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    By: Joe Graedon November 23, 2017 0 Comments
    Why Lower Your Blood Pressure If It Was Measured…

    New guidelines from the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology mean that about half of all Americans will be classified as hypertensive. Prior to this decree, the CDC stated…

    By: Terry Graedon November 23, 2017 0 Comments
    Why Is Codeine the Wrong Pain Reliever for Kids?

    Doctors used to prescribe codeine to kids who’d undergone a tonsillectomy or appendectomy. They believed that this narcotic was less potent and hence not as risky as more powerful opioids. However, …

    By: Terry Graedon November 23, 2017 0 Comments
    Popular Shoulder Surgery Is No Better Than Place…

    As people get older, they may suffer from chronic shoulder pain. Other than a torn rotator cuff, one type of pain is brought on by bone spurs rubbing on soft tissue such as rotator cuff tendons. This…

    By: Terry Graedon November 23, 2017 23 Comments
    Show 1062: Lead with Your Heart in the Horse Pen…

    Dr. Allan Hamilton is a neurosurgeon, a teacher and a horse trainer. Those activities may not seem to have much to do with each other, but Dr. Hamilton has found that horses have a lot to teach us abo…

    By: Terry Graedon November 22, 2017 0 Comments
    Snooze Your Way to Quicker Wound Healing

    The next time you suffer a cut, a scrape or a blister, you may want to make sure you get plenty of sleep. That will help your wound heal more quickly. People recovering from surgery may also heal fast…

    By: Terry Graedon November 20, 2017 6 Comments
    Levothyroxine and Synthroid Are Not Interchangea…

    An ineffective thyroid gland that fails to produce enough hormone needs help. That is usually provided by a prescription for a thyroid hormone called levothyroxine. It is sold under brand names Synthr…

    By: Joe Graedon November 20, 2017 3 Comments
    Mirapex (Pramipexole) Side Effects: Gambling and…

    Americans believe passionately in free will. Dictionary.com offers this definition: "1. free and independent choice; voluntary decision: You took on the responsibility of your own free will. 2. Philos…

    By: Terry Graedon November 20, 2017 7 Comments
    Sweet Dreams with Tart Cherry Juice at Bedtime

    If you, like so many people, suffer from insomnia, you may be feeling frustrated. The disadvantages of relying on sleeping pills, either prescription or over-the-counter, are becoming clearer. At the …

    By: Terry Graedon November 20, 2017 8 Comments
    Can You Prevent Cold Sores by Avoiding Cashews?

    Cold sores, also known as fever blisters, are part of the body's reaction to herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1). Although the vast majority of us have been exposed to HSV-1, not everyone gets blister…

    By: Joe Graedon November 20, 2017 3 Comments
    Can You Avoid Family Fights Over the Holidays?

    In these highly polarized times, family gatherings like Thanksgiving and Christmas can be stressful. Many people may worry about interacting with relatives whose political views differ. Just thinking …

    By: Terry Graedon November 20, 2017 5 Comments
    In Atenolol Shortage, Will Metoprolol Substitute…

    Over the last decade or so, the United States has been increasingly plagued with drug shortages. Sometimes the scarce medications are pricey brand-name products, but frequently enough hospitals and ph…

    By: Terry Graedon November 20, 2017 21 Comments
    Can You Heal Sore Fingertips with Salve?

    Every year, we hear from people who suffer during cold weather with sore fingertips that are cracked or even split open. This condition makes it difficult to fasten buttons, handle pen and paper, mani…

    By: Terry Graedon November 16, 2017 6 Comments
    Understanding Ayurvedic Medical Practice and Pro…

    For people who are interested in learning more about Ayurvedic medicine, the traditional medicine of the Indian subcontinent, we offer this guest post by Jennifer Rioux, PhD. She is a Doctor of Ayurv…

    By: Terry Graedon November 16, 2017 16 Comments
    Show 1101: How You Can Use Essential Oils for Be…

    Plant-based oils often carry the scent of the plant. Plants may use them to attract insects, but people have found numerous uses for them as well. Some can be used in skin care, while others may be us…

    By: Terry Graedon November 16, 2017 7 Comments
    Do Nuts Help the Heart Stay Strong?

