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flu shots protect senior Asian man from infectionAlzheimer’s DiseaseTerry Graedon - June 30, 2022

Do Flu Shots Protect You from Alzheimer Disease as Well as Influenza?

Several studies suggest that flu shots protect older adults from dementia as well as from infection. Regular immunizations seem to work best.

Joe Graedon - June 13, 2022

Is a Loved One Taking Too Many Medicines?

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Body OdorJoe Graedon - May 30, 2022

Will Stopping an Antiperspirant Cause Bad Rebound Body Odor?

Antiperspirants change the bacterial balance of your armpit...and not in a good way. If you stop, rebound body odor can be bothersome.

A bottle of TopCare Ibuprofen Tablets, 200mg dosage
ArthritisJoe Graedon - May 30, 2022

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.

woman staring at cell phone in bed with anxious look on her face
AnxietyJoe Graedon - May 23, 2022

Coping with Anxiety During Really Stressful Times

Are you feeling anxious? There's good reason given the headlines of late. How are you coping with anxiety? Are you taking anti-anxiety drugs?

package of statins with stethoscope
Cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia)Joe Graedon - May 23, 2022

New Analysis Disputes Dogma that All Seniors Need Statins

Patients following recommendations from the American College of Cardiology need statins as they get older. That's most men over 64!

foot with plantar warts
Drug Side EffectsTerry Graedon - May 16, 2022

How Could Heartburn Drug Help Plantar Warts?

Although the research is not promising, many readers report that taking cimetidine (Tagamet) can help plantar warts go away. Medical supervision advised!

woman staring at cell phone in bed with anxious look on her face
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - May 9, 2022

Can Your Medicines Cause Insomnia?

Hundreds of medicines cause insomnia. Statins like simvastatin may do it. So can corticosteroids and the BP drug amlodipine. Were you warned?

woman with spring allergies blowing nose in a field of wildflowers
AllergiesJoe Graedon - May 9, 2022

NasalCrom (Cromolyn Sodium) Is Surprisingly Helpful for Allergies

Are you sneezing, sniffling and congested? Are allergies making you miserable? Antihistamines and corticosteroids are popular. NasalCrom is another option!

Woman experiencing painful kidney stones holds her side
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - May 5, 2022

Beware Kidney Injury From the Triple Whammy!

Some common medications are linked to kidney injury when taken together ("triple whammy"): NSAIDs, diuretics and ARB or ACEi BP medications.

Bottle of Bayer Low Dose Aspirin (baby aspirin) 81 mg
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - April 28, 2022

Should You Take Aspirin for your Heart? Does Your Doctor Know for Sure?

Is it worthwhile to take aspirin for your heart? The experts weigh in with new recommendations. How will you make the right decision?

vaccination to fight flu
Drug Side EffectsTerry Graedon - April 25, 2022

Have You Had Lasting Pain from a Shot?

Some readers have experienced lasting pain in their shoulders following a vaccination. This may be due to the shot being administered to the wrong site.

tylenol bottles
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - April 25, 2022

Tylenol & Alcohol: Acetaminophen Side Effects!

Can you take Tylenol PM and alcohol together? We got spanked by a company spokesman, but the label is confusing! It says to avoid alcohol!

Voltaren gel
ArthritisJoe Graedon - April 25, 2022

Serious Side Effects of Voltaren Gel Are Scary!

People think that what goes on the skin stays on the skin? Topical NSAIDs get into tissues. Do doctors know the side effects of Voltaren Gel?

tylenol bottles
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - April 21, 2022

If Acetaminophen Is Killing People, Why Should You Trust Tylenol?

Is Tylenol riskier than you think? A study from Canada notes that too much acetaminophen is responsible for liver toxicity! Do warnings work?

Chest X-ray showing pleural effusion at right lung due to lung cancer
CancerJoe Graedon - April 18, 2022

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. What can you do?

man with a confused and surprised expression
Alzheimer’s DiseaseJoe Graedon - April 18, 2022

Heartburn Drugs like PPIs Are Linked to Dementia

Should the FDA reconsider allowing PPIs to be sold OTC? There's growing evidence that PPIs are linked to dementia. A Swedish study shows how.

young man having a heart attack because of high lp(a) levels
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - April 17, 2022

Is Lp(a) the Best Kept Secret in Heart Disease?

