By: Terry Graedon February 23, 2017 13 Comments
    Show 1069: What Is the Clubhouse Model for Peopl…

    The treatment of mental illness has a discouraging history in this country. Even in the 21st century, psychiatrists rely principally on antipsychotic medications without much else in the way of suppor…

    By: Terry Graedon February 23, 2017 4 Comments
    Will Testosterone Therapy Strengthen Your Bones?

    Results of the T Trials are just in and provide more information about the pros and cons of testosterone therapy. This treatment for men whose own testosterone levels are low has been controversial. W…

    By: Terry Graedon February 23, 2017 2 Comments
    Does Testosterone Really Boost the Risk of Heart…

    Men have raised questions in the past about the cardiovascular effects of testosterone. Two studies published this week offered conflicting answers. As a result, men are left still wondering whether …

    By: Terry Graedon February 23, 2017 53 Comments
    Magnesium Strikes Out as Cure for Nighttime Leg …

    Nighttime leg cramps cause a great deal of misery. These painful involuntary muscle contractions can wake you from a sound sleep. The pain they cause can be excruciating, even making grown-ups cry. Do…

    By: Terry Graedon February 23, 2017 2 Comments
    Vitamin D Has an Impact on Ulcerative Colitis

    Serum levels of vitamin D make a difference for people with ulcerative colitis. That is the conclusion of a new study from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Ulcerative colitis is a condition in w…

    By: Terry Graedon February 23, 2017 5 Comments
    Will B Vitamins Help Antipsychotic Drugs Work Be…

    Antipsychotic drugs are the mainstay of treatment for people with schizophrenia. Such medications may control hallucinations in the first few months of treatment, but long-term benefits are less obv…

    By: Joe Graedon February 23, 2017 27 Comments
    Can PPI Heartburn Drugs Harm Kidneys Without Ear…

    Millions of people take prescription-strength acid-suppressing medications daily. Millions more take over-the-counter versions. A new study suggests that such PPI heartburn drugs may trigger serious k…

    By: Terry Graedon February 20, 2017 65 Comments
    Has Your Doctor Fired You?

    The relationship between a patient and her doctor is special. Patients tell their doctors things they wouldn't tell anyone else. Doctors are expected to hold these revelations in confidence and to tre…

    By: Joe Graedon February 20, 2017 12 Comments
    What Are Metoprolol Side Effects When Prescribed…

    Metoprolol is one of the most prescribed drugs in the United States. At last count, nearly 90 millions prescriptions were dispensed annually. It has FDA approval to treat high blood pressure and heart…

    By: Terry Graedon February 20, 2017 4 Comments
    Will a Whiff of Garlic Stop a Stubborn Cough?

    How do you calm a cough? We've heard about numerous home remedies for this common problem. One reader surprised us recently with a way to stop a stubborn cough that we had never encountered before. T…

    By: Terry Graedon February 20, 2017 9 Comments
    Can You Find a Breakfast That Will Fight Constip…

    Constipation is a chronic complaint that can be very troubling. In this condition, people move their bowels three or fewer times a week. Often, they must strain to eliminate hard or lumpy stools. Cer…

    By: Joe Graedon February 20, 2017 4 Comments
    Deprescribing: Can You Ever Stop Taking So Many …

    Once a doctor prescribes a medication there is a good chance you will be on it for months, years or even decades. This is especially true for chronic conditions like diabetes, hypertension or high cho…

    By: Terry Graedon February 20, 2017 5 Comments
    Finding Out How to Enjoy Dairy Products Without …

    Have you ever had digestive problems after enjoying a milkshake or an ice cream sundae? Millions of Americans can't readily digest milk sugar. They would welcome help in consuming dairy products witho…

    By: Terry Graedon February 20, 2017 15 Comments
    How to Use Magnesium to Get to Sleep

    Americans aren't getting enough sleep. Shift work, late night television and various health problems such as sleep apnea or restless legs syndrome can all contribute to inadequate rest. Sleep depriva…

    By: Terry Graedon February 19, 2017 3 Comments
    Should American Doctors Prescribe More Natural C…

    The practice of medicine can vary significantly from one place to another. Research on rates of surgery and other interventions shows that this is true among geographic regions within the United State…

    By: Terry Graedon February 16, 2017 32 Comments
    What Is the Best Treatment for Lower Back Pain?

