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David Fajgenbaum teaches old drugs new tricks
PodcastsTerry Graedon - January 26, 2023

Show 1328: Teaching Old Drugs New Tricks

Too many rare diseases don't have effective treatments. If we can teach old drugs new tricks, we might develop much needed therapies.

Viral infection inside the brain causing dementia
DementiaJoe Graedon - January 26, 2023

What’s the Connection Between Viral Infections and Dementia?

What is at the root cause of Alzheimer's disease? New research suggests a connection between viral infections and dementia. Let's fight back!

Dead body in morgue with a hanging COVID 19 tag hanging from toe
COVID-19Joe Graedon - January 26, 2023

Life Expectancy Drops Dramatically Due to COVID Deaths!

Life expectancy dropped dramatically again in 2021. That's two years in a row! Many people still do NOT believe reports of COVID deaths.

Woman running up a set of stadium stairs for exercise
Alzheimer’s DiseaseTerry Graedon - January 26, 2023

How Can You Keep Your Brain Healthy?

Staying mentally active and following a diet rich in colorful produce can help you keep your brain healthy. Having fun helps too!

Older woman takes pills, experiences adverse drug reactions
Drug Side EffectsTerry Graedon - January 26, 2023

Are Older Patients More Likely to Suffer Adverse Drug Reactions?

A study in Ireland shows that many older people experience adverse drug reactions from their prescriptions.

woman staring at cell phone in bed with anxious look on her face
AnxietyJoe Graedon - January 26, 2023

Coping with Anxiety During Really Stressful Times

How are you coping with anxiety? Are you taking anti-anxiety drugs? A randomized trial shows that practicing mindfulness works just as well.

capsaicin ointment, cream and patch preparations
Nerve Pain (neuropathy)Terry Graedon - January 23, 2023

How to Use Capsaicin Ointment to Ease Pain

Repeated application of capsaicin ointment or cream depletes substance P in nerve endings and eases neuropathy or shingles pain.

An illustration of the brain made up of rusty gears representing Alzheimer disease
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)Joe Graedon - January 23, 2023

Can Lithium in Water Supply Prevent Dementia?

Could lithium in water fend off dementia? Are you getting lithium in your water supply. What about low doses of lithium? Helpful or harmful?

Vitamin B12 (cobalamin) in a syringe ready for injection with vials in the background; Vitamin B12 injections
DiabetesJoe Graedon - January 23, 2023

How Dangerous Are High Vitamin B12 Levels?

Many people are low in vitamin B12. Symptoms can include fatigue and forgetfulness. What could be behind high vitamin B12 levels?

Close up photo of Prozac Pills
COVID-19Joe Graedon - January 23, 2023

Doctors Should Stop Prescribing Fluvoxamine for COVID

Early research suggested that fluvoxamine for COVID could be helpful. A large study following up has dashed those hopes.

person with swollen lip called angioedema
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - January 23, 2023

Lisinopril and Angioedema: A Life-Threatening Side Effect

Serious lisinopril side effects can occur after many years. Doctors may miss the diagnosis if lisinopril and angioedema affect the abdomen.

woman has hands on her abdomen for symptoms of IBS
Home RemediesTerry Graedon - January 23, 2023

What Supplements Could Help Ease IBS Symptoms?

Readers looking for supplements to ease IBS symptoms have found probiotics and enteric-coated peppermint oil can help.

smiling older man wears over-the-counter hearing aids
DeafnessJoe Graedon - January 22, 2023

Could You Benefit from Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids?

The FDA just issued new rules allowing companies to sell over-the-counter hearing aids directly to consumers. What are the pros and cons?

woman lying on a couch exhausted with long COVID
PodcastsTerry Graedon - January 19, 2023

Show 1327: What Have We Learned About Long COVID?

Researchers hope that someday soon what we have learned about long COVID will lead to effective treatments.

woman sitting on couch surrounded by tissues because of influenza
Influenza (flu)Joe Graedon - January 19, 2023

Good News About This Year’s Flu Season!

Did you catch influenza during this year's flu season? If so, how bad was it? We have good news for a change. Influenza is fading fast!

a dizzy view
VertigoTerry Graedon - January 19, 2023

What Is the Best Treatment for BPPV?

The best treatment for BPPV is to relocate the calcium crystals in the ear canals with a series of prescribed head moves, the Epley maneuver.

Exhausted woman with long COVID
Long COVIDJoe Graedon - January 19, 2023

Are You Especially Vulnerable to Long COVID?

Are you experiencing fatigue? Could you be vulnerable to long COVID even if you don't think you were infected? Find out about other symptoms.

angry female doctor looking at prescription drug ad on her laptop
Atopic Dermatitis (eczema)Joe Graedon - January 19, 2023

Are You Fed Up with Prescription Drug Ads?

Fed up with prescription drug ads? You're not alone! Doctors also despise the ads. Why not complain to the FDA? You can contact the top cop!

vitamin D supplements as Vitamin D3 gel capsules
Home RemediesJoe Graedon - January 19, 2023

Why Don’t Vitamin D Supplements Work as Expected?

Vitamin D supplements are extremely popular. Millions swallow little golden pills daily. But why are clinical trials producing such disappointing results?

Traditional Marseille soap also called Savon de Marseille put up for sale at the market
Alternative HealthJoe Graedon - January 19, 2023

Can Soap Chips in Your Socks Ease Leg Cramps?

A reader who loves long hikes reports that putting soap chips in her socks prevents leg cramps. We have a possible explanation.

hand with eczema red patches on fingers
Atopic Dermatitis (eczema)Terry Graedon - January 16, 2023

Is Dupixent a Super Solution for Bad Eczema?

