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Canker Sores (aphthous ulcers)

Will Special SLS-Free Toothpaste Prevent Canker Sores?

Many readers have found that eliminating toothpaste with SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate) helps them avoid canker sores. What is SLS anyway?

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Breast Tenderness

The Never-Ending Breast Implant Scandal

Breast enlargement surgery has been going on for decades. The FDA just announced serious side effects. We call this a breast implant scandal!

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Drug Side Effects

Can Tylenol – Acetaminophen Raise Blood Pressure?

People in pain face a dilemma. Can they control pain safely? NSAIDs can cause hypertension. But will acetaminophen raise blood pressure too?

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Drug Side Effects

What Is the Real World Incidence of Drug Side Effects?

There are many reasons why clinical trials don't reveal the true incidence of drug side effects in the real world.

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Volunteers Describe COVID Vaccine Side Effects

What better way to learn about COVID vaccine side effects than to ask volunteers who got shots? Visitors to this website provide answers.

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Drug Side Effects

Can Your Medicines Cause Insomnia?

Hundreds of medicines cause insomnia. Bet you didn't know that statins like simvastatin might do it. So can corticosteroids and decongestants.

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Side Effects of the COVID Vaccine?

Are you planning to get the coronavirus immunization? Why is it important for you to know what side effects to expect from the COVID vaccine?

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Drug Side Effects

What Are the Best BP Drugs for Hypertension?

If you have hypertension why did your doctor choose one med over another? You might be surprised to learn which BP drugs score highest.

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Drug Side Effects

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.

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Drug Side Effects

Critically Important Information You’ll Never See in Drug Advertisements

There is a major deficiency in drug advertisements because a hugely important and relevant body of knowledge is conspicuously absent.

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Drug Side Effects

Are Statins and Leg Cramps a Neglected Challenge?

Many people complain about statin side effects, such as muscle pain and weakness. Statins and muscle cramps seem to be ignored complications.

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Drug Side Effects

Flu Shots Linked to Deaths in South Korea

People in South Korea are concerned about influenza vaccinations this year. That's because flu shots linked to deaths have made headlines.

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Drug Side Effects

Does Genetic Testing Help Avoid Problems With Anesthesia?

A reader would like genetic testing before undergoing surgery so that the choice of anesthesia can be personalized.

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Should We Worry About the New Holds on Vaccine Trials?

Holds on vaccine trials are not unexpected, but they could delay development of an effective protection against COVID-19.

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Are Popular Drugs Responsible for the Diabetes Epidemic?

A number of prescription drugs and some OTC medicines may be partly responsible for the diabetes epidemic worldwide.

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Do Your Medicines Suppress Your Vitamin D?

Corticosteroids, anticonvulsants and certain other medicines suppress your vitamin D levels. Will that make you more vulnerable to infection?

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Drug Side Effects

Mistakes in the Pharmacy Could be Deadly

Mistakes in the pharmacy are shockingly common. No other profession could get away with so many errors and remain respected. How can you protect yourself?

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Drug Side Effects

Will You Lower Your Cholesterol With Milk Thistle?

MIlk thistle extract can lower total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and triglycerides. It blocks the same enzyme as statins.

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Drug Side Effects

18 Pharmacists Discuss Their Most Memorable Medication Mistakes

Have you ever gotten the wrong drug from the pharmacy? Here, pharmacists reveal their memorable medication mistakes.

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The Inside Story on the AZ Vaccine Pause

AstraZeneca has resumed its big coronavirus trial in the UK. The vaccine pause is still in effect in the U.S. Why is there a discrepancy?