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    By: Terry Graedon March 23, 2017 0 Comments
    Show 1073: How Can You Change the Way Your Genes…

    Why do some people appear to age more rapidly than others? Not only might they look older, they actually feel older as well. A check of their telomeres indicates that they are aging more rapidly at th…

    By: Joe Graedon March 23, 2017 0 Comments
    Lyrica (Pregabalin) Is An Ineffective Sciatica T…

    Sciatica sucks! Sadly, so does sciatica treatment with pregabalin (Lyrica). That's the conclusion of a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (March 23, 2017). Even though the drug…

    By: Terry Graedon March 23, 2017 0 Comments
    Absorbable Stent Is Worse, Not Better, for Preve…

    When people have serious heart disease and require balloon angioplasty, interventional cardiologists frequently insert a stent. This tiny mesh cylinder fits inside a blood vessel to keep it open. It …

    By: Terry Graedon March 23, 2017 0 Comments
    Pomegranate Juice for High Blood Pressure

    Should people with high blood pressure start sipping pomegranate juice? That might not be a bad idea, according to a recent study. Juice Lowers Elevated Blood Pressure: A meta-analysis of eight place…

    By: Terry Graedon March 23, 2017 0 Comments
    Are NSAIDs Linked to the Ultimate Side Effect, C…

    Most people think of ibuprofen as a safe and handy pain reliever. Here in the US, it is sold without prescription in convenience stores and supermarkets as well as pharmacies. Some side effects, such …

    By: Terry Graedon March 23, 2017 0 Comments
    Does Suboptimal Vitamin D Put Athletes at Risk f…

    Vitamin D is critical for muscle as well as bone strength. A study of elite college football players found that nearly half of them had suboptimal vitamin D levels. This may make them more vulnerable…

    By: Joe Graedon March 20, 2017 13 Comments
    The Opioid Epidemic Has Hurt People In Chronic P…

    The headlines are nonstop. We are told that people are dying every day because of abuse of opioid analgesics. There are tragic stories about overdose deaths. This makes lawmakers want to crack down an…

    By: Joe Graedon March 20, 2017 5 Comments
    Was Amitriptyline a Factor in Wife’s Demen…

    Americans are justifiably concerned about Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. Aging baby boomers are hitting the age where they could be vulnerable to cognitive decline. Anticholinergic …

    By: Terry Graedon March 20, 2017 1 Comments
    What Diet Can Help Control Hemochromatosis?

    Usually, people wonder if they are getting enough iron. But those with hemochromatosis need to be concerned about getting too much iron. This condition leads to iron build-up in organs such as the li…

    By: Terry Graedon March 20, 2017 2 Comments
    Will Hot Peppers Really Harm Your Taste Buds?

    A reader wrote to us recently asking whether it is true that eating hot peppers can dull the taste buds. As pepper lovers ourselves, we found the question compelling. Scientists have not focused much…

    By: Terry Graedon March 20, 2017 5 Comments
    Does Splitting Pills Result in the Wrong Dose?

    How important is the dose your doctor prescribes? If it matters, patients should be encouraged to take exactly the prescribed dose. The perverse incentives of the pharmacy business sometimes lead doct…

    By: Joe Graedon March 20, 2017 8 Comments
    Will PPIs Protect You from Esophageal Cancer?

    There are new guidelines from the American Gastroenterological Association (Gastroenterology, March, 2017). They inform physicians that best practices require prescribing proton pump inhibitors (PPIs…

    By: Terry Graedon March 20, 2017 2 Comments
    How to Make Angular Cheilitis Disappear with Hyd…

    Angular cheilitis, also known as perlèche, is a very unpleasant condition in which the corners of the mouth crack open. They are usually red and sore. Sometimes this is caused by leaking saliva, whic…

    By: Joe Graedon March 19, 2017 36 Comments
    Should We Ban Ibuprofen?

