By: Terry Graedon January 26, 2017 0 Comments
    Do People on PPIs Have More Infectious Diarrhea?

    Is it smart to block the production of stomach acid with powerful proton pump inhibitor drugs (PPIs)? Millions of people take these drugs to control acid reflux, ulcers or gastroesophageal reflux dis…

    By: Terry Graedon January 26, 2017 10 Comments
    Will You Suffer a Scary Side Effect?

    Americans take a lot of medicines. Almost two-thirds of us take at least one prescription medication daily. One fifth take more than five different doctor-prescribed drugs. That does not include any o…

    By: Joe Graedon January 23, 2017 23 Comments
    Do Simvastatin Side Effects Include Diabetes and…

    Many physicians tell us that even if statins increase the risk for diabetes, the drug benefits far outweigh any increase in blood glucose. But diabetes is a challenging condition to treat. Then there …

    By: Joe Graedon January 23, 2017 9 Comments
    Is It Possible to Prevent Alzheimer’s Dise…

    The descent into dementia is horrific. It can creep up gradually, robbing people of their personalities as well as their memories. Friends, family and co-workers have a hard time dealing with the forg…

    By: Terry Graedon January 23, 2017 2 Comments
    Will Wine at Dinner Mess Up Your Sleep?

    If you have trouble sleeping, as so many people do, you might want to consider whether something you are doing could be contributing to the problem. One reader discovered inadvertently that a glass of…

    By: Terry Graedon January 23, 2017 21 Comments
    Is There a Problem Taking Melatonin to Sleep?

    Chronic insomnia wears you down. It also contributes to a range of health problems, from high blood pressure to diabetes. But many of the medications people take to get to sleep are not intended for l…

    By: Terry Graedon January 23, 2017 5 Comments
    How to Calm a Cough with Thyme Tea

    After a cold or the flu, a cough may linger for weeks. What do you do to calm a cough like this? Drinking Thyme Tea to Calm a Cough: Q. I had the flu four weeks ago and still have a cough despite taki…

    By: Terry Graedon January 23, 2017 7 Comments
    Will Bathing in the Dead Sea Soothe Psoriasis?

    The skin condition called psoriasis is an autoimmune reaction to triggers such as infection, injury or stress. Genes play a role, so people with family members who have psoriasis are more susceptible…

    By: Terry Graedon January 23, 2017 6 Comments
    Can You Sidestep White Coat Hypertension with De…

    Good control of blood pressure is one of the pillars of good health. When blood pressure starts to rise, so do the risks of stroke, kidney damage and heart disease. But before starting on medication t…

    By: Joe Graedon January 19, 2017 7 Comments
    Hot Pepper Lovers Live Longer So Fire Up Your Ta…

    Ok, I admit it. I cannot be neutral about this topic since I am a confirmed "chile-head." I love hot peppers. I'm not the only one. Salsa sales are soaring. The market for hot sauce swelled more than …

    By: Joe Graedon January 19, 2017 7 Comments
    Will Antidepressant Medications Increase Your Ri…

    Antidepressants are among the most popular pills in the drugstore. A research letter in JAMA Internal Medicine (Dec. 12, 2016) noted that one in six adults take psychiatric drugs. Antidepressant medic…

    By: Terry Graedon January 19, 2017 9 Comments
    Show 1065: How Can Yoga Benefit Everyone, Fit an…

    The idea of yoga classes usually brings to mind images of young, fit people twisting their bodies into difficult poses while breathing deeply. But does yoga benefit people who don't fit that stereotyp…

    By: Terry Graedon January 19, 2017 11 Comments
    How Could People Treated for Asthma Not Have It?

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that about 17.7 American adults, or around 7 percent of the population, is currently being treated for asthma. But do all of them actually have …

    By: Terry Graedon January 19, 2017 4 Comments
    How Can You Calm a Colicky Baby’s Crying?

