By: Terry Graedon November 9, 2017 7 Comments
    Drinkers Boost Their Chance of Getting Cancer

    The American Society of Clinical Oncology is warning us that alcohol increases the risk of getting cancer (Journal of Clinical Oncology, online Nov. 7, 2017). What might that mean in practical terms? …

    By: Joe Graedon November 2, 2017 4 Comments
    A Pharmacist Remembers a Link Between Omeprazole…

    On November 1, 2017 we sent out a People's Pharmacy Special Health Alert asking the question: "Do Acid-Suppressing Drugs Cause Cancer?" This article was based on new research from Hong Kong (Gut, onli…

    By: Joe Graedon October 31, 2017 14 Comments
    Do Acid-Suppressing Drugs Cause Cancer?

    Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) are among the most popular drugs in the pharmacy. Physicians prescribe them to 15 million people every year for ulcers, acid reflux, heartburn and Barrett's esophagus. Th…

    By: Terry Graedon October 19, 2017 6 Comments
    Are New Cancer Drugs Worth Their Price?

    New cancer drugs have been welcomed as breakthroughs. They often come with a hefty price tag. Many cost over $100,000 a year. That might be justified if there were solid evidence that they save lives.…

    By: Joe Graedon October 19, 2017 17 Comments
    How Good Is Aspirin Against Cancer in New Study?

    In 1993 we published a book with Tom Ferguson, MD, called The Aspirin Handbook (Bantam Books). In it we pointed out that there was an impressive amount of research supporting the beneficial effects of…

    By: Joe Graedon October 5, 2017 12 Comments
    Will Drug Shortages From the Puerto Rico Disaste…

    The unfolding hurricane damage is a terrible tragedy for the people of Puerto Rico. Being without power, water, food, transportation, communication and other critical services is a calamity of enormou…

    By: Terry Graedon September 28, 2017 3 Comments
    Should Your Doctor Know You Are Not Sleeping?

    Are you sleeping enough, or are you missing out? Sleep scientist Matthew Walker says that skimping on sleep can shorten your life. The Effects of Sleeping Less Than Six Hours Nightly: Dr. Matthew base…

    By: Joe Graedon September 21, 2017 20 Comments
    Preventing Peripheral Neuropathy From Chemothera…

    When you get a diagnosis of cancer the world stops. Your brain melts and you go into fight or flight mode. It is one of the most stressful times of your life. All you can think about is choosing the r…

    By: Terry Graedon September 14, 2017 19 Comments
    How Much Does It Really Cost to Develop a New Dr…

    New cancer drugs have become extremely expensive. It is not unusual for immunotherapy treatments to cost between $100,000 and $200,000 per year. Often, the pharmaceutical industry justifies such a pri…

    By: Terry Graedon September 4, 2017 12 Comments
    How Many Breast Cancer Survivors Suffer Nerve Pa…

    Chemotherapy saves lives, but it can also result in long-lasting side effects. Until recently, oncologists did not know how often breast cancer survivors had to live with pain as a result of their tre…

    By: Terry Graedon September 1, 2017 13 Comments
    What Makes Turmeric So Wonderful?

    A few years ago most Americans had never heard of turmeric. If they had, they thought of it as an exotic ingredient in curries and other Indian dishes. Now, turmeric and curcumin, one of its active in…

    By: Joe Graedon August 31, 2017 58 Comments
    Would You Pay $475,000 for the New CAR-T Cancer …

    The hottest new cancer treatment is called CAR-T. It stands for chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy. Many world class medical centers have gone all in on CAR-T cancer research. That's becau…

    By: Terry Graedon August 31, 2017 2 Comments
    New Anti-Inflammatory Drug Cut Chance of Lung Ca…

    A trial of a drug for heart disease, nicknamed CANTOS for Canakinumab Anti-inflammatory Thrombosis Outcomes Study, also examined the effects of this anti-inflammatory drug on the risk of developing ca…