    A study published in the European Heart Journal - Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy (April, 2017) reports that ibuprofen is associated with a 31% increased risk of cardiac arrest. Now some people are ask…

    By: Terry Graedon March 16, 2017 0 Comments
    Show 1072: How to Improve Your Motivation-Ask Da…

    Dan Ariely is a behavioral economist with a genius for figuring out why we do the things we do. His popular column in The Wall Street Journal is called "Ask Dan." Listeners have the chance to do just …

    By: Joe Graedon March 16, 2017 7 Comments
    Will Drugs for Benign Prostate Hyperplasia (BPH)…

    Millions of men are discovering that an enlarged prostate gland is negatively affecting the quality of their lives. But two popular prescription drugs designed to treat benign prostate hyperplasia (BP…

    By: Terry Graedon March 16, 2017 10 Comments
    If You Get Dizzy When You Stand Up, You’re…

    People who experience a sudden drop in blood pressure and feel dizzy when standing may be at greater risk for dementia later in life. Doctors call this experience "orthostatic hypotension" or "postur…

    By: Terry Graedon March 16, 2017 4 Comments
    What Is the Link Between Blood Pressure and Deme…

    When scientists try to figure out who is predisposed to dementia, they often finger hypertension. There appears to be a link between midlife high blood pressure and dementia (Deckers et al, Internatio…

    By: Terry Graedon March 16, 2017 4 Comments
    Should You Take Fish Oil to Protect Your Heart?

    If you have heart disease, you've probably read lots about statin drugs to lower cholesterol. You may have seen recommendations about eating a Mediterranean-style diet for heart health. But should you…

    By: Terry Graedon March 16, 2017 1 Comments
    Is the FDA Wrong About Testosterone Heart Risk?

    Does testosterone treatment increase a man's risk of heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular calamity? Researchers have recently evaluated the testosterone heart risk. Testosterone Treatment for …

    By: Joe Graedon March 13, 2017 22 Comments
    Do Statin Side Effects Make It Harder To Exercis…

    Regular exercise is considered essential for good health. The benefits include weight control, diabetes prevention, blood sugar management, blood lipid control, improved mood, better sleep and a reduc…

    By: Joe Graedon March 13, 2017 17 Comments
    Can You Trust Foreign-Made Generic Medicines?

    We continue to receive complaints about generic medicines. Many are made in countries where the FDA does not have an adequate number of inspectors. Often the FDA staffers do not speak the native langu…

    By: Joe Graedon March 13, 2017 31 Comments
    War On Opioids Punishes Desperate Pain Patients

    Watch the news on television or read a newspaper and you will likely see a story about the dangers of opioids. Here is just the latest sampling: "Lawmakers Seek Crackdown on Opioids" WRAL.com, Raleigh…

    By: Terry Graedon March 13, 2017 9 Comments
    Will Tart Cherry Juice Really Soothe Gout Pain?

    People who have had one episode of gout are usually anxious to learn how they can avoid another attack. The pain is so intense that even the light touch of a sheet on the affected joint may be unbear…

    By: Terry Graedon March 13, 2017 2 Comments
    What Are the Health Benefits of Asafoetida?

    As North Americans embrace herbs and practices from other healing systems, they will inevitably encounter some that are unfamiliar. Most people know little at all about asafoetida, although it was us…

    By: Terry Graedon March 13, 2017 6 Comments
    What Should You Know About Flatulence?

    Do you have problems with intestinal gas? You can't really discuss such a topic in polite society. It may even be too embarrassing to ask your doctor about gas, with its attendant noise and odor. What…

    By: Terry Graedon March 13, 2017 5 Comments
    Could Probiotic Supplement Ease IBS and Anxiety?

    IBS, irritable bowel syndrome, afflicts an estimated 40 million Americans. They suffer cramps, bloating, diarrhea or constipation as a result of this condition, although gastroenterologists generally …

    By: Terry Graedon March 9, 2017 22 Comments
    Show 1071: How You Can Get Relief from Chronic P…

    Spine surgeon David Hanscom does some of the most complicated surgery you can imagine on bad backs. But his patients get even more benefit from chronic pain by employing the nonsurgical techniques he …

    By: Terry Graedon March 9, 2017 12 Comments
    You Are What You Eat: Is Your Diet Killing You?

    Researchers have found an answer to the question: Is the standard American diet killing us? Unfortunately, too often what we eat and what we skip contributes to disease and death. The Link Between …

    By: Joe Graedon March 9, 2017 27 Comments
    Why Didn’t Statins Protect Dad from Clogge…

    Most cardiologists take it as absolute fact that cholesterol is a bad actor in the heart disease saga. They believe that LDL cholesterol in particular is responsible for causing clogged coronary arter…