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    By: Terry Graedon September 25, 2017 0 Comments
    Can You Delay Aging with Vitamin E Oil?

    Americans prize a youthful appearance, and we are willing to spend money and go to some effort to stave off wrinkles. Will putting vitamin E oil on your skin help you look young? Is Vitamin E Oil a Go…

    By: Joe Graedon September 25, 2017 0 Comments
    Should You Worry About Constipation?

    It has been our experience that people pay very close attention to what happens when they sit on the throne in their bathrooms. We frequently get questions about the color, texture and frequency of bo…

    By: Terry Graedon September 25, 2017 0 Comments
    What Happens If You Eat Saturated Fat?

    At least since the middle of the 20th century, Americans have been warned not to eat saturated fat. The idea was that fats that are solid at room temperature, like butter or the fat found in meat like…

    By: Joe Graedon September 25, 2017 0 Comments
    Will Glucosamine Repair Damaged Cartilage?

    In 1997 Jason Theodosakis, MD, MS, MPH, and colleagues launched the book, The Arthritis Cure: The Medical Miracle That Can Halt, Reverse, and May Even Cure Osteoarthritis. It could be stated that Dr. …

    By: Terry Graedon September 25, 2017 0 Comments
    Are Soy Products a Problem for People on Synthro…

    Levothyroxine (Synthroid) is one of the most commonly prescribed medications in the country. Approximately 20 million Americans have a thyroid condition, so perhaps we shouldn't be surprised that synt…

    By: Joe Graedon September 25, 2017 0 Comments
    Antidepressants and Suicide: Why Don’t Peo…

    Antidepressants are, by definition, supposed to improve mood. They are prescribed to lift people out of psychological depression. In theory, drugs like fluoxetine (Prozac), paroxetine (Paxil) and sert…

    By: Terry Graedon September 25, 2017 0 Comments
    Will Probiotics Cut Gas from Drinking Milk?

    Many of us struggle with smelly gas, known more technically (and perhaps more politely) as flatulence. Sometimes the culprit is a medication that is causing the trouble. But people trying to control f…

    By: Terry Graedon September 21, 2017 0 Comments
    Show 1095: How Do You Cope with Changing Recomme…

    Heart Disease and Inflammation: Is cholesterol the main problem leading to clogged arteries and heart attacks? It certainly is important, but a brand-new study suggests that inflammation may also be c…

    By: Terry Graedon September 21, 2017 0 Comments
    How Good Is the Evidence for Whole Grains?

    Whole grains have a golden reputation as the mainstay of a healthy diet. The old food pyramid was built on a foundation of whole grains. But how good is the evidence that eating brown rice, steel cut …

    By: Joe Graedon September 21, 2017 8 Comments
    Preventing Peripheral Neuropathy From Chemothera…

    When you get a diagnosis of cancer the world stops. Your brain melts and you go into fight or flight mode. It is one of the most stressful times of your life. All you can think about is choosing the r…

    By: Joe Graedon September 21, 2017 3 Comments
    Will Dangers of Antidepressants Shorten Your Lif…

    Americans love antidepressants. It is estimated that between one in eight and one in ten takes an antidepressant medication. People take SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) and SNRIs (sero…

    By: Terry Graedon September 21, 2017 0 Comments
    Get Magnesium Just Right to Prevent Dementia

    Most people would like to find a way to prevent dementia, but the picture is complex. Lifestyle factors such as exercise, diet and sleep have all been suggested as possible paths to keeping our brains…

    By: Terry Graedon September 21, 2017 0 Comments
    Could Your Microbiome Boost Your Blood Pressure?

    What accounts for differences in blood pressure? A new analysis from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute Working Group suggests that the ecology of bacteria in our digestive tracts may play a…

    By: Terry Graedon September 18, 2017 3 Comments
    Will Magnesium Help You Sleep Better All Night?

    Have you ever wakened far too early and resigned yourself to tossing and turning until time to get up? This scenario is common. We were pleased to learn that one reader found a simple supplement could…

    By: Joe Graedon September 18, 2017 2 Comments
    What Do You Do When Your Specialists Disagree?

    Let's face it. We used to be at the mercy of our doctors. If a specialist said "jump," they expected us to inquire "how high?" If a medication was prescribed, we were expected to take it. The fewer qu…

    By: Terry Graedon September 18, 2017 3 Comments
    When Should You Worry About Hiccups?

