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    By: Joe Graedon May 22, 2017 0 Comments
    Is Black Poop Something to Worry About?

    Pepto-Bismol has been around for more than 100 years. The original formula was developed by a physician to treat severe diarrhea brought on by cholera. He sold his invention directly to other doctors.…

    By: Terry Graedon May 22, 2017 0 Comments
    Can You Lower Blood Sugar with Cinnamon?

    You've no doubt heard that type 2 diabetes has reached epidemic levels in this country and many others. That means that millions more people have pre-diabetes, blood sugar that is headed in the wron…

    By: Terry Graedon May 22, 2017 0 Comments
    How to Use Lavender Oil to Calm Restless Legs

    Restless legs don't sound particularly serious, but the overwhelming urge to move the legs every few minutes or so can prevent a good night's sleep. The sensation can be extremely unpleasant. Usually,…

    By: Joe Graedon May 22, 2017 3 Comments
    Can You Wreck Your Kidneys With NSAID Pain Relie…

    Most people take their kidneys for granted...until something bad happens. When your kidneys fail, though, your life hangs in the balance. Short of dialysis or a kidney transplant, kidney failure rapid…

    By: Terry Graedon May 22, 2017 7 Comments
    Is the New Drug Xiidra Good for Dry Eye Relief?

    Dry eyes can make life miserable. The eyes feel as though there were sand in them, and they tire easily. People may complain of blurred vision. Until recently, the first-line treatment for dry eyes w…

    By: Terry Graedon May 22, 2017 0 Comments
    Can You Safely Take Fish Oil with Blood Thinners…

    Many of us make a clear distinction between the drugs we take and the vitamins or supplements we use. It seems logical enough for our brains, but our bodies don't recognize categories like that. An…

    By: Terry Graedon May 22, 2017 0 Comments
    If Ambien Is Out, How Can You Get to Sleep?

    Insomnia is a serious problem for millions of Americans. Older adults often have difficulty getting to sleep, and many rely on sleeping pills. Unfortunately, benzodiazepines like alprazolam (Xanax) …

    By: Terry Graedon May 18, 2017 30 Comments
    Show 1080: What Works for Pain Relief and Why

    Pain is one of the most common reasons people seek medical care. But physicians often face a dilemma when they treat joint pain, back pain or muscle spasms with prescription pills. Drugs that relieve…

    By: Joe Graedon May 18, 2017 29 Comments
    Do Treatments for Knee Arthritis Do More Harm Th…

    Steroid shots and arthroscopic surgery have been mainstays in the treatment of pain and inflammation brought on by knee arthritis. Many people try to delay knee replacement as long as possible, especi…

    By: Terry Graedon May 18, 2017 3 Comments
    Why You Should Exercise and Eat Right, Now

    We've all been told that we should exercise and eat right. Research to be reported at the American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting shows that a healthy lifestyle matters. That's true even after a…

    By: Terry Graedon May 18, 2017 4 Comments
    How Will Beetroot Juice Help Your Heart?

    Beet juice has developed quite a reputation over the past few decades. Researchers have discovered that it lowers blood pressure and improves athletic endurance. Canadian scientists demonstrated that…

    By: Terry Graedon May 18, 2017 2 Comments
    Could Tai Chi Help You Overcome Insomnia?

    Up to 30 percent of women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer have trouble sleeping. They may be understandably worried about their condition and unable to sleep for that reason. Lying awake ca…

    By: Joe Graedon May 15, 2017 8 Comments
    Will Overdosing on Vitamin B6 Cause Irreversible…

    Most people think of vitamins as benign nutrients. If a little is good then a "lottle" is better. In other words, the more the merrier. Most of the time people do not get into trouble if they take a l…

    By: Terry Graedon May 15, 2017 12 Comments
    How Could a Poison Ivy Remedy Help Your Itchy Bi…

    When warm weather arrives, we start spending more time outside in fields or woods. As a result, we may come home with itchy bites. Chigger bites are especially irritating. A brief blast of hot water c…

    By: Joe Graedon May 15, 2017 3 Comments
    Can You Cure Killer Headaches With Ice Packs?

