The People's Perspective on Medicine
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JAMA Study Proves Sunscreens ARE Absorbed into Bloodstream

A second FDA-sponsored study reveals that many popular sunscreens are absorbed through the skin and get into the circulation. How worrisome is this finding?

Avoiding Insecticides That Could Harm the Heart

Does Taking Belviq to Lose Weight Increase Your Risk for Cancer?

Celecoxib Skin Rash Can Be Extremely Serious

Importing Medicine from Canada Is Illegal but Is It Risky?

What Can Woman Do About Lower Sex Drive from Fluoxetine?

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Allergies

Do Doctors Know About Zyrtec Antihistamine Withdrawal ?

Why doesn't the FDA require a warning about cetirizine - Zyrtec antihistamine withdrawal on the OTC drug label? Ditto for levocetirizine (Xyzal). Help FDA!

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Drug Side Effects

Do Vitamin D3 Pills Cause Digestive Distress?

When sunshine is limited, you may need vitamin D3 pills to bring your level of this hormone up to normal. However, some people report digestive symptoms.

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Drug Side Effects

Are Insecticides Bad for Your Heart?

Greater exposure to pyrethroid insecticides was linked to higher mortality from heart disease in a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Drug Side Effects

Generic Antibiotic Doxycycline Did Not Work!

Do you trust generic drugs? Should you? What about a generic antibiotic like DOXY? If an antibiotic doesn't work, lives could be in jeopardy.

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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Trelegy for COPD Leads to Hoarseness

TV commercials for prescription meds are incredibly sophisticated. If you have not seen the Trelegy for COPD 'The Power of 1-2-3' ad, you must watch it!

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Drug Side Effects

The Inside Story of Tamiflu: Side Effects & Benefits

What is the bottom line on Tamiflu (oseltamivir) and Xofluza (baloxavir) for influenza? How well do they work? Are there side effects you should know about?

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Drug Side Effects

When Are Bad Drug Side Effects Worse Than Drug Benefits?

Have you ever experienced bad drug side effects? If you watch TV commercials you know that death is not considered an obstacle to FDA drug approvals.

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Arthritis

Do Steroid Injections Melt Bones and Weaken Joints?

When your knees hurt, life gets harder. Climbing stairs can be challenging. Hiking hurts. Steroid injections are tempting, but do they cause lasting damage?

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Alternative Health

Can Acupuncture Help Ease Your Cancer Pain?

A systematic review of scientific studies finds that the answer to the question: Does acupuncture help ease cancer pain? is yes.

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Drug Side Effects

Statins Can Cause Myositis: A Serious Statin Side Effect!

Statin side effects include muscle pain, type 2 diabetes and cataracts. The FDA has minimized an autoimmune muscle condition but statins can cause myositis.

Drug Side Effects

Have You Had Lasting Pain from a Flu Shot?

Some readers have experienced lasting pain in their shoulders following a vaccination. This may be due to the shot being administered to the wrong site.

Drug Side Effects

Vaseline Should Stay Out of the Nostrils

Even when dry air makes breathing uncomfortable, we advise you to keep any type of oi, including petrolatum, out of the nostrils.