By: Joe Graedon February 21, 2004 0 Comments
    #487 Open Lines

    Scientists in Seattle are exploring the connection between antibiotics and the risk of breast cancer. We'll also talk with a researcher who has investigated how infection and fever in infancy might pr…

    By: Joe Graedon February 20, 2004 0 Comments
    #A-111 Hazards in the Environment

    Our genes may predispose us to some health problems, and others are triggered by environmental toxins. But how do our genes affect our reactions to compounds in the air, water or food? Asthma is one e…

    By: Joe Graedon February 16, 2004 0 Comments
    Listerine And Baby Oil For Dandruff

    Q. Have you ever heard of using Listerine for dandruff? Someone told me he heard it on the radio. A. A gentleman called in to our public radio show with an amazing story about Listerine mixed with bab…

    By: Joe Graedon February 16, 2004 0 Comments
    Strong Sex Drive Causes Marital Strife

    Q. I am bombarded with ads and advice columns about help for low libido. I have the exact opposite problem and I can't find any help. I am in my mid 40s and I have such a high libido that it is causin…

    By: Joe Graedon February 16, 2004 0 Comments
    Nosebleed Remedies Defy Logic

    Nosebleeds are common, messy and embarrassing. No one likes to drip blood all over everything. Children are especially prone to nosebleeds, perhaps because they are also more likely to pick their nose…

    By: Joe Graedon February 15, 2004 0 Comments
    #486 Diabetes & the Mind Body Connection

    Diabetes has become a worldwide epidemic. What are the latest treatments and dietary guidelines? How does stress affect blood sugar and how can it be overcome? These are just some of the issues we wil…

    By: Joe Graedon February 9, 2004 0 Comments
    Can Vitamins Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease?

    Q. I just heard on the news that large doses of vitamins C and E have been shown to help stave off Alzheimer's in older people. Do you know anything about this? And if this is true, what constitutes a…

    By: Joe Graedon February 9, 2004 0 Comments
    Generic Drug Switch Almost Disastrous

    Q. I had a terrible experience with a generic high blood pressure medication. For five years, I took Tenoretic. Both my doctor and I were pleased with the results. Then the pharmacist encouraged me to…

    By: Joe Graedon February 9, 2004 5 Comments
    Winter Skin Problems Bring Misery

    In the grand scheme of things, dry skin, rough nails and cracked fingertips are not serious health problems. But they certainly can make life miserable. Writing a check or buttoning a shirt with crack…

    By: Joe Graedon February 7, 2004 0 Comments
    #485 Restoring Sexual Excitement to Marriage

    Our society seems obsessed with sex, but intimacy has become a lost art. Too many couples are focused on having sex instead of making love. They may find their relationship eventually loses its sizzle…

    By: Joe Graedon February 2, 2004 0 Comments
    Cornstarch Did Not Solve Skin Problem

    Q. I have to correct something I sent you a while ago. I have rosacea and when I read that someone used cornstarch to control it, I tried it. I thought it was great and wrote to you. But I was mistake…

    By: Joe Graedon February 2, 2004 0 Comments
    New Way To Stop Nosebleeds

    Q. I know a lot of first aid, but I've never seen anything like this home remedy. A few years ago, a co-worker suddenly developed a major nosebleed. I tried ice, pressure and all the usual treatments,…

    By: Joe Graedon February 2, 2004 0 Comments
    Mystery Disease Causes Great Suffering

    In medical school, professors often warn their students, "When you hear hoof beats, think of horses, not zebras." In other words, the patient's problems are much more likely to be caused by something …

    By: Joe Graedon January 31, 2004 0 Comments
    #484 The Anatomy of Hope

    How do people prevail in the face of serious illness? Hope, or despair, can make a huge difference in survival. For some patients, hope and tenacity can result in a medical miracle. According to Dr. J…

    By: Joe Graedon January 30, 2004 2 Comments
    #A-108 Calming Anxiety in a Stressful World

    Over 25 million Americans currently suffer from some form of anxiety. If you or someone you know is easily upset, fearful or anxious, this show will offer options to alleviate that distress. Mindfulne…

