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    By: Terry Graedon June 17, 2019 0 Comments
    Will Hot Water Help You Move Your Bowels?

    In years past, people put a lot of emphasis on regularity. They thought a bathroom visit every day, preferably first thing in the morning, was essential to good health. Some folks had their favorite t…

    By: Terry Graedon June 17, 2019 6 Comments
    Vitamin B12 Deficiency Can Cause Cognitive Probl…

    As people grow older, they may begin to have difficulty with memory or complex cognitive tasks. The family might chalk the problem up to encroaching dementia due to aging. In some cases, though, cogni…

    By: Terry Graedon June 17, 2019 0 Comments
    Will Soy Sauce Ease Your Burn Pain?

    If you have ever had hot liquid splash on your hand accidentally, you've looked for a burn remedy. Holding the singed fingers under cold tap water is the recommended first aid, but it may ease your bu…

    By: Joe Graedon June 17, 2019 7 Comments
    Why Aren’t Docs Outraged by Inadequate Generic…

    Doctors, pharmacists and nurses are directly responsible for patient care. They prescribe, dispense and oversee treatment. Why aren’t they more concerned about generic drug quality? We are confounde…

    By: Terry Graedon June 17, 2019 0 Comments
    How Can You Prevent Tick Bites?

    As we move into summertime and look forward to outdoor activities such as biking, hiking and camping, people start to worry about Lyme disease. While this infection can be serious, it is not the only …

    By: Joe Graedon June 17, 2019 3 Comments
    Decongestant Spray Addiction is Hard to Kick

    When your nose is stopped up because of a cold or allergies, you feel awful. Breathing through your mouth when you are trying to sleep can be especially challenging. It’s hardly surprising that peop…

    By: Joe Graedon June 17, 2019 4 Comments
    Generic Furosemide Disappoints | How to Afford L…

    Ask any doctor about the importance of furosemide (Lasix) and you are likely to get an earful. The FDA approved this diuretic in 1966. It is considered an essential medicine by the World Health Organi…

    By: Terry Graedon June 13, 2019 0 Comments
    Show 1169: What Are the Problems with Generic Dr…

    You may not be aware that the vast majority of medications Americans take are generic drugs. This helps hold down the costs that patients have to pay, especially if you are taking one of the medicines…

    By: Joe Graedon June 13, 2019 0 Comments
    PPIs are Safe! New Study Contradicts Prior Resea…

    Prepare for whiplash. Last week we reported on a large VA study using medical records from 150,000 veterans (BMJ, May 30, 2019).  It showed that people taking proton pump inhibitors to suppress s…

    By: Joe Graedon June 13, 2019 0 Comments
    Warfarin and Green Leafy Vegetables Can Be OK

    For decades, patients taking the anticoagulant warfarin, known by the brand name Coumadin, have been admonished to be very careful about consuming foods rich in vitamin K. That’s because too much vi…

    By: Terry Graedon June 13, 2019 0 Comments
    Diabetes Risk No Lower with Vitamin D Supplement…

    People with very low levels of vitamin D are known to be at higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes. A study demonstrates that vitamin D supplements don’t alter diabetes risk (New England Journal…

    By: Terry Graedon June 13, 2019 0 Comments
    Could TV On All Night Make You Gain Weight?

    Do you leave the TV on in your bedroom overnight? Data from the Sister Study suggests you might want to turn it off (JAMA Internal Medicine, online June 10, 2019). What Does the Sister Study Say About…

    By: Terry Graedon June 13, 2019 0 Comments
    Will Soaking in a Hot Tub Ease Your PAD Pain?

    Just as plaque can clog the arteries leading to the heart to cause coronary artery disease (CAD), it can also narrow arteries in legs, arms and elsewhere in the body. Doctors term this peripheral arte…

    By: Terry Graedon June 10, 2019 7 Comments
    Dermatologists Are Unhappy with PediatricianR…

    Many parents become so frustrated dealing with lice infestations that they are tempted to pull their own hair out. Some parents are concerned about having to use insecticides repeatedly. As lice devel…

    By: Joe Graedon June 10, 2019 12 Comments
    Doctor Wants Alternative Treatment for Sore Knee…

    Have you ever had sore knees? It makes it hard to climb stairs. Even walking can be a challenge when your knees hurt. Most people take NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) like celecoxib (Cel…

    By: Joe Graedon June 10, 2019 8 Comments
    Is Celecoxib Safe To Prevent Nighttime Urination…

    There is nothing more annoying than waking up in the middle of the night with a strong urge to pee. Well, actually there is. Waking up to discover that you have had an accident in bed is uncomfortable…

    By: Terry Graedon June 10, 2019 4 Comments
    Will Flaxseed Save Nails Damaged from Psoriasis?

