By: Terry Graedon March 4, 2019 9 Comments
    Primatene Mist Is Back on Drugstore Shelves

    More than 26 million Americans, roughly 8 percent of the population, have been diagnosed with asthma. In this condition, airway inflammation can lead to constriction. People may cough, wheeze and find…

    By: Terry Graedon March 4, 2019 6 Comments
    Will Horse Chestnut Extract Ease Tired Legs?

    You can see varicose veins as lumpy twisted veins under the skin. They tend to stick up from the surface of the limb (usually the leg or foot). That distinguishes them from spider veins that are visib…

    By: Joe Graedon March 4, 2019 17 Comments
    FDA Boss Infuriates Patients with Drug Safety Tw…

    Dr. Scott Gottlieb is the Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. That means he is the top cop when it comes to all our medications. Dr. Gottlieb stirred up a lot of excitement on Valentineâ…

    By: Terry Graedon March 4, 2019 8 Comments
    Research Supports Coconut Remedy to Stop Diarrhe…

    Have you heard of eating coconut cookies to control a bout of diarrhea? Here's the story behind this coconut remedy. Coconut Remedy for Chronic Diarrhea: Q. My husband suffered with diarrhea for many …

    By: Joe Graedon March 4, 2019 5 Comments
    Why Choose Certified Organic Probiotic Products?

    FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., recently announced that the agency will be “modernizing and reforming FDA’s oversight” of dietary supplements.  In essence, he has admitted that the F…

    By: Joe Graedon February 28, 2019 22 Comments
    FIT | Can You Detect Colon Cancer Without a Colo…

    Have you ever had a colonoscopy? It might not be the most pleasant screening test ever devised, but it does save lives. Colon cancer is a leading cause of cancer death, and a colonoscopy is a way to d…

    By: Terry Graedon February 28, 2019 3 Comments
    Show 1155: Can Bacteriophages Save Your Life?

    Antibiotic-resistant bacteria have been cropping up around the world. These superbugs cause serious problems, especially when they fail to respond to increasingly potent medications. One approach may …

    By: Terry Graedon February 28, 2019 3 Comments
    Nuts Have Heart-Healthy Benefits for Type 2 Diab…

    People with type 2 diabetes are usually cautioned to avoid fat in their diets. Nuts may be high in fat, but they seem to be heart-healthy for those with this condition. People with type 2 diabetes are…

    By: Terry Graedon February 28, 2019 5 Comments
    Will Tick Bites Make You Allergic to Red Meat?

    Most people are aware that tick bites can transmit infections such as Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Lyme disease. There is another condition caused by tick bites, however. It’s called alpha-gal a…

    By: Terry Graedon February 28, 2019 0 Comments
    How Can Viruses Fight Antibiotic-Resistant Bacte…

    The CDC estimates that at least 23,000 Americans die each year from antibiotic-resistant infections. Researchers expect this problem will only get worse in coming years. Finding new antibiotics has be…

    By: Terry Graedon February 25, 2019 9 Comments
    Rat Poison Is Not Relevant to People

    We recently answered a question from a reader about vitamin D3 used in high concentrations as a mouse or rat poison. At the toxic levels found in the bait, vitamin D3 can lead to kidney damage, heart …

    By: Terry Graedon February 25, 2019 1 Comments
    Are You Giving Your Child the Right Dose?

    What do you do when your young child gets a fever, a cough or a sore throat? If you’re like most parents, you look around the medicine chest for something to ease the symptoms. But what will you fin…

    By: Joe Graedon February 25, 2019 10 Comments
    Fibromyalgia Treatment| Choosing Between Pain Re…

    When it comes to fibromyalgia think pain. Almost constant pain. Some people describe it as a nagging ache, sort of like a toothache in your muscles. Other people complain of tender places on the body.…

    By: Joe Graedon February 25, 2019 10 Comments
    Peyronie’s Disease | Can You Cure a Curved Pen…

    It is hard to talk about curvature of the penis. For one thing, the cause is often a result of trauma. That is to say, injury during sex. Who wants to tell a doctor that you have been too rambunctious…

    By: Terry Graedon February 25, 2019 10 Comments
    What Is the Best Way to Store Extra-Virgin Olive…

    Extra-virgin olive oil has a stellar reputation, not only among foodies but among scientists and cardiologists as well. People who consume this oil as part of their regular diet appear to be less susc…

    By: Terry Graedon February 25, 2019 3 Comments
    How to Beat Nose Spray Dependence One Nostril at…

    Decongestant nose spray is fabulous when your nasal passages are so congested you can't breathe. Just a spritz can open clogged sinuses. However, such nasal sprays have a big downside: nose spray addi…

    By: Terry Graedon February 25, 2019 17 Comments
    Will Milk of Magnesia Help Under-Breast Itching?

