By: Terry Graedon June 24, 2019 0 Comments
    What Are the Alternatives to Colonoscopy?

    Colorectal cancer is the third most common type of cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death among American adults. If it is detected early, before it spreads, colorectal cancer can be treat…

    By: Terry Graedon June 20, 2019 0 Comments
    Show 1170: What Makes Your Immune System an Eleg…

    Have you ever wondered how your immune system manages to ward off infections? This "elegant defense" is sometimes described as though it were an army fending off all invaders, but that metaphor can be…

    By: Joe Graedon May 30, 2019 10 Comments
    FDA’s Accelerated Approval of Cancer Drugs A B…

    Two new studies question the value of FDA’s accelerated approval process for new cancer drugs. That is not good news. People with cancer are often enthusiastic about the latest purported advance tha…

    By: Joe Graedon May 16, 2019 6 Comments
    Billion Dollar Settlement for People with Bad Hi…

    Another week, another BIG settlement! Actually, there was one big settlement in the medical device industry regarding bad hip implants and an even bigger award in a jury trial involving the weed kille…

    By: Joe Graedon May 2, 2019 24 Comments
    Another Week Another Losartan Recall | Will It E…

    OK, we admit that we are beyond fed up. There have been so many blood pressure drug recalls since last July that we have totally lost count. It was only about a week ago that we wrote about a recall o…

    By: Terry Graedon April 18, 2019 10 Comments
    Show 1161: What Is the Evidence for Food as Medi…

    Angiogenesis–the growth and development of blood vessels in the body–may seem like an obscure topic. However, angiogenesis is a critical phase in the development of tumors. If it can be blocked wh…

    By: Joe Graedon April 8, 2019 32 Comments
    Will High Drug Prices Soon Destroy Healthcare?

    Have you ever heard of a house of cards? We’re not referring to the TV series. We mean a structure that will eventually collapse when it can no longer sustain itself. We fear that high drug prices w…

    By: Joe Graedon March 7, 2019 8 Comments
    A New Carcinogen Found in BP Meds | More ARB Rec…

    How many times have we said, Not Again? We are, sadly, referring to ARB recalls. ARBs are short for angiotensin receptor blockers. They treat high blood pressure. Basically, it boils down to another w…

    By: Joe Graedon February 28, 2019 22 Comments
    FIT | Can You Detect Colon Cancer Without a Colo…

    Have you ever had a colonoscopy? It might not be the most pleasant screening test ever devised, but it does save lives. Colon cancer is a leading cause of cancer death, and a colonoscopy is a way to d…

    By: Terry Graedon January 31, 2019 6 Comments
    Show 1151: What Was the First Immunotherapy for …

    Back at the turn of the 20th century, the only treatment for most types of cancer was surgery. When a young New York doctor lost his first patient to sarcoma despite treating her by the book, he began…

    By: Terry Graedon January 28, 2019 21 Comments
    Will Colonoscopy Change Your Gut Flora?

    Colonoscopy, in which the gastroenterologist uses a scope to examine the colon for signs of polyps or other growths, can save lives. (Learn more here.) A study in The New England Journal of Medicine (…

    By: Joe Graedon December 6, 2018 22 Comments
    How Safe Are Mail-Order Medicines If Not Tempera…

    We know we sound like a cracked record when it comes to mail-order medicines. That's because no one seems to want to take responsibility. The FDA has very strict guidelines for temperature fluctuation…

    By: Joe Graedon December 6, 2018 8 Comments
    CAR-T Immunotherapy Produces Stunning Results vs…

    We have been waiting for long-term survival data from a pricey new immunotherapy called CAR-T. That stands for chimeric antigen receptor T-cell therapy. Patients donate blood so that their white blood…

    By: Terry Graedon November 29, 2018 12 Comments
    Show 1144: New Ways to Heal Your Digestive Tract

    Heartburn is a common problem. Many people take powerful acid-suppressing drugs like Nexium or Prilosec every day to treat gastro-esophageal reflux disease or GERD. If untreated, chronic irritation of…

    By: Terry Graedon November 26, 2018 7 Comments
    Can Fish Oil Really Help Your Heart?

    Fish oil is one of the most popular supplements on drugstore shelves. People take it to promote heart health, ease joint pain and relieve dry eyes. The value of omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil has b…

    By: Terry Graedon November 19, 2018 34 Comments
    Study of Vitamin D Supplements Results in Disapp…

    Millions of Americans are low in vitamin D, but taking vitamin D supplements may not do any good. A study of vitamin D supplements recently published in The New England Journal of Medicine (online, No…

    By: Terry Graedon November 15, 2018 49 Comments
    Vitamin D Strikes Out Against Heart Attacks and …

    Millions of Americans are low in vitamin D. They are at higher risk for a range of health problems, from asthma to osteoporosis, hypertension, rheumatoid arthritis and cancer. These individuals may b…

    By: Terry Graedon November 15, 2018 9 Comments
    Is Fish Oil to Prevent Heart Attacks a Dud?

    In addition to vitamin D3, the VITAL study also considered the effects of omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil to prevent heart attacks (NEJM, Nov. 10, 2018). The results were disappointing. Concentrated…

    By: Terry Graedon October 25, 2018 16 Comments
    Are Organic Food Enthusiasts Protected from Canc…

    French scientists have added a new entry to the long-running debate over organic food. Some previous research has focused primarily on whether organic food is more nutritious than conventionally-grown…

    By: Terry Graedon October 18, 2018 5 Comments
    Do People Who Eat Fish Grow Old More Healthfully…

    Does eating fish or taking fish oil make any difference for your health? For decades, researchers have touted the anti-inflammatory benefits of the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil. They have sug…

    By: Terry Graedon October 15, 2018 6 Comments
    Will Vitamin D Boost Your Mood This Winter?

