By: Joe Graedon February 5, 2018 12 Comments
    Hydrochlorothiazide Triggers Gout |Cherries to t…

    Are you taking HCTZ or HCT? Those are the abbreviations for hydrochlorothiazide. This “thiazide” diuretic is probably one of the most prescribed drugs in the world. By our count, over 20 million p…

    By: Terry Graedon February 5, 2018 12 Comments
    Will Do-It-Yourself Mouse Repellent Be Toxic to …

    Nobody wants to share their home with pests. As a result, people develop all kinds of ingenious methods to discourage mice. None are foolproof, however. It is worthwhile considering whether a do-it-yo…

    By: Joe Graedon February 5, 2018 4 Comments
    How To Choose Safe and Effective Over-The-Counte…

    Americans love to play doctor. And the FDA has made it easy. That’s because the agency has allowed Pharma companies to switch many Rx drugs to OTC in a big way. We spend $33 billion on over-the-coun…

    By: Terry Graedon February 5, 2018 10 Comments
    Fascinating Strategies to Get Rid of Warts

    Warts are caused by a near-ubiquitous virus, human papillomavirus. But nobody knows quite why they pop up at certain times and are absent at others. Doctors can offer a variety of treatments for warts…

    By: Terry Graedon February 5, 2018 8 Comments
    How Much Vitamin C Do You Need?

    Vitamin C, isolated and named more than 100 years ago, is crucial for good health. Even before it was discovered, vitamin C entered history. A lack of fresh fruits and vegetables on long sea voyages m…

    By: Joe Graedon February 1, 2018 34 Comments
    Why Does the Flu Kill So Many Healthy People?

    Influenza continues to make millions of people sick around the country. There have been way too many deaths. Clearly, this year’s influenza epidemic caught health professionals by surprise, even tho…

    By: Terry Graedon February 1, 2018 33 Comments
    Show 1108: Surprising Solutions to Help You Hear…

    Do you wish you could hear better? Do you have trouble hearing what others are saying? Many people find it difficult to follow a conversation with multiple voices, especially in a crowded restaurant. …

    By: Terry Graedon February 1, 2018 20 Comments
    Can You Stop People from Abusing Diarrhea Medici…

    The opioid epidemic has spawned some improbable activity, such as people abusing diarrhea medicine. The FDA is cracking down on the over-the-counter pill loperamide. This drug, sold as Imodium A-D, ha…

    By: Joe Graedon February 1, 2018 13 Comments
    How to deal with Dry Skin and Cracks from Too Mu…

    Are you washing your hands dozens of times a day? That's hardly surprising. The flu epidemic that's sweeping the country has everyone freaked out. Virtually every public service announcement about how…

    By: Terry Graedon February 1, 2018 3 Comments
    How Chinese Labs Exploit the Mail to Sell Deadly…

    A potent and dangerous opioid, fentanyl, is largely responsible for the dramatic increase in deaths over the last couple of years. The opioid epidemic is a public health crisis. In response, medical p…

    By: Terry Graedon February 1, 2018 4 Comments
    Are Breast Implants Linked to Rare Cancer?

    A small study from the Netherlands published in JAMA Oncology raises concerns about a connection between breast implants and a rare cancer, anaplastic large-cell lymphoma (de Boer et al, JAMA Oncology…

    By: Terry Graedon February 1, 2018 1 Comments
    Women Using IVF Do Better on Mediterranean Diet

    Women planning to go through in-vitro fertilization (IVF) may boost their chances of success if they follow a Mediterranean style diet beforehand. That's the conclusion from a Greek study of 244 women…

    By: Joe Graedon January 29, 2018 8 Comments
    How Can I Find Sertraline that Works?

    Sertraline (Zoloft) is one of the most popular antidepressants in the pharmacy. According to our data, over 7 million people take this medicine every day in the United States. That means it beats out …

    By: Terry Graedon January 29, 2018 21 Comments
    Will Precious Saffron Save Your Eyesight?

    A diagnosis of a chronic condition that could lead to a severely diminished quality of life is terrifying. Age-related macular degeneration can result in a significant loss of vision. Consequently, pe…

    By: Joe Graedon January 29, 2018 25 Comments
    Oseltamivir | Tamiflu Did Not Work. What Went Wr…

    The influenza epidemic that is sweeping North America has a lot of people freaked out. And with good reason. Headlines have reported “Killer flu.” There is a growing tally of deaths from this year…

    By: Terry Graedon January 29, 2018 4 Comments
    Will Honey and Vinegar Ease Your Joint Pain?

