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 …

    By: Joe Graedon April 4, 2005 0 Comments
    Licorice No Good For Those With Glaucoma

    Q. I have glaucoma, diagnosed about 35 years ago. I loved black licorice, but it raised my eye pressure nearly off the charts. A pharmacist friend was curious to see what caused it to rise so rapidly …

    By: Joe Graedon April 4, 2005 0 Comments
    How Safe Are Other Pain Relievers?

    Millions of people have taken Vioxx, Celebrex and Bextra for pain. These new COX-2 inhibitor drugs were prescribed for a variety of conditions, including arthritis, muscle strains and bad backs. Then …

    By: Joe Graedon April 2, 2005 0 Comments
    #537 Health News Update

    Peanut allergy can be lethal. Is there a way to desensitize people with an oral medication? An allergy doctor from Duke thinks there may be. It's well known that sleep deprivation can interfere with p…

    By: Joe Graedon March 29, 2005 0 Comments
    #450 The Real Story of Men and Depression

    The National Institute of Mental Health has launched a campaign: "Real Men, Real Depression." For far too long this issue has been ignored or swept under the rug. And many men say, "I Don't Want to ta…

    By: Joe Graedon March 28, 2005 0 Comments
    Shellfish Allergy Leads to Hospitalization

    Q. My husband's internist suggested glucosamine and chondroitin for mild arthritis. My husband's medical records state that he is allergic to shellfish. I guess his doctor did not know ground shellfis…

    By: Joe Graedon March 28, 2005 0 Comments
    Preventing The Spread Of Genital Herpes

    Q. I am in my fifties, and have herpes simplex 2 (HSV-2). I am interested in having a sexual relationship with a new partner. I don't want to transmit the herpes virus to him. If my partner wears a co…

    By: Joe Graedon March 28, 2005 0 Comments
    Old Fashioned Treatment Is Good As Gold

    Rheumatoid arthritis patients have been on a roller coaster the last couple of years. Their potentially debilitating disease still remains mysterious, and promising treatments have turned out to have …

    By: Joe Graedon March 26, 2005 0 Comments
    #536 Drug Safety

    The Food and Drug Administration is responsible for making sure that the drugs we take are safe and effective. But these terms are not as absolute as many people think. We talk with Dr. Alastair Wood,…

    By: Joe Graedon March 21, 2005 0 Comments
    Would Boyfriend’s Marijuana Cause Her Grie…

    Q. Can semen transmit drugs? If my boyfriend smokes marijuana and ejaculates inside of me could I fail a drug test? A. Semen can carry certain drugs. For example, a woman who is allergic to penicillin…

    By: Joe Graedon March 21, 2005 0 Comments
    Drugs For ADD Turn Teenager Testy

    Q. My teenage daughter has attention deficit disorder (ADD). Her doctor has prescribed Concerta, Straterra and Adderall at different times. Each of these drugs makes her anxious, argumentative, irrita…

    By: Joe Graedon March 21, 2005 0 Comments
    FDA On The Hotseat Because Of Safety Concerns

    According to the old proverb, "He who pays the piper calls the tune." FDA officials are now facing the music. They must answer to the American public, the people who really pay the bills. For decades …

    By: Joe Graedon March 14, 2005 0 Comments
    Will Coconut Help Thyroid?

    Q. Can coconut counter hypothyroidism? I started eating two macaroons daily to control diarrhea after finding this remedy in your column. I didn't expect any effect on my thyroid. I'd been told my thy…

    By: Joe Graedon March 14, 2005 0 Comments
    Will Nitroglycerin Trigger Airport Alarm?

    Q. My mum lives in New Zealand and would love to visit us, but she is petrified her nitroglycerin heart medicine will set off the security alarm. Is there any way to reassure her? A. If her luggage we…

    By: Joe Graedon March 14, 2005 0 Comments
    Celiac Disease Has Terrible Consequences

    Graduating medical students are sometimes told: "Half of what we have taught you is wrong...we just don't know which half." As amusing as this sounds, it rings true for a complex condition called celi…

    By: Joe Graedon March 12, 2005 0 Comments
    #534 Fighting Inflammation

    Medical research shows that many chronic conditions are caused or aggravated by inflammation. Not all inflammation causes obvious swelling and reddening, though. How can we overcome the silent inflamm…

    By: Joe Graedon March 5, 2005 0 Comments
    #533 Combatting Sleep Disorders

    It is estimated that 40 million Americans suffer chronic sleep problems...from insomnia and sleep apnea to narcolepsy and sleep walking. The consequences are devastating: impaired judgement, slower re…

    By: Joe Graedon February 28, 2005 2 Comments
    Cinnamon-Ginger Drink Fights Heartburn

    Q. I'm disappointed that you did not mention ginger in your comments on acid reflux. My reflux became really bad when I stopped hormone replacement therapy. Acid suppressing drugs worked great, but af…

    By: Joe Graedon February 28, 2005 0 Comments
    Low Cholesterol Affects Concentration

    Q. I took Lipitor for about eight months. One morning I awoke to pain in my neck, upper back, shoulders and arms. In addition, my arms are much weaker than before. The pain has been diagnosed as perip…

    By: Joe Graedon February 28, 2005 0 Comments
    Can Drugs Trigger Violence?

    Americans have a hard time imagining that a drug could change someone's behavior. Maybe that's why the Zoloft defense failed. A jury took just six hours to decide that Christopher Pittman was guilty o…

    By: Joe Graedon February 26, 2005 0 Comments
    #532 Stopping Antidepressants Safely

    A recent analysis of clinical trials published in the British Medical Journal shows that some people may attempt suicide or harm themselves while taking antidepressant medications. How can family and …

    By: Joe Graedon February 21, 2005 0 Comments
    No Way To Boost Bust Size

    Q. I'm in 8th grade and have a very small chest size. This wouldn't bother me, except that lots of other girls in my grade have large B and C cup sizes. I have heard that eating lots of chicken helps …

    By: Joe Graedon February 21, 2005 0 Comments
    Don’t Kiss Your Dog On the Mouth!

    A. It is unlikely that you will catch a cold from your dog or cat. They're not susceptible to these viruses the way humans are. Kissing your pet is not sanitary, though. Just think how an animal groom…

    By: Joe Graedon February 21, 2005 9 Comments
    Beware Drug-Induced Skin Rash

    Allergies and skin rash are common adverse reactions to drugs. But they rarely considered serious. Patients and doctors alike may brush off such symptoms as a minor annoyance. In too many cases, thoug…

    By: Joe Graedon February 19, 2005 0 Comments
    #531 New Hope for Headaches

    A bad headache can ruin your day. What are the best remedies available? Recurrent headaches can have a serious impact on quality of life. There are new approaches to migraine prevention and treatment.…

    By: Joe Graedon February 14, 2005 0 Comments
    Treasure Hunt For Whole Grains Beyond Bread

    Q. I keep reading that we should be eating more whole grains. But what are they? My neighbor, who is a nutrition nut, says that whole wheat bread doesn't really count as a whole grain. A. Many of the …

    By: Joe Graedon February 14, 2005 0 Comments
    Arthritis Drugs Linked to Strokes

    Q. I took Vioxx for three years to ease arthritis pain. When it was taken off the market, my doctor switched me over to Bextra. Two months later I had a stroke. My doctor says I should no longer take …