    Vitamin D, sometimes known as the sunshine vitamin, is renowned for its contribution to bone strength. It may also help ward off lung infections, particularly among people who are especially susceptib…

    By: Terry Graedon October 1, 2018 9 Comments
    Is Melatonin Safe for Night Shift Nurse?

    People who do shift work put their bodies through a lot of stress. Most of us adapt to getting up in the morning and going to bed at night. If we are reasonably regular about the times, our body clock…

    By: Joe Graedon September 24, 2018 18 Comments
    Drug Price Gouging Is Immoral

    Are you angry about the ever-escalating cost of medicine? Here are some examples you may not be aware of. Humira (adalimumab) is highly advertised on TV. It is used to treat Crohn’s disease, ulcerat…

    By: Terry Graedon September 20, 2018 13 Comments
    Show 1135: Who Do You Believe–the Experts or t…

    Doctors have been advocating evidence-based medicine for a few decades, but a surprising amount of medical practice is based on tradition. How can you sort out the value of evidence-based medicine fro…

    By: Terry Graedon September 20, 2018 2 Comments
    How Good Should You Feel About BPA Substitutes?

    Over the last few decades, scientists have identified a large number of compounds that can mimic hormones like estrogen. These endocrine disruptors include bisphenol A, also known as BPA. Scientists h…

    By: Terry Graedon August 27, 2018 51 Comments
    Pharmacist Did Not Tell the Truth About Valsarta…

    Over the past month, a recall that at first appeared quite limited in scope has continued to spread. The problem is with an active pharmaceutical ingredient made in China that was contaminated with a …

    By: Joe Graedon August 19, 2018 29 Comments
    Is Liver Cancer a Risk of Acid-Suppressing Drugs…

    Not again! We are sick and tired or reading about another potentially serious side effect of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). Over the last few decades the list of very worrisome adverse reactions has g…

    By: Terry Graedon August 16, 2018 37 Comments
    Is There Roundup in Your Breakfast Cereal?

    A recent report by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) suggests that oats and oat cereals may be contaminated with the herbicide glyphosate, often sold under the brand name Roundup. Some industry-af…

    By: Joe Graedon August 6, 2018 42 Comments
    Will Opioid Crackdown Leave Cancer Patients In P…

    Far too many people are dying from opioid overdoses. You already knew that. It’s been in the news for years. Many of the deaths are due to fentanyl. This synthetic opioid has become widely available…

    By: Joe Graedon July 30, 2018 33 Comments
    Pharmacist Wouldn’t Take Back Recalled Valsart…

    On July 5, 2018 the European Medicines Agency announced a recall of a generic blood pressure medicine called valsartan (Diovan). The active ingredient in some generic formulations was apparently conta…

    By: Terry Graedon July 30, 2018 14 Comments
    Can You Stop Being Tired All the Time?

    There are too many possible causes of fatigue to offer a one-size-fits-all solution. Anemia due to inadequate iron or lack of B vitamins can make people feel worn out. So can many serious health probl…

    By: Joe Graedon July 23, 2018 47 Comments
    People in Pain Are in Misery Because of the War …

    Deaths from opioid overdoses have been surging. The CDC reports that fentanyl and its chemical cousins are increasingly responsible for the dramatic increase in casualties (CDC Health Alert Network, J…

    By: Terry Graedon July 18, 2018 9 Comments
    Do Vitamin D Pills Lower Your Chance of Cancer?

    Epidemiological studies have shown that people with low levels of vitamin D are more susceptible to various cancers. What can you do to reverse your risk? The answer is not clear.  We do not know if …

    By: Terry Graedon July 16, 2018 0 Comments
    What Health Benefits Can You Get from Spices?

    You may be well aware that vegetables and fruits are loaded with vitamins and minerals. Perhaps you've even heard about additional compounds we call phytonutrients. These may not be considered essenti…

    By: Joe Graedon July 5, 2018 13 Comments
    How Much Coffee Should You Drink to Improve Long…

    Americans like their morning coffee. In some cities it seems as if there is a coffee shop on every corner. And yet our coffee consumption is paltry compared to many other countries. Not surprisingly, …

    By: Joe Graedon June 28, 2018 6 Comments
    Are Frequent Flyers At Higher Risk For Developin…

    A new study suggests that flight attendants may be at significantly higher risk of developing cancer than the general population (Environmental Health, June 26, 2018).  This was part of the Harvard F…

    By: Joe Graedon June 28, 2018 2 Comments
    Is Poliovirus Therapy a Breakthrough Against Dea…

    Glioblastoma is a killer and it’s personal. One of my best friends, George B., died from this devastating brain cancer. Lots of famous people have also died from malignant glioma. Senator Edward (Te…

    By: Terry Graedon June 18, 2018 3 Comments
    Will Vitamin D Pills Help You Avoid Cancer?

    New research strongly suggests that people with too little vitamin D in their systems are more likely to get colorectal cancer (McCullough et al, Journal of the National Cancer Institute, June 14, 201…

    By: Terry Graedon June 14, 2018 19 Comments
    Where in the World Are Cancer Rates Highest?

    Cancer rates around the world vary greatly. Epidemiologists reviewed data from 195 countries in 2016 and found quite a large range (JAMA Oncology, June 2, 2018). Cancer Rates Are Highest in Australia:…

    By: Terry Graedon June 7, 2018 4 Comments
    Can You Skip Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer?

    Some women with the most common type of breast cancer might safely skip chemotherapy. That’s the finding from a study presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting and published in …