The People's Perspective on Medicine
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Cancer

Does Taking Belviq to Lose Weight Increase Your Risk for Cancer?

The FDA has just issued an alert that taking lorcaserin (Belviq) to lose weight might boost the risk of a cancer diagnosis.

bitter melon Momordica charantia
Alternative Health

Can Indian Fruit Fight Off Cancer?

An Indian fruit known as bitter melon appears to block some cancer cells' ability to get energy from sugar or fat. Watch for further research!

Dr. William Li
Podcasts

Show 1161: What Is the Evidence for Food as Medicine? (Archive)

In examining how our diets can alter angiogenesis, Dr. Li has turned up plenty of evidence for using food as medicine to beat cancer.

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Alternative Health

Can Acupuncture Help Ease Your Cancer Pain?

A systematic review of scientific studies finds that the answer to the question: Does acupuncture help ease cancer pain? is yes.

baby powder may contain asbestos
Cancer

FDA Slow to Recognize Asbestos Danger in Powder

Although the FDA has known for decades that some talcum powder might be contaminated with asbestos, for most of that time it overlooked the risk.

Recall Stamp for FDA
Cancer

The Zantac – Ranitidine Weirdness Just Got Stranger

What are we to make of FDA flip flop flips on ranitidine/Zantac? For many people the ranitidine weirdness is too much to take. But there are alternatives.

Greek yogurt with fresh vegetables and fruits; dairy, combat constipation
Cancer

Yogurt and Fiber Lower Your Chance of Lung Cancer

A study of over one million people found that those who ate the most yogurt and foods rich in fiber had less chance of lung cancer.

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Cancer

Why Doesn’t Cancer Treatment Also Include Exercise?

Have you ever been diagnosed with cancer? What about a loved one? Cancer treatment is challenging. Exercise is important for recovery and durable remission.

child in hospital gown talking with mother and doctor
Cancer

Drug Shortage Threatens Children with Cancer

Many children with cancer count on treatment with vincristine for recovery. This medication is now in critically short supply.

Podcasts

Show 1186: What Happens When Doctors Make Diagnostic Errors?

No one knows quite how many diagnostic errors doctors make each year, but the number is high. Some have serious or deadly consequences.

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Cancer

Mushrooms May Protect Men from Prostate Cancer

Middle-aged Japanese men who eat mushrooms often have a significantly lower likelihood of being diagnosed with prostate cancer.

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Cancer

Does Your Medicine Pose a Cancer Risk?

Establishing a drug-induced cancer risk may take 5 to 10 years or longer. The FDA rarely requires such long-term research. That leaves great uncertainty.

Meat on an outdoor grill
Cancer

Is Meat OK to Eat Now? Do Food Flip-Flops Make You Mad?

Public health experts have told us for decades that red meat causes heart attacks and cancer. But new studies question that dogma. Is meat OK after all?

tomatoes, peppers, onions and garlic
Breast Cancer

Do Onions and Garlic Cut the Risk of Breast Cancer?

Epidemiologists find that Puerto Rican women who eat lots of onions and garlic have a lower chance of breast cancer.

Bottle of Bayer Low Dose Aspirin (baby aspirin) 81 mg
Cancer

The Resurrection of Aspirin as an Anticancer and Pregnancy Drug

We used to say that aspirin was the Rodney Dangerfield of drugs...it didn't get much respect. New evidence suggests aspirin as an anticancer agent should.

Depressed doctor leaning against wall in hospital corridor
Cancer

You Have Likely Been the Victim of Diagnostic Mistakes

Diagnostic mistakes are surprisingly common. They can lead to disability or death. A new study identifies the most common conditions that are often missed.

Zantac package
Cancer

Popular Heartburn Drug (Zantac/Ranitidine) Tainted with a Carcinogen

Is ranitidine (Zantac) tainted with a carcinogen called NDMA? Should it be recalled? The FDA says NDMA is in ranitidine, but no worries. We're not so sure.

Chest X-ray showing pleural effusion at right lung due to lung cancer
Cancer

Nivolumab Offers Benefit for Hard-to-Treat Lung Cancer

People with non-small-cell lung cancer that didn't respond to chemo have a much better chance of survival if they are given the immunotherapy nivolumab.

Breast Cancer

Should You Take a Drug to Prevent Breast Cancer?

The USPSTF says a woman at high risk can benefit from taking a drug to prevent breast cancer. A woman whose risk is low will probably benefit very little.

Nicholas Shaheen, MD, GI expert
abdominal obstruction

Show 1179: What Should You Do About Digestive Distress?

Listen to find out when your digestive distress might signal a serious problem and when you could manage it at home with simple remedies.