use Cherry Juice for Your Joint Pain

    Whoever said "Growing older isn't for sissies!" probably had arthritis. Although it sometimes strikes younger people, the constant ache in knees and hips can make it hard to keep moving.  Pain in th…

    By: Terry Graedon July 11, 2016 2 Comments
    What Is in Your First Aid Kit?

    This summer we have been urging people to assemble a first aid kit that is ready to go at the drop of a hat. Some of the things we put in our first aid kit are a little unorthodox, but they're not too…

    By: Terry Graedon July 7, 2016 4 Comments
    Show 1041: What Are Your Favorite Home Remedies …

    If you are hiking in the hinterlands this summer, what first aid should you take along? We talk with Dr. Jim Hubbard, author of The Survival Doctor's Complete Handbook, about what to do when you can't…

    By: Terry Graedon July 7, 2016 9 Comments
    What Is the Economic Benefit of Medical Marijuan…

    Medical marijuana may have an unexpected economic benefit in states that have legalized it. An Economic Benefit for Medicare: A new study in the journal Health Affairs shows that in states where medi…