By: Joe Graedon December 31, 2018 2 Comments
    Failing After Switching from Concerta to Generic…

    We first began to suspect the quality of generic drugs nearly two decades ago. That's because a mother complained to us about a generic form of the brand name Ritalin aka methylphenidate. She knew her…

    By: Joe Graedon December 31, 2018 18 Comments
    Blood Clots, Travel and Deep Vein Thrombosis (DV…

    The holidays are over. Christmas and New Year’s celebrations are in the rearview mirror. We trust you have recovered from all the food and drink. The extra pounds will hopefully disappear after your…

    By: Terry Graedon December 31, 2018 5 Comments
    Will Therapeutic Frankincense Help You Sleep?

    In the Christmas story found in the Gospel of Matthew, wise men come from the east seeking the newborn king. They bring him presents: gold, frankincense and myrrh. This part of the story with these pr…

    By: Joe Graedon December 27, 2018 19 Comments
    Another Day Another Losartan Recall | Can We Tru…

    Are you becoming numb to FDA generic drug recalls? We wouldn't blame you if you were. The ARB debacle came to light on July 5, 2018. That's when the European Medicines Agency (EMA) started warning cou…

    By: Terry Graedon December 27, 2018 53 Comments
    What Can You Do for Your Knee Arthritis?

    You don’t have to be a baby boomer to suffer from knee pain. Plenty of younger people have pain that they can trace to overuse or to a specific injury. Older people also may be afflicted with arthri…

    By: Terry Graedon December 27, 2018 11 Comments
    Show 1063: How to Apply Emotional First Aid (Arc…

    Life is never completely smooth and easy. Along with bruised shins and skinned knees, we all experience hurt feelings from time to time. Perhaps we got left out of the game, or our best friend decide…

    By: Joe Graedon December 24, 2018 41 Comments
    What to Do When Eczema or Atopic Dermatitis Driv…

    The symptoms drive you to distraction. Eczema or atopic dermatitis can cause itchy red skin. The rash can show up on hands, wrists, arms, legs, face, neck or scalp. The itching can be especially awful…

    By: Terry Graedon December 24, 2018 5 Comments
    How to Calm a Cough Naturally

    Do you know how to calm a cough naturally? At this time of year, lots of people are coughing. If you go to a movie or a concert, chances are good that the people around you will be hacking away. Ditto…

    By: Terry Graedon December 24, 2018 27 Comments
    Seniors Swear by Marijuana Oil for Pain Relief

    In an increasing number of states, the legislatures have legalized the medicinal use of marijuana. (Ten states and the District of Columbia have made recreational use legal, usually in addition to med…

    By: Joe Graedon December 24, 2018 6 Comments
    Cough Remedy Plus Antidepressant Spark Scary Ser…

    Chances are good that you’ve heard of serotonin. It is a neurotransmitter in the brain that has been linked to mood. Fluoxetine (Prozac) and its antidepressant chemical cousins (citalopram or Celexa…

    By: Terry Graedon December 24, 2018 26 Comments
    Want an Ingenious Solution for Blepharitis?

    Blepharitis is the technical term for inflamed eyelids. There are many potential causes of symptoms such as redness, itching and swelling of the eyelid, so an eye care specialist should make the diagn…

    By: Terry Graedon December 24, 2018 22 Comments
    Will Raisins Help You Sleep More Soundly?

    Would you like to sleep more soundly? Many readers complain that they need to rise to urinate several times a night. Then they frequently have trouble getting back to sleep. Several years ago, one per…

    By: Joe Graedon December 20, 2018 52 Comments
    FDA Warns About Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics and …

    There are side effects and then there are SIDE EFFECTS! A drug that causes headaches or heartburn can be annoying, but such symptoms are tolerable if the medicine is doing great good. Side effects th…

    By: Joe Graedon December 20, 2018 12 Comments
    Could Exercise Save Your Brain?

    There are a couple of health problems that everyone dreads. A diagnosis of cancer is most unwelcome. Neurological conditions run a close second, though. If a doctor diagnoses Parkinson's disease, ALS …

    By: Terry Graedon December 20, 2018 0 Comments
    Can Mindfulness Help You Lose Weight?

