By: Joe Graedon May 30, 2005 0 Comments
    Prepare Now For Coming Flu Season

    Experts are worried about the next big flu outbreak. While most of the rest of us don't give influenza a single thought in the spring and summer, world health authorities are preparing for a possible …

    By: Joe Graedon May 28, 2005 0 Comments
    #544 Open Lines: Vitamin D vs. Cancer

    Americans have been urged to stay out of the sun...or slather on sunscreen. But research is accumulating to suggest that we all need some sunshine to reduce our risk of common cancers. The dangers of …

    By: Joe Graedon May 23, 2005 0 Comments
    Key Remedy Rescues Indian Princess

    Q. I have read with interest your columns reporting keys as a solution for nosebleeds. I've been reading "A Princess Remembers:The Memoirs of the Maharani of Jaipur," an autobiography by Gayatri Devi.…

    By: Joe Graedon May 23, 2005 0 Comments
    Can Pharmacists Refuse to Fill Prescriptions?

    Q. I have been reading about pharmacists refusing to fill prescriptions for birth control pills on moral grounds. I find this attitude infuriating! They would be amusing in their self-importance if th…

    By: Joe Graedon May 23, 2005 0 Comments
    Overcoming Constipation Is A Challenge

    Judging from the popularity of laxatives, a lot of Americans think that regularity is essential for good health. But is this true or is it a myth? Although grandmothers in many countries have promoted…

    By: Joe Graedon May 21, 2005 0 Comments
    #543 Happiness for Good Health

    Depression is linked to an increased risk of dying from heart disease, cancer or other chronic conditions. Does happiness provide protection against these same hazards? New studies suggest that optimi…

    By: Joe Graedon May 16, 2005 0 Comments
    Antiperspirant Dries Sweaty Feet

    Q. I am having a problem with my feet. They sweat constantly and are very tender. With warm weather they get worse. Do you have any remedies for this problem? A. You're in luck. We just received the f…

    By: Joe Graedon May 16, 2005 1 Comments
    Allergy Medicines Make Driving Dangerous

    People often think that the most dangerous time to drive is between Christmas and New Year's. That's because of all the holiday parties that lead revelers to drink too much and get behind the wheel. W…

    By: Joe Graedon May 14, 2005 0 Comments
    #542 Keeping Kids Healthy

    Summertime is nearly here, and that means more fun outdoors. Unfortunately, it also means more exposure to certain health hazards, like bee stings, sunburns and scrapes. We'll talk to The People's Pha…

    By: Joe Graedon May 13, 2005 0 Comments
    Indian Spice Clears Scalp Psoriasis

    Q. Have you ever heard of any remedies for psoriasis? So far nothing that the doctor prescribed has worked. A. Psoriasis is a condition in which skin cells turn over too quickly, causing flakes and re…

    By: Joe Graedon May 9, 2005 0 Comments
    Vicks Helps Relieve Persistent Cough

    Q. I have allergies that result in postnasal drainage. As a result, I find I cough all night long this time of year. Is there a good home remedy to help nighttime coughs? A. Some readers report that V…

    By: Joe Graedon May 9, 2005 0 Comments
    Low Cholesterol Linked to School Troubles

    Q. I heard that there was a study about possible bad effects of low cholesterol in children. I am concerned about this because my teenagers have cholesterol of 103 and 110. What were the problems? I w…

    By: Joe Graedon May 9, 2005 3 Comments
    Drug-Induced Hallucinations Distressing

    When people hear music no one else can hear or see things that aren't really there, they may worry they are going crazy. If they tell anyone what's happening, they may be taken in for a psychiatric ev…

    By: Joe Graedon May 7, 2005 0 Comments
    #541 Dealing wtih ADHD

    Short attention spans seem to be pervasive, in every classroom and every occupation. Having trouble focusing can cause trouble at school and at work, but there are ways for people to cope with attenti…

    By: Joe Graedon May 2, 2005 0 Comments
    Vitamin D May Boost Cancer Survival

    Q. I know that we need Vitamin D for absorption of calcium. Do you make Vitamin D if the sunlight is coming through glass (when you're riding in a car or sitting by a window)? A. The body makes vitami…

    By: Joe Graedon May 2, 2005 0 Comments
    Overdosing On Water Can Be Dangerous

    Q. I drink at least eight large glasses of water every day to maintain good health. When I play soccer or tennis I force myself to drink a lot more. I recently heard that you can drink too much water.…

    By: Joe Graedon May 2, 2005 0 Comments
    Should Pharmacists Refuse to Fill Prescriptions?