One reader is delighted with the way Dupixent (dupilumab) controls symptoms of eczema. This injection is pricey, however, and also has side effects.

Cup of black coffee and two squares of dark chocolate on a tray
DiabetesTerry Graedon - January 16, 2023

What Are the Health Benefits of Coffee and Chocolate?

There are health benefits of coffee and chocolate as well as tea. You don't have to feel guilty about your beverage!

bowl of turmeric spice with anti-inflammatory activity
Alzheimer’s DiseaseJoe Graedon - January 16, 2023

Black Pepper Boosts Turmeric’s Benefits

Getting turmeric and its active ingredient curcumin into the bloodstream may require special formulations to maximize turmeric's benefits.

Close up of eye infection with swollen eyelid, blepharitis
BlepharitisTerry Graedon - January 16, 2023

Want an Ingenious Solution for Blepharitis?

One reader discovered that a device designed to keep hands warm makes a good solution for blepharitis. Another found a tailor-made product.

Woman weighing herself on a scale to see if new weight loss medicine is helping
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - January 16, 2023

How Well Does the New Weight Loss Medicine Work?

Shedding pounds fast has become a hot topic with new weight loss medicine liraglutide and semaglutide (Wegovy). What are the pros and cons?

Swollen joint in left foot; man seeks to ease joint pain
GoutJoe Graedon - January 16, 2023

Why Don’t Doctors Prescribe Vitamin C for a Gout Attack?

A diet that has little seafood, red meat, soft drinks or beer and lots of cherries and celery seed may reduce the risk of a gout attack.

sleepy woman with alarm clock
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - January 16, 2023

Stopping Zolpidem (Ambien) for Insomnia Can Be Challenging

Have you had trouble getting a good night's sleep? Who hasn't? That's why sleeping pills are so seductive. Stopping zolpidem can be tricky.

Time to Think Different
PodcastsTerry Graedon - January 12, 2023

Show 1326: Think Different About Alzheimer Disease

In this episode, our expert guest says it's time to think different about Alzheimer disease. Look at it as an autoimmune disorder.

Kraken sea monster is also the name for COVID XBB.1.5
COVID-19Joe Graedon - January 12, 2023

Will the Kraken XBB.1.5 COVID Subvariant Get You?

Did you think we were done with COVID? The highly transmissible subvariant dubbed the Kraken XBB.1.5 is spreading fast. How can you avoid it?

Senior couple growing stressed plants in their organic garden. Eating vegetables helps them age more slowly.
Alzheimer’s DiseaseTerry Graedon - January 12, 2023

Healthful Diets Help People Live Longer, Healthier Lives

Researchers studying more than 119,000 people for decades found that those following any of several healthful diets live longer and better.

a middle-aged-man with hearing problems
Hearing LossJoe Graedon - January 12, 2023

Is Your Hearing Loss Setting You Up for Dementia?

Do you have trouble hearing in a crowded restaurant? What if someone is facing away? Could your hearing loss increase the risk for dementia?

potato chips, junk food, ultra-processed food
CancerTerry Graedon - January 12, 2023

How Does Eating Ultra-Processed Food Affect Your Health?

People who drink more soda pop and eat candy and other ultra-processed food have worse health outcomes than those eating fresh foods.

Close up picture of dangerous brown nevus on human skin - melanoma
Skin CancerTerry Graedon - January 12, 2023

What Is the Link Between Sun Exposure and Melanoma?

The connection between sun exposure and melanoma is complex. Vitamin D supplements may help prevent this dangerous skin cancer.

FDA-approved pills, ampules and injections
Alzheimer’s DiseaseJoe Graedon - January 9, 2023

Why Have I Lost Faith in the FDA?

The FDA maintains that if it approves a medication, it is "SAFE and EFFECTIVE." Is that true? Have you lost faith in the FDA? If so, why?

Doctor prepares to give a flu shot or COVID-19 vaccine with proper injection technique
BruisesTerry Graedon - January 9, 2023

Does Injection Technique Lead to Bruising from Immunization?

Over the last few decades, nurses and pharmacists have changed their standard injection technique. Does that affect patient reactions?

Ripe elderberries, also known as Sambucus berries, growing on a shrub; source of elderberry extract
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - January 9, 2023

Have You Tried Elderberry to Ease Your Cold Symptoms?

Elderberry rob. a homemade concentrate of berries and spices, is used as a type of hot toddy to ease cold symptoms. Have you tried it?

grabbing the sole of the foot in neuropathic pain
Drug Side EffectsTerry Graedon - January 9, 2023

Is Vitamin Deficiency at the Bottom of Burning Sensation?

A burning sensation in the feet or the tongue could be the result of inadequate vitamin B12 levels. Some drugs may contribute to reduced B12.

wart on pinkie finger
Cold Sores (herpes simplex 1 or HSV-1)Joe Graedon - January 9, 2023

Did COVID Vaccines Erase Warts?

COVID vaccines work by stimulating the immune system. Is it possible that COVID vaccines erase warts through the same mechanism?

Thyroid test tube. Will levothyroxine alone normalize thyroid function?
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - January 9, 2023

When Treating Hyperthyroidism Results in Too Little Thyroid Hormone

Treating hyperthyroidism with pills or radioactive iodine may lead to hypothyroidism. That can result in too little thyroid hormone. Balance!

A bottle of TopCare Ibuprofen Tablets, 200mg dosage
ArthritisJoe Graedon - January 9, 2023

Ibuprofen and High Blood Pressure: A Dangerous Reaction!

Do you ever have aches and pains? Almost everyone does. Do you reach for an OTC pain reliever? There is a link between ibuprofen and high blood pressure.