Doctors rarely test for Lp(a), but 1 out of 5 people have high levels. Statins raise Lp(a) but a low-carb diet lowers this key risk factor.

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Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - April 7, 2022

Should You Worry About Vision Loss from Viagra?

The likelihood of serious vision loss from Viagra is low, but a recent study confirms it is real. Report ANY changes in eyesight promptly!

a hypodermic needle inserted into a vial of medicine
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - April 4, 2022

Reclast Side Effects Incapacitate Patient

Reclast is a once-a-year injection for osteoporosis. That means it is LONG-LASTING. For those who have Reclast side effects, that's trouble.

drugstore shelves with over the counter (OTC) pain relief products.
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - March 27, 2022

Pain Reliever Confusion: Aspirin | Advil | Aleve | Excedrin

Are you suffering from pain reliever confusion? What's best? Aspirin, Advil, Aleve, Tylenol or Excedrin? Learn about the differences.

Chest X-ray showing pleural effusion at right lung due to lung cancer
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - March 24, 2022

Popular Blood Pressure Pills Under Cancer Cloud

Millions of people take ARBs (angiotensin receptor blockers) like losartan and valsartan. Is there a cancer cloud hanging over these drugs?

Dr.Mitchell Lazar describes the vicious cycle of COVID and diabetes
PodcastsTerry Graedon - March 24, 2022

Show 1275: The Vicious Cycle of COVID and Diabetes

Research now reveals a link between COVID and Diabetes. Millions of people could now be at risk for type 2 diabetes because of long COVID.

woman screaming from a nightmare
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - March 21, 2022

Is Your Medication Causing Nightmares?

When sleep is disrupted with terrifying dreams, it makes sense to consider medication causing nightmares. Statins and Steroids are culprits.

Man with pain around kidneys or back holding his side
Acid RefluxJoe Graedon - March 21, 2022

PPIs and Kidney Damage | Nephrologist Spanks GI Doc

Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are popular with GI docs. But is there a link between PPIs and kidney damage? What about PPIs & kidney stones?

and ophthalmologist examines an older patient's eyes for macular degeneration and glaucoma
CataractsJoe Graedon - March 21, 2022

Statins and Cataracts: Why Did It Take So Long to Uncover This Connection?

The evidence is accumulating that statins and cataracts are linked. Why has this complication been ignored for so long? Were you warned?

package of statins with stethoscope
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - March 17, 2022

Do Statins Save Lives? Doctors Don’t Agree!

How good are statins for preventing heart attacks in primary prevention? More important, do statins save lives? Read surprising new results.

hand with eczema red patches on fingers
Atopic Dermatitis (eczema)Terry Graedon - March 14, 2022

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.

Atorvastatin pill pack next to a stethoscope and an electrocardiogram
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - March 14, 2022

Doctors and Patients Confused About Statins and Muscle Damage

The FDA lists myositis and rhabdomyolysis as serious statin side effects. What is the connection between statins and severe muscle damage?

man with burning mouth syndrome breathing fire
Acid RefluxTerry Graedon - March 7, 2022

How Can You Ease Heartburn Symptoms?

You don't have to take a PPI like omeprazole to ease heartburn symptoms. Other medications and nondrug approaches like baking soda can help.

angioedema, choking, man sticks out his tongue while coughing
AnaphylaxisJoe Graedon - March 7, 2022

Lisinopril Side Effects Can Be Life Threatening: Beware Angioedema and ACE Inhibitors!

Lisinopril and other ACE inhibitors can cause a serious complication: angioedema. The face and neck swelling of angioedema could result in death.

fish oil capsules
Atrial Fibrillation (A-fib, arrhythmia)Joe Graedon - February 14, 2022

Is Fish Oil Linked to Heart Rhythm Changes?

How risky is fish oil or purified EPA in Vascepa when it comes to heart rhythm changes called atrial fibrillation? Learn about absolute risk!

grape juice with pectin, certo and grape juice
ArthritisTerry Graedon - February 14, 2022

Will Certo and Grape Juice Help Your Sore Knees?

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?

Man with severe arthritis of the hand causing deformation
ArthritisJoe Graedon - February 7, 2022

Xeljanz XR Side Effects and Complications for Treating RA

Xeljanz XR is an oral medication for rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis. It is very pricey, and it has some very serious side effects.