By: Terry Graedon February 9, 2017 7 Comments
    Will Yoga Ease Your Low Back Pain?

    Low back pain is a common problem, affecting about four-fifths of us at some point during our lives. Sometimes the pain puts people out of action for weeks. It may also become chronic and difficult to…

    By: Terry Graedon February 9, 2017 5 Comments
    How to Get Your Exercise in Just 30 Minutes a We…

    Exercise is considered essential for good health, but many people say they just don't have enough time during a busy workday to go for a hike, bike or visit the gym. At the end of the week, they may h…

    By: Joe Graedon February 7, 2017 10 Comments
    If Your Ears Are Ringing (Tinnitus) Could Your P…

    Tens of millions of people complain that their ears are ringing (tinnitus). It is a devastating condition that drives many people to distraction. Some even consider suicide because the constant hissin…

    By: Joe Graedon February 6, 2017 29 Comments
    Terpin Hydrate Cough Medicine Disappearance Can …

    One of the most popular cough medicines in pharmacies for over 100 years was terpin hydrate. It was an expectorant, meaning that it was prescribed by physicians to loosen mucus and ease congestion. It…

    By: Terry Graedon February 6, 2017 13 Comments
    Will an Exotic Vacation Clear Up Your Psoriasis?

    Psoriasis is an autoimmune skin condition in which skin cells turn over too quickly. As a result, people develop itchy red patches of skin, often covered in silvery scales. These can be unsightly, but…

    By: Joe Graedon February 6, 2017 10 Comments
    Will Low Blood Pressure Increase the Danger of D…

    Many physicians are trained to believe that a good blood pressure (BP) is right around 120/80, regardless of age. Some aggressively prescribe several blood pressure medicines to achieve that goal. Ne…

    By: Terry Graedon February 6, 2017 11 Comments
    Will Tart Cherry Juice Help You Get to Sleep?

    Do you have trouble falling asleep? Many people do. Some folks overcome their insomnia with prescription medication, but the side effects discourage many from taking drugs like zolpidem (Ambien) or es…

    By: Terry Graedon February 6, 2017 6 Comments
    How to Treat Hashimoto’s Disease with Levo…

    Thyroid dysfunction is surprisingly common. Hashimoto's disease, an autoimmune disorder, is frequently the cause. The usual treatment, levothyroxine, under brand names or as a generic medicine, is amo…

    By: Terry Graedon February 6, 2017 3 Comments
    How Could Spicy Soup Stop Your Migraine?

    People who suffer from repeated migraine headaches are usually very eager to find a way to prevent or abort them. There are prescription medications such as sumatriptan, of course. These can be very h…

    By: Terry Graedon February 2, 2017 10 Comments
    Show 1067: Should You Worry about OTC Sleeping P…

    In this show, we explore the stories behind some health headlines: the drawbacks of OTC sleeping pills and the best way to use them; whether arthritis drugs cause heart attacks; and how to afford a d…

    By: Terry Graedon February 2, 2017 3 Comments
    Is Heading a Soccer Ball Bad for Your Brain?

    Heading a soccer ball too often could be bad for the brain. Neurologists have suspected this for some time. Now a study confirms the harmful effects. Heading a Soccer Ball: Researchers at Albert Einst…

    By: Terry Graedon February 2, 2017 2 Comments
    Scientists Study Mice to Learn about Sleep

    Sleep is crucial for healthy brain function. Scientists reached that conclusion from a four-year study of mice. Their research delved deep into the physiology of neuronal connections. What Did the Stu…

    By: Terry Graedon February 2, 2017 25 Comments
    How Can You Get Your Medical Records?

    Patients own their medical records. They may find it difficult or expensive to access that information, however. In past decades, doctors and hospitals stored patient information on paper forms. If a …

    By: Terry Graedon February 2, 2017 5 Comments
    Does Metformin Have Anti-Cancer Potential?

    There is increasing evidence that a very old drug for diabetes called metformin may have anti-cancer potential. What Is Metformin's Anti-Cancer Potential? Studies suggest that this inexpensive medicat…

    By: Terry Graedon February 2, 2017 3 Comments
    What Is the Best Diet for Strong Bones?

