By: Terry Graedon October 15, 2020 4 Comments
    Show 1231: How Can Women Reduce Their Risk for D…

    Two out three people with Alzheimer disease are women. Why are they at higher risk for this devastating condition than men? Even more important, how can they reduce their risk for dementia? Many of th…

    By: Terry Graedon October 8, 2020 2 Comments
    Show 1230: What Happens When COVID Symptoms Don&…

    Experts estimate that 30 million people worldwide have had COVID-19. More than a million have died, and approximately 20 million have recovered. However, while health professionals usually think of th…

    By: Terry Graedon October 1, 2020 8 Comments
    Show 1229: The End of Food Allergies

    Very likely you have heard of children who are allergic to peanuts. Sometimes the tiniest whiff of peanut dust can trigger a frightening reaction. Food allergies have been increasing dramatically amon…

    By: Terry Graedon September 24, 2020 1 Comments
    Show 1228: Why Clinical Trials Matter for COVID-…

    Until December of 2019, doctors had no experience with pandemic that has now killed hundreds of thousands of people around the world. As the infection raced from country to country, they tried a lot o…

    By: Terry Graedon September 17, 2020 5 Comments
    Show 1227: What Do You Need to Know About Airbor…

    Early in July, more than 200 scientists sent a letter to the World Health Organization urging it to consider the strong evidence that the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 can be transmitted throu…

    By: Terry Graedon September 10, 2020 31 Comments
    Show 1148: What Can You Do About Kidney Stones? …

    Kidney stones afflict an estimated three million Americans each year, resulting in at least half a million trips to the emergency department. But what are they and what can you do about them? How do t…

    By: Terry Graedon September 3, 2020 10 Comments
    Show 1226: The Coronavirus Hunter Gives You an U…

    Back in May, 2020, we spoke with a scientist known internationally as the coronavirus hunter. Dr. Ralph Baric has been studying coronaviruses for more than three decades. He was involved in the early …

    By: Terry Graedon August 27, 2020 4 Comments
    Show 1170: What Makes Your Immune System an Eleg…

    This show first aired in June, 2019, before anyone had heard of SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19. Today, understanding how your immune system works to overcome an infection is more important than ever. Just how…

    By: Terry Graedon August 20, 2020 7 Comments
    Show 1225: What Is the Evidence on Vaccines and …

    We have had eight months of COVID-19 pandemic, and there is nobody anywhere who isn’t ready for it to be over. That is why there is quite a bit of excitement about the potential for vaccines. Severa…

    By: Terry Graedon August 13, 2020 9 Comments
    Show 1224: What Is the Best Way to Manage Your H…

    Bellyaches and heartburn are among the most common problems driving people to the pharmacy to seek relief. Heartburn, a burning sensation behind the sternum, happens when acid escapes from the stomach…

    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 5 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 11 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 3 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…