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Coronavirus

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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Diabetes

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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Coronavirus

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.

Doctor prepares to give a flu shot
Coronavirus

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?

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Drug Side Effects

Could a Pain Reliever Change How You See Risk?

Taking the OTC pain reliever acetaminophen could change how you see risk and encourage less cautious behavior.

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Drug Side Effects

The Shocking Truth About Pharmacy

This sensational excerpt mentions many pharmacists quoted in Dennis Miller's new book, The Shocking Truth About Pharmacy.

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Drug Side Effects

Can CoQ10 Prevent statin-associated muscle symptoms (SAMS)?

Many health professionals deny that there is something called SAMS: statin-associated muscle symptoms. Is Coenzyme Q10 an antidote to SAMS?

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Cancer

How Can You Manage Opioid-Induced Constipation?

One drawback of narcotics for pain relief is opioid-induced constipation. Several drugs may help counteract this complication.

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Drug Side Effects

Can You Read the Fine Print on Rx or OTC Drugs?

Do you need a magnifying glass and a PhD, PharmD or an MD degree to read the fine print on your Rx or OTC label and make sense out of it?

Podcasts

Show 1170: What Makes Your Immune System an Elegant Defense? (Archive)

You might imagine your immune system as an army fighting off invaders. What if it behaved more like a peacekeeping force to maintain harmony?

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Drug Side Effects

Do Doctors Know Short Term Steroids Are NOT Always Safe?

Doctors have prescribed short term steroids believing that such "burst" treatments were safe. One reader on a Medrol Dosepak begs to differ.

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Diabetes

Will Ozempic Be Safe Over the Long Term?

Ozempic (semaglutide) seems less likely than some other medications to trigger cardiovascular problems, but diabetic retinopathy may worsen.

Voltaren gel
Arthritis

Serious Side Effects of Voltaren Gel Are Scary!

Many people think that what goes on the skin stays on the skin? Topical NSAIDs get into tissues. What are the side effects of Voltaren Gel?

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Drug Side Effects

Atenolol Side Effects vs. Losartan Side Effects

Two decades ago beta blockers were routinely prescribed for hypertension. Not so much anymore. Why Not? What are atenolol side effects?

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Acid Reflux

How Can You Ease Heartburn Symptoms?

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

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Alternative Health

Will Iodine on Nails Upset Thyroid Function?

Painting white iodine on nails is a popular remedy for nail fungus. Iodine can be absorbed through skin, but not much through nails.

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Drug Side Effects

What Is the Harm of Putting Petroleum Jelly in Your Nose?

You may be tempted to put petroleum jelly in your nose if it is dry. Breathing in small particles can cause lipoid pneumonia.