    We’re nuts about nuts. A new epidemiological study demonstrates that people who enjoy an ounce of nuts several times a week are less likely to be diagnosed with heart disease (Guasch-Ferré et al, J…

    By: Joe Graedon November 16, 2017 33 Comments
    Does Lowering Blood Pressure to 120/80 Save Live…

    New guidelines from the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology (ACC) state that all adults should get their systolic blood pressure to 130 or lower and their diastolic…

    By: Terry Graedon November 16, 2017 1 Comments
    Baby Boomers Less Likely to Have AMD

    Baby boomers may acknowledge that birthdays happen, but they never thought they’d grow old like their parents and grandparents. A new report shows they were right in one respect: they have not devel…

    By: Joe Graedon November 16, 2017 10 Comments
    Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN) Provides Surprising Pa…

    There are two powerful opioid antagonists: 1) naloxone (Narcan) given as an injection or nasal spray in the case of narcotic overdose and 2) naltrexone administered orally in the treatment of alcohol …

    By: Terry Graedon November 16, 2017 6 Comments
    Coffee Drinkers Lower Their Chances of Heart Fai…

    One of the longest running heart studies comes from Framingham, Massachusetts. It began in 1948 and continues to this day. The Framingham Heart Study is a longitudinal epidemiological study that coll…

    By: Terry Graedon November 16, 2017 24 Comments
    Do You Want Digital Pills to Report When You Tak…

    Doctors often worry that patients are not taking their medications as prescribed. Now the FDA has approved digital pills that will allow health professionals to track patients' compliance. Essentially…

    By: Joe Graedon November 13, 2017 29 Comments
    Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) Side Effects, Complic…

    We suspect that hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ or HCT for short) is the most prescribed drug in America on a daily basis. HCTZ is taken regularly by over 20 million people. More than 115 million prescripti…

    By: Terry Graedon November 13, 2017 11 Comments
    Do You Have High Blood Pressure?

    Millions of Americans may be shocked to learn that they have high blood pressure according to the latest guidelines from the nation’s cardiologists. The American Heart Association and the American C…

    By: Terry Graedon November 13, 2017 7 Comments
    How Dangerous Is It to Stop Taking Aspirin?

    Aspirin, a drug that has been easing pain and even saving lives for more than a hundred years, gets very little respect. Perhaps because it is so old or maybe because it is available over the counter,…

    By: Terry Graedon November 13, 2017 9 Comments
    An Inside Look at Pharmacy Mistakes

    We have frequently urged our readers to be vigilant whenever they pick up a prescription from the pharmacy. Check to make sure that the drug you were given is exactly what your doctor prescribed: same…

    By: Terry Graedon November 13, 2017 19 Comments
    Is There Science to Support Vinegar for Reflux?

    We love home remedies, but most are based on people's experience and don't have any truly scientific explanation for why or how they work. That is why we get excited when we encounter a possible reaso…

    By: Joe Graedon November 13, 2017 4 Comments
    Will You Experience Drug Shortages Because of Hu…

    There is an epidemic of drug shortages in the U.S. It has been going on for years. The reasons are often hard to pin down. Drug company consolidation has contributed. The big fish swallow the smaller …

    By: Terry Graedon November 13, 2017 5 Comments
    How Do Statins Compare to Red Yeast Rice?

    Cholesterol is not the only risk factor that is important for heart health, but it remains an important indicator. People with heart disease need to take care not to let their dangerous LDL cholestero…

    By: Terry Graedon November 12, 2017 8 Comments
    How Can You Choose a Good Supplement?

    The topic of supplements has long been controversial, with some health care professionals claiming that people who eat a well-balanced diet need no additional vitamins or minerals. Others, in contrast…

    By: Terry Graedon November 9, 2017 14 Comments
    Are Generic Drug Makers Guilty of Collusion?

    Generic drugs were originally developed as a way for people to save money...lots of money! The idea is that the generic manufacturer does not have to spend the big bucks on proving that a given drug i…

    By: Terry Graedon November 9, 2017 7 Comments
    Show 1100: What Is the Story on Celiac Disease?

    At one time, doctors believed that celiac disease was extremely rare, that the few children who had it would outgrow it and that the symptoms were primarily digestive. We now know that none of these a…