By: Joe Graedon January 7, 2021 8 Comments
    The South African COVID Variant is Scary

    The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is mutating. The highly transmissible variant that is spreading rapidly in the UK has led to a strict national lockdown. That variant is called B.1.1.7 and has bee…

    By: Joe Graedon January 7, 2021 5 Comments
    How Can You Tell If You Are Coming Down with COV…

    A study conducted in the US, the UK and Israel used data from digital platforms to analyze symptoms of COVID-19 (MedRxiv, Dec. 16, 2020). More than 10 million people participated in this research.&nbs…

    By: Terry Graedon January 7, 2021 1 Comments
    Will COVID-19 Increase the Risk for Later Dement…

    Could recovering from a COVID-19 infection leave a person more vulnerable to later dementia? Brain researchers are worried that COVID-19 infections could put survivors at higher risk for Parkinson dis…

    By: Terry Graedon January 7, 2021 3 Comments
    Will Lots of Veggies on the Menu Help Your Brain…

    If you are looking to reduce your risk of Alzheimer disease, you might want to pile lots of veggies on your plate. According to a new study, people who eat lots of veggies rich in carotenoids appear l…

    By: Terry Graedon January 7, 2021 5 Comments
    Show 1198: How You Can Age Better (Archive)

    Whoever said growing old isn’t for sissies really got it right. But not everyone has the same experience with aging. Why do some people do well up to and into their 90s, while others are over the hi…

    By: Joe Graedon January 4, 2021 21 Comments
    The Never-Ending Breast Implant Scandal

    Doctors have been performing “breast enlargement surgery” since the 1950s. One of the earliest implants involved a foam sponge covered by polyethylene. It lost favor pretty quickly because it coul…

    By: Terry Graedon January 4, 2021 4 Comments
    What Is the Benefit to Eating Black Walnuts?

    Have you ever seen black walnuts? When they fall off the tree, they are surrounded by large green fruit husks that are very tough. Both those green balls and the leaves have a pungent aroma. Is it wor…

    By: Terry Graedon January 4, 2021 3 Comments
    How Can You Prevent Dry Skin?

    Have you looked at your hands lately? Chances are they are red and chapped. Washing your hands is one of the ways you can reduce your chance of contracting COVID-19. So most of us are washing our hand…

    By: Joe Graedon January 4, 2021 9 Comments
    Why Wear Face Masks After COVID Vaccination?

    Hundreds of millions of people have been waiting for COVID-19 vaccines. Now they are being distributed, albeit more slowly than desired. Once vaccinated, many people would like to believe their COVID …

    By: Terry Graedon January 4, 2021 7 Comments
    Will an Allergen-Free Diet Help Your Joint Pain?

    Would you like to find a way to reduce or control your joint pain? One of the fundamental principles for people with arthritis is to keep moving, but that can be hard when your knees creak or your hip…

    By: Terry Graedon December 30, 2020 10 Comments
    Show 1194: How You Can Discover the Joy of Movem…

    Do your New Year’s resolutions include getting more exercise? By now, everybody knows exercise is good for us. But a lot of people view it as a chore or a bore instead of a delight. How can you expe…

    By: Joe Graedon December 30, 2020 6 Comments
    More Metformin Recalls Distress Diabetes Patient…

    Metformin is the most popular diabetes drug in the world. At last count, nearly 90 million prescriptions are dispensed every year for this medicine. But last December the FDA announced that it was pay…

    By: Joe Graedon December 30, 2020 11 Comments
    Young Healthy People DO Die from COVID-19

    We have received a great many comments on our website from people who insist that COVID-19 is just not that big a deal. They insist that most people recover, especially if they are young and healthy. …

    By: Dennis Miller, RPh December 30, 2020 24 Comments
    Why Aren’t Pharmacists Critical of Pharmac…

    I will be excoriated for saying this, but I simply don’t believe most pharmacists are interested in reading any of the dozens of books critical of pharmaceuticals and the pharmaceutical industry. &n…

    By: Joe Graedon December 28, 2020 6 Comments
    Can Tylenol – Acetaminophen Raise Blood Pressu…

    Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are among the most popular drugs in the pharmacy. That’s because there is a lot of pain out there. Whether it’s from headaches, arthritis or backaches…

    By: Terry Graedon December 28, 2020 3 Comments
    Will High-Dose Vitamin D Fight COVID-19?

    Vitamin D has a reputation as a compound that can help bones stay strong. However, research has shown that immune system cells such as macrophages or monocytes rely on vitamin D as well (Reviews in Me…

    By: Terry Graedon December 28, 2020 6 Comments
    What Happened to the Flu This Year?

    Not long ago, we were frightened by the prospect of two terrible infections sweeping through communities. Public health authorities warned us that a bad influenza outbreak on top of COVID-19 would be …

    By: Joe Graedon December 28, 2020 4 Comments
    Bad Mix? Diphenhydramine – Benadryl and SSRI A…

    There are two kinds of drugs that are taken by tens of millions of people. One is an antihistamine called diphenhydramine (Benadryl). It is highly sedating, which is why many people don’t like to ta…

    By: Joe Graedon December 24, 2020 23 Comments
    What Happened to Sweden’s Strategy for COVID-1…

    The definition of misguided: “Having or showing faulty judgement or reasoning” (from Oxford Languages).  Merriam-Webster defines it as: “led or prompted by wrong or inappropriate motives or…

    By: Terry Graedon December 24, 2020 3 Comments
    Show 1241: Coronavirus Update for the Close of 2…

    The COVID-19 pandemic caused by the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 has dominated life around the world this year. Now, the FDA has granted Emergency Use Authorization for two vaccines, one from Pfizer/BioNTec…

    By: Terry Graedon December 24, 2020 3 Comments
    New British Variant of SARS-CoV-2 May Be More Co…

    Public health authorities are concerned that a new British variant of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, is highly contagious. It does not appear to be more likely to kill people, but it seem…

    By: Joe Graedon December 24, 2020 7 Comments
    Top Killer in the US Is Now COVID-19

    We frequently see college students holding up their index finger to convince the media their team is #1, even if it’s a pipe dream. Being #1 often seems desirable. That is not the case when it comes…

    By: Joe Graedon December 24, 2020 7 Comments
    COVID-19 IS Worse Than the Flu!

