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    By: Joe Graedon July 24, 2017 12 Comments
    How Good Is L-lysine Against Cold Sores?

    Cold sores are painful. They are also unsightly. Perhaps more alarming, there is some research to suggest that cold sores may increase the risk for Alzheimer's disease (see this link). Could L-lysine …

    By: Terry Graedon July 24, 2017 0 Comments
    Is There a Beer That Won’t Cause Headaches…

    What causes headaches? Different people may find that their headaches have different triggers. Those who suffer from regular severe headaches such as migraines are usually eager to find the cause so t…

    By: Joe Graedon July 24, 2017 5 Comments
    NSAID Gel Rescued A Vacation

    People in Australia, New Zealand, Britain, Italy and many other countries have been able to buy topical NSAIDs for decades without a prescription. In the U.S. you can buy unlimited amounts of oral ibu…

    By: Terry Graedon July 24, 2017 0 Comments
    Supplements Are No Substitute for Good Diabetes …

    Diabetes is reaching epidemic levels, not only in the US but around the world. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 30 million Americans have diabetes. By f…

    By: Joe Graedon July 24, 2017 0 Comments
    Azithromycin For Asthma AMAZES

    Hard-to-treat asthma can be a life-threatening lung disease. That's why new research from Australia suggesting that the antibiotic azithromycin (Zithromax) for asthma is so exciting. The authors calle…

    By: Terry Graedon July 24, 2017 0 Comments
    Is There Help for Interstitial Cystitis?

    Some people have a frequent urge to urinate, but when they do, they experience excruciating pain. This may sound like a urinary tract infection, which can trigger similar symptoms. But interstitial cy…

    By: Terry Graedon July 24, 2017 0 Comments
    Will Magnesium Help Prevent Broken Bones?

    Keeping bones strong calls for life-long attention. During childhood and adolescence, bones increase in density and strength until early to mid-adulthood. To avoid broken bones in later years, we need…

    By: Terry Graedon July 20, 2017 8 Comments
    Show 1087: Change Your Perspective from Half-Emp…

    If you've ever found yourself ruminating over mistakes you made during the day and wishing for a do-over, you might want to change your perspective. In traditional psychiatry, you might focus on probl…

    By: Joe Graedon July 20, 2017 5 Comments
    Could the Antibiotic Minocycline Ease Depression…

    Minocycline (Minocin) has been prescribed for decades. It belongs in the tetracycline class of antibiotics. Dermatologists have been among the most enthusiastic prescribers of minocycline for the trea…

    By: Terry Graedon July 20, 2017 1 Comments
    Will Your Diet Help You Avoid Dementia?

    Most people think of a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans, olive oil and fish as being good for the heart. The Mediterranean diet is in the news again because of its benefits for the brain. …

    By: Joe Graedon July 20, 2017 6 Comments
    Nordic Diet vs. Dementia

    The Mediterranean diet gets all the headlines. It is supposed to be good for your heart, your brain and just about everything else that ails you. Ask almost any health professional about the healthies…

    By: Terry Graedon July 20, 2017 6 Comments
    Will Artificial Sweeteners Help You Lose Weight?

    Many people assume that artificial sweeteners are a good way to cut calories and lose weight. According to a new meta-analysis published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, that assumption m…

    By: Terry Graedon July 20, 2017 1 Comments
    Extra Vitamin D No Benefit for Kids with Colds

    People with low levels of vitamin D appear more susceptible to upper respiratory tract infections (Zhang et al, PLOS One, Dec. 9, 2016) and even pneumonia (Haugen et al, Pediatric Research, online Jul…

    By: Joe Graedon July 17, 2017 19 Comments
    Problems with Generic Wellbutrin (Bupropion)? No…

    A decade ago we received a message from J. in Danville, New York. She said: "I have been taking Budeprion XL 300 mg for three months instead of Wellbutrin XL 300 mg. I find that I am easily upset and …

    By: Terry Graedon July 17, 2017 8 Comments
    Vinegar to the Rescue in Wasabi Crisis

    If you have never had sushi, you might be surprised at the very sharp taste of the wasabi that is a frequent accompaniment. It can hit your nasal passages and sinuses with a wallop. Is there anything …

    By: Joe Graedon July 17, 2017 20 Comments
    Allergy Sprays and Cataracts?

