By: Joe Graedon June 22, 2017 9 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 4 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 0 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 44 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 17 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 7 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¬†participant'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¬†reduce 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 Early Bird Special to Spice Up You…

    Today is the last day for our early bird 20% discount¬†on the new book, Spice Up Your Health. Do you love spices and culinary herbs as much as we do? Humans have treasured spices for thousands of year…

    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 55 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?…

    By: Joe Graedon June 2, 2016 6 Comments
    Should You Worry About Cellphones and Cancer?

    We would not blame you if you are confused about the question regarding cellphones and cancer. Even the experts do not agree on what to make of the latest rodent research. Confusing Headlines About Ce…

    By: Joe Graedon May 19, 2016 2 Comments
    Big Week for New Cancer Breakthrough Drugs!

    This was an impressive week for the Food and Drug Administration and cancer treatment. The feds gave cancer breakthrough status to an extraordinary number of therapies for hard-to-treat malignancies. …

    By: Terry Graedon May 12, 2016 0 Comments
    Do Teens Who Love Fruit Reduce Their Risk of Bre…

    It is important to eat your fruits and vegetables. A new study of women's risk of breast cancer shows that when you eat them may also matter. Fruit During the Teen Years Lowers the Risk of Breast Canc…

    By: Terry Graedon May 9, 2016 2 Comments
    Can You Prevent Breast Cancer with Aspirin?

    A number of studies have shown that people who take aspirin on a regular basis are less likely to be diagnosed with certain cancers. This is one reader's response: Q. I am a participant in the NIEHS S…

    By: Terry Graedon April 28, 2016 3 Comments
    How to Reduce Your Risk of Bile Duct Cancer

    People who take aspirin on a regular basis are two and a half to three and a half times less likely to develop cancer of the bile duct than those who rarely or never take the pain reliever. Bile duct …

    By: Joe Graedon April 24, 2016 34 Comments
    How to Keep Cancer from Spreading by Taking Aspi…

    Cancer remains our number two killer, just behind heart disease. Far too many people die each year from cancer of the breast, prostate, colon and lung. What can be done to prevent tumors or keep cance…

    By: Terry Graedon April 21, 2016 7 Comments
    Could Your Diabetes Drug Prevent Death from Canc…

    One of the most popular medications for type 2 diabetes, metformin, may reduce the likelihood of death¬†from cancer. What Is Metformin? Metformin¬†(Fortamet, Glucophage, Glumetza, Riomet) was original…

    By: Terry Graedon April 4, 2016 3 Comments
    Your Money or Your Life? Costly Cancer Drugs

    Cancer research has produced quite a few interesting new compounds lately, and some of them can extend a desperate patient's life for months or occasionally even longer. But if you needed one of these…

    By: Terry Graedon March 3, 2016 2 Comments
    When Will FDA Start Testing Food for Roundup Res…

    A year ago the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) declared that the widely used herbicide glyphosate is a probable carcinogen. In the U.S. glyphosate is sold under the brand name Round…

    By: Terry Graedon February 18, 2016 0 Comments
    Immune Cell Therapies for Cancer Look Promising

    Immune cell therapies against cancer have researchers excited. Over the last few years a number of new drugs have been approved for hard-to-treat malignancies such as melanoma and lung cancer. They wo…

    By: Joe Graedon February 15, 2016 27 Comments
    Will Hair Dye Increase the Danger of Bladder Can…

    For most people concerns¬†about environmental exposures and cancer risks are abstract, something that other people worry about. For this reader the connection between hair dye and bladder cancer is pe…

    By: Terry Graedon January 14, 2016 4 Comments
    Diclofenac Could Be a Powerful Cancer Fighter

    Researchers have reported that aspirin has broad anti-cancer activity against a number of malignancies. Now another nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, diclofenac, has also demonstrated anti-cancer a…

    By: Terry Graedon January 7, 2016 5 Comments
    Research on Twins with Cancer Raises Red Flags

    Researchers have been debating the respective roles of genetics and environment on cancer for decades. This question is sometimes framed as "nature or nurture," and the general consensus is that usual…

    By: Joe Graedon January 7, 2016 21 Comments
    Skeptical Doctor Doubts The Goodness of Garlic

    Q. As a physician I usually enjoy your column. But I have some serious questions about your claims about garlic. What is the evidence that "Egyptian physicians used garlic"? You have stated that as if…

    By: Terry Graedon November 12, 2015 4 Comments
    Grilled Meat Contributes to Kidney Cancer

    Recently, experts at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (a branch of the World Health Organization) stirred up controversy when they announced that processed meats are human carcinogens. …

    By: Joe Graedon November 5, 2015 9 Comments
    Beating Back Garlic Breath With Parsley

    Q. My husband has decided he should be getting garlic every day to control his blood pressure and cholesterol and protect himself against cancer. He hates taking pills or anything synthetic so I am st…