    There was a time decades ago when people treated really bad headaches with ice packs. Those were the days before Advil & Motrin IB (ibuprofen) and Aleve (naproxen). It was before triptan-type migr…

    By: Terry Graedon May 15, 2017 9 Comments
    Will a Gluten-Free Diet Help Your Heartburn Symp…

    Judging from the popularity of medicines like esomeprazole (Nexium), lansoprazole (Prevacid) and omeprazole (Prilosec), heartburn symptoms are extremely common. Is there a better way to prevent the re…

    By: Terry Graedon May 15, 2017 14 Comments
    Can You Avoid NSAID Danger with Topical Pain Rel…

    Chronic pain, whether it is severe or moderate, poses a serious dilemma. People need relief from pain, but most medications that they can use for relief have significant downsides. People often take N…

    By: Terry Graedon May 14, 2017 5 Comments
    Will Chlorophyll Capsules Make Underarms Smell S…

    In the ongoing search for ways to control body odor, people have invented some creative solutions. One of the most unusual is swallowing supplemental chlorophyll every day. Is this a good idea? Chlor…

    By: Joe Graedon May 14, 2017 35 Comments
    Why Don’t Vitamin D Supplements Work as Ex…

    If you are taking big doses of vitamin D in the hopes of staving off all sorts of health problems, you may be disappointed. Most research has not demonstrated that taking high doses of vitamin D suppl…

    By: Joe Graedon May 11, 2017 44 Comments
    Really Bad News About Ibuprofen, Naproxen and Ot…

    People who are hurting are caught between the proverbial rock and a hard place. Whether they're suffering from a bad back or arthritis, there aren't many medications that are effective. Now more bad …

    By: Terry Graedon May 11, 2017 11 Comments
    Show 1079: What Is the Science Behind Fabulous F…

    Which fabulous foods can make a difference for our health? There might be too many to count. For this show, we are focusing on the science supporting the health benefits of just three power-packed f…

    By: Terry Graedon May 11, 2017 6 Comments
    What Is the Link Between Geography and Life Expe…

    Where you live can make a huge difference in your life expectancy. Americans are living longer overall, but a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine shows that in some parts of the country life exp…

    By: Terry Graedon May 11, 2017 1 Comments
    Do Quick Approvals Mean More Safety Concerns?

    Politicians and pharmaceutical manufacturers often complain that the FDA is too slow in allowing new drugs on the market. As a result of such pressure, the FDA has been striving for more rapid drug ap…

    By: Terry Graedon May 11, 2017 1 Comments
    Hide the Cotton Swabs! They Can Hurt Children…

    Parents need to beware cotton swabs. Although many use them to clean their children's ears as well as their own, a new study shows that they can cause significant injuries. Cotton Swabs Lead to ER Tri…

    By: Terry Graedon May 11, 2017 8 Comments
    Are Full-Fat Milk and Cheese Really Risky?

    Health professionals and nutritionists have been telling people for decades that full-fat milk and cheese (as well as other dairy products such as yogurt) are bad for the heart. They were sure that th…

    By: Terry Graedon May 11, 2017 1 Comments
    How Breastfeeding Helps Babies Establish Good Di…

    Why should new mothers consider breastfeeding? Pediatricians have been recommending that babies be breastfed exclusively for the first six months if possible. One benefit of breastfeeding is that it …

    By: Joe Graedon May 8, 2017 14 Comments
    High Drug Prices Shielded by Soaring Lobbying Bu…

    Wonder what's behind high drug prices? Have you ever heard the crude expression: "Money talks and bulls**t walks." We apologize for the obscenity. But nowhere is that crude phrase clearer than on Capi…

    By: Terry Graedon May 8, 2017 7 Comments
    Medicine for Sore Feet Linked to Unexpected Head…

    Arthritis hurts. Different people find the pain hits their joints in a very particular individual pattern, but when a joint hurts, you want relief. What will ease your joint pain? One reader found tha…

    By: Terry Graedon May 8, 2017 7 Comments
    Is Clever Home Remedy for Insomnia Hurting Your …

    We love simple approaches to common problems, so when we heard about a clever home remedy for insomnia we were intrigued. The approach takes advantage of an acupressure point that is supposed to help …

    By: Terry Graedon May 8, 2017 0 Comments
    Do You Know How to Remove Splinters with White G…

    How do you remove splinters? Sometimes, people go in for home surgery with sharp tweezers or even scalpels. That is risky. We like this home remedy much better. How to Remove Splinters with White Glue…