    By: Joe Graedon January 26, 2004 1 Comments
    Mint Makes Heartburn Worse

    Q. Several years ago I was experiencing serious heartburn. I had always enjoyed chewing mint gum, and as the symptoms got worse I chewed more and more. I thought that chewing gum was helping the probl…

    By: Joe Graedon January 26, 2004 0 Comments
    Can Coffee Raise Cholesterol

    Q. I use a French press coffee maker, which in my opinion makes a superior cup of coffee. A friend said that brewing coffee this way will raise my cholesterol so I should pour the coffee through a pap…

    By: Joe Graedon January 26, 2004 0 Comments
    Sex and Drugs Still Interest Aging Rockers

    The slogan for the hippy generation of the 1960s was sex, drugs and rock and roll. The drugs involved were marijuana and hallucinogens like LSD. Forty years later, the slogan for aging baby boomers co…

    By: Joe Graedon January 24, 2004 0 Comments
    #483 Open Lines

    Can you take too much acetaminophen (Tylenol)? People assume that this over-the-counter pain reliever is perfectly safe. But it is estimated that more than 50,000 emergencies occur every year because …

    By: Joe Graedon January 19, 2004 0 Comments
    Peppermint Solves Digestive Distress

    Q. I have had irritable bowel syndrome for more than 25 years. I've tried all sorts of remedies including coconut macaroon cookies. I ate so many I can't stand even looking at them! Then I remembered …

    By: Joe Graedon January 19, 2004 0 Comments
    Flu Drug Works Better Than Vaccine

    Q. Last Thursday my daughter came home from school sick and running a fever. I took her to the doctor, who diagnosed her with the flu and wrote a prescription for Tamiflu. Because I had gotten a flu s…

    By: Joe Graedon January 19, 2004 0 Comments
    Drug Company Secret Shocks Patients

    If you watch television you can't miss the commercials for prescription drugs like Lipitor, Zoloft, Viagra and Vioxx. Judging from the smiles on the actors' faces, you would assume that everyone is be…

    By: Joe Graedon January 17, 2004 0 Comments
    #482 The Estrogen Experiment

    When the enormous experiment called the Women's Health Initiative determined that postmenopausal women taking Prempro were at higher risk of heart disease, stroke and dementia, many doctors were aston…

    By: Joe Graedon January 12, 2004 0 Comments
    Sexual Vibrancy Can Be Restored

    Q. I am in my mid-60's and in good health except for asthma I've had since I was a child. I take Advair, Prempro and Lipitor. My husband and I have been married for 44 years with four children. As I h…

    By: Joe Graedon January 12, 2004 0 Comments
    Nail Fungus Remedies Kick Up Controversy

    Something about home remedies stirs strong emotions. Not long ago, we heard from a podiatrist who was very unhappy with us. "Home remedies hardly ever work," he wrote. "The unproven treatments you men…

    By: Joe Graedon January 10, 2004 0 Comments
    #481 Open Lines

    Dr. Dean Edell is called America's Doctor because he makes house call to millions of people over the radio every day. Dr. Edell is heard on more than 400 radio stations across the country. His new boo…

    By: Joe Graedon January 9, 2004 0 Comments
    #A-105 Autism

    More and more children are being diagnosed with autism or a related disorder. They have difficulty relating to family or friends. This is a mysterious condition with no clear cause and no cure. But th…

    By: Joe Graedon January 5, 2004 0 Comments
    Daily Dose Of Cinnamon May Cut Risk Of Diabetes

    Q. I'd like some advice on blood sugar. At present I am not a diabetic. My blood glucose is 125 and my hemoglobin A1C is 5.7, which puts me in the high normal range. I do not take any medication, but …

    By: Joe Graedon January 5, 2004 0 Comments
    Powerful Drugs Fight Fujian Flu

    Q. My pharmacist said that there are effective oral medicines for the flu but they require a prescription. I didn't manage to get a flu shot this year before they ran out. What can you tell me about f…

    By: Joe Graedon January 5, 2004 0 Comments
    Do Antidepressants Provoke Suicide In Kids?

    In 1988 an ophthalmologist contacted us because his daughter had unexpectedly committed suicide while taking Prozac. He was convinced that this antidepressant had somehow triggered her sudden violent …