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    By: Terry Graedon April 24, 2017 0 Comments
    Is There Any Hope for Severe Hair Loss?

    Severe hair loss would distress anyone, but we never expect children to become partly or completely bald. Yet sometimes they develop a condition called alopecia areata that can result in large patche…

    By: Terry Graedon April 24, 2017 0 Comments
    How to Ease Statin-Induced Muscle Pain

    Statin-type cholesterol-lowering drugs are an important part of every cardiologist's tool box. They lower cholesterol, which is a significant risk factor for heart disease. People who already have hea…

    By: Terry Graedon April 24, 2017 0 Comments
    Could Pain Reliever Cause Ringing in the Ears?

    Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, can be a maddening problem. No one else can see or hear what is going on for the sufferer, so they get too little sympathy. Even so, the ringing, hissing, chirping or…

    By: Terry Graedon April 24, 2017 0 Comments
    Balancing the Benefits and Risks of Antidepressa…

    by Amy Beausang, PharmD What Is Depression? What if you could envision no future? If you felt like there were no answers to your problems, which are overwhelming and without end? Perhaps nothing feels…

    By: Terry Graedon April 22, 2017 0 Comments
    Join Us April 27 to Learn about Favorite Remedie…

    People who listen to The People's Pharmacy radio show or read the newspaper columns find home remedies fascinating. Most people want to know whether a specific remedy or dietary supplement works or no…

    By: Terry Graedon April 20, 2017 7 Comments
    Show 1076: Finding New Ways to Ease Joint Pain

    When joints become stiff or painful, they can get in the way of important activities like gardening, cooking, playing tennis, going up or down stairs or walking the dog. While we think of osteoarthrit…

    By: Joe Graedon April 20, 2017 7 Comments
    Statins and ALS: Is There a Connection?

    One of the most tragic diseases of mankind is amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). It is also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. It is a mystery disease in that we do not know what causes it and we do not…

    By: Terry Graedon April 20, 2017 0 Comments
    Does Cannabidiol Help a Rare Type of Epilepsy?

    Cannabidiol, a derivative of cannabis, reduced seizures by 50 percent in some patients with a rare type of epilepsy. The study included 225 children and adults with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, a rare typ…

    By: Terry Graedon April 20, 2017 10 Comments
    What Do Americans Really Think about Medical Mar…

    Americans are changing their attitudes about marijuana. A new Yahoo News and Marist poll of more than 1,000 adults found that two thirds think opioids prescribed by a physician are more dangerous than…

    By: Terry Graedon April 20, 2017 0 Comments
    Should Women Worry About Antidepressants during …

    When women are pregnant, they frequently worry that something they swallow will harm the developing baby. Previous studies have suggested that mothers who take antidepressants during pregnancy might h…

    By: Terry Graedon April 20, 2017 7 Comments
    Why Do Heart Attack Patients Stop Taking Statins…

    There is considerable controversy about the value of statins for preventing initial heart attacks. Some physicians are convinced that these drugs are extremely useful, while others point out (as in t…

    By: Terry Graedon April 20, 2017 2 Comments
    Will Vitamin D Protect Your Heart?

    The higher your vitamin D levels are, the less likely you are to die from cardiovascular disease. But will taking vitamin D protect your heart? Does Vitamin D Protect Your Heart? A meta-analysis of 3…

    By: Terry Graedon April 20, 2017 9 Comments
    What Are the Unexpected Risks of Short-Term Ster…

    Corticosteroids such as methylprednisolone or prednisone are powerful anti-inflammatory medications. Doctors frequently prescribe these medications for bronchitis, sinusitis, asthma, allergic reaction…

    By: Joe Graedon April 17, 2017 10 Comments
    Is There Any Science to Support Glucosamine for …

    For decades we have been agnostic about the use of glucosamine for arthritis. Some readers praised this dietary supplement while others denounced it. We remember when New York Times health columnist J…

    By: Joe Graedon April 17, 2017 11 Comments
    Will White Coat Hypertension Make You a Pill Zom…

    Physicians and nurses like to think of themselves as helpful healers. They have a hard time imagining that their mere presence can provoke anxiety. Data demonstrate, however, that some people react to…

    By: Terry Graedon April 17, 2017 9 Comments
    Did Lyrica Trigger Scary Sleepwalking Attack?

