By: Joe Graedon October 8, 2017 26 Comments
    What Is the Other Side of the Opioid Crisis?

    The opioid crisis keeps accelerating. While watching NBC News last night we saw yet another heartbreaking story about the devastating impact opioids are having across America. Three people in Dayton,…

    By: Joe Graedon October 5, 2017 12 Comments
    Will Drug Shortages From the Puerto Rico Disaste…

    The unfolding hurricane damage is a terrible tragedy for the people of Puerto Rico. Being without power, water, food, transportation, communication and other critical services is a calamity of enormou…

    By: Terry Graedon October 5, 2017 37 Comments
    Show 1050: How to Protect Your Vision (Archive)

    Being able to see is something most of us treasure, especially if we imagine being deprived of good vision. But do we know how to take care of our eyes to keep them healthy and working well? Our guest…

    By: Terry Graedon October 5, 2017 18 Comments
    Are Electronic Medical Records Worth the Money?

    Electronic medical records have been widespread for more than a decade. Hospitals and clinics nationally have put effort, investment and training into getting such computerized records up and running.…

    By: Joe Graedon October 5, 2017 7 Comments
    Will Stopping Aspirin Lead to A Heart Attack?

    Many people take low dose aspirin, usually 81 mg, to prevent cardiovascular complications. Doctors frequently prescribe aspirin after a patient has had a heart attack or after a stent has been placed …

    By: Terry Graedon October 4, 2017 0 Comments
    Pregnant Women Suffer Sticker Shock in the Drugs…

    The cost of brand name medicines in the United States is notoriously out of control. Some drug companies have raised prices dramatically, even for old medications that have been available for decades.…

    By: Terry Graedon October 4, 2017 2 Comments
    Should You Add Meditation to Your Medication?

    The American Heart Association (AHA) has just issued guidelines for the first time on meditation. Sitting practices such as zen, mindfulness and transcendental meditation were considered for their po…

    By: Joe Graedon October 2, 2017 3 Comments
    Ibuprofen Side Effects Can Include Really Bad Di…

    Americans love ibuprofen. Some athletes refer to it as vitamin I. That's because this non steroidal anti-inflammatory drug can ease the pain and inflammation of of sore joints. Most people recognize t…

    By: Terry Graedon October 2, 2017 9 Comments
    Should Your Dogs Lick Your Athlete’s Foot?

    Sometimes, a home remedy is a bit too weird. Many people feel that way about an athlete's foot remedy we heard about years ago: letting your dogs lick your feet. Could Dogs Lick Athlete's Foot? Q. It'…

    By: Terry Graedon October 2, 2017 2 Comments
    Will Capsaicin Help Your Blood Pressure?

    Many readers would like to learn about natural ways to control blood pressure. They prefer to avoid the expense and potential side effects of anti-hypertensive medicines. One reader without much hot …

    By: Terry Graedon October 2, 2017 33 Comments
    Why Is Hormone Replacement Therapy So Controvers…

    Every year, about two million women enter menopause. While some women sail through with minimal trouble, many if not most suffer with hot flashes, night sweats and other symptoms. Doctors may offer th…

    By: Terry Graedon October 2, 2017 8 Comments
    How to Make Fewer Bathroom Visits at Night

    Do you have to get up several times a night to make your way to the bathroom? Many readers would welcome a simple way to make fewer bathroom visits. Several report that they have indeed found a soluti…

    By: Joe Graedon October 2, 2017 50 Comments
    Should You Be Rushing To Get Your Flu Shot?

    The full court press is on again to get your vaccination against influenza. This happens like clockwork. In the spring the swallows come back to Capistrano. In the fall we see public service announcem…

    By: Terry Graedon October 2, 2017 5 Comments
    One Way to Afford High-Priced Medicines

    Over the decades, consumers have been protesting that high-priced medicines make it difficult for them to afford their treatments. Drugstore bills are higher in the US than in other places around the …

    By: Joe Graedon September 28, 2017 7 Comments
    Will Sleep Deprivation Improve Your Mood?

