By: Terry Graedon January 14, 2006 0 Comments
    #573 Cancer Without Disease

    Everyone talks about cancer screening, but it doesn’t always catch cancers early enough to make a difference in survival. Researchers are looking for early markers that will let us know something is…

    By: Terry Graedon January 9, 2006 1 Comments
    How Safe Is Aspartame?

    People love to hate artificial sweeteners. Starting with saccharin in the late 1950s, some have enthusiastically embraced the idea of sweets without calories. Others have warned that saccharin, cyclam…

    By: Terry Graedon January 9, 2006 0 Comments
    Listerine Works Against Jock Itch and Dandruff

    Q. I have been plagued with jock itch for weeks and had tried a couple of OTC creams with little success. I was getting ready to see my dermatologist when I read about using Listerine for jock itch, a…

    By: Terry Graedon January 9, 2006 0 Comments
    Erectile Dysfunction Signals Possible Heart Dise…

    Q. All my life I have had a strong sex drive. Over the last few years, however, I have had some difficulty maintaining an erection. My urologist prescribed Cialis, which works pretty well. But he scar…

    By: Joe Graedon January 7, 2006 0 Comments
    # 572 No More Headaches

    Headaches affect almost everyone at some point. 45 million Americans get chronic, recurrent headaches. Even children can suffer. Find out why over-reliance on over-the-counter medications can be count…

    By: Terry Graedon January 2, 2006 0 Comments
    Don’t Play Russian Roulette with Drugs and…

    There’s increasing encouragement for people to drink alcohol. Headlines state that a drink or two a day may protect against heart attacks, strokes and maybe even Alzheimer’s disease. At holidays, …

    By: Terry Graedon January 2, 2006 0 Comments
    Will Horny Goat Weed Solve Sex Problem?

    Q. My husband has suffered from high blood pressure and high cholesterol for years. HCTZ and Monopril control his hypertension and Vytorin has lowered his cholesterol. Since starting the drugs, he's h…

    By: Terry Graedon January 2, 2006 0 Comments
    Too Much Licorice Could Cause Sudden Death

    Q. In the last four months or so, my blood pressure began to climb higher and higher, despite my daily dose of the blood pressure medicine, lisinopril. In the last month, I began to feel short of brea…

    By: Joe Graedon December 31, 2005 0 Comments
    #571 Health News Update

    Dark chocolate may have a beneficial effect for smokers. Find out why this sweet treat could be good for their health. Erectile dysfunction is out of the closet, thanks to ads for drugs like Viagra, L…

    By: Joe Graedon December 27, 2005 0 Comments
    Spice Rack Discovery Lowers Blood Sugar

    Q. I found a spice in my spice rack that I had never heard of and I had no instructions on how to use it. In researching fenugreek as a spice I found that it is one of the most overlooked medicinal he…

    By: Joe Graedon December 27, 2005 0 Comments
    New Lesson from COX-2 Catastrophe

    Even before aspirin was developed, people with arthritis used willow bark to ease their pain and inflammation. By the 1850s, natural derivatives of the bark were widely used in Germany. But even then …

    By: Joe Graedon December 27, 2005 0 Comments
    Stopping Iron Solves Smelly Problem

    Q. I had a problem with flatulence so embarrassing I couldn't discuss it with anyone but my husband. The main problem was a horrible smell. Through a chance conversation, I learned that iron can be co…

    By: Joe Graedon December 23, 2005 0 Comments
    Overcoming Performance Addiction

    Today's culture has an insatiable thirst for perfection and status. Why are so many of us compulsive achievers? Such people live with the deep and debilitating belief that perfecting their appearance …

    By: Terry Graedon December 20, 2005 0 Comments
    Should You Smear Vitamin E on Scars?

