By: Joe Graedon January 4, 2018 19 Comments
    COPD Drug Side Effects Can Be Deadly

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a very serious lung condition. People with COPD often complain of a constant cough, wheezing, difficulty breathing, chest tightness, mucus and fatigue. …

    By: Terry Graedon January 4, 2018 17 Comments
    Show 1105: How to Keep Your Nails Healthy and Be…

    Nails rarely get much medical attention. They just don’t seem as urgent as high blood pressure or diabetes. Despite this, nails are part of the way we present ourselves socially. Consequently, most …

    By: Terry Graedon January 4, 2018 12 Comments
    Beware the Dangers of Cotton-Tipped Swabs

    Ear, nose and throat specialists like to caution us never to stick anything smaller than our elbows in our ears. It seems too many of us don't pay close enough attention, however, especially when it c…

    By: Terry Graedon January 4, 2018 11 Comments
    Will There Be Help for Tinnitus in the Future?

    Tinnitus, the perception of constant noise that no one else can hear, is a common affliction without a cure. But research offers hope that there will be help for tinnitus not too far in the future. Th…

    By: Terry Graedon January 4, 2018 30 Comments
    What Is Behind the Rise in Gabapentinoids?

    The opioid epidemic has doctors looking for alternative treatments to ease pain. Many have turned to a category of medications called gabapentinoids. What Are Gabapentinoids? This category includes th…

    By: Terry Graedon January 4, 2018 2 Comments
    Will Pomegranate Juice Help Lower Blood Sugar?

    Having blood sugar and insulin rise rapidly after a meal has been linked to a number of metabolic problems. Products, like crackers, cookies or bread, that cause such a rapid increase are termed high-…

    By: Joe Graedon January 1, 2018 50 Comments
    Blackseed Oil Saved Knee and Lowered Cholesterol…

    Have you ever heard of blackseed oil? We didn't think so. It has not gotten the attention that turmeric has. The first we became aware of this dietary supplement was from an integrative oncologist, Dr…

    By: Joe Graedon January 1, 2018 18 Comments
    Beware Amiodarone Side Effects and Interactions

    According to the FDA, "Amiodarone is intended for use only in patients with the indicated life-threatening arrhythmias because its use is accompanied by substantial toxicity." The FDA goes on to state…

    By: Terry Graedon January 1, 2018 31 Comments
    Can You Prevent Migraines by Watching Your Diet?

    Migraines are a pain. Even worse than the pain, though, is the life disruption. Some sufferers lose days every time a headache strikes hiding in a dark quiet room. They may feel horribly nauseated or …

    By: Terry Graedon January 1, 2018 9 Comments
    Are Gummies a Good Way to Take Supplements?

    What vitamins and minerals do you take? Do you prefer pills, capsules, drops, softgels, chewable tablets or gummies? There may be differences in how well your supplements work, depending on their form…

    By: Terry Graedon January 1, 2018 19 Comments
    How to Stop a Cold Sore with an Herb

    Whether you call them cold sores or fever blisters, these lesions may pop up when you get sick. A respiratory tract infection or exposure to wind or sun may bring them out. No one knows exactly why a …

    By: Joe Graedon January 1, 2018 7 Comments
    Surprising Ketamine Side Effects and Anti-Suicid…

    There is tremendous confusion and controversy surrounding a very old drug called ketamine (Ketalar). The FDA first approved Ketalar in 1970 as an injectable anesthetic. It had advantages over existing…

    By: Terry Graedon January 1, 2018 13 Comments
    Is Armour Thyroid Better Than T4 for Some People…

    Many people have a thyroid gland that doesn't work properly. In some, the gland appears to spontaneously lose its ability to produce enough thyroid hormones. For others, surgery or radiation treatment…

    By: Terry Graedon December 28, 2017 10 Comments
    Show 1040: How to Make Your Brain Healthy for a …

    At midcareer, neuroscientist Wendy Suzuki had numerous scientific awards and accomplishments. She was studying what makes a brain healthy. But she didn't have much of a life outside of the lab, and sh…

    By: Terry Graedon December 28, 2017 17 Comments
    No Good Evidence on Preventing Dementia

    The prospect of dementia is just as frightening to many people as the possibility of a cancer diagnosis. With the population aging, increasing numbers of Americans will suffer from Alzheimer disease. …

