By: Joe Graedon July 30, 2018 21 Comments
    A Deadly Clindamycin Side Effect | Wicked Diarrh…

    Over 5 millions prescriptions for the antibiotic clindamycin (Cleocin) are dispensed each year. This antibiotic has been available for almost 50 years. It is effective against a wide range of nasty ba…

    By: Terry Graedon July 30, 2018 7 Comments
    What Can You Do About Chronic Hiccups?

    Most people think of hiccups as a minor annoyance. They normally last a few minutes and disappear as suddenly and mysteriously as they arrive. But some people experience chronic hiccups that last for …

    By: Terry Graedon July 30, 2018 11 Comments
    How to Prepare No-Gas Beans

    You may have heard about the benefits of dietary fiber, but such diets have one drawback: flatulence. That's why our readers get excited about no-gas beans. How Fiber Helps the Heart: People who consu…

    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 26, 2018 58 Comments
    Doctors Interrupt Patients Within 11 Seconds: Wo…

    Doctors are impatient. We understand why. They are being pushed by office managers to see more patients in less time. That means they often feel like hamsters on a treadmill. In fact, some physicians …

    By: Joe Graedon July 26, 2018 20 Comments
    Synthetic Cannabinoid (Nabilone) vs. Antipsychot…

    People with Alzheimer’s disease frequently become distressed and agitated. Nursing homes may try to control this behavior with antipsychotic drugs such as aripiprazole (Abilify), haloperidol (Haldol…

    By: Terry Graedon July 26, 2018 18 Comments
    Show 1130: Exploring the Hard Science of Self-He…

    Have you ever thought of your body as a machine and the doctor as its mechanic? It’s a common metaphor, but one that can get us into a lot of trouble. Machines can’t heal themselves, but our bodie…

    By: Terry Graedon July 26, 2018 3 Comments
    New Drug to Ease Pain of Endometriosis

    Endometriosis makes women miserable. In this condition, tissue that normally lines the uterus (endometrial tissue) escapes and proliferates elsewhere in the pelvic cavity. This problem affects as many…

    By: Terry Graedon July 26, 2018 5 Comments
    Will Extra Vegetables Protect You Against Breast…

    Your mother was right when she urged you to eat your vegetables. And if she took her own advice and consumed extra vegetables, she was lowering her own risk of breast cancer. What Is the Value of Extr…

    By: Joe Graedon July 26, 2018 5 Comments
    How You Can Measure Brain Function at Home

    Testing brain function is complicated. If you want to know how well your brain is working you generally need to visit a neurologist, undergo a battery of expensive tests and maybe even have a CT scan …

    By: Terry Graedon July 26, 2018 4 Comments
    Can an Antidepressant Help after a Cardiac Event…

    A cardiac event is a frightening occurrence, and it increases the likelihood of further cardiovascular complications. Is there a way to reduce that risk? The antidepressant escitalopram, sold under th…

    By: Joe Graedon July 23, 2018 25 Comments
    How Well Do Sunscreens Work to Prevent Skin Canc…

    We have all been told countless times to smear on the sunscreen! The Australians even had a slogan: “Slip! Slop! Slap!” It was part of a 1981 health campaign to: “Slip on a shirt, slop on sunscr…

    By: Terry Graedon July 23, 2018 20 Comments
    Rosuvastatin Linked to High Blood Sugar

    Statin medications are used to lower cholesterol because that is considered a pillar of lowering the risk for a heart attack. While people likely to suffer a heart attack generally welcome the protect…

    By: Karen Berger, PharmD, RPh July 23, 2018 112 Comments
    How Would You Manage This Ethical Question?

    Imagine you go to your local pharmacy, like so many people do every day. You hand your prescription to a pharmacy staff member, wait a period of time, and leave with your prescription in hand. This ha…

    By: Joe Graedon July 23, 2018 15 Comments
    Can You Trust HOT Mail-Order Medicines?

    Everyone is trying to save money…especially the companies that supply medications to patients. Some insurance companies and pharmacy benefit managers encourage people to obtain their prescriptions t…

    By: Terry Graedon July 23, 2018 10 Comments
    Can Castor Oil Clear Your Toenail Fungus?

    What can you do to get rid of your toenail fungus? Many readers have wrestled with that question, and some have discovered ingenious solutions. Here is one we hadn't encountered before. Castor Oil to …

    By: Terry Graedon July 23, 2018 1 Comments
    How to Fight Lice with Cetaphil Cleanser

    Nobody likes lice. Unlike other unpopular biting bugs such as fleas and mosquitoes, lice don't carry dangerous diseases. But they have become resistant to many of the compounds that were once effectiv…

    By: Joe Graedon July 23, 2018 46 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 23, 2018 5 Comments
    Can You Use Almonds to Stop Heartburn?

    Heartburn may seem like a recent problem, but in fact, people have been struggling with indigestion for as far back as medical history reaches and probably beyond. Hippocrates wrote about it more than…

    By: Joe Graedon July 19, 2018 70 Comments
    Worrisome Implications of Valsartan Recall Over …

    On July 15, 2018 we issued a People’s Pharmacy Health Alert: Valsartan Blood Pressure Pills Recalled Over Cancer Concerns. We tried to provide you, our faithful readers, the story behind the headlin…

    By: Joe Graedon July 19, 2018 21 Comments
    Beware Unnecessary Antibiotics from Urgent Care …

    Have you ever visited an urgent care center or a retail clinic (like those found in some pharmacies)? Getting a quick doctor’s appointment during flu season can be challenging. It may take a week or…

    By: Joe Graedon July 19, 2018 23 Comments
    Should You Take Probiotics with Antibiotics? New…

    Health professionals in the U.S. have been slow to embrace probiotics. European doctors have been recommending probiotics with antibiotics for a long time. For reasons that puzzle us, American physici…

    By: Joe Graedon July 19, 2018 28 Comments
    Can You Get A Good Night’s Sleep in the Hospit…

    Seems like an oxymoron, doesn’t it? Get a good night’s sleep in the hospital? Who are we kidding? New research from the Netherlands confirms that patients lose a lot of sleep when they are hospita…

    By: Terry Graedon July 18, 2018 3 Comments
    Show 1129: Is Complementary Medicine Good for Ch…

    Complementary medicine has become popular in the US. Many people pay out of pocket for treatment by Ayurveda practitioners, massage therapists or chiropractors. Others take a range of herbs and other …

    By: Terry Graedon July 18, 2018 1 Comments
    Do Teens on Screens Have a Higher Risk of ADHD?

    Are techy teenagers putting themselves at risk of ADHD? The answer, according to a new study published in JAMA, is maybe (JAMA, July 17, 2018). Social Media and the Risk of ADHD: There is a small but …

    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 8 Comments
    Try Olive Oil for Your Dry Mouth

    Dry mouth is not a life-threatening condition, but it certainly can make you miserable. Quite a few medications can cause this irritating symptom. If your prescriber writes it off as a "minor" side ef…

    By: Joe Graedon July 16, 2018 24 Comments
    Antibiotic plus BP medicine Led to Deadly Drug I…

    We have been writing about the dangers of drug interactions for over 40 years. We assumed that when computers entered the scene doctors would check for dangerous drug combinations before prescribing a…

    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 16, 2018 38 Comments
    Health Professionals Disagree About Putting Vase…

    Have you ever experienced a really dry nose. It can happen in hot, dry areas like Arizona or New Mexico. It can happen in the winter when the heat is on and the humidity is low. Some drugs can cause a…