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    By: Terry Graedon April 21, 2019 0 Comments
    Will Cannabidiol Relieve Chronic Pain?

    People with chronic pain often have difficulties trying to get relief. Doctors used to prescribe narcotics, but the opioid crisis has made many physicians reluctant to do so. NSAIDs, either prescripti…

    By: Terry Graedon April 18, 2019 5 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: Joe Graedon April 18, 2019 15 Comments
    Pelvic Mesh Sales Halted by the FDA Due to Safet…

    The Food and Drug Administration has just announced that it is ordering an end to the use of synthetic mesh implants for transvaginal surgical repair of pelvic organ prolapse (POP). Synthetic mesh pro…

    By: Terry Graedon April 18, 2019 1 Comments
    Falling for Scams Is a Sign of Cognitive Impairm…

    If you are like most Americans, you've honed your ability to smell out a scam over the past few years. But not all older people have perfected these techniques. Falling for scams may be an early sign …

    By: Joe Graedon April 18, 2019 6 Comments
    Medical Marijuana Users May Require More Anesthe…

    Millions of people are now using cannabis regularly. Some smoke marijuana. Others eat marijuana gummies, brownies, chocolate bars, truffles and chocolate chip cookies. Then there is medical marijuana.…

    By: Terry Graedon April 18, 2019 21 Comments
    How to Get Germs Off Your Hands

    To keep infections from spreading in health care facilities, health care workers must get germs off their hands effectively. The World Health Organization (WHO) believes that hand sanitizer is better …

    By: Terry Graedon April 18, 2019 1 Comments
    What Do Interns Do All Day?

    Interns are medical doctors who have completed four years of medical school but need an additional year of training. They get that by working in a hospital before they go on to practice medicine or sp…

    By: Terry Graedon April 15, 2019 7 Comments
    What Is the Story on Grapefruit Juice and Meds?

    What do you know about the story on grapefruit juice and drug interactions? Some people have heard that it is risky to combine juice but not fruit with certain medications; others insist that the inte…

    By: Terry Graedon April 15, 2019 6 Comments
    Go Easy on Licorice to Avoid Leg Cramps

    Your mother probably told you not to eat too much candy because it could ruin your teeth. Maybe your grandmother warned that gobbling candy would make you gain weight. But did anyone tell you to go ea…

    By: Joe Graedon April 15, 2019 11 Comments
    Polypharmacy and Premature Deaths Especially in …

    Have you been to a doctor’s office or a clinic lately? Chances are very good that a med tech weighed you, measured your blood pressure and took your temperature. This information was entered into a …

    By: Terry Graedon April 15, 2019 8 Comments
    Will a Keto Diet Help Eliminate Your Knee Pain?

    Americans are continually searching for the one best diet that will make it easy to maintain a healthy weight, keep blood pressure and blood fats under control and help people feel vigorous. Over the …

    By: Terry Graedon April 15, 2019 6 Comments
    Can Vicks VapoRub on Your Soles Calm Your Cough?

    Sometimes a cough can linger on long after the respiratory infection that triggered it has vanished. What do you do for such a cough? We have heard from a surprising number of people that smearing Vic…

    By: Joe Graedon April 15, 2019 10 Comments
    Bug Bites that Blister Respond to Hot Water

    Most people get itchy bug bites. Mosquitoes, chiggers, fleas, flies, lice, midges and mites can all trigger an itch for a few days. Some people are so sensitive to the saliva of biting insects, howeve…

    By: Joe Graedon April 15, 2019 21 Comments
    Gabapentin and Fuzzy Thinking: A Recognized Side…

    We have been writing a lot about GABA drugs like gabapentin (Neurontin) and pregabalin (Lyrica). That because a report from ISMP (Institute for Safe Medication Practices) has a QuarterWatch article: …

    By: Joe Graedon April 11, 2019 37 Comments
    Spinal Manipulation Can Ease Low Back Pain

    Low back pain is common and debilitating. It is estimated that 80 percent of adults will experience this distressing condition sometime during their lives. Physicians often recommend nonsteroidal anti…

    By: Joe Graedon April 11, 2019 10 Comments
    Low LDL Cholesterol Linked to Bleeding Strokes

