By: Terry Graedon August 6, 2020 0 Comments
    Show 1223: How to Care for Summer-Stressed Skin

    During the pandemic, fewer people by far have been making ordinary appointments with the dermatologist to have their skin checked. However, some skin conditions can become much worse if they are negle…

    By: Terry Graedon July 29, 2020 5 Comments
    Show 1222: How Can You Optimize Your Microbiome?

    The microbiome–the genome of our collective microbiota–has become a trendy topic in medicine lately. With more microbial than human cells in our bodies, it’s becoming clear we should think of ou…

    By: Terry Graedon July 23, 2020 6 Comments
    Show 1221: What Explains the Recent Increase in …

    A couple of decades ago, most people had never heard of celiac disease. Many doctors had never diagnosed a case, and they had often learned it was an extremely rare condition. Following a gluten-free …

    By: Terry Graedon July 16, 2020 5 Comments
    Show 1220: How We Can Learn Faster and Better an…

    When Jim Kwik was a little boy, he had a bad fall that resulted in a concussion. He struggled with learning problems throughout elementary school and even later. But he eventually learned to stop thin…

    By: Terry Graedon July 9, 2020 1 Comments
    Show 1219: How to Achieve Maximum Memory Fitness

    In these challenging times, keeping our brains healthy and working well is important. Social isolation can be debilitating, but there are approaches that can help counteract these difficulties. Resear…

    By: Terry Graedon July 2, 2020 4 Comments
    Show 1155: Can Bacteriophages Save Your Life? (A…

    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 June 25, 2020 4 Comments
    Show 1218: How Industry Manipulates Science to D…

    For decades, the tobacco industry was able to ward off anti-smoking policy by claiming that science did not support it. In hindsight, it is clear that most epidemiologists came to the conclusion that …

    By: Terry Graedon June 18, 2020 20 Comments
    Show 1217: Natural Ways to Keep Your Immune Syst…

    The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the importance of having a healthy immune system. It appears that more than three-fourths of the people who contract the infection recover without hospitalization…

    By: Terry Graedon June 11, 2020 8 Comments
    Show 1216: How Sugar Interferes With Healthy Dec…

    The telomeres that cap our chromosomes are a good way to gauge biological aging. Dr. Elissa Epel, who studies aging and metabolism at UCSF, has found a link between soda consumption and cellular aging…

    By: Terry Graedon June 7, 2020 4 Comments
    Show 1215: Chasing a Cure for the Cytokine Storm…

    Dr. David Fajgenbaum was a medical student in excellent health when he was struck with a mysterious disease. He nearly died before his doctors finally diagnosed him with a rare condition known as idio…

    By: Terry Graedon May 28, 2020 2 Comments
    Show 1214: How to Defend Your Brain During the P…

    For decades, neurologists have been telling us that Alzheimer disease is driven largely by the accumulation of beta-amyloid plaque in the brain. They have suspected that this is determined in large me…

    By: Terry Graedon May 21, 2020 6 Comments
    Show 1213: How Does COVID-19 Affect Your Heart?

    What comes to mind when you think of COVID-19, the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus? Chances are, you think of the lungs. There’s been a tremendous amount of attention to the breathing difficu…

    By: Terry Graedon May 14, 2020 8 Comments
    Show 1212: Should You Worry About Forever Chemic…

    Do you know who tests the chemicals we use to see if they are safe or harmful? The profession of toxicology focuses on these questions. Our guest is one of the country’s leading toxicologists. Natio…

    By: Terry Graedon May 7, 2020 14 Comments
    Show 1211: A Conversation With the Coronavirus H…

    Dr. Ralph Baric has been studying coronaviruses for 35 years and is one of the world’s leading experts on these pathogens. In this interview, you will learn how the virus jumped from bats to people …

    By: Terry Graedon April 30, 2020 10 Comments
    Show 1210: What Are the Health Benefits of Tea, …

    Are you drinking too much coffee? Is coffee actually bad for you anyway, or might a few cups have health benefits? Have you heard about the health benefits of tea? Dr. Tieraona Low Dog delves into the…

    By: Terry Graedon April 23, 2020 2 Comments
    Show 1209: How a Doctor Confronts Medical Error

    When hospitals are overstressed and understaffed, as they have been during the COVID-19 pandemic, medical errors are hardly surprising. Back in 2016, a group of doctors published an analysis in the BM…

    By: Terry Graedon April 16, 2020 2 Comments
    Show 1208: Keeping Kids Healthy in the Age of Co…

    Schools are closed and kids are home so that they don’t catch COVID-19 and spread it to family members. Of course, parents don’t want their children to get sick, either. How are we keeping kids he…

    By: Terry Graedon April 9, 2020 24 Comments
    Show 1132: Are Infections to Blame for Alzheimer…

    With nearly six million Americans living with Alzheimer disease, this condition is a serious public health problem. It robs people of their memories, their ability to function independently and even t…

    By: Terry Graedon April 2, 2020 7 Comments
    Show 1207: Can You Use Your Patient Portal for B…

    Staying at home and maintaining safe physical distance means that some primary care practices are not functioning normally during the pandemic. However, you may still want to connect with your doctor.…

    By: Terry Graedon March 26, 2020 6 Comments
    Show 1206: Live Coronavirus Update to Answer You…

    Information on the coronavirus pandemic is changing hourly. The US now has more COVID-19 cases than any other country. For this live coronavirus update on March 28, 2020, we have asked infectious dise…