    Is there a connection between diet and osteoporosis? Women who want to keep their bones strong might wish to follow the best diet, which is an anti-inflammatory diet. What Is the Link Between Diet and…

    By: Joe Graedon January 30, 2017 6 Comments
    Unbearable itching after Stopping Antihistamines…

    This website is devoted to helping people make informed decisions about their health. To do that, people need information from health professionals and other patients. Over the years millions of peopl…

    By: Terry Graedon January 30, 2017 26 Comments
    How Soap Overcame a Scary Throat Spasm

    Many years ago, we heard about putting soap under the bottom sheet to ward off nighttime leg cramps. We thought it was implausible, but after hearing from hundreds of people and trying it ourselves wi…

    By: Terry Graedon January 30, 2017 4 Comments
    Is Osteoporosis a Downside of Your Antidepressan…

    Balancing the benefits and the risks of a medication is essential to deciding whether or not to take it. This can be difficult, however. Sometimes we don't learn about serious side effects until after…

    By: Joe Graedon January 30, 2017 17 Comments
    Orphan Drugs Have Become a Billion Dollar Bonanz…

    There was a time when people took care of orphans and widows. It was understood that these vulnerable individuals required compassion and assistance. The Bible urges us to look after orphans and widow…

    By: Terry Graedon January 30, 2017 5 Comments
    How to Soothe Your Cough with Cayenne Pepper

    In the winter, when colds and flu viruses are common, one of the most common complaints is a cough that lingers long after the infection has cleared up. Of course, the congestion, sneezing and general…

    By: Terry Graedon January 30, 2017 5 Comments
    Taking Vitamin D to Prevent Chronic Headaches

    If you suffer from chronic headaches, you would probably do nearly anything to prevent them. We know people who don't drink wine or eat chocolate because doing so might trigger a migraine. One reader…

    By: Terry Graedon January 30, 2017 17 Comments
    What Should You Do to Control Hypertension?

    Keeping blood pressure at a healthy level is key to surviving and thriving through many years. High blood pressure (hypertension) is, after all, an important risk factor for kidney disease, heart atta…

    By: Joe Graedon January 26, 2017 22 Comments
    Can Regular Sauna Baths Protect your Brain and Y…

    Most Americans think of sauna baths as a somewhat strange Nordic tradition. Why would a bunch of people sit naked in a hot little room with heated stones? Some health clubs do provide saunas. American…

    By: Terry Graedon January 26, 2017 9 Comments
    Show 1066: How to Fight Overmedication with Depr…

    Have you ever started taking a medication and discovered that it produced an unpleasant side effect? That's not uncommon. Sometimes the doctor responds by prescribing an additional drug to manage a s…

    By: Joe Graedon January 26, 2017 2 Comments
    Will High Blood Pressure Protect Older Brains fr…

    When a dog bites a man it doesn't make news. When a man bites a dog it makes headlines. They have a name for this kind of anomaly: Unsurprisingly, it is a "man-bites-dog" story. The following health s…

    By: Terry Graedon January 26, 2017 2 Comments
    Cancer Deaths Are Dropping, But Not Everywhere

    Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the US, right behind heart disease. Between 1980 and 2014, death rates from cancer fell about 20 percent overall. That is good news, but there are plenty…

    By: Terry Graedon January 26, 2017 0 Comments
    Do People on PPIs Have More Infectious Diarrhea?

    Is it smart to block the production of stomach acid with powerful proton pump inhibitor drugs (PPIs)? Millions of people take these drugs to control acid reflux, ulcers or gastroesophageal reflux dis…

    By: Terry Graedon January 26, 2017 10 Comments
    Will You Suffer a Scary Side Effect?

    Americans take a lot of medicines. Almost two-thirds of us take at least one prescription medication daily. One fifth take more than five different doctor-prescribed drugs. That does not include any o…

    By: Joe Graedon January 23, 2017 23 Comments
    Do Simvastatin Side Effects Include Diabetes and…

    Many physicians tell us that even if statins increase the risk for diabetes, the drug benefits far outweigh any increase in blood glucose. But diabetes is a challenging condition to treat. Then there …

    By: Joe Graedon January 23, 2017 9 Comments
    Is It Possible to Prevent Alzheimer’s Dise…

    The descent into dementia is horrific. It can creep up gradually, robbing people of their personalities as well as their memories. Friends, family and co-workers have a hard time dealing with the forg…