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    By: Joe Graedon February 18, 2019 0 Comments
    Statins and Muscle Pain: What Else Can He Do To …

    Jane Brody, the grande dame of medical journalism, asked: “Are you among the 73 million Americans with cholesterol levels that current guidelines suggest should be lowered by taking a statin for the…

    By: Terry Graedon February 18, 2019 0 Comments
    Can You Avoid Post-Operative Cognitive Dysfuncti…

    When you are told you need surgery, there is a lot to think about. What kind of surgery, and what is the recovery like? Will you need to spend time in the hospital? You need to know the risks and bene…

    By: Terry Graedon February 18, 2019 0 Comments
    Is Vanilla a Helpful Remedy for Cold Sores?

    Do you sometimes suffer from cold sores? If you do, you may have developed your own favorite collection of remedies. Some people like to use medications at the first sensation of tingling, while other…

    By: Joe Graedon February 18, 2019 0 Comments
    Why Is Your Prescription Drug Label A Disaster?

    Do you remember the book, Catch-22, by Joseph Heller? Airmen in World War II were faced with a no-win situation. To be exempted from a suicidal bombing mission you had to plead insanity. But if you as…

    By: Terry Graedon February 18, 2019 0 Comments
    Will Rosemary and Turmeric Help Your Arthritis P…

    People with arthritis pain face a difficult dilemma. Arthritis is a chronic condition, but the usual NSAID pain relievers such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB) and naproxen (Aleve) should be used only …

    By: Terry Graedon February 18, 2019 0 Comments
    Why Can You Buy Quinine in Canada But Not the US…

    If you suffer from nighttime leg cramps, you may have spent some time looking for treatments to prevent them. If you are old enough, you may remember a time when you could buy quinine tablets to treat…

    By: Terry Graedon February 18, 2019 0 Comments
    How Often Do You Get Up to Pee at Night?

    Do you have to get up to pee several times a night? Many people report that this is a problem, especially as they grow older. Having to urinate several times during the night is a major factor interfe…

    By: Terry Graedon February 14, 2019 5 Comments
    Show 1153: How to Listen to TV Drug Commercials

    If you watch television, you can’t avoid TV drug commercials for maladies from type 2 diabetes to auto-immune diseases like psoriasis or rheumatoid arthritis to refractory cancers. Do you see these …

    By: Terry Graedon February 14, 2019 15 Comments
    Will Drinking Diet Soda Raise Your Risk of Strok…

    Sugar-sweetened beverages have developed a very bad reputation over the past decade or so. They contribute empty calories without corresponding nutritional value. Sugary drinks have been linked to kid…

    By: Terry Graedon February 14, 2019 7 Comments
    FDA Cracking Down on Dietary Supplements for Dem…

    The Food and Drug Administration has just taken action against many companies that advertise their dietary supplements for dementia. The commercials often imply that these products could be used to tr…

    By: Terry Graedon February 14, 2019 3 Comments
    Will FDA Approve Esketamine Nasal Spray for Depr…

    An FDA advisory panel voted this week that a new form of an old compound is sufficiently safe and effective to be considered for approval. The old compound is ketamine, which has been used as an intra…

    By: Joe Graedon February 14, 2019 6 Comments
    Will Rx Drug Commercials with Price Information …

    Perhaps you have seen Rx drug commercials on television. There are ads for medications to treat psoriasis, diabetes, ulcerative colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, breast cancer and lung cancer, to name ju…

    By: Terry Graedon February 14, 2019 1 Comments
    What Is the Link Between Infection and Celiac Di…

    Celiac disease is an intolerance to the protein gluten found in wheat, barley and rye. It triggers the immune system to attack and damage the lining of the digestive tract. Doctors have long known tha…

    By: Joe Graedon February 11, 2019 31 Comments
    Why Don’t Doctors Recognize Lisinopril Cough?