    A colicky baby that cries for more than three hours a day at least three days a week can be a real challenge for parents. The babies are difficult to console and their crying is distressing, but very …

    By: Terry Graedon January 19, 2017 1 Comments
    How to Help Arthritis Pain with Chair Yoga

    Researchers at Florida Atlantic University report that chair yoga can be an effective treatment for people suffering from osteoarthritis pain. Many older people with significant hip, knee or ankle pai…

    By: Joe Graedon January 16, 2017 14 Comments
    Do Ibuprofen Side Effects Include Scary High Blo…

    We have heard ibuprofen referred to as vitamin I. That's because a lot of weekend warriors rely on ibuprofen and other non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to relieve inflammation and pain. …

    By: Terry Graedon January 16, 2017 9 Comments
    Is Ceylon Cinnamon Better Than Cassia Cinnamon?

    We get excited when we learn about natural products that have health benefits. Consequently, we were intrigued 13 years ago when we first heard that cinnamon might help control blood sugar (Diabetes …

    By: Terry Graedon January 16, 2017 18 Comments
    How to Overcome Heartburn with Probiotics

    The medications doctors prescribe most frequently for digestive problems may lead to serious side effects. As a consequence, many people would prefer to find natural ways to overcome heartburn. One co…

    By: Terry Graedon January 16, 2017 1 Comments
    Will Correcting Vitamin D Deficiency Help a Sore…

    Have you ever discovered that a seemingly simple change made a big difference in a long-standing problem? We are always pleased to hear from people who have found a way to tackle such a puzzle. This r…

    By: Joe Graedon January 16, 2017 10 Comments
    Do Statin Side Effects Make It Harder To Exercis…

    How important is exercise for overall health? Researchers report that exercise reduces blood pressure, cholesterol, heart rate, body fat and depression (British Journal of Sports Medicine, June, 2015)…

    By: Terry Graedon January 16, 2017 1 Comments
    Tamiflu to Help You Recover from the Flu

    When flu season arrives each year, people start to pay extra attention to hand hygiene and getting enough sleep. Those tactics can be helpful, but they are far from perfect for preventing an influenza…

    By: Terry Graedon January 16, 2017 5 Comments
    Can You Lower Blood Pressure with Olive Leaf Ext…

    High blood pressure raises the chance that a person will experience a stroke, a heart attack or kidney problems. It is no wonder, then, that many people are interested in controlling hypertension. Sid…

    By: Terry Graedon January 12, 2017 8 Comments
    Show 1064: How Can You Avoid Hazardous Drug Inte…

    Medications are often crucial for maintaining our health, but every drug you take has potential side effects and may interact with other medicines. What do you know about these hazards? Understanding …

    By: Joe Graedon January 12, 2017 8 Comments
    Does Prevagen Help to Improve Memory?

    The Federal Trade Commission and the New York attorney general are suing the maker of Prevagen. They charge the marketers of Prevagen with making deceptive memory and cognitive improvement claims. …

    By: Terry Graedon January 12, 2017 8 Comments
    Do Mammograms Lead to Overdiagnosis of Breast Ca…

    Mammograms to screen for breast cancer have long been controversial. When should women start having mammograms and how often should they get one for optimal detection of breast cancer? Will routine ma…

    By: Terry Graedon January 12, 2017 0 Comments
    Are Weekend Warriors Doing More Good than Harm?

    Physical activity is crucial for good health, but many people find it difficult to do workouts during the work week. Some are weekend warriors, exercising intensely when they find the time. Can leisur…

    By: Terry Graedon January 12, 2017 5 Comments
    Can You Treat Heartburn in Pregnancy without Har…

    Over the last several decades, acid-suppressing drugs have become extremely popular. Medicines like Tagamet, Pepcid, Prilosec and Nexium 24HR are available over the counter, and many people use them f…

    By: Terry Graedon January 12, 2017 2 Comments
    Is Lack of Vitamin D Behind Your Chronic Headach…

    People who are deficient in vitamin D may be more prone to chronic headaches, according to a Finnish study. The study was designed for other purposes, but it found an intriguing link between the two. …

    By: Joe Graedon January 10, 2017 13 Comments
    Does Tasting Garlic Through Your Feet Offer Clue…

    Many health professionals think that using Vicks for coughs is at best an old wives' tale. This is especially true when we describe the technique. Instead of applying Vicks VapoRub to the chest or nec…

    By: Terry Graedon January 9, 2017 11 Comments
    Will You Save Money Buying Synthroid from Canada…

    Drugs are more expensive in the US than anywhere else in the world. In many other countries, the government puts a cap on what the pharmaceutical companies can charge for their products. This does not…