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cavities

Does Fluoride in the Water Impact Children’s IQ?

The majority of Americans are exposed to fluoride in water and toothpaste. A new study reports that prenatal exposure may affect young children. What to do?

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cavities

Does Fluoride Exposure Alter Kidney and Liver Function in Teens?

Tens of millions of people experience fluoride exposure every day. Does it affect kidney function in adolescents? A new study says it very well could.

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Drug Side Effects

For Seniors, More Blood Pressure Medication Is Not Better

Increasing blood pressure medication at hospital discharge might do more harm than good for older people without heart disease.

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Drug Side Effects

Is Google Censoring Drug Side Effect Information?

Many health websites have been buried by a new Google algorithm update. Search is fruitless. We provide drug side effect information. Why can't you find it?

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Drug Side Effects

Viagra (Sildenafil) Triggers Both Erections and Heartburn

The erectile dysfunction drugs relax smooth muscle. The result is both erections and heartburn, helpful and undesirable effects.

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Arthritis

Do Arthritis Pain Relievers Trigger Heart Problems?

Do you take celecoxib, diclofenac, ibuprofen, meloxicam or naproxen for aching joints? People with OA rely on arthritis pain relievers. What are the risks?

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Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)

Don’t Count on Stimulants for Better Memory

Research shows it's a mistake to take stimulants for better memory and attention. The gains are tiny, and the drugs interfere with getting good sleep.

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Drug Side Effects

Testosterone Enhances Libido and Improves Female Sexuality

The FDA has approved two drugs to improve women's sexual desire. Trouble is, they have unpleasant side effects. Research shows testosterone enhances libido.

Timothy McCall, MD, Medical editor of Yoga Journal
Podcasts

Show 1175: How to Mix Conventional and Ayurvedic Medicine for Cancer

Hear how an American physician decided to mix allopathic and Ayurvedic medicine to treat his metastatic neck cancer. Should we all learn to combine them?

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Drug Side Effects

A Pharmacist Condemns Pharma’s Approach to Health

Pharma (the pharmaceutical industry) views the human body as a machine that is constantly prone to breakdown and needs shoring up with synthetic chemicals.

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Diabetes

Do Statins Increase the Risk for Diabetes or Not?

There has been tremendous resistance to the idea that statins increase the risk of diabetes. Doctors are having a hard time dealing with this complication.

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Bites (mosquitoes, flies, chiggers)

Show 1174: What to Do About Skeeter Syndrome

This week, share your thoughts and learn about skeeter syndrome, how certain common drugs affect your ability to think and statin side effects.

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Acid Reflux

Do PPI-Type Acid-Suppressing Drugs Cause Allergies?

A new study from Austria suggests that acid-suppressing drugs cause allergies such as hives. There are even elegant explanations why it could be true.

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Cataracts

Are Statin Side Effects Fake Medical News?

Some doctors get angry when there are reports about statins and adverse drug reactions. Are statin side effects fake or all in peoples' heads? What say you?

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Drug Side Effects

Have You Ever Been Warned About Irreversible Drug Side Effects?

When treatments cause irreversible drug side effects, the permanent damage to the patient's quality of life may be incalculable.

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Drug Side Effects

Will Contrave Help You Lose Weight Safely?

Contrave is a combination drug for obesity. Is it a good way to lose weight safely?

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Drug Side Effects

Drug Advertisements, Scary Side Effects and Cognitive Dissonance

How do pharmacists and the general public react to the reality of potentially very serious adverse effects? Is denial a common coping mechanism?

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Cancer

Is New Cancer Drug Worth the Price?

Will the new cancer drug Xpovio work well enough to justify its extremely high price tag? Oncologists are also worried about dangerous side effects.

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Drug Side Effects

Beware Zolpidem Zombies on Airplanes

We all seek a good night's sleep. Commercials for prescription sleeping pills make them seem very appealing. There's no mention of zolpidem zombies, though.

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Blisters

Can You Prevent Blisters Safely with Aluminum Antiperspirant?

If you have ever developed a blister while exercising you know how disruptive it can be. What can you do to prevent blisters? Is aluminum safe for feet?