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    By: Terry Graedon December 11, 2017 0 Comments
    What Can You Do About Jock Itch?

    Dermatologists call it tinea cruris. Athletes call it jock itch. What Is Jock Itch? You do not have to be involved in sports to develop a fungal infection in the groin area. Millions of people suffer …

    By: Terry Graedon December 11, 2017 0 Comments
    Will Melatonin Under Your Tongue Ease Insomnia?

    Millions of Americans suffer with insomnia. They have trouble falling asleep, or they wake in the middle of the night and toss and turn when they can't get back to sleep. When they stumble out of bed …

    By: Joe Graedon December 11, 2017 0 Comments
    Seeking a Super Smoothie for Everyday Health

      People love smoothies. They are a fast way to get off to a healthy start in the morning. But not all smoothies are created equal. Some have way too much sugar or carbohydrate. How can you creat…

    By: Terry Graedon December 11, 2017 0 Comments
    How to Use Pickle Juice for Muscle Cramps

    Muscle cramps are a vexing problem. They are understandably common during or after exercise, when muscles have become fatigued. Many people also suffer from painful leg or foot cramps at night. These …

    By: Joe Graedon December 11, 2017 0 Comments
    Ibuprofen Eased Back Pain But Caused Life-Threat…

    Americans love ibuprofen. Some have taken to calling it vitamin I because they rely on it so often to relieve pain. But ibuprofen and naproxen can cause life-threatening ulcers. Just because they are …

    By: Terry Graedon December 11, 2017 0 Comments
    How Can You Overcome Testosterone-Induced Acne?

    Over the past decade or so, testosterone replacement therapy has become quite popular. Three times as many men are using prescriptions for testosterone now as in 2001 (O'Connor, New York Times, June 3…

    By: Joe Graedon December 11, 2017 0 Comments
    Does Tamiflu Speed Recovery from Influenza? What…

    The CDC has made it official. The flu is back! Preliminary reports suggest that it could be a bad year for influenza. The CDC has reported higher case reports than usual at this time of year. At the m…

    By: Joe Graedon December 7, 2017 27 Comments
    Hydrochlorothiazide Side Effects: Skin Cancer an…

    You have been advised by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology that if you have systolic blood pressure of 130 or higher and/or diastolic blood pressure of 80 or higher…

    By: Terry Graedon December 7, 2017 4 Comments
    Show 1103: What Is the Science of Lasting Relati…

    Why do some relationships last for decades and just seem to get stronger, while others wither? Is there a secret to lasting relationships? Kindness, Generosity and Science: Decades ago, psychologist J…

    By: Terry Graedon December 7, 2017 4 Comments
    When Does Falling Blood Pressure Mean Trouble?

    High blood pressure is acknowledged as the silent killer. That is not disputed. But new research from the UK suggests that doctors should pay attention to falling blood pressure in their older patient…

    By: Joe Graedon December 7, 2017 10 Comments
    Do Oral Contraceptives Cause Breast Cancer? The …

    The New England Journal of Medicine (Dec. 7, 2017) has answered a long-simmering controversy about hormonally-based contraception. In a nutshell, birth control pills do raise the risk of breast cance…

    By: Terry Graedon December 7, 2017 7 Comments
    Will the Flu Shot Protect You from Influenza Thi…

    Have you been vaccinated against the flu this year? Will the flu shot protect you from getting influenza? We won’t be able to answer that question for several months. That’s because it takes the C…

    By: Terry Graedon December 7, 2017 6 Comments
    How Can You Lower Your LDL Cholesterol with Snac…

    Choose your snacks wisely, and you may lower your dangerous LDL cholesterol. That’s what researchers found when they did a small but careful study at Penn State University (Lee et al, Journal of the…

    By: Joe Graedon December 4, 2017 12 Comments
    Repatha to Lower LDL Cholesterol: Uses, Abuses, …

    There's a new cholesterol-lowering medicine making waves. Many health professionals are convinced that there is no such thing as too low a golf score or a cholesterol level. They are right about golf,…

    By: Terry Graedon December 4, 2017 6 Comments
    Will Your Heartburn Drug Cause Depression?

    Proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs, are widely used for a range of digestive tract difficulties. These popular pills, including esomeprazole (Nexium), lansoprazole (Prevacid), omeprazole (Prilosec) and p…

    By: Joe Graedon December 4, 2017 42 Comments
    Sleeping Pills for Seniors: A Scary Solution for…

    Do you have trouble sleeping? That’s just a natural outcome of accumulating lots of birthdays, right? Actually, insomnia is not a normal consequence of aging. According to the National Poll on Healt…

    By: Terry Graedon December 4, 2017 4 Comments
    Will Enteric-Coated Peppermint Oil Help Your Dig…

    When you learn that an herbal medicine is helpful for some type of health condition, it may be a little tricky to sort out just which problems it helps. One reader found this especially troublesome wi…

    By: Terry Graedon December 4, 2017 7 Comments
    Will Boswellia with Turmeric Ease Your Joint Pai…

    Millions of us suffer with joint pain, and the older we get, the more likely we are to have achy knees or sore hips. It is little wonder, then, that there are many home remedies or dietary supplements…

    By: Terry Graedon December 4, 2017 10 Comments
    Twins Demonstrate the Benefits of Vicks VapoRub …

    When we first heard about putting Vicks VapoRub on the soles of the feet to calm a cough, we thought it was a little odd. In fact, the nurse who told us about it described this remedy as "wacky." None…

    By: Terry Graedon December 4, 2017 17 Comments
    How Can You Find a Good Eye Drop?

    Dry eyes can make people miserable. You might feel as though you have sand in your eyes all the time. Your eyes may itch or sting. The first line treatment is to replace the tears your own eyes aren't…

    By: Terry Graedon November 30, 2017 10 Comments
    Show 1102: How Do Endocrine Disruptors Affect Yo…

    Sperm counts have been falling around the world for the last several decades. In some regions, such as Europe and North America, the counts are down as much as 60 percent. What could account for this …

    By: Terry Graedon November 30, 2017 6 Comments
    Will Poop Pills Stop Deadly Diarrhea?

    Doctors may soon be offering some of their patients with serious diarrhea a very unusual prescription: capsules filled with frozen poop from healthy people. Technically, of course, these poop pills co…

    By: Terry Graedon November 30, 2017 10 Comments
    FDA Warns of Danger from Bone Treats

    Dogs love bones, but veterinarians usually warn people not to give their pets bones from the dinner table. Turkey, chicken and lamb bones may splinter when they are chewed and injure a dog that swallo…

    By: Joe Graedon November 30, 2017 1 Comments
    The Best Christmas Present Yet!

    Do you hate thinking about shopping for presents at this time of year? What do you give mom or grandpa. What about the neighbors or cousin Charlie? Just trying to come up with the right gift for peopl…

    By: Joe Graedon November 30, 2017 23 Comments
    OTC Viagra in the U.S.? Hell No!

    Not long after its introduction in 1998, Viagra had become a household name. Millions of men have asked their doctors for a prescription for the erectile dysfunction drug. Lots more would like to take…

    By: Terry Graedon November 30, 2017 1 Comments
    Do Sex Hormones Have an Impact on Asthma?

    Researchers have long wondered why asthma is significantly more common in women than in men. This disparity is especially striking because the reverse is true before puberty. As a result, scientists h…

    By: Terry Graedon November 30, 2017 5 Comments
    Will Cinnamon Help You Stay Slim?

    Cinnamon is delicious, but it also has potential health benefits. You may be able to use cinnamon to lower your cholesterol. In addition, scientists believe they have discovered how a compound from ci…

    By: Terry Graedon November 27, 2017 13 Comments
    Should You Take NasalCrom to Overcome Your Aller…

    You may think of allergies as seasonal, spring and fall. But some people sniffle and sneeze all year long. Stroking a pet or cleaning a dusty room may make the symptoms worse, but what can you take to…

    By: Joe Graedon November 27, 2017 6 Comments
    Tramadol Plus Sertraline Could be Deadly Cocktai…

    Serotonin is a crucial neurotransmitter. It is found in the brain as well as the digestive tract. Serotonin is also found in blood cells called platelets. It plays a crucial role in regulating mood. T…

    By: Terry Graedon November 27, 2017 16 Comments
    Why Put Soap Under Your Bottom Sheet?

    Sometimes we come across a remedy or recommendation that, at first blush, doesn't seem to make any sense. That certainly was the response from many of our readers when we wrote about putting soap unde…