By: Joe Graedon July 18, 2005 0 Comments
    Did Cholesterol Drug Cause Amnesia?

    Q. My cholesterol has always been around 200 but I have a bad family history and a past angioplasty. In addition to a good diet and regular exercise, my doctor has prescribed various statin drugs to l…

    By: Joe Graedon July 18, 2005 0 Comments
    Skin Doctors Turn Thumbs Down On Sun

    Dermatologists hate the sun. There's a good reason for their loathing. They see the effects of excessive sun exposure-not just wrinkles, age spots and leathery skin, but also a variety of skin cancers…

    By: Joe Graedon July 16, 2005 0 Comments
    #550 Interpreting the New Food Pyramids

    The old Food Guide Pyramid from the USDA was misleading, perhaps because the Department of Agriculture was looking out for the interests of agricultural businesses as well as the health of consumers. …

    By: Joe Graedon July 11, 2005 0 Comments
    Sour Cherries Worked Against Gout

    Q. My sister has had two recent episodes of gout. Because she has no health insurance, she could not afford to go to the doctor. I gave her some samples of an anti-inflammatory medicine I had on hand.…

    By: Joe Graedon July 11, 2005 0 Comments
    ADD Treatment Causes Marital Stress

    Q. I was recently married. I am 39, my husband is 42 and we are having some trouble. My husband takes Adderall for ADD and has zero sex drive. He says he has felt this way for many years, due to the m…

    By: Joe Graedon July 11, 2005 1 Comments
    Consumers Confused About Canadian Drugs

    Many Americans suffer sticker shock when they buy medicine at their local drugstore. They would like to save money by purchasing prescription drugs from Canada. But they are bewildered by contradictor…

    By: Joe Graedon July 9, 2005 0 Comments
    #549 Natural Approaches to Preventing Breast Can…

    Because one woman in nine will be diagnosed with breast cancer sometime during her life, many women worry about getting it. They are often told there is nothing they can do to prevent it. Our guest, D…

    By: Joe Graedon July 4, 2005 0 Comments
    Can Sunscreen Be Combined With Deet?

    Q. Is there a product containing both sunscreen and bug control (DEET) on the market? Are there any problems applying sunscreen and then 25 percent deet spray? I want to be sensible and avoid both sun…

    By: Joe Graedon July 4, 2005 0 Comments
    Sugar Solves Hiccup Misery

    Q. My father has been plagued with hiccups at all hours of the day or night. His physician gave him samples of medications to try, but none worked. A friend of mine told me many years ago that a teasp…

    By: Joe Graedon July 4, 2005 0 Comments
    Opposition Increases to Prescription Drug Ads

    Are you fed up with prescription drug ads? If so, you are not alone. For the last several years Americans have been bombarded with commercials that promote drugs for satisfying sex or overactive bladd…

    By: Joe Graedon July 2, 2005 0 Comments
    #548 Open Lines: Chocolate for Health, Viagra an…

    For years, chocolate lovers were warned not to indulge too much in their favorite confection. Now, though, the evidence is growing that chocolate can have health benefits. We'll discuss the latest stu…

    By: Joe Graedon June 27, 2005 0 Comments
    Old-Fashioned Vinegar Remedy vs. Warts

    Q. My great-aunt kept a diary of old remedies for various afflictions. She advocated distilled white vinegar for wart removal. I decided to try her remedy when I discovered an odd wart on my elbow. I …

    By: Joe Graedon June 27, 2005 0 Comments
    Allergy Drug Causes Insomnia

    Q. I would like to point out a side effect of allergy medications that contain pseudoephedrine for nasal decongestion. Taking Claritin D left me completely unable to fall asleep. I was literally up al…

    By: Joe Graedon June 27, 2005 0 Comments
    New Questions About Safety of Pain Relievers

    here's more bad news for people in pain. First we learned that Vioxx could increase the risk of heart attack and stroke. Then Bextra and Celebrex came under similar scrutiny. Now the entire category o…