    This is a man-bites-dog story that you will probably have a hard time believing. It surprised us, that's for sure. For years, all we have heard is that a good night's sleep is essential for good healt…

    By: Terry Graedon September 28, 2017 15 Comments
    Show 1096: What You Need to Know About Treating …

    An estimated 20 million Americans have trouble with their thyroid glands. Doctors have become accustomed to making the diagnosis of hypothyroidism based on a single blood test. Often they prescribe ju…

    By: Terry Graedon September 28, 2017 3 Comments
    Should Your Doctor Know You Are Not Sleeping?

    Are you sleeping enough, or are you missing out? Sleep scientist Matthew Walker says that skimping on sleep can shorten your life. The Effects of Sleeping Less Than Six Hours Nightly: Dr. Matthew base…

    By: Terry Graedon September 28, 2017 6 Comments
    FDA Is Cracking Down on Illegal Drug Sales

    The Food and Drug Administration joined an international crackdown on illegal drug sales over the internet. As part of the global action, the agency sent warning letters to the operators of more than …

    By: Joe Graedon September 28, 2017 4 Comments
    Are New Drugs Rushed to Market Without Adequate …

    Everyone, it seems, wants new drugs faster. Obviously, the pharmaceutical industry wants the FDA to approve its new drugs faster. The sooner a company gets a green light to market a new medication the…

    By: Terry Graedon September 28, 2017 1 Comments
    How to Lift Worry Along with Weights

    Lifting weights makes your muscles stronger; it may also make you feel less anxious. Can you really lift worry off your shoulders as you do your weight-lifting routine? Studies Show Weight-Lifting Hel…

    By: Terry Graedon September 27, 2017 36 Comments
    Why Are So Many Pharmacists Disillusioned?

    Most pharmacists receive a nice paycheck, so any claim that they are disillusioned is unlikely to garner much sympathy. But understanding the reasons why pharmacists are disillusioned may help you to …

    By: Terry Graedon September 25, 2017 5 Comments
    Can You Delay Aging with Vitamin E Oil?

    Americans prize a youthful appearance, and we are willing to spend money and go to some effort to stave off wrinkles. Will putting vitamin E oil on your skin help you look young? Is Vitamin E Oil a Go…

    By: Joe Graedon September 25, 2017 5 Comments
    Should You Worry About Constipation?

    It has been our experience that people pay very close attention to what happens when they sit on the throne in their bathrooms. We frequently get questions about the color, texture and frequency of bo…

    By: Terry Graedon September 25, 2017 15 Comments
    What Happens If You Eat Saturated Fat?

    At least since the middle of the 20th century, Americans have been warned not to eat saturated fat. The idea was that fats that are solid at room temperature, like butter or the fat found in meat like…

    By: Joe Graedon September 25, 2017 19 Comments
    Will Glucosamine Repair Damaged Cartilage?

    In 1997 Jason Theodosakis, MD, MS, MPH, and colleagues launched the book, The Arthritis Cure: The Medical Miracle That Can Halt, Reverse, and May Even Cure Osteoarthritis. It could be stated that Dr. …

    By: Terry Graedon September 25, 2017 10 Comments
    Are Soy Products a Problem for People on Synthro…

    Levothyroxine (Synthroid) is one of the most commonly prescribed medications in the country. Approximately 20 million Americans have a thyroid condition, so perhaps we shouldn't be surprised that synt…

    By: Joe Graedon September 25, 2017 7 Comments
    Antidepressants and Suicide: Why Don’t Peo…

    Antidepressants are, by definition, supposed to improve mood. They are prescribed to lift people out of psychological depression. In theory, drugs like fluoxetine (Prozac), paroxetine (Paxil) and sert…

    By: Terry Graedon September 25, 2017 2 Comments
    Will Probiotics Cut Gas from Drinking Milk?

    Many of us struggle with smelly gas, known more technically (and perhaps more politely) as flatulence. Sometimes the culprit is a medication that is causing the trouble. But people trying to control f…

    By: Terry Graedon September 21, 2017 6 Comments
    Show 1095: How Do You Cope with Changing Recomme…

    Heart Disease and Inflammation: Is cholesterol the main problem leading to clogged arteries and heart attacks? It certainly is important, but a brand-new study suggests that inflammation may also be c…

    By: Terry Graedon September 21, 2017 24 Comments
    How Good Is the Evidence for Whole Grains?

    Whole grains have a golden reputation as the mainstay of a healthy diet. The old food pyramid was built on a foundation of whole grains. But how good is the evidence that eating brown rice, steel cut …