Is lower blood pressure always better? Many people think that 120/80 is ideal but older people may be at risk for dementia if diastolic BP goes too low.
Decongestants can boost blood pressure. People with high blood pressure should look for cold medicine without phenylephrine.
Taking thyroid hormone at bedtime avoided interactions with coffee, supplements and soy. As a result, people had more daytime energy.
Heartburn drugs (PPIs) are hugely popular. Doctors prescribe them in enormous quantities and they are widely available over the counter. Is there a link with stomach cancer?
People taking alendronate to counteract osteoporosis may not respond well to orthodontic treatment moving their teeth.
It took the FDA decades to recognize the serious and potentially irreversible side effects of Cipro and Levaquin antibiotics. We hope the new warning works.
Abiraterone (Zytiga) is a key advance for treating prostate cancer. The cost: over $100,000 a year. Taking it with food could save big bucks!
Red yeast rice contains some statin-like compounds. Does that mean it can cause statin-like side effects? Will red yeast rice raise blood sugar levels?
Does the antihistamine diphenhydramine (DPH) increase the risk of dementia? What about anticholinergic drugs for overactive bladder (OAB)?
Sometimes a drug side effect gets overlooked. Has that happened with blood pressure medications called ARBs (like losartan and valsartan)?
Medical innovation teaches us a lot we didn't know before. How do we evaluate benefits and risks of medical breakthroughs?
FDA and CDC may soon authorize a COVID-19 vaccine for younger kids, ages 5 to 11. That extends the protection for families.
If blood pressure drops too low overnight, it can aggravate optic nerve damage. That is the last thing glaucoma patients need!
In Israel, researchers found that low-dose aspirin helps protect older individuals with cardiovascular conditions from catching COVID-19.
Evidence from many studies indicates that statins cause diabetes. People who are at risk for this metabolic disorder should be wary.
Diabetes expert Mitchell Lazar, MD, PhD, describes an under-recognized vicious cycle between diabetes and COVID-19 infection.
New information from Israel provide evidence about myocarditis from COVID vaccination. Should the shot be given in the old-fashioned way?
When your knees, hips or shoulders hurt, you want rapid relief. Cortisone shots seem like a simple and fast solution. Are there risks with steroids shots?