    By: Terry Graedon March 19, 2020 3 Comments
    Show 1205: How Do Patients’ Stories Shape …

    How do doctors figure out what is wrong with a person and how they can be treated effectively? Traditionally, medicine has put great emphasis on the patient’s history, which usually means the patien…

    By: Terry Graedon March 12, 2020 1 Comments
    Show 1204: How Brain Function Affects Mental Ill…

    Mental health problems cause widespread disability in today’s world. Large numbers of people suffer with depression or severe anxiety. While these ailments are real, we may not be considering their …

    By: Terry Graedon March 5, 2020 5 Comments
    Show 1203: How Yoga Can Help You Age Gracefully

    Stress is nearly ubiquitous in modern life. We all know it isn’t healthy, but we may not have a lot of tools for escaping or alleviating it. People under stress may feel they don’t have enough tim…

    By: Terry Graedon February 26, 2020 10 Comments
    Show 1202: How Can We Fix Our Broken Food System…

    In our modern world, many people have become disconnected from the source of their food. Unlike our distant ancestors, who hunted and foraged for their meals, or even our great-grandparents who raised…

    By: Terry Graedon February 20, 2020 2 Comments
    Show 1201: Hard-to-Diagnose Conditions Can Be De…

    Diagnosis is a crucial first step for medical treatment. In some situations, recognizing the condition as soon as possible makes a big difference in the outcome. However, doctors may have difficulty w…

    By: Terry Graedon February 13, 2020 7 Comments
    Show 1200: Making Sense of Changing Nutritional …

    Why is nutrition advice so controversial? Often, it seems as if food fights are the fiercest disagreements in medicine. Have you had trouble making sense of changing nutritional guidelines? Changing N…

    By: Terry Graedon February 6, 2020 7 Comments
    Show 1199: The Life-Saving Science of Spontaneou…

    Doctors rarely study spontaneous remissions from serious diseases. Why not? They are unpredictable, for one thing. For another, they are said to be exceedingly rare. Despite this, Dr. Jeffrey Rediger …

    By: Terry Graedon January 30, 2020 5 Comments
    Show 1198: How You Can Age Better

    Whoever said growing old isn’t for sissies really got it right. But not everyone has the same experience with aging. Why do some people do well up to and into their 90s, while others are over the hi…

    By: Terry Graedon January 23, 2020 5 Comments
    Show 1197: How You Can Save Money on Medicines

    Have your pharmacy bills been going up? When Consumer Reports surveyed its readers, 30 percent of them reported that their cost for a drug they take on a regular basis rose during 2019. About 12 perce…

    By: Terry Graedon January 16, 2020 6 Comments
    Show 1196: What to Do If Thyroid Treatment Doesn…

    Low thyroid function is a very common problem, affecting an estimated 20 million Americans. That is nearly 12 percent of the population. Most doctors are convinced that all they need is one lab test…

    By: Terry Graedon January 9, 2020 4 Comments
    Show 1195: Do You Need Spine Surgery?

    People who have suffered with back pain for a long time may be told that spine surgery is their last resort. But far too often, spine surgery does not relieve back pain. Sometimes, people even feel wo…

    By: Terry Graedon January 2, 2020 6 Comments
    Show 1194: How You Can Discover the Joy of Movem…

    Do your New Year’s resolutions include getting more exercise? By now, everybody knows exercise is good for us. But a lot of people view it as a chore or a bore instead of a delight. How can you expe…

    By: Terry Graedon December 26, 2019 12 Comments
    Show 1161: What Is the Evidence for Food as Medi…

    Angiogenesis–the growth and development of blood vessels in the body–may seem like an obscure topic. However, angiogenesis is a critical phase in the development of tumors. If it can be blocked wh…

    By: Terry Graedon December 19, 2019 9 Comments
    Show 1193: How a Doctor Faced Down His Rare Dise…

    A healthy young medical student, David Fajgenbaum, had been a student athlete in college and maintained his extraordinary level of fitness through much of medical school. His friends called him The Be…

    By: Terry Graedon December 12, 2019 3 Comments
    Show 1192: How a Scary Fungus Is Threatening the…

    You may have heard about antibiotic-resistant bacteria. They can greatly complicate the treatment of infections. But have you ever heard of antifungal-resistant fungus? Infectious disease experts knew…

    By: Terry Graedon December 5, 2019 1 Comments
    Show 1191: What Are Your Favorite Home Remedies?

    For centuries, people have been using home remedies as their first treatment for common ailments. With easy access to over-the-counter drugs, though, people have turned away from home remedies in the …

    By: Terry Graedon November 29, 2019 23 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 November 21, 2019 7 Comments
    Show 1190: The Best Way to Deal With Anger

    At a time when opinions about nearly everything are highly polarized, how can you have a civil discussion? What do we do when we encounter a person who is extremely angry? For that matter, how do we h…

    By: Terry Graedon November 14, 2019 2 Comments
    Show 1189: What the Heck Should We Be Eating?

    If you like to cook, you are no doubt aware that favorite recipes change with the times, just like fashions in clothing. But a lot of Americans don’t like to cook. They may not have tried acquiring …

    By: Terry Graedon November 7, 2019 5 Comments
    Show 1188: The Healing Potential of Psychedelic …

    Many indigenous peoples around the world have developed traditional uses for psychedelic compounds. In Western medicine, these were mostly unknown until Albert Hoffmann synthesized LSD (lysergic acid …