By: Joe Graedon August 30, 2004 0 Comments
    Careless Prescribing Puts Elders At Risk

    Doctors know better than to prescribe certain dangerous drugs to pregnant women. Medications like thalidomide (Thalomid) or isotretinon (Accutane) can cause tragic birth defects. The ulcer medicine mi…

    By: Joe Graedon August 30, 2004 0 Comments
    Vitamin E Won’t Prevent Heart Problems

    Q. My husband had bypass surgery five years ago, and last year he had two stents put in. The heart doctor asked if he were taking vitamin E. We said he'd taken it for years, and the doctor said to sto…

    By: Joe Graedon August 28, 2004 0 Comments
    #511 Preventing Medical Mishaps

    A new study suggests that as many as 200,000 people die each year in hospitals because of medical errors. How can you protect yourself or a loved one from such a catastrophe? Our guests will provide p…

    By: Joe Graedon August 23, 2004 0 Comments
    Bleeding Ulcer Blamed On Pain Reliever

    Q. At 98, my mother lived in a nursing home but was in good health overall. One night after I visited, I got a call from the home saying she was "out of it." That was odd, but by the time I got back t…

    By: Joe Graedon August 23, 2004 0 Comments
    Medical Mistakes Still Take Too Many Lives

    In 1999 the prestigious Institute of Medicine (IOM) shook the medical community to its foundation. The IOM estimated that almost 100,000 Americans die in hospitals every year as a consequence of error…

    By: Joe Graedon August 23, 2004 6 Comments
    Mustard Alleviates Mom’s Leg Cramps

    Some remedies maintain their popularity for years and years. We received this letter back in 2004, when we were just getting used to the idea that swallowing a spoonful of yellow mustard alleviates a …

    By: Joe Graedon August 21, 2004 0 Comments
    #510 Health News Update

    For many months, there has been controversy over the safety and effectiveness of popular antidepressants for children and teenagers. A study in this week's JAMA (August 18, 2004) shows that Prozac wor…

    By: Joe Graedon August 16, 2004 0 Comments
    Noxzema Banishes Mystery Itch

    Q. Many thanks to whoever wrote about Noxzema for itchy skin. I've been plagued for over four years with a horrible itch on one side of my nose. It may seem laughable, but it's not so funny if you're …

    By: Joe Graedon August 16, 2004 0 Comments
    Home Remedies To Relieve Chigger Bite Misery

    Q. My mother has over 100 chigger bites, and the itching is driving her crazy. What can she do to get some relief? Is there any way to prevent this from ever happening again? A: Chiggers are a type of…

    By: Joe Graedon August 16, 2004 0 Comments
    Home Defibrillators Can Save Lives

    If you watch medical dramas on TV, the chances are good that you have seen a crisis like this: A patient goes into cardiac arrest, someone yells "code blue" and doctors come rushing with a crash cart …

    By: Joe Graedon August 14, 2004 0 Comments
    #509 Overcoming Speech Difficulties

    Many people have difficulties with stuttering and other speech problems. What approaches are most successful to help overcome these impediments? Find out what's behind stuttering and what can be done …

    By: Joe Graedon August 13, 2004 0 Comments
    #A-130 Health News Update

    Older people are most likely to suffer side effects from certain medicines, yet new research shows one in five seniors is being prescribed at least one drug that may be inappropriate. We talk with the…

    By: Joe Graedon August 9, 2004 0 Comments
    Can Toilet Seat Transmit Herpes?

    Q. I am very disappointed in a recent column about getting herpes from a toilet seat. The herpes simplex virus does not live outside the body and needs direct skin-to-skin contact to spread. It is imp…

    By: Joe Graedon August 9, 2004 0 Comments
    Mineral Supplement Helps Her Sleep

    Q. I suffered from insomnia for three miserable years during menopause. My doctor prescribed Sonata but could not guarantee more than four hours of uninterrupted sleep nightly. I decided not to spend …

    By: Joe Graedon August 9, 2004 3 Comments
    Older People Are Vulnerable To Drug Disasters

    Children are not just small adults. Drugs that are safe and effective for grown-ups, such as antidepressants or cough syrup, may not work well for kids. Pediatricians have worked hard to tailor childr…