    Not that long ago, corticosteroid nasal sprays were available only by prescription. Doctors had to monitor a patient's progress and make sure there were no complications from cortisone-like medication…

    By: Terry Graedon July 17, 2017 6 Comments
    Will Coconut Macaroons Overcome Bad Diarrhea?

    We rarely know the source of home remedies, but we have tracked one carefully. The late Donald Agar wrote to us from Pittsfield, Massachusetts, in 1998 to report a serendipitous discovery. He had foun…

    By: Terry Graedon July 17, 2017 1 Comments
    Turmeric in Milk Prevents Stomach Upset

    Have you considered taking turmeric for its anti-inflammatory properties? Perhaps you've considered it as a way to ease psoriasis instead. Researchers have suggested that turmeric or its principal com…

    By: Joe Graedon July 17, 2017 9 Comments
    Medical Mistakes and Deadly Drug Interactions

    No one likes to make mistakes. It is a humbling experience. Even when lives are not at stake, errors can open you up to ridicule or sanctions. That's why many people try to deny or cover up their erro…

    By: Terry Graedon July 17, 2017 0 Comments
    How Can You Protect Your Nose from Sunburn?

    People who work or play outside in the summertime have to take steps to protect themselves from sunburn. When possible, people should stay out of the sun in the middle of the day when the rays are mos…

    By: Joe Graedon July 13, 2017 10 Comments
    Humira Side Effects, Complications and Interacti…

    Humira (adalimumab) is the best selling drug (in dollars) in the U.S. (and around the world). Sales were listed between $13 and $16 billion in 2016. That is an unbelievable amount of money for a singl…

    By: Terry Graedon July 13, 2017 2 Comments
    Show 1086: Why Dogs Are Good for Babies’ H…

    Dogs and Babies' Health: Most young kids love their dogs. New research shows that even babies too young to play with the pet benefit from a dog in the house. What is the story on pets as probiotics? …

    By: Terry Graedon July 13, 2017 5 Comments
    Should You Be Drinking More Coffee?

    Coffee lovers have a reason to celebrate their favorite beverage. Two new studies in the Annals of Internal Medicine confirm that people who drink more coffee live longer. Studies of People Who Drink…

    By: Terry Graedon July 13, 2017 2 Comments
    Should You Take Vitamin D for Your Sunburn?

    What do you do for a sunburn? Most people just suffer for several days, although some have favorite home remedies such as Listerine, Greek yogurt or green tea. Some research suggests that a diet rich…

    By: Terry Graedon July 13, 2017 7 Comments
    Shingles Linked to Risk of Heart Attack

    Recent research from South Korea raises the unsettling prospect that an attack of shingles is not only painful but scary. It could raise the risk of heart attack. What Is Shingles? Shingles, known med…

    By: Terry Graedon July 13, 2017 2 Comments
    Why Playing Outside Is Good for Kids’ Eyes

    Children who spend more time playing outside are less likely to become nearsighted. That's the conclusion from a study of 5,700 Dutch youngsters who were followed from birth to age six. What Are the B…

    By: Joe Graedon July 10, 2017 12 Comments
    How to Use Baking Soda to Ease Indigestion:

    You have seen ads for all sorts of pricey heartburn remedies. Some go to work quickly. Others, like the proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) take quite awhile to stifle stomach acid and relieve symptoms. Whe…

    By: Joe Graedon July 10, 2017 39 Comments
    How To Get Back to Sleep In the Middle of the Ni…

    According to the CDC, 33% of Americans don't get adequate sleep. Chronic insomnia is linked to all sorts of serious health problems including diabetes, hypertension, obesity, heart disease and depress…

    By: Terry Graedon July 10, 2017 7 Comments
    Will Acupressure Bands Help You Fall Asleep?

    When job stresses or money worries get to you, what do you do to fall asleep? Many people try taking a sleep aid, whether it's an OTC product like Tylenol PM or a prescription medication like zolpidem…

    By: Joe Graedon July 10, 2017 6 Comments
    Help for Penis Problems (Peyronie’s Diseas…

    Have you ever heard of Peyronie's disease? Most people haven't. That's because it affects a very private part of the anatomy. Many men do not like to talk to their primary care doctors about penis pro…