    Pharmacists have consistently ranked among the most highly respected professionals in the country. According to a Gallup poll, Americans consider pharmacists highly ethical, above medical doctors, pol…

    By: Joe Graedon April 25, 2005 0 Comments
    Skeptic Trashes Magnetic Bracelets

    Q. I cannot believe you would write about magnetic bracelets for arthritis. This is just a bunch of hooey designed to loosen the purse strings of gullible readers. I am surprised you would give creden…

    By: Joe Graedon April 25, 2005 0 Comments
    Personal Lubricant Eases Dry Nostrils

    Q. Some people have written about dryness in the nose. I work for a man on oxygen all the time. His doctor said we could use KY Jelly to help keep his nose moist. A. Thanks for the tip. KY Jelly is a …

    By: Joe Graedon April 25, 2005 0 Comments
    Seniors and Drug Industry Fight Over Prices

    Americans are cynical about statistics. They know that numbers can be tortured to tell tales. Two new studies on the cost of prescription drugs illustrate the problem. One was announced by PhRMA, the …

    By: Joe Graedon April 23, 2005 0 Comments
    #540 Open: Light for Depression

    Phototherapy has been touted as a non-drug approach to treating depression. But how good is the evidence? We talk with an expert who has reviewed it. There's also a report based on animal research tha…

    By: Joe Graedon April 18, 2005 0 Comments
    Cornmeal Fights Fungus on Roses and Toes

    Q. You have responded to many questions about curing toenail fungus with home remedies, but here's one you've never mentioned. Put about an inch of cornmeal in plastic dishpan. Pour in hot water, stir…

    By: Joe Graedon April 18, 2005 0 Comments
    Printer Friendly Send to a Friend

    Printer Friendly Send to a Friend Is Sunscreen Safe For Toddlers? 04/18/2005 Q. I have been using a baby sunscreen for my 22-month old son. It has an SPF of 30. Whenever we go out in the sun I slather…

    By: Joe Graedon April 18, 2005 0 Comments
    Patients Find Statins Can Have Side Effects

    Guidelines for cholesterol control have become much more stringent. For millions of Americans, achieving the new targets requires strong medicine. Over the last decade, prescriptions for statin-type c…

    By: Joe Graedon April 16, 2005 0 Comments
    #539 Help for Hoarders

    About this time of year, lots of people do a little spring cleaning. Not only does that mean washing windows and mopping floors, it usually includes cleaning out the clutter from closets, garages, and…

    By: Joe Graedon April 11, 2005 0 Comments
    Choosing Chocolate For Good Health

    Q. I am confused about chocolate. I read that it's good for me because of its flavonoids. But I've also heard that alkali processing strips cocoa of most of these antioxidant chemicals. If the good st…

    By: Joe Graedon April 11, 2005 0 Comments
    Generic Prozac Didn’t Do the Job

    Q. My husband has been taking Prozac successfully for years. He was recently switched to generic fluoxetine. In the last several months he has become much the same person he was before Prozac--angry, …

    By: Joe Graedon April 11, 2005 0 Comments
    Not Enough Time For Sleep or Sex

    Americans are obsessed with sex. Racy innuendos sell everything from soap to cars. Now the ads are practically selling sex itself. Turn on the evening news and you are likely to see a commercial featu…

    By: Joe Graedon April 9, 2005 0 Comments
    #538 Untangling Thyroid Confusion

    There is a little gland in your neck that can control your sex life, your weight, your energy and even your mood. But surprisingly, this gland (the thyroid) frequently gets out of whack. Of the 20 mil…

    By: Joe Graedon April 4, 2005 0 Comments
    Laxative Helps Remove Earwax

    Q. I was astonished to hear on the radio that a laxative can be used to remove earwax. Do you have any details? A. Consumer Reports On Health (March, 2005) reports that a few drops of liquid docusate …