    By: Terry Graedon December 28, 2017 4 Comments
    Help Yourself to Leafy Greens for Better Brain P…

    New analyses appear to show that nothing works to prevent dementia. Nonetheless, one promising study found that a daily serving of leafy greens might help (Morris et al, Neurology, online Dec. 20, 20…

    By: Joe Graedon December 28, 2017 52 Comments
    How Did Doctors Go So Wrong on Calcium and Vitam…

    For decades physicians have been advising their older female patients to take extra calcium and vitamin D for bone strength. It seemed logical. Both calcium and vitamin D play a role in building bone.…

    By: Terry Graedon December 28, 2017 0 Comments
    Should Youngsters Eat Fish for Better Grades?

    According to the old wives, fish is supposed to be brain food. They have just been proved right again, at least in part. A study published in the journal Scientific Reports suggests that kids who eat …

    By: Terry Graedon December 28, 2017 4 Comments
    Memory Is Better with Synchronized Brain Waves

    Adequate sleep is essential for the health of the immune system, cardiovascular system and metabolic response. Sleep is also important for older people’s brains. The key seems to lie in synchronized…

    By: Joe Graedon December 25, 2017 7 Comments
    Can You Cure Asthma With Antifungal Medicine?

    For many people, asthma is a mysterious condition. Wheezing and shortness of breath may seem to come from nowhere. Health professionals frequently blame asthma on allergies. Perhaps a person is allerg…

    By: Terry Graedon December 25, 2017 7 Comments
    When Will Viagra Become More Affordable?

    If a medication is not affordable, it might as well not exist. Actually, it's worse to know that a drug that could help you exists, but you can't foot the bill. Many men have had that experience with …

    By: Terry Graedon December 25, 2017 10 Comments
    Can a Vitamin Really Help Prevent Skin Cancer?

    Skin cancer is the most common type of malignancy in the US. Between 40 and 50 percent of Americans will be diagnosed with either basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma by the age of 65. (Mel…

    By: Joe Graedon December 25, 2017 29 Comments
    What Can You Do When the Flu Shot Doesn’t …

    The public health messages have been going out fast and furious: Get Your Flu Shot Now! The media is spreading the word. Here is just a sampling: "Connecticut Health Officials Urge People to Get a Flu…

    By: Joe Graedon December 25, 2017 10 Comments
    What Will Doctors Do When Baby Boomers Retire?

    Will you ever be able to afford to retire? According to the Pew Research Center, 10,000 baby boomers turned 65 today. Roughly the same number will turn 65 tomorrow and the day after that. In fact, it …

    By: Terry Graedon December 25, 2017 13 Comments
    Can You Avert Diabetes with Cinnamon?

    Type 2 diabetes is increasingly common. According to the American Diabetes Association, 9.4 percent of Americans have diabetes. Most of those individuals have type 2 diabetes, in which the cells stop …

    By: Terry Graedon December 25, 2017 15 Comments
    Can You Prevent Macular Degeneration with Supple…

    As we grow older, our senses may become less sharp. Many people find it harder to hear; others find it more difficult to see clearly. One of the leading causes of impaired vision among senior citizens…

    By: Joe Graedon December 21, 2017 77 Comments
    Should You Worry About Your Cell Phone and Cance…

    Do you know anyone who does not own a cell phone? There are a huge number of people, especially those under 30, who do not own a land line. You know, those old fashioned telephones that actually conne…

    By: Terry Graedon December 21, 2017 70 Comments
    FDA Plans to Crack Down on Homeopathy

    Homeopathy got its start around the turn of the 19th century. That’s when the German physician, Samuel Hahnemann, published his law of similars. His idea was that like healed like. In other words, i…

    By: Terry Graedon December 21, 2017 19 Comments
    Show 1030: Dr. Mark Hyman on How to Eat Fat …

    For decades, we've been told that we need to avoid fat if we want to lose weight. So Americans turned to highly-processed low-fat foods that are full of sugar. Is it a coincidence that we are fatter t…

    By: Joe Graedon December 21, 2017 4 Comments
    Ketamine Zaps Suicidal Thoughts Within Hours

    An old anesthetic medication is getting new attention as a fast-acting way to reverse suicidal thoughts. That's the news from a high-powered study published in The American Journal of Psychiatry, onli…