    Under-breast itching is often an extremely irritating problem. You certainly can't scratch the itch, and figuring out how to treat it is tricky. Doctors don't always have solutions for this stubborn p…

    By: Terry Graedon February 21, 2019 21 Comments
    Show 1154: How to Take Good Care of Your Eyesigh…

    A national survey just a few years ago showed that Americans fear losing their vision more than they fear losing a limb, their hearing, their ability to speak or even their memory (Scott et al, JAMA O…

    By: Terry Graedon February 21, 2019 13 Comments
    Can NSAIDs for Pain Harm Your Kidneys?

    Have you taken nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like diclofenac, ibuprofen or naproxen? A recent study shows that people taking high doses of NSAIDs for pain may develop kidney problems (…

    By: Joe Graedon February 21, 2019 11 Comments
    More Bad News About PPIs and Kidney Damage

    The FDA loves proton pump inhibitors (PPI)s. So do doctors, especially gastroenterologists. Drugs like esomeprazole (Nexium) lansoprazole (Prevacid) and omeprazole (Prilosec) used to top the doctors' …

    By: Terry Graedon February 21, 2019 9 Comments
    Should You Worry About Zombie Deer?

    There is growing concern about a mysterious infectious disease that has been spreading among the wild deer population for decades. Scientists call it CWD or chronic wasting disease. Hunters refer to t…

    By: Terry Graedon February 21, 2019 7 Comments
    How Risky Is Shoulder Replacement Surgery?

    Shoulder replacement surgery is becoming increasingly common. Now, researchers writing in The BMJ say that patients should be warned that the risks of this procedure are higher than doctors originally…

    By: Terry Graedon February 20, 2019 2 Comments
    Improving Patient Safety by Reducing Alert Fatig…

    Drug interactions are a serious hazard in hospitals and in the community. If patients receive prescriptions for incompatible medications, they can experience severe side effects that may even be life …

    By: Joe Graedon February 18, 2019 70 Comments
    Statins and Muscle Pain: What Else Can He Do To …

    Jane Brody, the grande dame of medical journalism, asked: “Are you among the 73 million Americans with cholesterol levels that current guidelines suggest should be lowered by taking a statin for the…

    By: Terry Graedon February 18, 2019 16 Comments
    Can You Avoid Post-Operative Cognitive Dysfuncti…

    When you are told you need surgery, there is a lot to think about. What kind of surgery, and what is the recovery like? Will you need to spend time in the hospital? You need to know the risks and bene…

    By: Terry Graedon February 18, 2019 17 Comments
    Is Vanilla a Helpful Remedy for Cold Sores?

    Do you sometimes suffer from cold sores? If you do, you may have developed your own favorite collection of remedies. Some people like to use medications at the first sensation of tingling, while other…

    By: Joe Graedon February 18, 2019 18 Comments
    Why Is Your Prescription Drug Label A Disaster?

    Do you remember the book, Catch-22, by Joseph Heller? Airmen in World War II were faced with a no-win situation. To be exempted from a suicidal bombing mission you had to plead insanity. But if you as…

    By: Terry Graedon February 18, 2019 4 Comments
    Will Rosemary and Turmeric Help Your Arthritis P…

    People with arthritis pain face a difficult dilemma. Arthritis is a chronic condition, but the usual NSAID pain relievers such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB) and naproxen (Aleve) should be used only …

    By: Terry Graedon February 18, 2019 13 Comments
    Why Can You Buy Quinine in Canada But Not the US…

    If you suffer from nighttime leg cramps, you may have spent some time looking for treatments to prevent them. If you are old enough, you may remember a time when you could buy quinine tablets to treat…

    By: Terry Graedon February 18, 2019 33 Comments
    How Often Do You Get Up to Pee at Night?

    Do you have to get up to pee several times a night? Many people report that this is a problem, especially as they grow older. Having to urinate several times during the night is a major factor interfe…