By: Terry Graedon March 8, 2017 0 Comments
    Severe Anemia After Treatment of Babesiosis

    One tick-borne disease, babesiosis, has been increasing its range dramatically in recent years. The same ticks that carry Lyme disease (Ixodes scapularis) also transmit babesiosis. That is why we are…

    By: Terry Graedon March 8, 2017 26 Comments
    Why Should You Put Cocoa in Your Coffee?

    Is there an advantage to putting cocoa in your coffee? Recent research suggests that people consuming this flavorful combination improve their performance on certain cognitive tasks. The study was dou…

    By: Terry Graedon March 6, 2017 2 Comments
    One More Week for the Women’s MoM Deodoran…

    We ran out of MoM (milk of magnesia) deodorant for women a few months ago. This was poor planning on our part. Many women let us know in no uncertain terms that we screwed up. That's because they rea…

    By: Joe Graedon March 6, 2017 22 Comments
    The Skyrocketing Price of Tetracycline is Shocki…

    The antibiotic tetracycline was first marketed in 1967. That means it is 50 years old and is available generically. The price of tetracycline should be very low. This reader discovered quite the oppos…

    By: Joe Graedon March 6, 2017 15 Comments
    Should You Worry About Kidney Damage with PPI He…

    Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) are incredibly popular. By one estimate, nearly 8% of adults took a prescription drug like esomeprazole (Nexium), lansoprazole (Prevacid) or omeprazole (Prilosec) in the …

    By: Terry Graedon March 6, 2017 3 Comments
    Will Kiwi Fruit Make Canker Sores Disappear?

    Canker sores, technically known as aphthous ulcers, are frequently confused with cold sores, though they are not the same thing at all. Cold sores are caused by an outbreak of herpes virus 1. Canker …

    By: Terry Graedon March 6, 2017 1 Comments
    Do You Worry That Hot Peppers Will Dull Your Tas…

    Hot peppers are a staple in our kitchen. We are always pleased when we read about their benefits. Often, research focuses on the topical application of this substance to ease pain (Chung & Campbel…

    By: Joe Graedon March 6, 2017 7 Comments
    Is It Safe to Take Off Label Drugs for Unapprove…

    Are you taking a medication off label? By that we mean, has your physician prescribed a drug for an unapproved indication? Off label drugs are prescribed far more often than most patients realize. One…

    By: Terry Graedon March 6, 2017 10 Comments
    How Can You Get Skunk Smell Off Your Dog?

    An encounter with a skunk is a fairly common occurrence for dogs who get to run around in the woods. If the dog is too curious, the skunk will protect itself with its most potent weapon. And then you…

    By: Terry Graedon March 6, 2017 10 Comments
    Is Diphenhydramine for Sleeping Bad for Your Hea…

    Getting a good night's sleep is one of the pillars of good health, but for many people it is a real struggle. They toss and turn, worrying that they won't be able to fall asleep at all. It is no wonde…

    By: Terry Graedon March 2, 2017 30 Comments
    Show 1070: How You Can Keep Your Feet Happy …

    We rely on our feet to carry us throughout life, every day. What should we do to keep them from complaining? Taking Care of Your Feet: Podiatrist Georgeanne Botek explains how to manage warts, bunions…

    By: Joe Graedon March 2, 2017 12 Comments
    Indian Generic Drug Company Spanked Again by the…

    The Indian generic drug company Wockhardt is in trouble with the Food and Drug Administration...again. This makes the sixth warning letter the company has received. According to FiercePharma (an indus…

    By: Terry Graedon March 2, 2017 2 Comments
    Are Super Snoozers at Risk for Dementia?

    Sleep is crucial for healthy brain function. Too little sleep can make it much harder for people to think clearly the following day. People who sleep less than six hours nightly have impaired judgment…

    By: Terry Graedon March 2, 2017 3 Comments
    Better Approaches to Detecting Errors in Childre…

    Hospital records don't make note of all medical errors and problems with treatments, according to a study published in JAMA Pediatrics. The investigators set out to find out how family-reported errors…

    By: Terry Graedon March 2, 2017 4 Comments
    How Probiotics Could Ease Your Seasonal Allergie…

    When people start sniffling and sneezing because of seasonal allergies, they usually rely on antihistamines and nasal sprays. A new study suggests that they might also want to consider modifying the …

    By: Terry Graedon March 1, 2017 2 Comments
    Are Younger People Now at Risk for Colon Cancer?

