By: Terry Graedon April 10, 2017 1 Comments
    Stopping Zyprexa Safely So You Can Lose Weight

    Treating serious mental disorders such as schizophrenia is difficult, so psychiatrists are often willing to accept the side effects and drawbacks of drugs such as aripiprazole (Abilify) or olanzapine …

    By: Terry Graedon April 10, 2017 4 Comments
    How to Use Cinnamon to Lower Your Cholesterol

    Most people who don't have diabetes don't worry about keeping their blood sugar under control, at least not until the doctor points out that it's been creeping up into the range of pre-diabetes. Chole…

    By: Terry Graedon April 6, 2017 27 Comments
    Show 1075: Are Drugs for Mental Illness Safe and…

    The FDA is charged with making sure that prescription drugs are both safe and effective. But questions have been raised about antidepressants and other drugs for mental illness. Exactly how effective …

    By: Terry Graedon April 6, 2017 4 Comments
    Will There Be a Vaccine to Prevent Celiac Diseas…

    Why do some people develop celiac disease, while others with a similar genetic makeup do not? Is there a way to prevent celiac disease? Researchers writing in the journal Science propose that the expl…

    By: Terry Graedon April 6, 2017 0 Comments
    How Does Bisphenol A Affect Breast Cancer?

    Bisphenol A, BPA, is a compound that keeps hard plastics hard. We also find it in certain cash register receipts and the linings of most food cans. As a result, most of us are exposed to BPA every d…

    By: Terry Graedon April 6, 2017 2 Comments
    Is Bisphenol S Just as Risky as Bisphenol A?

    Bisphenol A (BPA) has acquired a nasty reputation as an endocrine disruptor. Manufacturers have been scrambling to find alternatives to this compound. But are the replacements, such as bisphenol S, re…

    By: Terry Graedon April 6, 2017 0 Comments
    Will Boys Mature Faster When Exposed to Pesticid…

    Scientists have found a type of pesticide that disrupts the endocrine system. Pyrethroids are synthetic chemicals similar to naturally-occurring pyrethrin. Like pyrethrin, the pyrethroids repel or ki…

    By: Terry Graedon April 6, 2017 1 Comments
    Will Inhaled Steroids Make You Vulnerable to Met…

    Inhaled corticosteroid medications such as beclomethasone or fluticasone are prescribed to calm lung inflammation. Such drugs make it easier for people with asthma or COPD to breathe. Doctors have f…

    By: Terry Graedon April 6, 2017 8 Comments
    Do Non-Sugar Sweeteners Boost Inflammation?

    Non-sugar sweeteners are extremely popular because people assume they will help them lose weight. A new study presented at the Endocrine Society's 99th annual meeting seems to contradicts that idea. N…

    By: Joe Graedon April 4, 2017 21 Comments
    Ibuprofen Makes Life Bearable So Do Not Ban It!

    Pain is part of the human condition. Sometimes it can be useful, warning us to keep our hands away from flames and sharp tools. Recurrent or chronic pain is not helpful, but it can be extremely diffic…

    By: Joe Graedon April 3, 2017 10 Comments
    Generic Drugs Can Be Pricier in Canada

    Americans pay more for prescription drugs than anyone else on earth. No wonder people are always looking for a way to save money on the medicines they need. But trying to combine two money-saving stra…

    By: Joe Graedon April 3, 2017 5 Comments
    Rare Skin Reaction to Drug Drove Hubby Crazy

    Doctors sometimes worry that mentioning a side effect of a medication will make a patient more likely to experience it. Such a response might be due to a type of negative placebo effect. There are tim…

    By: Terry Graedon April 3, 2017 26 Comments
    Are There Natural Remedies for Nerve Pain?

