By: Joe Graedon April 25, 2005 0 Comments
    Seniors and Drug Industry Fight Over Prices

    Americans are cynical about statistics. They know that numbers can be tortured to tell tales. Two new studies on the cost of prescription drugs illustrate the problem. One was announced by PhRMA, the …

    By: Joe Graedon April 23, 2005 0 Comments
    #540 Open: Light for Depression

    Phototherapy has been touted as a non-drug approach to treating depression. But how good is the evidence? We talk with an expert who has reviewed it. There's also a report based on animal research tha…

    By: Joe Graedon April 18, 2005 0 Comments
    Cornmeal Fights Fungus on Roses and Toes

    Q. You have responded to many questions about curing toenail fungus with home remedies, but here's one you've never mentioned. Put about an inch of cornmeal in plastic dishpan. Pour in hot water, stir…

    By: Joe Graedon April 18, 2005 0 Comments
    Printer Friendly Send to a Friend

    Printer Friendly Send to a Friend Is Sunscreen Safe For Toddlers? 04/18/2005 Q. I have been using a baby sunscreen for my 22-month old son. It has an SPF of 30. Whenever we go out in the sun I slather…

    By: Joe Graedon April 18, 2005 0 Comments
    Patients Find Statins Can Have Side Effects

    Guidelines for cholesterol control have become much more stringent. For millions of Americans, achieving the new targets requires strong medicine. Over the last decade, prescriptions for statin-type c…

    By: Joe Graedon April 16, 2005 0 Comments
    #539 Help for Hoarders

    About this time of year, lots of people do a little spring cleaning. Not only does that mean washing windows and mopping floors, it usually includes cleaning out the clutter from closets, garages, and…

    By: Joe Graedon April 11, 2005 0 Comments
    Choosing Chocolate For Good Health

    Q. I am confused about chocolate. I read that it's good for me because of its flavonoids. But I've also heard that alkali processing strips cocoa of most of these antioxidant chemicals. If the good st…

    By: Joe Graedon April 11, 2005 0 Comments
    Generic Prozac Didn’t Do the Job

    Q. My husband has been taking Prozac successfully for years. He was recently switched to generic fluoxetine. In the last several months he has become much the same person he was before Prozac--angry, …

    By: Joe Graedon April 11, 2005 0 Comments
    Not Enough Time For Sleep or Sex

    Americans are obsessed with sex. Racy innuendos sell everything from soap to cars. Now the ads are practically selling sex itself. Turn on the evening news and you are likely to see a commercial featu…

    By: Joe Graedon April 9, 2005 0 Comments
    #538 Untangling Thyroid Confusion

    There is a little gland in your neck that can control your sex life, your weight, your energy and even your mood. But surprisingly, this gland (the thyroid) frequently gets out of whack. Of the 20 mil…

    By: Joe Graedon April 4, 2005 0 Comments
    Laxative Helps Remove Earwax

    Q. I was astonished to hear on the radio that a laxative can be used to remove earwax. Do you have any details? A. Consumer Reports On Health (March, 2005) reports that a few drops of liquid docusate …

    By: Joe Graedon April 4, 2005 0 Comments
    Licorice No Good For Those With Glaucoma

    Q. I have glaucoma, diagnosed about 35 years ago. I loved black licorice, but it raised my eye pressure nearly off the charts. A pharmacist friend was curious to see what caused it to rise so rapidly …

    By: Joe Graedon April 4, 2005 0 Comments
    How Safe Are Other Pain Relievers?

    Millions of people have taken Vioxx, Celebrex and Bextra for pain. These new COX-2 inhibitor drugs were prescribed for a variety of conditions, including arthritis, muscle strains and bad backs. Then …

    By: Joe Graedon April 2, 2005 0 Comments
    #537 Health News Update

    Peanut allergy can be lethal. Is there a way to desensitize people with an oral medication? An allergy doctor from Duke thinks there may be. It's well known that sleep deprivation can interfere with p…

    By: Joe Graedon March 29, 2005 0 Comments
    #450 The Real Story of Men and Depression

    The National Institute of Mental Health has launched a campaign: "Real Men, Real Depression." For far too long this issue has been ignored or swept under the rug. And many men say, "I Don't Want to ta…

    By: Joe Graedon March 28, 2005 0 Comments
    Shellfish Allergy Leads to Hospitalization

    Q. My husband's internist suggested glucosamine and chondroitin for mild arthritis. My husband's medical records state that he is allergic to shellfish. I guess his doctor did not know ground shellfis…

    By: Joe Graedon March 28, 2005 0 Comments
    Preventing The Spread Of Genital Herpes

    Q. I am in my fifties, and have herpes simplex 2 (HSV-2). I am interested in having a sexual relationship with a new partner. I don't want to transmit the herpes virus to him. If my partner wears a co…

    By: Joe Graedon March 28, 2005 0 Comments
    Old Fashioned Treatment Is Good As Gold

    Rheumatoid arthritis patients have been on a roller coaster the last couple of years. Their potentially debilitating disease still remains mysterious, and promising treatments have turned out to have …

    By: Joe Graedon March 26, 2005 0 Comments
    #536 Drug Safety

    The Food and Drug Administration is responsible for making sure that the drugs we take are safe and effective. But these terms are not as absolute as many people think. We talk with Dr. Alastair Wood,…

    By: Joe Graedon March 21, 2005 0 Comments
    Would Boyfriend’s Marijuana Cause Her Grie…

    Q. Can semen transmit drugs? If my boyfriend smokes marijuana and ejaculates inside of me could I fail a drug test? A. Semen can carry certain drugs. For example, a woman who is allergic to penicillin…

    By: Joe Graedon March 21, 2005 0 Comments
    Drugs For ADD Turn Teenager Testy

    Q. My teenage daughter has attention deficit disorder (ADD). Her doctor has prescribed Concerta, Straterra and Adderall at different times. Each of these drugs makes her anxious, argumentative, irrita…

    By: Joe Graedon March 21, 2005 0 Comments
    FDA On The Hotseat Because Of Safety Concerns

    According to the old proverb, "He who pays the piper calls the tune." FDA officials are now facing the music. They must answer to the American public, the people who really pay the bills. For decades …

    By: Joe Graedon March 14, 2005 0 Comments
    Will Coconut Help Thyroid?

    Q. Can coconut counter hypothyroidism? I started eating two macaroons daily to control diarrhea after finding this remedy in your column. I didn't expect any effect on my thyroid. I'd been told my thy…

    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…