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    By: Terry Graedon January 22, 2018 0 Comments
    Can Washing Your Face with Selsun Blue Overcome …

    Rosacea can cause easy flushing and a persistently red face. In some cases, people develop little red bumps on the skin that resemble acne, although they aren't actually pimples. Eventually, the nose …

    By: Joe Graedon January 22, 2018 24 Comments
    Do Statins Affect Memory or Scramble Your Brain?

    The top four statin-type cholesterol-lowering medications are atorvastatin, simvastatin, pravastatin and rosuvastatin. Our back of the envelope calculations suggest that over 200 million prescriptions…

    By: Terry Graedon January 22, 2018 0 Comments
    How Long Will Dizziness Last After Stopping Lexa…

    It is always smart to have an exit strategy. That is just as true when you begin taking a prescription medication as when you take a new job that might or might not be quite suitable. One reader found…

    By: Terry Graedon January 22, 2018 0 Comments
    Do You Need More Vitamin D for Your Eyes ?

    Eyes need to maintain their moisture. That's why they make tears. If they don't make enough tears, or if the tears are of poor quality, the eyes become dry. They may feel as though they have grit in t…

    By: Joe Graedon January 22, 2018 6 Comments
    Why Is It So Hard to Pronounce Prescription Drug…

    Try wrapping your tongue around the prescription anti-seizure drug levetiracetam. How about the antifungal medicine isavuconazonium? Try the anti-clotting drug abciximab. Crazy, right? Who comes up wi…

    By: Terry Graedon January 22, 2018 0 Comments
    Will Valerian Help You Sleep Better?

    Who has not had the experience of tossing and turning, unable to fall asleep? Anxiety about a new job or an upcoming trip often keeps people awake for a few days. Others find that ruminating about rel…

    By: Terry Graedon January 22, 2018 0 Comments
    Dancer Delights in Fungus-Free Toenails

    Nail fungus is very common, affecting toenails more often than fingernails. Thirty years ago or so, doctors often advised their patients to ignore toenail fungus. They would point out that, although t…

    By: Terry Graedon January 22, 2018 0 Comments
    Are Cotton Swabs Really Risky?

    There are few things in the bathroom medicine chest that look less scary that cotton swabs. They have no sharp blades like nail scissors. They don't contain potentially dangerous drugs, like cough med…

    By: Terry Graedon January 18, 2018 0 Comments
    Show 1106: How to Find Time to Exercise

    Experts agree that exercise is crucial for good health, especially when it comes to preventing chronic diseases. Movement helps every bodily system function better. So why do so many people find it di…

    By: Terry Graedon January 18, 2018 0 Comments
    Do Mothers with Heartburn Have Babies with Asthm…

    Heartburn is a common symptom during pregnancy. New research suggests, however, that pregnant women who relieve their reflux with potent acid-suppressing drugs may precipitate unexpected complications…

    By: Terry Graedon January 18, 2018 0 Comments
    Will Aged Garlic Fight Heart Disease?

    Obesity is associated with inflammation that can exacerbate pain and contribute to chronic conditions such as diabetes or heart disease. Now researchers have found that a dietary supplement containing…

    By: Joe Graedon January 18, 2018 2 Comments
    Will The Influenza Vaccine Protect You from Flu&…

    This year’s flu epidemic is stretching hospitals to the limit. Every state is affected. Here is a link to the most recent map from the CDC (Jan 6, 2018). You will note that all states are reporting …

    By: Terry Graedon January 18, 2018 1 Comments
    What Is the Link Between Gums and Cancer?

    Gum disease has been linked to heart problems. Other conditions that have been associated with periodontal inflammation include osteoporosis, pneumonia and rheumatoid arthritis. Now results from the …

    By: Terry Graedon January 18, 2018 2 Comments
    Could Foods Block the Benefit of Breast Cancer T…

    Women being treated for a certain type of breast cancer may want to control their diets to maximize the effectiveness of their breast cancer treatment. Some estrogenic compounds in foods apparently in…

    By: Joe Graedon January 15, 2018 9 Comments
    Amlodipine and Dizziness: How Common is This Sid…

    Amlodipine is a commonly prescribed blood pressure medicine. At last count, 87 million prescriptions were dispensed annually in the U.S (Quintiles IMS, May, 2017, now IQVIA Institute). It is referred …

