By: Joe Graedon November 26, 2018 11 Comments
    Anticholinergic Drugs | Dry Mouth and Alzheimer …

    Anticholinergic drugs are generally bad for the brain. They affect the crucial neurochemical acetylcholine. One worry about anticholinergic drugs is a link to memory problems or Alzheimer's disease (J…

    By: Terry Graedon November 26, 2018 21 Comments
    Do Sunflower Seeds Keep You Alert Behind the Whe…

    How do you stay alert when you are driving? Some people listen to the radio or to audiobooks. Others sip on a travel mug full of coffee. One interesting tactic that some readers use is munching on sun…

    By: Terry Graedon November 26, 2018 7 Comments
    Can Fish Oil Really Help Your Heart?

    Fish oil is one of the most popular supplements on drugstore shelves. People take it to promote heart health, ease joint pain and relieve dry eyes. The value of omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil has b…

    By: Terry Graedon November 26, 2018 9 Comments
    Vicks on Soles of Feet Calmed Grandkids’ C…

    When young children cough all night, they may not be awake themselves, but their parents and grandparents won't be able to sleep well. Little ones don't respond well to conventional cough medicines. W…

    By: Terry Graedon November 26, 2018 7 Comments
    Do You Swallow a Spoonful of Mustard for Heartbu…

    Do you suffer from heartburn? Many people do, judging from the popularity of acid-suppressing drugs such as esomeprazole (Nexium), lansoprazole (Prevacid) or omeprazole (Prilosec). Antacids like Maalo…

    By: Joe Graedon November 26, 2018 17 Comments
    Is New Aimovig Migraine Medicine an Advance or a…

    There have not been many new advances in migraine treatment until recently. The triptans, starting with sumatriptan (Imitrex), were the last so-called breakthroughs against migraines. That was 25 year…

    By: Joe Graedon November 26, 2018 24 Comments
    Bad Thyroid Dose Causes Nasty Symptoms

    Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians make an unbelievable number of mistakes. It is the dirty little secret that most patients never hear about. And the profession of pharmacy is not anxious to study …

    By: Terry Graedon November 26, 2018 6 Comments
    Will Pumpkin Pie Help You Sleep All Night?

    How often do you have to get up in the night and trek off to the bathroom? Nocturia (nighttime urination) is a pesky problem for a lot of people. We recently heard from a reader who reported that taki…

    By: Joe Graedon November 22, 2018 7 Comments
    Low-Carb Diet Research Arouses Reader Outrage

    Last week we sent out a People's Pharmacy Special Health Alert. It was titled "Low-Carb Diet Wins Diet Wars...Again!" We knew that there would be a lot of health reports on this latest research. We wa…

    By: Terry Graedon November 22, 2018 0 Comments
    Men Who Love Veggies Have Better Memory

    Men who want to maintain better memory do well to load their plates with colorful vegetables and berries. Harvard researchers have been following more than 25,000 male health professionals for at leas…

    By: Terry Graedon November 22, 2018 7 Comments
    Show 1104: Why Compassion Is Key to a Good Life …

    In a cruel world, compassion might seem like a frivolous pursuit. But our guest expert argues convincingly that we need this emotion now more than ever, if only to keep from falling into despair. What…

    By: Joe Graedon November 22, 2018 0 Comments
    Do You Ever Lick Your Lips? Lip Licking Will Dry…

    Are your lips dry and cracked or moist and kissable? At this time of year a lot of people are suffering from dry cracked lips. That’s because the weather has turned cold and the heat is on. Humidity…

    By: Terry Graedon November 22, 2018 1 Comments
    Is Your Blood Pressure Medicine Safe? Valsartan …

    The ongoing saga of contaminated valsartan continues with another valsartan recall. In July, European drug regulators recalled Chinese-made valsartan because it was contaminated with a probable carcin…

    By: Terry Graedon November 22, 2018 1 Comments
    Will New MRI Help Doctors Detect Alzheimer Disea…

    Cognitive tests can help diagnose approximately 70 percent of people with Alzheimer’s disease. Although scientists don’t yet have good drugs to prevent this devastating dementia, they are studying…

    By: Terry Graedon November 19, 2018 0 Comments
    Should You Worry About Vision Loss from Viagra?