    Physicians find neuropathy difficult to manage. This nerve pain can easily become chronic if it is not interrupted early in its course. When pain originates in the nervous system itself, relatively f…

    By: Joe Graedon April 3, 2017 4 Comments
    How Bad is Hypotension (Low Blood Pressure) for …

    Ask public health officials about hypertension and you will be told by the CDC that "about 1 of 3 U.S. adults--or about 75 million people--have high blood pressure." You will also learn that hypertens…

    By: Terry Graedon April 3, 2017 2 Comments
    You Can Make Your Own Natural Cough Syrup with T…

    Wouldn't it be great to know how to make your own simple medicines? You could easily make a remedy for heartburn or a natural cough syrup. One reader did exactly that: Natural Cough Syrup with Thym…

    By: Terry Graedon April 3, 2017 8 Comments
    How to Get to Sleep Without Weakening Your Bones

    Sleep can be elusive, and many people have great difficulties getting enough. The problem is not that people don't value sleep: most have heard that inadequate sleep may predispose us to health prob…

    By: Joe Graedon March 30, 2017 22 Comments
    Show 1074: Surviving Medical Errors and Seeking …

    Medical errors and misadventures account for surprisingly high mortality in the U.S. Some experts estimate that they should be considered the third leading cause of death in this country. Many such mi…

    By: Joe Graedon March 30, 2017 6 Comments
    Popular Supplements Failed to Prevent Dementia

    Vitamin E and selenium do not appear to help prevent dementia. Many people may be disappointed in these results from a clinical trial of these popular supplements. But is there reason to remain hopefu…

    By: Joe Graedon March 30, 2017 8 Comments
    Are Men Taking Prostate Drugs More Likely to Be …

    Medications to shrink an enlarged prostate may contribute to depression. Doctors have not previously recognized this possible side effect for men taking prostate drugs. What Do Prostate Drugs Do? Drug…

    By: Joe Graedon March 30, 2017 11 Comments
    Stopping Xyzal Triggers Horrible Itching

    Allergy season has already begun in some parts of the country. Sufferers are reaching for antihistamines to reduce the runny nose and calm the itchy eyes and other pollen reactions. There is a new opt…

    By: Joe Graedon March 30, 2017 4 Comments
    Lovaza for High Triglycerides Eased Joint Pain

    What do you call a side effect that is beneficial? One reader took the prescription drug Lovaza for high triglycerides and made a very welcome discovery about joint pain. Doctors never prescribe Lovaz…

    By: Joe Graedon March 30, 2017 22 Comments
    Have You Been Misdiagnosed with Hypertension?

    A Canadian study suggests that not everyone who has been diagnosed with hypertension actually has high blood pressure. In fact, perhaps one in five has been misdiagnosed with hypertension and is takin…

    By: Joe Graedon March 30, 2017 6 Comments
    Prostate Drug Had Lasting Effects on Sex Life

    People don't always ask about potential side effects when they accept a prescription from the physician. They should, of course. Most men would probably want to know if the medicine they take for thei…

    By: Joe Graedon March 30, 2017 13 Comments
    How Does Acupuncture Work?

    Scientists have long wondered: how does acupuncture work? Now an international research team with more than 40 members has evidence that a neurological mechanism may be key. What Did the Scientists Do…

    By: Joe Graedon March 27, 2017 5 Comments
    Could Zetia Cause Floating Stool?

    People pay a lot of attention to their poop. They analyze the color, the texture and most of all whether it floats or sinks. That may be in part because of a powerful viral video created by Randy Paus…

    By: Joe Graedon March 27, 2017 8 Comments
    Does the New Cholesterol Drug Repatha Save Lives…

    The results are finally in on an eagerly anticipated trial of a new cholesterol-lowering medicine. Many cardiologists are happy with the results, calling the drug a breakthrough. But others are disapp…

    By: Terry Graedon March 26, 2017 7 Comments
    How Did Teens Find Something Better Than Sleepin…

    Sleep is precious, but it can be elusive. Many Americans are chronically sleep-deprived, and the problem may be even worse for adolescents. They still need more sleep than adults, but their daily slee…

    By: Terry Graedon March 26, 2017 16 Comments
    A Treasure Trove of Old-Time Home Remedies

    We love hearing about old-time home remedies from our readers. Many of the most popular ones come up again and again. There are always some surprises, though. One older reader remembered a lot about t…

    By: Terry Graedon March 23, 2017 5 Comments
    Show 1073: How Can You Change the Way Your Genes…

    Why do some people appear to age more rapidly than others? Not only might they look older, they actually feel older as well. A check of their telomeres indicates that they are aging more rapidly at th…

    By: Joe Graedon March 23, 2017 16 Comments
    Lyrica (Pregabalin) Is An Ineffective Sciatica T…

    Sciatica sucks! Sadly, so does sciatica treatment with pregabalin (Lyrica). That's the conclusion of a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (March 23, 2017). Even though the drug…