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 10 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 …

    By: Joe Graedon February 14, 2005 0 Comments
    Talking About Side Effects Can Prevent Problems

    If men are from Mars and women are from Venus, then doctors may be from Pluto. Communication is hard enough between men and women, but doctors and patients might as well be speaking different language…

    By: Joe Graedon February 12, 2005 0 Comments
    #530 Health News Update

    Fish has been called brain food. New research shows that regular consumption can actually lower the risk for strokes. But what kind of fish works best? Can some fish meals actually increase the risk? …

    By: Joe Graedon February 7, 2005 0 Comments
    Soap For Restless Legs

    Q. This is either an urban legend or a friend is playing a joke on me. She says that if you sleep with a bar of soap (not Dove or deodorant kind) the restless leg syndrome (RLS) will not occur. She sw…

    By: Joe Graedon February 7, 2005 0 Comments
    How To Find Good Quality Supplements

    Q. I am spending a huge amount on vitamins and herbal supplements. I wonder if I am wasting my money. My doctor says you can't trust the manufacturers of these products because they are not regulated …

    By: Joe Graedon February 7, 2005 0 Comments
    Dangers Of Enteric Coated Aspirin

    Q. I've heard that a daily dose of aspirin may lead to an ulcer due to the corrosive effect of aspirin on the lining of the stomach. Enteric-coated aspirin is sometimes recommended. I understand that …

    By: Joe Graedon February 7, 2005 0 Comments
    Toenail Fungus Remedy Has Deadly Outcome

    Q. My husband took Lamisil to treat toenail fungus. The drug worked, but was ultimately responsible for his death. The fine print for this prescription drug noted that it might cause neutropenia. For …

    By: Joe Graedon February 7, 2005 0 Comments
    Winter Blues Can Be Beaten

    Apologies to T.S. Eliot who said April is the cruelest month, but we think it's February. The days are too short and the nights are too long. Cold, dreary weather keeps people inside. For many, the la…

    By: Joe Graedon February 5, 2005 0 Comments
    #529 Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

    Ever since the first World War, people have coined terms like "shell shock" or "battle fatigue" to describe the difficulties some veterans face in returning to normal life after experiencing horrific …

    By: Joe Graedon January 31, 2005 0 Comments
    Can Aluminum Be Absorbed From Antiperspirants?

    Q. I have read that antiperspirants could be dangerous because the aluminum they contain can be absorbed into the body. Is there any basis to this? A. The association between aluminum and Alzheimer's …

    By: Joe Graedon January 31, 2005 0 Comments
    Is Child At Risk Of Drug Interaction?

    Q. My grandson has behavior problems and has been on Prozac since age four. Because he is still disruptive in class, the doctor recently added Adderall. His concentration is somewhat improved but he i…

    By: Joe Graedon January 31, 2005 0 Comments
    Arthritis Patients Caught In Bind

    For 70 million arthritis sufferers, the last few months have been a nightmare. The medicines they rely on to ease their aches and pains have come under fire. First, Merck withdrew its popular arthriti…

    By: Joe Graedon January 29, 2005 0 Comments
    #528 Asking Hard Questions of Aging Parents

    Death and taxes are inevitable. While we cannot ignore the Internal Revenue Service, most people have a hard time contemplating disability or death. When a crisis occurs, people are frequently unprepa…

    By: Joe Graedon January 24, 2005 0 Comments
    #527 Runaway Eating

    Anorexia and bulimia were once problems associated almost exclusively with teenage girls and young women. Now, women in midlife and older and even men are also experiencing severe eating problems. We'…

    By: Joe Graedon January 24, 2005 0 Comments
    Curtail Dog Flatulence

    Q. What can you recommend for dog flatulence? It is so smelly and in the winter we can't put the dog outside at night. A. Look for CurTail. When drops are added to food, they control pet gas with the …

    By: Joe Graedon January 24, 2005 1 Comments
    Beware Steroid Psychosis

    Q. I am in very good health except for recurrent sinus infections. Recently, my internist put me on a 12-day tapered course of prednisone. Within days I thought I was going crazy. I became extremely a…

    By: Joe Graedon January 24, 2005 0 Comments
    Canadians May Ban Drug Exports To U.S.

    Millions of Americans have figured out a way to save big bucks on prescription drugs. A click of a computer mouse allows access to Canadian online pharmacies with prices that run 30 to 50 percent lowe…