    The American College of Physicians has just made some important changes in its guidelines for treating lower back pain.  This condition is one of the most common reasons Americans seek medical care. …

    By: Terry Graedon February 16, 2017 12 Comments
    Why Is Olive Oil So Good for Your Heart?

    The Mediterranean diet has gotten a lot of attention, but scientists haven't known exactly why it works. A new analysis of data from a randomized trial shows why olive oil is so protective. The PREDI…

    By: Terry Graedon February 16, 2017 0 Comments
    Are You Taking Too Many Mind Medicines?

    There is an alarming trend among senior citizens. More of them are taking multiple mind medicines. Over the last decade the number of older adults taking three or more psychiatric or pain medications …

    By: Joe Graedon February 16, 2017 17 Comments
    Show 980: Brain, Mind and Body in Healing from T…

    We often associate the term "Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder" with military veterans. Indeed, war creates many traumatic experiences, but it is not the only source of reactions that may cause people to…

    By: Terry Graedon February 16, 2017 2 Comments
    How to Save Money by Taking Zytiga with Breakfas…

    Food and drug interactions are often unpredictable. That is why people taking warfarin are counseled to avoid leafy vegetables that could reverse the effects of this anticoagulant. People with high ch…

    By: Joe Graedon February 16, 2017 9 Comments
    Is Vitamin D Good for Colds? Will it Battle the …

    Grandmothers in Scandinavia have been forcing children to swallow cod liver oil for hundreds of years. They knew it acted as a tonic in the winter to keep colds and other upper respiratory tract infec…

    By: Terry Graedon February 16, 2017 5 Comments
    What Do European Experts Think About Salt?

    American and European experts on cardiovascular disease disagree about salt. An article in the European Heart Journal recently pointed out that there is little or no evidence supporting the extremely …

    By: Terry Graedon February 13, 2017 16 Comments
    Could Your Pain Reliever Harm Your Heart?

    Sometimes a health professional takes us to task for something we have said. We appreciate being corrected when we are wrong, but this time we have the research that backs up our warning: NSAIDs ar…

    By: Joe Graedon February 13, 2017 15 Comments
    The Secret Story Behind President Trump’s …

    A drug for promoting hair growth, finasteride (Propecia), is among the medications that President Donald Trump has been reported to take. That is what his longtime doctor told the New York Times. The …

    By: Joe Graedon February 13, 2017 8 Comments
    Food and Drug Interactions Are Important! Levoth…

    The next time you get a prescription from your physician that says "take once a day," stop! Do not accept such a vague instruction. Ask the prescriber what precisely that means and follow up with the…

    By: Terry Graedon February 13, 2017 6 Comments
    Can Sweating in the Sauna Help Your Brain?

    Isn't it wonderful when an experience that delights you turns out to be good for you as well? Finnish researchers have found that sweating in a sauna, a relaxing and sociable experience for most Fin…

    By: Terry Graedon February 13, 2017 9 Comments
    Will Ashwagandha Ease Your Severe Arthritis Pain…

    People with persistent arthritis pain often find it difficult to get relief. The usual nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as diclofenac, ibuprofen, meloxicam or naproxen cause side effects wit…

    By: Terry Graedon February 13, 2017 1 Comments
    Will Your Antibiotic Interact with Your Blood Pr…

    Before you start taking any new medicine, it makes sense to ask about potential interactions with the drugs you are already taking. It is a good thing one reader asked about potential interactions be…

    By: Terry Graedon February 13, 2017 2 Comments
    Does Ranitidine Have the Same Risks as a PPI?

    Americans must suffer from an awful lot of heartburn, because drugs to treat this painful condition have been best-sellers for a number of decades. The current favorites are proton pump inhibitors (PP…

    By: Terry Graedon February 13, 2017 10 Comments
    What Is the Trouble with Vicks VapoRub?

    Vicks VapoRub is a venerable brand. It was developed by pharmacist Lunsford Richardson in Greensboro, North Carolina, not long before the turn of the 20th century. Richardson had a long last name and …