    Mindfulness, the practice of paying attention to your own thoughts and feelings in the moment, has been praised as a way for people to manage stress. It has also been studied as a way to manage major …

    By: Terry Graedon December 20, 2018 13 Comments
    Will Magnesium Improve Your Vitamin D Level?

    People with a low vitamin D level may benefit from increasing their magnesium intake. The relationship between these two nutrients is more complex than you might think, however. Vitamin D Level Dips i…

    By: Joe Graedon December 20, 2018 12 Comments
    Exercise for Blood Pressure Control Is Surprisin…

    Have you checked your blood pressure recently? Guidelines from the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) encourage physicians to treat people with systolic bloo…

    By: Terry Graedon December 20, 2018 9 Comments
    Could Massage Make Your Knees Feel Better?

    A weekly whole-body massage sounds like a luxury, but new research suggests it could help people with knee arthritis live with less pain (Journal of General Internal Medicine, online Dec 12, 2018). It…

    By: Terry Graedon December 20, 2018 28 Comments
    Show 1078: How to Have Good Digestion Without He…

    Millions of people take medicines like Prevacid, Prilosec or Nexium every day. But while such proton pump inhibitors may ease symptoms of heartburn, they can also lead to serious side effects. Dr. Phi…

    By: Terry Graedon December 17, 2018 14 Comments
    Can Holding Your Breath Stop Painful Foot Cramps…

    Have you often been awakened by painful foot cramps? This is a most unpleasant experience. Some people find that stretching the toes back toward the knee is enough to stop the cramp; they may not even…

    By: Joe Graedon December 17, 2018 40 Comments
    Doctors and Patients Confused About Statins and …

    Tens of millions of people take statins such as atorvastatin, lovastatin, pravastatin, rosuvastatin and simvastatin. Most physicians acknowledge that they have patients who complain about muscle pain …

    By: Terry Graedon December 17, 2018 7 Comments
    How Will You Get Adequate Vitamin D?

    You may have heard that vitamin D is known as the sunshine vitamin. That is because skin exposed to sunlight makes this crucial hormone. However, when nights are long and days are short and cold, we c…

    By: Terry Graedon December 17, 2018 5 Comments
    Can Epsom Salts Combat Chronic Constipation?

    Many Americans have difficulty with "regularity." They may pass stool infrequently or they may find their stool is hard and painful to pass. People are eager to find ways to combat chronic constipatio…

    By: Joe Graedon December 17, 2018 0 Comments
    Why the Holidays Hold Hidden Medication Risks!

    This is a dangerous time of the year for tens of millions of people. That’s because nondrinkers frequently find themselves in situations where they are expected to have a drink. It might be at a nei…

    By: Terry Graedon December 17, 2018 7 Comments
    Will Lavender Oil Ease Your Anxiety and Insomnia…

    Aromatherapy, the use of plant materials with notable fragrance, has long been popular in Europe. It is now becoming more widely adopted in the US as well. In this approach, people utilize the "essent…

    By: Terry Graedon December 17, 2018 7 Comments
    Why Is Duexis So Expensive?

    People with chronic joint pain often find themselves between a rock and a hard place. If they take an NSAID pain reliever, they can keep moving–which is good. But they may also suffer serious digest…

    By: Terry Graedon December 13, 2018 6 Comments
    Show 1146: Why You Should Share Your Stories

    Facts are essential for scientific understanding. Stories are critical for wisdom, understanding the arc and meaning of our lives. Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen, author of two wonderful books about stories, …

    By: Joe Graedon December 13, 2018 13 Comments
    Will Hospitals Adopt Ways to Reduce Harmful Medi…

    Medical errors are a leading cause of death and disability. Some patient safety experts estimate that between 250,000 and 400,000 people die annually because of medical mistakes (BMJ, May, 2016; Journ…

    By: Terry Graedon December 13, 2018 4 Comments
    Will a Mediterranean Diet Protect Your Heart?

    Will the Mediterranean diet protect your heart? Such diets have a reputation as a tasty way to cut your risk of heart disease. Previous randomized controlled trials, such as the Lyon Diet Heart Study …

    By: Terry Graedon December 13, 2018 19 Comments
    Which Coffee Compounds Protect the Brain?

    If you, like many people, can’t face the day without a hot cup of coffee, there’s good news. Scientists at Rutgers have evidence that the combination of caffeine with a special fatty acid present …