Medicine that doesn’t work, or if overused cases harm, sounds like bad news, but in fact, is good news. About half of common medical practice had never been scientifically proven. Finding out that a common drug doesn’t do what it’s supposed to do saves us from possible harm and wasted money, while allowing us to move on to find a better answer.  Be well. Asthma  Inhaled steroids, the standard prescription for asthma, have been found to be no better than a placebo for those with mild asthma. It seems the steroids target a type of inflammation in the airways…

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What happens when antibiotics hurt more than they help. Last week, we ran a news story on antibiotics causing “rare” damages to people. We had a very passionate response from more than 75 people who all claimed to be harmed by a particular type of antibiotics. More than 60,000 people have complained to the FDA about them. It begs the question, how unusual are these “rare” harms. The side effects and adverse events associated with Cipro, Levaquin and other fluoroquinolones (FQs) can be significant and life altering. Yet many people who have been damaged by fluoroquinolones complain that there are…

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