    The rates of rectal and colon cancer have been declining for decades. That may be in part because of screening through colonoscopies. Most such cancers occur in middle-aged and older people. The usual…

    By: Terry Graedon March 1, 2017 7 Comments
    Picking the Best Bug Repellent for Disease Preve…

    As the weather warms up and mosquitoes become active, people need to pay close attention to the type of mosquito repellent they choose. Which Repellent Is Best? A team of researchers at New Mexico St…

    By: Joe Graedon February 27, 2017 16 Comments
    Why Is Celecoxib Not Working and What Can People…

    Celebrex is a non steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. It was supposed to be easier on the stomach than other arthritis drugs. But questions about its heart health slowed sales over the last decade. We r…

    By: Terry Graedon February 27, 2017 12 Comments
    Could Your Toothpaste Make Your Mouth Sore?

    Is something making your mouth sore? We've heard from many readers with angular cheilitis (sore, inflamed cracks at the corners of the mouth). Figuring out the cause and choosing the right treatment i…

    By: Terry Graedon February 27, 2017 13 Comments
    Can You Solve the Pretzel Mystery?

    People prone to hypertension are often advised to cut as much salt from their diet as they possibly can. This step would reduce their sodium intake and presumably lower their risk of cardiovascular…

    By: Terry Graedon February 27, 2017 14 Comments
    Is Coconut Oil Good or Bad for Your Health?

    Some topics seem to generate ongoing confusion. One of these areas of contention is whether or not coconut oil is harmful or beneficial for health. If you search online, you'll find a wide range of op…

    By: Terry Graedon February 27, 2017 7 Comments
    Will Vitamin D Supplements Really Protect You fr…

    Avoiding colds and flu is challenging. Physicians will tell you that vaccination is the only protection against influenza. Frequent hand washing is the other standard recommendation. Unfortunately, im…

    By: Terry Graedon February 27, 2017 4 Comments
    Can You Get the Vitamin B12 You Need from Seawee…

    Americans are accustomed to being told to just eat a well-balanced diet. The implication is clear that if they did so, they wouldn't need to take any dietary supplements. But "a well-balanced diet' is…

    By: Terry Graedon February 27, 2017 6 Comments
    How to Help Your Heartburn with Persimmon Tea

    Heartburn is an ongoing problem for many people. Gastroenterologists may prescribe a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) such as dexlansoprazole (Dexilant), lansoprazole (Prevacid), omeprazole (Prilosec) or p…

    By: Terry Graedon February 23, 2017 13 Comments
    Show 1069: What Is the Clubhouse Model for Peopl…

    The treatment of mental illness has a discouraging history in this country. Even in the 21st century, psychiatrists rely principally on antipsychotic medications without much else in the way of suppor…

    By: Terry Graedon February 23, 2017 4 Comments
    Will Testosterone Therapy Strengthen Your Bones?

    Results of the T Trials are just in and provide more information about the pros and cons of testosterone therapy. This treatment for men whose own testosterone levels are low has been controversial. W…

    By: Terry Graedon February 23, 2017 2 Comments
    Does Testosterone Really Boost the Risk of Heart…

    Men have raised questions in the past about the cardiovascular effects of testosterone. Two studies published this week offered conflicting answers. As a result, men are left still wondering whether …

    By: Terry Graedon February 23, 2017 54 Comments
    Magnesium Strikes Out as Cure for Nighttime Leg …

    Nighttime leg cramps cause a great deal of misery. These painful involuntary muscle contractions can wake you from a sound sleep. The pain they cause can be excruciating, even making grown-ups cry. Do…

    By: Terry Graedon February 23, 2017 2 Comments
    Vitamin D Has an Impact on Ulcerative Colitis

    Serum levels of vitamin D make a difference for people with ulcerative colitis. That is the conclusion of a new study from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Ulcerative colitis is a condition in w…

    By: Terry Graedon February 23, 2017 5 Comments
    Will B Vitamins Help Antipsychotic Drugs Work Be…

    Antipsychotic drugs are the mainstay of treatment for people with schizophrenia. Such medications may control hallucinations in the first few months of treatment, but long-term benefits are less obv…