    Have you ever told your doctor about a side effect you experienced and heard that the drug doesn't do that? Plenty of people have become extremely frustrated by that message. One reader tried to tell…

    By: Joe Graedon April 17, 2017 6 Comments
    How to Soothe Allergy Symptoms Without Serious S…

    Allergy season takes a terrible toll on people who are susceptible to pollen. This is the time of year when invisible particles in the air trigger sneezing, sniffling, itching and congestion. Allergy …

    By: Terry Graedon April 17, 2017 12 Comments
    Did Beet Juice Cause Vertigo by Lowering Blood P…

    Is it smart to use every possible means of lowering blood pressure? Sometimes we need that kind of intensive effort. But pulling out all the stops isn't always necessary. Could drinking beet juice cau…

    By: Terry Graedon April 17, 2017 8 Comments
    Can You Afford Repatha to Crush Your Cholesterol…

    Two years ago, the FDA approved a new type of cholesterol-lowering medicine. It sends "bad" LDL cholesterol into the basement, lowering it even more than potent statin drugs. But at the time, the FDA …

    By: Terry Graedon April 17, 2017 9 Comments
    Will Spicy Green Tea Stop Your Stomachache?

    How did people treat their heartburn before drugs like omeprazole and esomeprazole? These proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are so good at healing stomach ulcers and easing heartburn that doctors often…

    By: Terry Graedon April 13, 2017 0 Comments
    Special Savings on Healing from Your Kitchen Cup…

    Have you ever wished you could feel better just by using something simple you already had in your kitchen cupboard? It's not such a far-fetched dream. You probably have a treasure trove of healing sit…

    By: Terry Graedon April 13, 2017 27 Comments
    Show 1020: How to Lose Weight Without Feeling Hu…

    Many of us are aware we could be at a healthier weight. Perhaps we've even tried to drop some pounds but found that we were always feeling hungry and grumpy on a diet. Perhaps counting calories could …

    By: Terry Graedon April 13, 2017 5 Comments
    PSA Screening for Prostate Cancer: Every Man Dec…

    The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has done a U-turn on PSA screening for prostate cancer. In 2012 this national group of experts recommended against routine PSA screening for men without urinary…

    By: Terry Graedon April 13, 2017 2 Comments
    How to Reduce Fatigue from Prostate Cancer Radia…

    Radiation therapy is a common treatment for prostate cancer, usually lasting six to nine weeks. While it is frequently effective at slowing or stopping the growth of prostate cancer cells, radiation m…

    By: Terry Graedon April 13, 2017 10 Comments
    Can a Chiropractor Help Your Acute Lower Back Pa…

    A meta-analysis of 26 clinical trials published in JAMA found that chiropractic manipulation can ease acute lower back pain. This comes at a time that doctors are striving to reduce the numbers of pai…

    By: Terry Graedon April 13, 2017 0 Comments
    People Who Exercise Boost Their Chances of Survi…

    The American Heart Association urges Americans to exercise for heart attack prevention. But here's another reason to lace up your sneakers. A Danish study has found that people who exercise regularly …

    By: Terry Graedon April 13, 2017 17 Comments
    How to Brew Green Tea for Maximum Benefit

    You can brew green tea simply by plopping a tea bag in a cup and pouring hot water over it. Or you can make it into a complex ritual as a Japanese tea ceremony. When it comes to getting the most ph…

    By: Terry Graedon April 13, 2017 2 Comments
    Why Is EpiPen Maker in Trouble Again?

    The drug company Mylan got into trouble last year because of the extraordinary increase in its price for its epinephrine auto-injector. The EpiPen maker is now in a different type of trouble with the…

    By: Joe Graedon April 10, 2017 7 Comments
    Did Eating Olives Really Make Warts Disappear?

    We have been collecting wart remedies for over 40 years. Some of our favorites include banana peel, bacon fat, duct tape, garlic, Listerine, potato, turmeric and vinegar. We have never heard of olives…

    By: Joe Graedon April 10, 2017 39 Comments
    NasalCrom (Cromolyn Sodium) Is Surprisingly Help…

    You've probably never heard of NasalCrom nasal spray for allergies. It doesn't get the kind of attention that many other allergy treatments receive. There are commercials for antihistamines like Clari…