    By: Terry Graedon January 15, 2018 8 Comments
    How to Fight Fungus with a Sock Soak

    Have you ever had to fight fungus on your feet? The infection may show up between your toes or spread over the soles. To get rid of it, you may have tried an antifungal lotion or cream, such as clotri…

    By: Joe Graedon January 15, 2018 12 Comments
    Atorvastatin Side Effects — Is Psoriasis O…

    Atorvastatin (Lipitor) is one of the most prescribed drugs in the world. At last count, over 100 million prescriptions were dispensed annually  in the U.S. (Quintiles IMS, May, 2017, now IQVIA Instit…

    By: Terry Graedon January 15, 2018 12 Comments
    Can You Prevent Wrinkles with HRT?

    Hormone replacement therapy, or HRT, has been controversial for quite some time. In the 20th century, women were often admonished that taking estrogen and progestin after menopause would not only ease…

    By: Joe Graedon January 15, 2018 35 Comments
    Are Doctors Overprescribing Gabapentin and Prega…

    Let's be perfectly honest. Most doctors have a difficult time with chronic pain patients. One physician described it to us many years ago: "When I see a patient suffering severe chronic pain come in t…

    By: Terry Graedon January 15, 2018 0 Comments
    Spices for Unexpected Cough and Cold Relief

    When half the people you know are sniffling, sneezing and coughing, you might want something for cough and cold relief. As it turns out, you won't need to make a trip to the drugstore. You can probabl…

    By: Terry Graedon January 15, 2018 6 Comments
    Do You Absorb Magnesium from Your Armpits?

    Milk of magnesia is a time-honored medicine to treat constipation. But that is not the only use for this versatile compound. We first heard about using milk of magnesia in the armpits to suppress odor…

    By: Joe Graedon January 11, 2018 1 Comments
    Do Ibuprofen Side Effects Include Hormone Imbala…

    Pain relievers like ibuprofen are “the most commonly used over-the-counter drugs worldwide (Nature Reviews Endocrinology, July, 2016). People assume that if the FDA permits OTC sale, such products m…

    By: Terry Graedon January 11, 2018 1 Comments
    Will Magic Mushroom Compound Ease Depression?

    Psilocybin is the psychoactive compound in hallucinogenic mushrooms. Humans have used this magic mushroom compound in rituals for thousands of years. The compound alters sensory perceptions and even t…

    By: Terry Graedon January 10, 2018 3 Comments
    Is the Flu Worse Than Usual This Year?

    This year, the flu season may be shaping up to be worse than usual. In California, health officials estimate that this may be the most severe season in a decade. What could make the flu worse? Which F…

    By: Terry Graedon January 10, 2018 1 Comments
    Beta Blockers Boost Benefits from Cancer Immunot…

    Beta blocker heart medicines have been available for decades. Drugs like propranolol are prescribed to treat the pain of angina, lower high blood pressure and prevent migraine headaches. Might they al…

    By: Terry Graedon January 10, 2018 3 Comments
    How Does Your Neighborhood Affect Your Waistline…

    Where you live may affect your waistline. We may not think that our environment changes our behavior, but there is evidence that it does. The Waistline Effect: British researchers report that people w…

    By: Terry Graedon January 10, 2018 29 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 relief from chronic pain by employing the nonsurgical techniques he o…

    By: Joe Graedon January 8, 2018 25 Comments
    What to Do About Arthritis Pain When NSAIDs Are …

    Tens of millions of people suffer constant arthritis pain. Many of them have severe joint deterioration. The usual recommendation is to take NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). You know: ib…

    By: Terry Graedon January 8, 2018 4 Comments
    Why Do Cough Lozenges Ease Indigestion?

    Heartburn is hardly a new phenomenon. Humans have probably had to contend with indigestion for as long as the species has existed. Still, it often seems as though 21st century Americans suffer more of…

    By: Joe Graedon January 8, 2018 2 Comments
    Serotonin Syndrome From Lexapro Plus Robitussin …

    Millions of people take antidepressant medications like escitalopram (Lexapro), citalopram (Celexa), fluoxetine (Prozac), paroxetine (Paxil) or sertraline (Zoloft). These are known as SSRIs (selective…