    Do you remember hearing that COVID-19 was no worse than the flu? A new study from France (Lancet Respiratory Medicine, Dec. 17, 2020) compares hospitalizations and deaths for both diseases.  The …

    By: Joe Graedon December 21, 2020 20 Comments
    Can Vitamin C Help Combat COVID-19?

    The Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines are being shipped, but supply cannot keep up with demand. It will be several months before most people can be vaccinated. During the interim, is there anything…

    By: Joe Graedon December 21, 2020 5 Comments
    Can You Tell If Your COVID Vaccine Is Good?

    There are now two vaccines for COVID-19. They both must be stored and shipped frozen. The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine has to be maintained at -94 degrees Fahrenheit during storage and transit. The Moderna…

    By: Terry Graedon December 21, 2020 9 Comments
    What Happened to Archway Coconut Cookies?

    For years, readers used to tell us that they used Archway Coconut Macaroon Cookies as a remedy for diarrhea. Donald Agar was the first to discover this and share it with us. Many others agreed with hi…

    By: Terry Graedon December 21, 2020 2 Comments
    Will Mouthwash Nix the Benefits of Beets?

    Is your blood pressure a bit high? You might want to consider adding a little beet juice to your morning smoothie. Although it seems improbable, a review of 11 randomized controlled trials shows that …

    By: Dennis Miller, RPh December 21, 2020 9 Comments
    What Is the Real World Incidence of Drug Side Ef…

    I do not believe that anyone really knows how often drug side effects occur in the real world. That includes the drug companies, the FDA, physicians and pharmacists. And I don’t believe that these g…

    By: Terry Graedon December 17, 2020 8 Comments
    Show 1240: The Link Between Vitamin D and COVID-…

    Scientists have long suspected that vitamin D is crucial for the immune system to function properly. Presumably, that is why cod liver oil was utilized as a tonic to ward off colds and flu in northern…

    By: Joe Graedon December 17, 2020 12 Comments
    Will a Smart Ring Help Diagnose COVID-19?

    No doubt you have seen workers scanning people’s foreheads to detect a fever at hospitals, airports and businesses. Temperature elevations are one crude way to help diagnose COVID-19. People may hav…

    By: Joe Graedon December 17, 2020 27 Comments
    Bell’s Palsy – Facial Paralysis and the COVI…

    On December 17, 2020 an outside advisory committee met to review the data on the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. The committee voted 20 to 0 to encourage Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for this second mR…

    By: Joe Graedon December 17, 2020 1 Comments
    Don’t Discharge COVID Patients Too Soon!

    As I write this update on Thursday evening, December 17, 2020, here are some staggering statistics from the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center:  New Cases = 247,403; Total Cases to date = …

    By: Terry Graedon December 17, 2020 5 Comments
    You Can Now Test for COVID-19 at Home

    This week, the FDA authorized a home diagnostic test for COVID-19. Unlike previous home tests, this one does not require a prescription. Moreover, ordinary people can read and interpret the results fo…

    By: Terry Graedon December 17, 2020 2 Comments
    Will Cheese and Wine Save Your Brain?

    Epistemology Alert: This story is based on data from an epidemiological study, not a randomized controlled trial that fed people cheese and wine or other foods. (Epistemology is a fancy way of saying …

    By: Joe Graedon December 14, 2020 27 Comments
    Volunteers Describe COVID Vaccine Side Effects

    The Pfizer/BioNTech mRNA vaccine is on its way to millions of Americans. Front-line medical workers and vulnerable patients in long-term care facilities are first in line. Moderna’s vaccine is close…

    By: Terry Graedon December 14, 2020 7 Comments
    Will Arthritic Dog Benefit from Boswellia?

    Is it safe to share your favorite joint remedy with your arthritic dog? That question is important, since dogs should never take at least one popular arthritis remedy for humans–gin-soaked raisins. …

    By: Joe Graedon December 10, 2020 31 Comments
    6 Feet of Separation Won’t Protect You from CO…

    Americans have been told by the CDC that if they just stand at least 6 feet away from people they will be able to avoid catching COVID-19. Here are the precise words the CDC uses in its guidelines: …

    By: Terry Graedon December 10, 2020 5 Comments
    Show 1239: How Can We Prevent Diagnostic Disaste…

    It seems obvious that to provide the proper treatment, a doctor first needs to know what is wrong. However, although medical experts have been focusing on improving diagnosis in medicine for more than…

    By: Joe Graedon December 10, 2020 3 Comments
    Is ED One of the Complications of COVID-19?

    There is growing evidence that COVID-19 can produce a wide-range of health problems. Pneumonia was among the first to be identified, but inflammation, heart complications, blood clots, kidney failure …

    By: Dennis Miller, RPh December 10, 2020 4 Comments
    Can Chain Drugstores Handle the Deluge of COVID-…

    Will your pharmacy have enough staffing to handle the anticipated deluge of COVID-19 vaccinations along with their usual high volume of prescriptions?   For decades, pharmacists have stated passi…