    Have you ever had hiccups? Almost everyone has. They can be annoying, embarrassing and uncomfortable, but hiccups generally go away on their own. When hiccups last for more than two days, though, they…

    By: Terry Graedon September 18, 2017 3 Comments
    Why Ice Craving Is a Serious Danger Signal

    Ice cravings can, like the tip of an iceberg, signal a bigger problem. It may take some sleuthing, though. Many people with uncontrollable ice craving may have no idea that they need to be tested for …

    By: Terry Graedon September 18, 2017 1 Comments
    Will Grape Juice with Certo Make Feet Feel Bette…

    Plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the tough tissue on the sole of the foot, is a drag. The heel pain, though persistent, is especially strong in the morning and can make it difficult to exercise o…

    By: Joe Graedon September 18, 2017 15 Comments
    What Can You Do For Arthritis Pain If You Can…

    Roughly one out of five Americans takes an NSAID (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug) regularly. That includes medications like celecoxib, diclofenac, ibuprofen, indomethacin, meloxicam and naproxen …

    By: Terry Graedon September 17, 2017 4 Comments
    Are There Foods That Affect Xarelto?

    People at risk for dangerous blood clots frequently need to take anticoagulant medication to prevent clots from forming. Perhaps the best-known of these is warfarin. It is inexpensive, and its side ef…

    By: Joe Graedon September 14, 2017 7 Comments
    How Helpful is Lymph Node Removal During Breast …

    The history of breast cancer surgery is a tale of woe and intrigue. It is a story of strong personalities and procedures that were based more on beliefs than on science. Old ideas die hard. It took ye…

    By: Terry Graedon September 14, 2017 4 Comments
    Show 1094: Does It Matter When You Eat?

    For decades, epidemiologists have noted that people who eat breakfast seem to weigh less and live longer. But it hasn't been clear if eating breakfast helps people stay healthy, or if healthy people t…

    By: Terry Graedon September 14, 2017 13 Comments
    Are Menopausal Women Taking a Big Risk with HRT?

    Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) does not appear to increase the risk of death from either heart disease or cancer. That's what researchers concluded by analyzing data from the long-running Women's H…

    By: Terry Graedon September 14, 2017 18 Comments
    How Much Does It Really Cost to Develop a New Dr…

    New cancer drugs have become extremely expensive. It is not unusual for immunotherapy treatments to cost between $100,000 and $200,000 per year. Often, the pharmaceutical industry justifies such a pri…

    By: Terry Graedon September 14, 2017 2 Comments
    Why You Should Get Up from Your Chair

    If you want to stay healthy, don't just sit there. Make sure you get up from your chair every half hour or so. Why Should You Get Up? A new study of approximately 8,000 people shows that those who get…

    By: Terry Graedon September 14, 2017 2 Comments
    Can You Dream Away Dementia?

    Any link between a dream and dementia sounds far-fetched, to be sure. Nonetheless, one possible interpretation of findings from a recent study is that people who dream more are less prone to dementia.…

    By: Terry Graedon September 10, 2017 15 Comments
    Can You Avoid Blood Clots on a Long Flight?

    Blood clots in the veins of the legs can be serious. Not only do they cause swelling, inflammation and pain in the affected leg, but they can also break loose and lodge in the lung. Blood clots in the…

    By: Terry Graedon September 10, 2017 9 Comments
    Will Your Pain Pill Boost Your Blood Pressure?

    People in pain are caught in a terrible bind. When you hurt, it is common for your blood pressure to go up. That's hardly a surprise. Pain is extremely stressful for your entire body. But taking nonst…

    By: Terry Graedon September 10, 2017 4 Comments
    Mint Tea Lowers Her Sex Drive to Match His

    What can a woman do when her sex drive is more powerful than her partner's? We have heard from innumerable women with this problem. Sex and desire are still sufficiently taboo topics that there are ve…

    By: Terry Graedon September 10, 2017 9 Comments
    Can Acupressure Arm Bands Help with Sleep Proble…

    Many individuals who have sleep problems from time to time would rather solve them without resorting to sleeping pills. After all, prescription sleeping pills can be habit-forming. Even OTC sleep aids…