    We have been writing about drug-induced coughing for more than 30 years. In the beginning we tried to be diplomatic. Here is one of the first questions we ever received on this topic (March 28, 1988).…

    By: Terry Graedon February 11, 2019 4 Comments
    How to Make Onion Syrup for a Cough

    In the midst of cold and flu season, many people are troubled with lingering coughs. Are you barking like a seal? Is your cough keeping you awake at night? Luckily, there are a number of remedies that…

    By: Terry Graedon February 11, 2019 15 Comments
    Is It Possible to Lower Cholesterol with Margari…

    For decades, doctors told their patients to eat margarine instead of butter. The idea was that people who ate cholesterol-rich butter would raise their level of blood cholesterol. Then public health e…

    By: Joe Graedon February 11, 2019 25 Comments
    How Risky Is It When Insurance Companies Overrul…

    Doctors don’t always know best, but they certainly know their patients far better than an insurance company representative. Physicians used to be able to prescribe medications without being second-g…

    By: Joe Graedon February 11, 2019 2 Comments
    Overcoming Rebound Nasal Congestion from Deconge…

    People with allergies are often caught in a terrible double bind. Their stuffy noses lead them to decongestant nasal sprays. After a few days of continuous use they become dependent upon the spray. If…

    By: Terry Graedon February 11, 2019 5 Comments
    What Is the Right Dose of Baking Soda?

    We love simple remedies using ingredients you already have on hand in your pantry, so long as they work and they are safe. One time-honored approach to ease indigestion is taking a baking soda solutio…

    By: Terry Graedon February 11, 2019 20 Comments
    How to Help Neuropathy with Hiking Boots

    Neuropathy is pain that originates from the nerves. For some reason, due to diabetes, damage or some other difficulty, the nerves send pain signals even when the area is not in imminent danger (the us…

    By: Terry Graedon February 10, 2019 9 Comments
    Can You Stop Bleeding with Black Pepper?

    We have been collecting home remedies for more than 40 years. One of the most unusual came to us from Nell Heard, who told us about a camping trip to Yellowstone National Park. She went with her siste…

    By: Terry Graedon February 7, 2019 7 Comments
    Show 1152: Can You Conquer Your Cravings with Mi…

    Have you ever thought about how a bad habit gets started? You can blame the neural wiring and chemistry we share with all animals. When we do something that feels good in the moment, we remember it an…

    By: Joe Graedon February 7, 2019 27 Comments
    Statins for Older People | A New Study is Wildly…

    The headlines this week have been emphatic: “Study: Proof Statins Help Older People.” Then there was this one: “Cholesterol Lowering Drugs Giving Older Adults Better Heart Health.” We were int…

    By: Terry Graedon February 7, 2019 37 Comments
    What Is the Other Drug Epidemic?

    Much has been written about the epidemic of opioid drug misuse, overdose and death. With more than 130 people dying every day in this country as a result of opioid overdose, we all have a right to be …

    By: Terry Graedon February 7, 2019 5 Comments
    Are Rebates to Blame for Drug Price Increases?

    Many drug companies have raised prices over the last few months, but they say it’s not to improve their bottom line. Indeed, a number of pharmaceutical manufacturers maintain that they are raising p…

    By: Terry Graedon February 7, 2019 13 Comments
    Special Creams Fail to Fight Pain

    Americans spend hundreds of millions of dollars on specially formulated topical pain creams. Medicare Part D paid more than half a billion dollars for such prescription products in 2015. Doctors may p…

    By: Joe Graedon February 4, 2019 13 Comments
    The Itch That Won’t Quit | Itching After Stopp…

    Chances are good that you have seen a Xyzal commercial on TV. You see an animated owl with a distinctive accent. He wears a monocle…presumably to give this wise owl some extra authority. He lets you…

    By: Terry Graedon February 4, 2019 12 Comments
    Can Acupressure Wrist Bands Help You Get to Slee…

    Far too many Americans sleep less than the recommended seven hours a night, according to the CDC. Are you among them? Sleep difficulties can come from having trouble falling asleep or from waking in t…

    By: Terry Graedon February 4, 2019 3 Comments
    Do Antibiotics Interact with Oral Contraceptives…

    Should women using oral contraceptives to prevent pregnancy be warned to take extra precautions if they need to take an antibiotic? There is surprisingly little agreement on this in the medical commun…

    By: Joe Graedon February 4, 2019 8 Comments
    What Medicines Cause Depression? Are You Vulnera…

    When most people think about drugs and depression, they likely imagine antidepressants. That is, medicines to help overcome the blues. They rarely consider the possibility that the medications they we…