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    By: Joe Graedon April 28, 2017 873 Comments
    Prednisone Side Effects: Deal With The Devil?

    Prednisone can be a life saving drug. It saved my sanity when I developed sudden hearing loss in one ear. That was a really scary experience for someone who depends on hearing to be able to do live ra…

    By: Terry Graedon April 27, 2017 0 Comments
    Show 1077: Dr. Andrew Weil on Drug-free Alternat…

    Americans are taking more pills than ever before. Last year we shelled out more than $400 billion for prescription drugs alone. Over-the-counter medicines are also extremely popular. But all those dru…

    By: Joe Graedon April 27, 2017 3 Comments
    Should a Flip Flop on Saturated Fat Freak You Ou…

    We've been told for decades that saturated fat clogs coronary arteries. Butter, cheese and ice cream are supposed to be the enemies of a heart-healthy diet. But three cardiologists challenge the conve…

    By: Terry Graedon April 27, 2017 0 Comments
    Is a Daily Diet Soda Bad for Your Brain?

    Could drinking a daily diet soda be bad for your brain? A new study of people participating in the Framingham Heart Study found an association between downing one artificially sweetened beverage daily…

    By: Terry Graedon April 27, 2017 0 Comments
    To Think Better, Get Your Exercise!

    We are often asked about the best way to prevent dementia. Our answer disappoints some people and pleases others: Exercise appears to benefit the brain. Research published this week provides data that…

    By: Terry Graedon April 26, 2017 0 Comments
    If You Are Too Tired to Think, Walk Up Stairs

    If you are feeling too tired to concentrate, try walking up stairs. Even though it seems paradoxical, scientists have found that climbing up stairs can overcome fatigue. How Does Walking Up Stairs Aff…

    By: Terry Graedon April 26, 2017 0 Comments
    How to Help Exercise Boost Your Brainpower-Drink…

    To get the greatest cognitive benefit from exercise, older folks may want to drink a little beet juice first. That's what investigators concluded, based on a small study of older people with high bl…

    By: Terry Graedon April 26, 2017 0 Comments
    Ice on the Face Could Counteract Shock

    EMTs and other first responders may be getting an old tool to use in a new way. A simple bag of ice water may be able to counteract shock. Research reported at the Experimental Biology 2017 meeting de…

    By: Terry Graedon April 26, 2017 0 Comments
    Will a Whiff of Orange Erase Trauma?

    Mouse research suggests a possible innovation for treating post-traumatic stress disorder-at least in mice. For them, aromatherapy with a whiff of orange seems to make a difference. How Did a Whiff of…

    By: Joe Graedon April 24, 2017 2 Comments
    Alarming Anticholinergic Load Scrambles Brain

    A surprising number of medications can affect the nerve messenger chemical acetylcholine. This compound is crucial for nerves to communicate with each other, so it should not surprise us that limiti…

    By: Joe Graedon April 24, 2017 28 Comments
    Overlooked Antibiotic Side Effects Can Destroy L…

    Antibiotics are amazing. The discovery of penicillin was one of the greatest advances in modern medicine. But Americans love of antibiotics has gotten out of hand. They think of such drugs as magic bu…

    By: Terry Graedon April 24, 2017 6 Comments
    Pickle Relish Will Do in a Pinch Against Leg Cra…

    Over the years, we have collected quite a number of home remedies for sudden painful muscle cramps. Often these are leg cramps, but occasionally muscles in the hands or arms cramp as well. One favorit…

    By: Terry Graedon April 24, 2017 3 Comments
    How Does Vicks on the Feet Calm a Cough?

    After abdominal surgery, coughing or laughing can cause excruciating pain. Although few people can laugh in such a situation, many will need to cough. How can you calm a cough to avoid the pain? Putt…

    By: Terry Graedon April 24, 2017 5 Comments
    Is There Any Hope for Severe Hair Loss?

    Severe hair loss would distress anyone, but we never expect children to become partly or completely bald. Yet sometimes they develop a condition called alopecia areata that can result in large patche…

    By: Terry Graedon April 24, 2017 9 Comments
    How to Ease Statin-Induced Muscle Pain

    Statin-type cholesterol-lowering drugs are an important part of every cardiologist's tool box. They lower cholesterol, which is a significant risk factor for heart disease. People who already have hea…

    By: Terry Graedon April 24, 2017 4 Comments
    Could Pain Reliever Cause Ringing in the Ears?

    Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, can be a maddening problem. No one else can see or hear what is going on for the sufferer, so they get too little sympathy. Even so, the ringing, hissing, chirping or…

    By: Terry Graedon April 24, 2017 3 Comments
    Balancing the Benefits and Risks of Antidepressa…

    by Amy Beausang, PharmD What Is Depression? What if you could envision no future? If you felt like there were no answers to your problems, which are overwhelming and without end? Perhaps nothing feels…

    By: Terry Graedon April 22, 2017 0 Comments
    Join Us April 27 to Learn about Favorite Remedie…

    People who listen to The People's Pharmacy radio show or read the newspaper columns find home remedies fascinating. Most people want to know whether a specific remedy or dietary supplement works or no…

    By: Terry Graedon April 20, 2017 15 Comments
    Show 1076: Finding New Ways to Ease Joint Pain

    Stiff painful joints can interfere with activities like gardening, cooking, playing tennis, climbing stairs or walking the dog. While we think of osteoarthritis as a condition that primarily affects…

    By: Joe Graedon April 20, 2017 13 Comments
    Statins and ALS: Is There a Connection?

    One of the most tragic diseases of mankind is amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). It is also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. It is a mystery disease in that we do not know what causes it and we do not…

    By: Terry Graedon April 20, 2017 1 Comments
    Does Cannabidiol Help a Rare Type of Epilepsy?

    Cannabidiol, a derivative of cannabis, reduced seizures by 50 percent in some patients with a rare type of epilepsy. The study included 225 children and adults with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, a rare typ…

    By: Terry Graedon April 20, 2017 20 Comments
    What Do Americans Really Think about Medical Mar…

    Americans are changing their attitudes about marijuana. A new Yahoo News and Marist poll of more than 1,000 adults found that two thirds think opioids prescribed by a physician are more dangerous than…

    By: Terry Graedon April 20, 2017 0 Comments
    Should Women Worry About Antidepressants during …

    When women are pregnant, they frequently worry that something they swallow will harm the developing baby. Previous studies have suggested that mothers who take antidepressants during pregnancy might h…

    By: Terry Graedon April 20, 2017 11 Comments
    Why Do Heart Attack Patients Stop Taking Statins…

    There is considerable controversy about the value of statins for preventing initial heart attacks. Some physicians are convinced that these drugs are extremely useful, while others point out (as in t…

    By: Terry Graedon April 20, 2017 2 Comments
    Will Vitamin D Protect Your Heart?

    The higher your vitamin D levels are, the less likely you are to die from cardiovascular disease. But will taking vitamin D protect your heart? Does Vitamin D Protect Your Heart? A meta-analysis of 3…

    By: Terry Graedon April 20, 2017 11 Comments
    What Are the Unexpected Risks of Short-Term Ster…

    Corticosteroids such as methylprednisolone or prednisone are powerful anti-inflammatory medications. Doctors frequently prescribe these medications for bronchitis, sinusitis, asthma, allergic reaction…

    By: Joe Graedon April 17, 2017 12 Comments
    Is There Any Science to Support Glucosamine for …

    For decades we have been agnostic about the use of glucosamine for arthritis. Some readers praised this dietary supplement while others denounced it. We remember when New York Times health columnist J…

    By: Joe Graedon April 17, 2017 14 Comments
    Will White Coat Hypertension Make You a Pill Zom…

    Physicians and nurses like to think of themselves as helpful healers. They have a hard time imagining that their mere presence can provoke anxiety. Data demonstrate, however, that some people react to…

    By: Terry Graedon April 17, 2017 10 Comments
    Did Lyrica Trigger Scary Sleepwalking Attack?

    Have you ever told your doctor about a side effect you experienced and heard that the drug doesn't do that? Plenty of people have become extremely frustrated by that message. One reader tried to tell…

    By: Joe Graedon April 17, 2017 8 Comments
    How to Soothe Allergy Symptoms Without Serious S…

    Allergy season takes a terrible toll on people who are susceptible to pollen. This is the time of year when invisible particles in the air trigger sneezing, sniffling, itching and congestion. Allergy …