    Q. I'm a 4th grader working on a science project about applying vitamin E (topically) to scars. Is there any research proving that it heals scars faster if applied daily? A. The idea that applying vit…

    By: Terry Graedon December 20, 2005 0 Comments
    Cold Remedies May Pose Unsuspected Risks

    Are you sniffling, sneezing and coughing? If so, you’ve joined millions of others infected with a cold virus. Traveling, shopping and holiday stress can all increase the possibility of catching a co…

    By: Terry Graedon December 20, 2005 0 Comments
    Asthma Drug Warning Causes Alarm

    Q. I saw a report on TV recently about the asthma drug Advair. The news wasn't good. I used to take Advair but am now trying free samples of Foradil from my doctor. Advair cost me almost $200 for a mo…

    By: Terry Graedon December 12, 2005 0 Comments
    Is Cranberry Sauce Safe with Blood Thinner?

    Q. I take the anticoagulant Coumadin and I have read that drinking cranberry juice may increase my risk of bleeding. Would that hold for cranberry sauce as well? I love it. A. There is still no consen…

    By: Terry Graedon December 12, 2005 1 Comments
    Heartburn Help Is Within Reach

    Between now and New Year's Day we put a terrible strain on our stomachs. Holiday parties and family feasts mean overindulgence: rich food and too much of it. For millions of people this means heartbur…

    By: Terry Graedon December 12, 2005 0 Comments
    What Can Be Done When ED Drugs Fail?

    Q. For the past few years, I have been experiencing erectile dysfunction. My urologist had me try all the oral medications on the market. They helped a bit, but none gave me the results needed for int…

    By: Terry Graedon December 10, 2005 0 Comments
    #569 Helping Children Through the Holidays

    Sometimes the anticipation of Santa and all the toys he might bring is just too much for a tot. Instead of nestling snug in her bed, she may be bouncing off the walls. With luck she won't try to taste…

    By: Joe Graedon December 7, 2005 431 Comments
    Soap Under the Sheets for RLS, Leg Cramps

    There is now a prescription drug (Requip) to treat RLS (restless leg syndrome). The only problem is that some people fall asleep during the day. This could be risky if they are behind the wheel. As fa…

    By: Joe Graedon December 7, 2005 25 Comments
    Keys for Nosebleeds

    Q. I want to thank you for saving me from a most embarrassing situation. I am president of a small corporation and we were making a pitch to an important client. I had been suffering from a cold for a…

    By: Joe Graedon December 7, 2005 129 Comments
    Sliced Onion for Wasp Stings

    People use all sorts of remedies for bee or wasp stings. Some swear by tobacco juice, but that is getting hard to come by as the habit of chewing tobacco is fading (along with cigarette smoking). Othe…

    By: Joe Graedon December 7, 2005 66 Comments
    Sugar for Hiccups

    Hiccups are rarely serious, but they certainly can be annoying. There are dozens of remedies from holding your breath to drinking water from the far side of a glass. This is one we have been talking a…

    By: Joe Graedon December 7, 2005 155 Comments
    Vinegar for Underarm Odor

    Almost all antiperspirants contain aluminum, in one form or another. It is hard to say at this time whether we absorb any of that aluminum into our systems and even if we did, whether it would be harm…

    By: Terry Graedon December 5, 2005 0 Comments
    Orphan Drugs Have Become Big Business

    Orphan: Noun: 1a. A child whose parents are dead. b. A child who has been deprived of parental care and has not been adopted...4. An orphan technology or product. Adjective: 1. Deprived of parents…5…

    By: Terry Graedon December 5, 2005 0 Comments
    Natural Approaches for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

    Q. Are there any natural treatments for IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)? I think they should call it cranky colon or irritable intestine or something alliterative, but I've had it for several years and…

    By: Terry Graedon December 5, 2005 0 Comments
    Will the Medicare Drug Plan Suit Everyone?

    Q. My 71-year-old husband is in very good health and doesn’t need any prescriptions at this point. We are being urged to sign up for the Medicare drug plan, and we realize he might need it some day.…

    By: Terry Graedon December 3, 2005 0 Comments
    #568 Health News Update

    The artificial sweetener aspartame is consumed by millions of people every day. But how safe is it? A new study in animals re-opens this controversial issue: http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/docs/2005/8711/ab…

    By: Terry Graedon November 29, 2005 0 Comments
    Simple Pleasures Can Be Healthy

    As the old saying goes, if it hurts or tastes bad it must be good for you. That may be why generations of children were dosed with cod liver oil or had their skinned knees doused with alcohol. Those p…