Dr. Miron-Shatz describes how to evaluate medical evidence and make better choices about your health. How do you find advice you trust?
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The US Preventive Services Task Force says millions of people should stop taking aspirin to prevent a heart attack. Better be cautious!
The FDA wants food companies to cut back on salt. AHA guidelines are much stricter. Are the low-salt targets practical? Are they healthy?
Scientists suspect there is a connection between nuts and health. Many studies show nut eaters have less heart disease, strokes or cancer.
Loading your diet with mushrooms may cut your chance of being diagnosed with depression. Will you eat them on pizza or in stir-fry?
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Many cardiologists think that more people should be taking statins to lower cholesterol. Should OTC statins like Crestor get FDA approval?
Why not try a doctor-recommended home remedy for removing a splinter? Russell Copelan, MD, suggests using a wart removal patch to get out a tricky splinter.
Readers looking for supplements to ease IBS symptoms have found probiotics and enteric-coated peppermint oil can help.
We have learned a lot about the benefits and risks of the Moderna vaccine. Here are some unexpected pros and cons of other shots.
Medical mistakes are a leading cause of death and yet they go unreported and ignored. What can you do to protect yourself and those you love?
High Blood Pressure (hypertension)
A reader got better blood pressure control if he took his pills at night instead of in the morning. Should you take your BP pills before bed?
Have you tried to stop bleeding with black pepper? Many readers have found it works surprisingly well.
Diabetes expert Mitchell Lazar, MD, PhD, describes an under-recognized vicious cycle between diabetes and COVID-19 infection.
New information from Israel provide evidence about myocarditis from COVID vaccination. Should the shot be given in the old-fashioned way?
Do you wear a face mask in public? Will you be able to celebrate winter holidays with loved ones? COVID spread remains very controversial.
There is growing evidence that herpes viruses contribute to dementia. Could an antiviral nutrient or drug like Valtrex prevent Alzheimer's?
The CDC wants you to get a flu shot before the end of the month. How well will it work? Judging from past years, it won't be all that great.
Symptoms of a vitamin B12 deficiency may mimic senility, with poor concentration, constipation, balance problems and tingling or numbness in hands or feet.
Statins have been prescribed since 1987. A new study reveals an association between statins and diabetes management. It's harder with statins!
Are you ready to get on with your life? Want to put COVID behind you? Vaccines and boosters can help. Do you still need a face mask inside?
Regular sauna bathing lowers blood pressure and other risk factors for heart disease. It may also help prevent lung disease and dementia. Exercise plus sauna is synergistic.
When people take cetirizine for allergy symptoms they do not think about side effects when they stop the drug. But reports of withdrawal itching continue!
Many readers find that a bar of fragrant soap under the bottom sheet can prevent or stop painful nighttime cramps. Will this remedy banish your leg cramps?
People who have high blood pressure in the doctor's office may need to confirm that it is sustained throughout the day with home blood pressure measurement.
Are you lactose intolerant? How would you know? Milk sugar can cause bloating, diarrhea and gas. There are lots of pills containing lactose.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
A low FODMAP diet that avoids milk sugar as well as fruits and vegetables that are easily fermented by gut bacteria can ease symptoms of IBS.
The first pill against SARS-CoV-2 could be a game changer! People who are vaccine hesitant may embrace molnupiravir against COVID-19.
When we pay attention to fixing sick buildings, the people in them become happier, healthier and more productive.
A randomized controlled trial found that people have better blood fat profiles and less insulin resistance on a low-carb diet.
When your knees, hips or shoulders hurt, you want rapid relief. Cortisone shots seem like a simple and fast solution. Are there risks with steroids shots?
A large study in England shows that youngsters who eat more vegetables and fruits score higher on tests of mental wellbeing.
Alzheimer disease is devastating. People think it's caused by bad genes or bad luck. But data link anticholinergic drugs and dementia.
A fascinating study shows that neither sugar alone nor sucralose alone disrupted insulin response. But sucralose with maltodextrin did.
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Amlodipine (Norvasc) is thought to be a super safe blood pressure medicine. Many visitors report side effects from rashes to swollen feet.
You were told that cholesterol and saturated fat is bad for your heart. You turned to low-fat dairy products. Was that advice all wrong?
Regular exercise and a Mediterranean-style diet can change blood fats so that they are less likely to increase the risk for heart disease.
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Have you heard of angioedema? Most people haven't. Doctors may miss the diagnosis especially if lisinopril and angioedema affect the abdomen.
Researchers report that a prescription EPA (purified omega-3 fat from fish oil) can reduce the risk of heart attacks, but not the chance of dying.
Drinking a concoction of the liquid pectin Certo and grape juice appears to ease knee, shoulder or hip pain for many people. Will it help you?
The high cost of medicines is having a scary impact on the health of the nation. If people cannot afford cancer drugs it can lead to death.