    By: Joe Graedon June 20, 2005 0 Comments
    Sugarless Gums Can Cause Digestive Woes

    Q. My husband is plagued with diarrhea. He'll be okay for a week or so. Then for no apparent reason, he has diarrhea. He's been eating two coconut macaroons a day for about two weeks. We thought that …

    By: Joe Graedon June 20, 2005 0 Comments
    Pill Offers Antidote To Stage Frights

    Q. I've read about a pill to combat "stage fright" symptoms in public speaking or similar situations. It was called "propol-something" and taken before the event. Do you know what it is and if it work…

    By: Joe Graedon June 20, 2005 0 Comments
    New Treatments For Restless Legs

    Sleeping is supposed to be relaxing. It's a time when the body rejuvenates itself. But for millions of people, getting to sleep is difficult because they suffer from restless leg syndrome (RLS). In th…

    By: Joe Graedon June 18, 2005 0 Comments
    #547 Gut Issues

    The gastrointestinal tract, the "inner tube" of the body, winds a long way from start to finish. Its health is essential to good nutrition, but a lot can go wrong along the way. Our eat-on-the-run die…

    By: Joe Graedon June 13, 2005 0 Comments
    Turmeric Interaction Could Be Hazardous

    Q. I started taking turmeric to help my psoriasis. Then I developed a severe rash and stopped it. My biggest concern is that I take Coumadin. When I went in for a routine blood test my doctor told me …

    By: Joe Graedon June 13, 2005 0 Comments
    Pharmacists’ Refusal Angers Customers

    Q. A person recently wrote to you about pharmacists refusing to fill birth control prescriptions because of their religious beliefs. You didn't mention that many women are prescribed birth control pil…

    By: Joe Graedon June 13, 2005 0 Comments
    Medication Mistakes Are Common And Deadly

    Millions of people are apprehensive about flying. It's more dangerous to drive to the airport than it is to fly across the country, but a lot of folks worry that there could be a plane crash. Imagine …

    By: Joe Graedon June 11, 2005 0 Comments
    #546 Statins: Miracle or Menace

    Millions of Americans lower their cholesterol with statin-type medications such as Lipitor, Lescol, Pravachol and Zocor. The most recent statin, Crestor, has stirred up controversy because of reports …

    By: Joe Graedon June 6, 2005 0 Comments
    Common Weed Eases Alcohol Cravings

    Q. Some time ago you had a letter from a woman who was drinking too much wine in the evening and wanted to cut back. You told her about a tea or an herbal concoction to diminish her desire to drink. S…

    By: Joe Graedon June 6, 2005 0 Comments
    Will New Drug Improve Love Life?

    A. You have plenty of company. Experts estimate that 20 to 30 percent of men climax too early. Some studies have defined that as lasting less than two minutes after intercourse begins. Drug companies …

    By: Joe Graedon June 6, 2005 0 Comments
    Doctors Squabble Over Sunshine Vitamin

    Is it any wonder so many people are confused about the sun? On the one hand, dermatologists have been issuing dire warnings for decades. They tell us that sun exposure causes wrinkles, age spots and s…

    By: Joe Graedon June 4, 2005 0 Comments
    #545 What’s New in Contraception

    Long before condoms came in rainbow colors, legendary lover Casanova was sewing together strips of fine linen. Centuries before nonoxynol 9, young women in Constantinople shook the gritty sand from se…

    By: Joe Graedon May 30, 2005 11 Comments
    Turmeric Can Cause Allergic Reaction

    Q. I am always interested in the arthritis remedies I find in your column. After reading that turmeric could help, I bought some and took the pills according to directions. Several days later I had su…

    By: Joe Graedon May 30, 2005 0 Comments
    Taping Ticks Is Safe Disposal System

    Q. What's the best way to get rid of ticks? When I go hiking in the woods I constantly find ticks crawling on my body. I don't want to let them loose again to bite someone else. Is there a simple way …

    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 …