The People's Perspective on Medicine
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Drug Side Effects

Can Mouthwash Increase Blood Pressure? An Unusual Interaction

Antibacterial mouthwash is supposed to kill germs. What if it has an unexpected side effect? Could mouthwash increase blood pressure by killing good germs?

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Editorial

Prescriptions on Demand from Online Doctors

Do you ever buy anything online? Would you consider visiting online doctors or prescriptions on demand? Online prescribing and dispensing are expanding.

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Aging

Do Blueberries Help Older People with Memory?

Numerous studies show that anthocyanins in blueberries help lower systolic blood pressure and improve cognitive performance of impaired individuals.

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Hypertension (high blood pressure)

Can Ashwagandha Help You with Stress and Sleep?

Readers have found that an Indian Ayurvedic herb, ashwagandha, can help ease anxiety, overcome insomnia and relieve joint pain.

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Heart Attack

Do You Really Have High Blood Pressure?

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.

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Depression

The Beta Blocker Blahs Can Be Debilitating

Beta blockers like atenolol, metoprolol and propranolol used to be very popular BP drugs. But the beta blocker blahs can be problematic. What else works?

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Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)

Generic Furosemide Disappoints | How to Afford Lasix?

Lasix (furosemide) is an absolutely essential medication. It treats excess fluid buildup (edema). But we keep hearing about generic furosemide problems.

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Dried licorice root fragments
Alternative Health

Can Licorice Lead to a Hypertensive Emergency?

A patient who came to the emergency department in a hypertensive emergency with blood pressure of 196/66 had been drinking licorice tea for a few weeks.

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Heart Failure

Will Eating Your Vegetables Ward Off Heart Failure?

People whose diets most closely approximate the DASH diet guidelines are better able to ward off heart failure as they age.

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Constipation

Must You Grind Flaxseed to Get Its Nutritional Benefits?

The scientific consensus is that if you grind flaxseed, you get more of the fiber, lignans and omega-3 fats that make it a healthful food.

grapefruits
Drug Side Effects

What Is the Story on Grapefruit Juice and Meds?

The story on grapefruit juice and medicines can be confusing. The interaction is fairly long-lasting, but only certain drugs interact with grapefruit.

Dr. Aaron Carroll, author of The Bad Food Bible: How and Why to Eat Sinfully
Podcasts

Show 1160: How Good Is the Evidence for Cutting Salt?

Cutting salt from our diets has been dogma for many years. Yet there is not very much evidence to support the extreme efforts some people make.

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Alternative Health

The Best Way to Lower Your Blood Pressure with Exercise

Research shows that evening is the most effective time to train to lower your blood pressure with exercise. Regularity of workouts also counts!

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Drug Side Effects

Another ARB Recall Translates into Bad BP Control

Have you lost count of all the blood pressure medicine recalls? Sorry, here is yet another ARB recall. This time it is for losartan from Legacy. Enough!

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Drug Side Effects

Physicians Finally Fed Up With the FDA and ARB Recalls!

The ARB recalls have generated surprisingly little outrage from physicians and pharmacists. But a perspective in the NEJM reveals that some docs are upset!

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Acid Reflux

What Is the Right Dose of Baking Soda?

Do you know the right dose of baking soda to calm your indigestion? Sodium-sensitive people need to be careful not to take too much.

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Aging

Could Aggressive Blood Pressure Control Save Your Brain?

A new study offers hints that aggressive blood pressure control with a goal of 120 for systolic pressure may reduce the chance of mild cognitive impairment.

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drug recall
Drug Side Effects

Unbelievable! Yet Another Drug Recall | Amlodipine Plus Valsartan

The FDA has issued yet another drug recall because of contamination with a probable cancer causing chemical. It involves amlodipine plus valsartan. Enough!