    By: Joe Graedon August 7, 2004 0 Comments
    #508 Healthy Feet

    Out feet take a beating! We run on them and cram them into shoes that are too tight or too stylish and then complain when we develop corns, bunions and other uncomfortable problems. On this show you w…

    By: Joe Graedon August 2, 2004 0 Comments
    Beach Bunny Wants To Banish Bikini Bumps

    Q. This summer I want to wear a bikini to the beach. But when I shave in that area I get ugly red bumps. What can I use to keep this from happening? A. Dermatologists call bikini bumps pseudofolliculi…

    By: Joe Graedon August 2, 2004 0 Comments
    Caffeine In Chocolate Is Controversial

    Q. You really blew it in your response to a person concerned about the health effects of chocolate. You said there's no caffeine in chocolate. My doctor told me to stay away from coffee and chocolate …

    By: Joe Graedon August 2, 2004 1 Comments
    New Cholesterol Guidelines Pose Interaction Dang…

    New guidelines have just been issued for cholesterol control. People at high risk of heart disease are now being encouraged to get bad LDL cholesterol under 70. Their prior goal was 100. To accomplish…

    By: Joe Graedon July 31, 2004 0 Comments
    #488 Transport Tourism

    With 80,000 people awaiting transplants each year, it is no wonder some of them weary of waiting and decide to take action. We talk with a medical anthropologist who has found a thriving traffic in or…

    By: Joe Graedon July 26, 2004 0 Comments
    Retired Pot Smoker Worried About Viagra

    Q. I am 73. My wife and I are retired teachers. About once a week we smoke pot and have sex. We have enjoyed this experience for almost 30 years. Since my heart attack four years ago, I have added Via…

    By: Joe Graedon July 26, 2004 0 Comments
    Sugar Substitute Relieves Joint Pain

    Q. My wife has recently developed diabetes and watches her sugar intake carefully. She uses Equal to sweeten her coffee or iced tea. We read that Equal might be helpful against arthritis pain, but her…

    By: Joe Graedon July 26, 2004 0 Comments
    Beware Savings On OTC Medications

    People love nonprescription drugs. Being able to get allergy medicine, pain relievers or an athlete's foot remedy without spending time and money at the doctor's office and the prescription counter is…

    By: Joe Graedon July 24, 2004 0 Comments
    #507 Open Lines

    Despite dermatologists' dire warnings about the dangers of sun exposure, millions of folks soak up the rays pool side, at the beach and in tanning parlors. Dermatologist Steve Feldman will tell us why…

    By: Joe Graedon July 23, 2004 0 Comments
    #A-128 New Ways to Quit Smoking

    Have you ever tried to quit smoking only to slip back into the habit? Or, do you stand by feeling helpless as you watch a friend or family member light up? On this show we will find out why nagging do…

    By: Joe Graedon July 19, 2004 0 Comments
    Is It Safe To Combine Sunscreen With Bug Spray?

    Q. I live in Florida and play golf at least four times a week. I also love to garden. Whenever I go outside, I apply sun block and then spray a potent insect repellent containing DEET. Is there any pr…

    By: Joe Graedon July 19, 2004 0 Comments
    Poison Ivy Remedies To The Rescue

    Q. My mother-in-law is incredibly sensitive to poison ivy. A walk in the woods is guaranteed to end in disaster. Is there anything she can use that would either prevent an outbreak or speed recovery? …

    By: Joe Graedon July 19, 2004 0 Comments
    Generic Drugs Save Money But Do They Save Lives?

    Generic drugs are frequently offered as a solution to the high cost of prescription medicine. They are supposed to be identical to their brand name counterparts. But how good are they, really? The FDA…

    By: Joe Graedon July 17, 2004 0 Comments
    #506 Dealing with Female Sexual Dysfunction

    Dr. Irwin Goldstein is one of the country's leading experts on human sexuality. He has been involved in testing many drugs like Viagra that are now household words for treating erectile dysfunction. D…

    By: Joe Graedon July 12, 2004 0 Comments
    Ice Addiction Leads To Hospitalization

    Q. I read in your column about a person who craved ice. A couple of years ago I had the same habit, and had to have ice cubes constantly. Even on trips, my son would have to stop at restaurants, gas s…