    By: Terry Graedon August 24, 2017 13 Comments
    Why Vitamin C Might Protect You Against Cancer

    For decades, Nobel prize winning biochemist Linus Pauling advocated high-dose vitamin C to help prevent cancer. For the most part his ideas were dismissed as unproven. But research suggests one way th…

    By: Terry Graedon August 10, 2017 0 Comments
    Colorectal Cancer Is Killing More Young Adults

    Researchers are reporting that colorectal cancer is killing an increasing number of American adults under 55. The death rate has risen noticeably since the mid 1990s. Colorectal Cancer Is Killing Whit…

    By: Joe Graedon July 6, 2017 6 Comments
    The Pros and Cons of Metformin for Diabetes

    Metformin is #7 on the doctors' hit parade of top 10 prescription drugs. Each year the number of prescriptions increases substantially. Last year there were 87 million metformin prescriptions dispense…

    By: Joe Graedon June 22, 2017 30 Comments
    Hair Dye & Breast Cancer?

    A new study published in the journal Carcinogenesis suggests that dark-colored hair dyes may be linked to breast cancer. That means that millions of baby boomers are caught on the horns of a dilemma. …

    By: Terry Graedon June 8, 2017 0 Comments
    Does CAR-T Offer Hope for Multiple Myeloma Cance…

    A new kind of immunotherapy called CAR-T captured attention at an American Society of Clinical Oncology conference in Chicago. CAR-T stands for chimeric antigen receptor T-cell therapy. How Does This …

    By: Terry Graedon June 8, 2017 0 Comments
    Will Your Microbiome Save Your Life?

    In recent years researchers have become extremely interested in the collection of microorganisms living in and on our bodies. This microbiome has a profound impact on our overall health. How Does the┬…

    By: Joe Graedon June 1, 2017 1 Comments
    Can You Afford Your Medicine?

    Are you spending more on prescription drugs and enjoying it less? A report from QuintilesIMS Institute shows that prices for medicines are still rising more rapidly than inflation (QuintilesIMS, May 3…

    By: Terry Graedon June 1, 2017 5 Comments
    Is Drinking Coffee Good or Bad for You?

    There has been considerable controversy over the years about how drinking coffee affects health. Is your morning cup of java bad for your health? Not really, according to research from the UK. What Ar…

    By: Terry Graedon May 18, 2017 3 Comments
    Why You Should Exercise and Eat Right, Now

    We've all been told that we should exercise and eat right. Research to be reported at the American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting shows that a healthy lifestyle matters. That's true even after a…

    By: Terry Graedon May 4, 2017 3 Comments
    Will Aspirin Keep Barrett’s from Turning i…

    Barrett's esophagus is a condition in which the tissue lining the bottom of the food tube changes to resemble tissue lining the intestine. It is considered a pre-cancerous condition and is often assoc…

    By: Joe Graedon March 13, 2017 93 Comments
    War On Opioids Punishes Desperate Pain Patients

    Watch the news on television or read a newspaper and you will likely see a story about the dangers of opioids. Here is just the latest sampling: "Lawmakers Seek Crackdown on Opioids" WRAL.com, Raleigh…

    By: Terry Graedon March 1, 2017 2 Comments
    Are Younger People Now at Risk for Colon Cancer?

    The rates of rectal and colon cancer have been declining for decades. That may be in part because of screening through colonoscopies. Most such cancers occur in middle-aged and older people. The usual…

    By: Terry Graedon February 2, 2017 5 Comments
    Does Metformin Have Anti-Cancer Potential?