    Ask any golfer if you can have too low a golf score and he will think you're nuts. After all, the lowest score wins in golf. Ask almost any cardiologist if you can have too low LDL cholesterol levels …

    By: Joe Graedon April 11, 2019 8 Comments
    FDA Approves Evenity to Build Bone Against Osteo…

    The FDA has just approved a new drug for osteoporosis that works differently than existing medications. Romosozumab will be sold under the brand name Evenity. This injectable monoclonal antibody actua…

    By: Terry Graedon April 11, 2019 5 Comments
    Show 1160: How Good Is the Evidence for Cutting …

    For decades, public health experts have been admonishing Americans to cut the salt in our diets. In fact, the American Heart Association recommends that we limit ourselves to 2,300 mg of sodium daily.…

    By: Terry Graedon April 11, 2019 11 Comments
    Scary Drug-Resistant Fungal Infection Is Spreadi…

    A life-threatening drug-resistant fungal infection is spreading around the country. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are reporting outbreaks of Candida auris in 12 states. New York…

    By: Terry Graedon April 11, 2019 0 Comments
    Do Whitening Strips Damage Your Teeth?

    A white smile is a lovely feature. But how do whitening strips make your teeth so sparkly? Are there any drawbacks to using these over-the-counter strips frequently?  Are Whitening Strips Good fo…

    By: Terry Graedon April 11, 2019 1 Comments
    Will Gum Disease Boost Your Risk for Dementia?

    If you are trying to reduce your chance of developing Alzheimer disease, you might want to schedule an appointment with your dentist. New research suggests that gum disease should join the list of fac…

    By: Joe Graedon April 8, 2019 31 Comments
    Will High Drug Prices Soon Destroy Healthcare?

    Have you ever heard of a house of cards? We’re not referring to the TV series. We mean a structure that will eventually collapse when it can no longer sustain itself. We fear that high drug prices w…

    By: Terry Graedon April 8, 2019 7 Comments
    Should You Take Your Aspirin with Honey?

    When we were kids, we were amused by a silly poem that went like this: "I eat my peas with honey. "I've done it all my life. "It makes the peas taste funny, "but it keeps them on my knife." We were eq…

    By: Terry Graedon April 8, 2019 12 Comments
    Will Taking Krill Oil Help Your Dry Eyes?

    Is there any value in taking supplements? Doctors have been debating this question for years. While many specialties have been extremely skeptical about the value of dietary supplements, ophthalmologi…

    By: Terry Graedon April 8, 2019 11 Comments
    Will It Hurt to Switch Generic Levothyroxine?

    Levothyroxine, or T4 thyroid hormone, is a very old medication. Scientists first extracted this compound from pig thyroid glands more than 100 years ago, but no drug maker marketed the synthetic form …

    By: Joe Graedon April 8, 2019 8 Comments
    Doctors Deny That PPIs Can Cause Kidney Damage

    It can take years or even decades to discover serious drug side effects. Think of it as a long-running drug experiment. Proton pump inhibitors like esomeprazole (Nexium), lansoprazole (Prevacid) and o…

    By: Joe Graedon April 8, 2019 0 Comments
    What to Make of Contradictory Results from Diabe…

    What is the best way to diagnose diabetes? For decades it was the oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT). But it’s time consuming and inconvenient for patients. They have to consume a sugary drink that …

    By: Terry Graedon April 8, 2019 15 Comments
    Will Probiotics Help You Recover from Antibiotic…

    Antibiotics are crucial tools for overcoming serious infections. However, they can often kill beneficial bacteria that live in the digestive tract and elsewhere along with the harmful invaders. As lon…

    By: Joe Graedon April 4, 2019 8 Comments
    Could Polio-Like Illness (Acute Flaccid Myelitis…

    Dr. Anthony Fauci is head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. He is one of the world’s foremost authorities on HIV/AIDS. He has won some of the most prestigious awards in m…

    By: Terry Graedon April 4, 2019 1 Comments
    Do Cosmetics Contain Chemicals That Speed Pubert…

    Body care products like toothpaste, soap and cosmetics contain chemicals that are suspected of being endocrine disruptors. A new study links heavy exposure to such compounds to early puberty in girls …