    It makes sense to inform yourself about the potential harms as well as benefits that might result from any medications you plan to take. But for certain drugs the list of possible side effects is long…

    By: Joe Graedon November 19, 2018 13 Comments
    A DUI Driving Citation After Taking Ambien (Zolp…

    Americans love sleeping pills, especially Ambien (zolpidem). At last count nearly 20 million prescriptions are dispensed annually in the U.S. Once people start taking Ambien (zolpidem), many keep on t…

    By: Joe Graedon November 19, 2018 14 Comments
    Terpin Hydrate Helped World War I Veteran

    Terpin hydrate, with or without codeine, used to be a highly popular cough remedy. It was available without a prescription from the 1880s until the 1990s. That’s when the FDA decided there wasn’t …

    By: Joe Graedon November 19, 2018 8 Comments
    Is it Risky to Take Atorvastatin with Grapefruit…

    Physicians and pharmacists are super busy these days. Some pharmacists have confided to us that they feel like they are in an I love Lucy skit like this one where Lucy and Ethel wrap chocolates. Patie…

    By: Terry Graedon November 19, 2018 32 Comments
    Study of Vitamin D Supplements Results in Disapp…

    Millions of Americans are low in vitamin D, but taking vitamin D supplements may not do any good. A study of vitamin D supplements recently published in The New England Journal of Medicine (online, No…

    By: Terry Graedon November 19, 2018 38 Comments
    Coca-Cola Saved the Day When Food Got Stuck

    Have you ever had a problem when food got stuck in your swallowing tube? If it blocked your breathing, that would be a life-threatening emergency. But food stuck in the esophagus is uncomfortable and …

    By: Terry Graedon November 19, 2018 19 Comments
    How Can You Lower Your Cholesterol Naturally?

    Do you know how to lower your cholesterol naturally? Frequently, when doctors discover that a patient has an elevated cholesterol level, they offer a prescription for a statin drug to lower these bloo…

    By: Terry Graedon November 19, 2018 12 Comments
    Should You Pour Black Pepper on Your Cut?

    Who knows where home remedies come from? Most of the time, their history is untraceable. Who first thought to pour black pepper on a cut to staunch the bleeding? We have no idea. If you search the int…

    By: Joe Graedon November 15, 2018 65 Comments
    The Low-Carb Diet Wins Diet Wars…Again!

    Many nutrition experts have maintained that a calorie is a calorie is a calorie. In other words, all calories are created equal. The more calories you consume the fatter you get. Put another way, thes…

    By: Terry Graedon November 15, 2018 49 Comments
    Vitamin D Strikes Out Against Heart Attacks and …

    Millions of Americans are low in vitamin D. They are at higher risk for a range of health problems, from asthma to osteoporosis, hypertension, rheumatoid arthritis and cancer. These individuals may b…

    By: Terry Graedon November 15, 2018 9 Comments
    Is Fish Oil to Prevent Heart Attacks a Dud?

    In addition to vitamin D3, the VITAL study also considered the effects of omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil to prevent heart attacks (NEJM, Nov. 10, 2018). The results were disappointing. Concentrated…

    By: Terry Graedon November 15, 2018 4 Comments
    Will Vascepa from Fish Oil Prevent Heart Attacks…

    A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine considered the effects of icosapent ethyl, a form of the omega-3 fatty acid EPA (NEJM, Nov. 10, 2018). The brand name for this drug is Vascepa.…

    By: Terry Graedon November 15, 2018 5 Comments
    Why Are Children Suffering Acute Flaccid Myeliti…

    Scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have confirmed 90 cases of acute flaccid myelitis in 27 states so far this year. Most of the patients afflicted with this polio-like condit…

    By: Joe Graedon November 15, 2018 12 Comments
    Show 1143: Can You Control Your Blood Sugar by F…

    Type 2 diabetes has reached epidemic levels in the US and around the world. Although endocrinologists consider it a chronic, progressive disorder, some experts have seen that it is potentially reversi…

    By: Joe Graedon November 12, 2018 39 Comments
    Chinese-Made Losartan Recall | More Cancer Conce…

    No, no, no, no no! Not again!! Just last week we said "Not Again" when we learned that that some formulations of the blood pressure drug irbesartan were contaminated with the impurity NDEA (N-nitrosod…

    By: Terry Graedon November 12, 2018 16 Comments
    Will Testosterone Help Women Feel Strong and Sex…

    If we say low testosterone, you might think of a TV ad starring a middle-aged man worried about "low T." But even though testosterone is the quintessential "male" hormone, women make it too. Could a p…