    There is increasing evidence that a very old drug for diabetes called metformin may have anti-cancer potential. What Is Metformin's Anti-Cancer Potential? Studies suggest that this inexpensive medicat…

    By: Joe Graedon January 30, 2017 19 Comments
    Orphan Drugs Have Become a Billion Dollar Bonanz…

    There was a time when people took care of orphans and widows. It was understood that these vulnerable individuals required compassion and assistance. The Bible urges us to look after orphans and widow…

    By: Terry Graedon January 26, 2017 2 Comments
    Cancer Deaths Are Dropping, But Not Everywhere

    Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the US, right behind heart disease. Between 1980 and 2014, death rates from cancer fell about 20 percent overall. That is good news, but there are plenty…

    By: Terry Graedon December 15, 2016 7 Comments
    Why Smoking Just a Little Is Still Bad for You

    Everyone recognizes that smoking is hazardous to your health. But some people have been telling themselves that smoking just a few cigarettes a day doesn't increase their risk of premature death. Are …

    By: Terry Graedon December 1, 2016 8 Comments
    Can Magic Mushrooms Ease Cancer Death Anxiety?

    People with life-threatening cancer often feel anxious or depressed. Understandably, many have severe death anxiety. It is not always amenable to standard psychotherapeutic treatment. A Unique Approac…

    By: Terry Graedon November 30, 2016 0 Comments
    Will the Microbiome Affect Your Immune Response?

    Research on treating ovarian cancer with the immunotherapy agent pembrolizumab is analyzing each┬áparticipant's microbiome as part of the trial. Studying Immunotherapy Against Ovarian Cancer: The 40 w…

    By: Terry Graedon November 28, 2016 5 Comments
    Can Herbs Prevent a Recurrence of Prostate Cance…

    A few decades ago, any suggestion that herbs might┬áreduce the risk for cancer would have been greeted with suspicion. As researchers scramble to find out what natural products might be helpful, they …

    By: Terry Graedon November 28, 2016 10 Comments
    How Does a Colonoscopy Affect Microbes of the Di…

    Colorectal cancer takes quite a toll on Americans, killing more than 50,000 adults each year (CDC, June 20, 2016). Gastroenterologists recommend periodic colonoscopy for early detection and prevention…

    By: Joe Graedon November 10, 2016 3 Comments
    Save Money on Fall Special to Spice Up Your Heal…

    Do you love spices and culinary herbs as much as we do? Humans have treasured spices for thousands of years. Our ancestors used garlic, coriander, cinnamon, ginger, rosemary and nutmeg to season food.…

    By: Terry Graedon August 17, 2016 2 Comments
    Staying Active Can Help Prevent Chronic Health P…

    Exercise remains one of the most powerful interventions for promoting health and preventing disease. An article in the BMJ reviewed 174 studies published over 25 years. The scientists evaluated the am…

    By: Terry Graedon August 11, 2016 3 Comments
    Are There Toxins in Your Drinking Water?

    Your drinking water might be contaminated without your knowledge. Harvard researchers have identified dangerous compounds in the PFAS class in the drinking water of 6 million Americans. These chemical…

    By: Joe Graedon August 8, 2016 1 Comments
    Why Would Metformin and Crestor Stop Prostate Ca…

    Q. I have been treated for prostate cancer. My oncologist has recommended that I take the diabetes drug metformin and the cholesterol medication rosuvastatin to reduce my risk of recurrence. When I sa…

    By: Joe Graedon July 25, 2016 58 Comments
    Is the FDA Putting Americans at Risk with Chines…

    The Food and Drug Administration is caught between two hard rocks. On the one hand the agency has been criticized for inadequate oversight of foreign drug manufacturing facilities, especially in China…

    By: Joe Graedon July 16, 2016 2 Comments
    Should Everyone Be Taking Metformin to Fight Can…

    Metformin was created in the 1920s by chemists who were working with the French lilac plant. That's because healers had been using French lilac for centuries to control the symptoms of type 2 diabetes…

    By: Terry Graedon June 30, 2016 1 Comments
    Do You Need a Pelvic Exam Every Year?

    For decades, women have scheduled an annual pelvic exam as part of their preventive health care. Now, the US Preventive Services Task Force says maybe that's not necessary. Is a Pelvic Exam a Problem?…