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Steffanie Strathdee, PhD, UCSD IPATH, expert on bacteriophages
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Show 1155: Can Bacteriophages Save Your Life? (Archive)

Our guests turned to bacteriophages to save a desperately ill, comatose patient infected with bacteria resistant to every known antibiotic.

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Alternative Health

How Can You Remove Warts With Duct Tape?

In a study, applying duct tape to plantar warts for up to eight weeks was an effective way to remove warts for one person in five.

golden milk contains turmeric and anise
Alternative Health

Can Turmeric Milk Remedy Relieve Hip Bursitis Pain?

Turmeric heated in almond milk with cinnamon and cayenne pepper eased a reader's hip bursitis pain better than medications.

Stop Hiccups - Red Sign Painted on an Open Hand Raised
Alternative Health

How to Stop Hiccups Quickly With Rolaids

One reader has found that chewing Rolaids can stop hiccups instantly. If you try this remedy, please let us know if it works for you.

Wooden spoon with golden raisins on dark raisins
Alternative Health

Will Raisins Solve Two Problems at Once?

Have you wondered whether a single remedy can solve two problems instead of just one? Raisins might cut down on nighttime urination and reduce joint pain.

Gloved hand holds medicine dropper and bottle of CBD oil with hemp plants in background
Alternative Health

Will CBD Help You Sleep Better?

A compound from Cannabis plants may help ease anxiety. But there is limited research on whether you can use CBD to help you sleep.

pharmacy shelf with four bottles of original amber Listerine
Alternative Health

Can Splashing Listerine on Shingles Ease Lingering Pain?

Putting original amber Listerine on shingles has helped readers with the pain of this excruciating rash. We don't know why this remedy works.

A bottle of vicks vaporub and toes
Alternative Health

Will Vicks VapoRub Help Your Athlete’s Foot?

Vicks is not promoted as a treatment for athlete's foot. How could Vicks VapoRub help? It contains many essential oils with antifungal activity.

treatment with salicylic acid to banish plantar warts on the soles of two feet
Alternative Health

Can You Cure Warts With Vitamin A?

A reader used water-soluble vitamin A to cure warts on the sole of the foot. Scientific research is inconclusive about this and other wart remedies.

Ashwagandha powder and root
Alternative Health

Will Taking Ashwagandha Help You Fall Asleep?

One reader reports success with an Ayurvedic herb for insomnia. Could the Indian herb ashwagandha help you sleep better too?

child with fever
Alternative Health

How Can You Get a Fever Down Without Drugs?

Centuries ago, people used a tepid bath to get a fever down, even if they had no medications. Now, doctors want to know about the underlying infection.

Hand with pen drawing the chemical formula of CBD (cannabidiol)
Alternative Health

Will CBD Oil Help Your Arthritis Pain?

Cannabidiol has been studied for its ability to relieve joint pain in animals. Some readers think it might also help ease your arthritis pain.

Dog with an icepack on his head
Alternative Health

Can Plants Really Protect You from a Hangover?

A special supplement containing extracts from five plants (acerola, ginger, ginkgo, prickly pear and willow) reduced hangover symptoms significantly.

Foot in a vice representing diabetic nerve pain
Alternative Health

Will Soap Under the Bottom Sheet Ease Foot Pain?

One reader found that keeping soap under the bottom sheet of the bed reduced the unbearable pain caused by tarsal tunnel syndrome.

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Aging

Will Boosting Your Step Count Save Your Life?

A study of American adults shows that people who manage a step count of at least 8,000 a day have a lower chance of dying in the next decade.

A bottle of Selsun Blue dandruff shampoo to ease eczema, under-breast rash with dandruff shampoo
Alternative Health

How Can You Use Dandruff Shampoo to Ease Eczema?

One reader reports washing with Selsun Blue shampoo to ease eczema. This dandruff shampoo inhibits yeast that may contribute to itch and rash.

Elderberry berries Sambucus nigra
Alternative Health

Should You Take Elderberry Extract to Help Fight Flu?

A reader insists you should take elderberry extract to ward off the flu. Another reports that this herbal medicine sped recovery from a cold.

Knee prepared for PRP injection
Alternative Health

Will a PRP Injection Help Your Knee Arthritis?

A meta-analysis of 12 studies found that a PRP injection relieved pain from knee osteoarthritis. It was more effective against pain than hyaluronic acid.

grabbing the sole of the foot in neuropathic pain
Alternative Health

Will CBD Oil Ease Neuropathic Pain?

Readers would like to know if they can use CBD oil for relief from neuropathic pain. Research is limited, but one study suggests topical CBD is helpful.

spoonful of vinegar to relieve heartburn
Acid Reflux

Can You Relieve Heartburn With Vinegar?

Many people have found they can ease heartburn with vinegar. When will scientists study this remedy so we will know whether or how it works?