    Many people assume that ugly nails indicate a fungal infection of the nail bed. While this is frequently a reasonable conclusion, psoriasis can also cause nails to become discolored, crumble or separa…

    By: Joe Graedon June 10, 2019 15 Comments
    Can Stopping Aspirin Suddenly Lead to Deadly Blo…

    Aspirin gets very little respect from health professionals or patients these days. That may be partly because: 1) it’s really old. Aspirin has been around for more than 100 years. 2) Americans prize…

    By: Terry Graedon June 10, 2019 4 Comments
    What Can You Do About Poison Ivy?

    This is a scary time of year for millions of people who are sensitive to urushiol. That is the scientific name for the resin found on the leaves, stems or roots of poison ivy, poison oak and poison su…

    By: Terry Graedon June 10, 2019 1 Comments
    How Can You Find Natural Cough Medicine That Wor…

    Have you ever looked for a natural cough medicine that you can take until you recover from your cold or bronchitis? Some readers have encountered cold remedies in Europe that they found helpful. When …

    By: Terry Graedon June 6, 2019 2 Comments
    Show 1168: What Should You Know About Women̵…

    When you think about heart health, you may not think about any gender differences in symptoms or treatment. Most doctors don’t, so why would patients? However, women don’t always experience the cl…

    By: Joe Graedon June 6, 2019 12 Comments
    Why Popular Heartburn Drugs PPIs Are Linked to P…

    Millions of people take proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) to suppress the secretion of stomach acid. At last count, doctors wrote over 100 million prescriptions for drugs like dexlansoprazole (Dexilent), …

    By: Terry Graedon June 6, 2019 7 Comments
    Can Blueberries Combat Metabolic Syndrome?

    A cup of blueberries a day could be a tasty way to combat metabolic syndrome. In this condition, extra fat in the abdomen makes the waist larger. Elevated blood pressure, high cholesterol and insulin …

    By: Terry Graedon June 6, 2019 5 Comments
    Is White Meat Better for Your Heart Than Red Mea…

    For decades, Americans have been told that red meat is bad for the heart. They’ve been encouraged to substitute white meat instead. As a result, millions treat pork chops, steaks and burgers as forb…

    By: Terry Graedon June 6, 2019 3 Comments
    Will a Mediterranean Diet Benefit Your Brain?

    The Mediterranean diet has earned a reputation for promoting heart health, as we discuss below. Now a Harvard study suggests it can also be good for the brain, especially for people with type 2 diabet…

    By: Terry Graedon June 3, 2019 5 Comments
    Do You Know About Soy Sauce for a Blister?

    If you have ever gone for a long hike in a new pair of shoes, you might know a lot about the pain of a blister. Excess friction over time raises a fluid-filled bump on the skin that may be tender for …

    By: Joe Graedon June 3, 2019 40 Comments
    Why Does Coffee Make You Poop With Regularity?

    OK, we admit that this is not one of the great medical mysteries of all time. It is intriguing, though. You might think that researchers have far more important things to do than try to figure out can…

    By: Terry Graedon June 3, 2019 10 Comments
    Will L-Arginine Help Your Blood Pressure?

    If you've ever browsed the supplement shelves of your local health food store, you may have encountered l-arginine. This amino acid is found in proteins you may consume on a regular basis. Nuts and se…

    By: Terry Graedon June 3, 2019 5 Comments
    How Can You Avoid Motion Sickness This Summer?

    This is the time of year for summer vacations. What kind of travel are you planning? Will you take a cruise, fly to Europe or drive to a mountain camping spot? Whatever transport you choose, motion si…

    By: Joe Graedon June 3, 2019 14 Comments
    Metformin Side Effects | Diarrhea and Other Seri…

    Metformin (Glucophage) is a great drug. It is the most popular medicine for treating type 2 diabetes. At last count nearly 17 million Americans take metformin daily. That’s impressive for a drug tha…