    Some home remedies continue to be popular for decades or even centuries. One that we are aware of is honey and vinegar for sore joints, indigestion or other common difficulties. We've been writing abo…

    By: Joe Graedon January 29, 2018 49 Comments
    End Leg Cramps At Night (Nocturnal Leg Cramps) F…

    Leg cramps are nasty whenever they occur. Leg cramps at night are even worse. That's because they can strike without any notice. You can be fast asleep one moment and the next be writhing in agony. Sa…

    By: Terry Graedon January 29, 2018 1 Comments
    Will Diabetes Drug Metformin Protect the Thyroid…

    Most medicines have only one or two uses, but some are remarkably versatile. One of these is metformin, a drug that is used as a first-line treatment for type 2 diabetes. Justifiably, it is widely pre…

    By: Terry Graedon January 28, 2018 2 Comments
    Treating Seborrheic Dermatitis on the Scalp

    There are a number of skin conditions that can be a bit difficult to distinguish. A person who complains about itchy bumps on the scalp and assumes it is acne might actually be treating seborrheic der…

    By: Joe Graedon January 25, 2018 6 Comments
    Xeljanz XR Side Effects and Complications for Tr…

    Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a challenging autoimmune disease. For reasons that remain mysterious, people with RA are the victims of an assault by their own immune system. Bones and joints are especia…

    By: Terry Graedon January 25, 2018 11 Comments
    Show 1107: How to Manage ADHD Naturally

    When a child is diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), many parents are faced with a difficult dilemma. They want their child to be able to focus in school and at home, but th…

    By: Terry Graedon January 25, 2018 12 Comments
    Will Curcumin Improve Cognitive Ability in Senio…

    A component of curry seems to have cognitive benefits in older adults. Curcumin is a principal ingredient in turmeric, and turmeric gives curry its distinctive yellow color. A new study of 40 people b…

    By: Joe Graedon January 25, 2018 23 Comments
    Should Everyone Over 65 Take a Statin to Prevent…

    Do statins help older people live longer? That is a question that has been controversial for decades. Tens of millions of people are currently taking a statin-type cholesterol-lowering drug every day.…

    By: Terry Graedon January 25, 2018 10 Comments
    Can What You Eat Change Your Risk of Cancer?

    A new study published in JAMA Oncology reports that pro-inflammatory foods increase the risk of colorectal cancer. An anti-inflammatory diet, on the other hand, reduces the risk of cancer (Tabung et a…

    By: Terry Graedon January 25, 2018 2 Comments
    Will Women Run Faster After Swallowing Supplemen…

    A new supplement under development may help women run faster. In a pilot study, women taking the dietary supplement, which contains three minerals, carnitine and phosphatidylserine, cut nearly a minut…

    By: Terry Graedon January 22, 2018 15 Comments
    Can Washing Your Face with Selsun Blue Overcome …

    Rosacea can cause easy flushing and a persistently red face. In some cases, people develop little red bumps on the skin that resemble acne, although they aren't actually pimples. Eventually, the nose …

    By: Joe Graedon January 22, 2018 49 Comments
    Do Statins Affect Memory or Scramble Your Brain?

    The top four statin-type cholesterol-lowering medications are atorvastatin, simvastatin, pravastatin and rosuvastatin. Our back of the envelope calculations suggest that over 200 million prescriptions…

    By: Terry Graedon January 22, 2018 1 Comments
    How Long Will Dizziness Last After Stopping Lexa…

    It is always smart to have an exit strategy. That is just as true when you begin taking a prescription medication as when you take a new job that might or might not be quite suitable. One reader found…

    By: Terry Graedon January 22, 2018 9 Comments
    Do You Need More Vitamin D for Your Eyes ?

    Eyes need to maintain their moisture. That's why they make tears. If they don't make enough tears, or if the tears are of poor quality, the eyes become dry. They may feel as though they have grit in t…

    By: Joe Graedon January 22, 2018 12 Comments
    Why Is It So Hard to Pronounce Prescription Drug…

    Try wrapping your tongue around the prescription anti-seizure drug levetiracetam. How about the antifungal medicine isavuconazonium? Try the anti-clotting drug abciximab. Crazy, right? Who comes up wi…