The People's Perspective on Medicine
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Cancer

Mushrooms May Protect Men from Prostate Cancer

Middle-aged Japanese men who eat mushrooms often have a significantly lower likelihood of being diagnosed with prostate cancer.

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Cancer

Does Your Medicine Pose a Cancer Risk?

Establishing a drug-induced cancer risk may take 5 to 10 years or longer. The FDA rarely requires such long-term research. That leaves great uncertainty.

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Cancer

Is Meat OK to Eat Now? Do Food Flip-Flops Make You Mad?

Public health experts have told us for decades that red meat causes heart attacks and cancer. But new studies question that dogma. Is meat OK after all?

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Breast Cancer

Do Onions and Garlic Cut the Risk of Breast Cancer?

Epidemiologists find that Puerto Rican women who eat lots of onions and garlic have a lower chance of breast cancer.

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Cancer

The Resurrection of Aspirin as an Anticancer and Pregnancy Drug

We used to say that aspirin was the Rodney Dangerfield of drugs...it didn't get much respect. New evidence suggests aspirin as an anticancer agent should.

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Cancer

You Have Likely Been the Victim of Diagnostic Mistakes

Diagnostic mistakes are surprisingly common. They can lead to disability or death. A new study identifies the most common conditions that are often missed.

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Cancer

Popular Heartburn Drug (Zantac/Ranitidine) Tainted with a Carcinogen

Is ranitidine (Zantac) tainted with a carcinogen called NDMA? Should it be recalled? The FDA says NDMA is in ranitidine, but no worries. We're not so sure.

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Cancer

Nivolumab Offers Benefit for Hard-to-Treat Lung Cancer

People with non-small-cell lung cancer that didn't respond to chemo have a much better chance of survival if they are given the immunotherapy nivolumab.

Breast Cancer

Should You Take a Drug to Prevent Breast Cancer?

The USPSTF says a woman at high risk can benefit from taking a drug to prevent breast cancer. A woman whose risk is low will probably benefit very little.

Nicholas Shaheen, MD, GI expert
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Show 1179: What Should You Do About Digestive Distress?

Listen to find out when your digestive distress might signal a serious problem and when you could manage it at home with simple remedies.

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Cancer

Why Should You Eat Colorful Veggies?

People who consume a flavonoid-rich diet full of colorful veggies, berries and fruits are less likely to die prematurely from heart disease or cancer.

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Cancer

Is It Better to Get Protein from Plants or Animals?

People getting most of their protein from plants and consuming a healthful plant-based diet are more likely to live longer and less likely to get diabetes.

Timothy McCall, MD, Medical editor of Yoga Journal
Podcasts

Show 1175: How to Mix Conventional and Ayurvedic Medicine for Cancer

Hear how an American physician decided to mix allopathic and Ayurvedic medicine to treat his metastatic neck cancer. Should we all learn to combine them?

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Cancer

Do People Who Eat Nuts Live Longer?

A study of older Americans show that people who eat nuts live longer. However, peanut butter eaters get no advantage.

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Cancer

Is New Cancer Drug Worth the Price?

Will the new cancer drug Xpovio work well enough to justify its extremely high price tag? Oncologists are also worried about dangerous side effects.

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Cancer

Should You Eat Yogurt for a Healthy Colon?

According to a new study, men who eat yogurt twice a week or more have a lower risk of colon polyps and possibly colorectal cancer.

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Cancer

Do Sweet Drinks Boost Your Risk for Cancer?

French people who consume sweet drinks frequently are more likely to be diagnosed with cancer.

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Cancer

How to Grill Safely This Summer

Grill safely this summer by paying attention to how you clean the grill as well as marinating, pre-cooking and flipping your meat frequently.

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Cancer

What Are the Alternatives to Colonoscopy?

How good are the alternatives to colonoscopy, such as FIT or Cologuard, for detecting colorectal cancer?

Matt Richtel, author of An Elegant Defense: The Extraordinary New Science of the Immune System: A Tale in Four Lives.
Podcasts

Show 1170: What Makes Your Immune System an Elegant Defense?

You might imagine your immune system as an army fighting off invaders. What if it behaved more like a peacekeeping force to maintain harmony?