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How Herbs Can Help You Get Off Acid Reflux Drugs

July 16, 2018
How Herbs Can Help You Get Off Acid Reflux Drugs

Long-term use of PPIs is associated with serious medical conditions. Here’s how to wean off those drugs and keep reflux at bay.

Antibiotics for Severe Asthma: Are They Really Necessary?

July 9, 2018
Antibiotics for Severe Asthma: Are They Really Necessary?

Despite guidelines stating no antibiotics for asthma patients unless there’s evidence of lung infection, doctors still prescribe them.

4 Drugs With Annoying Side Effects You Should Put Up With

June 25, 2018
4 Drugs With Annoying Side Effects You Should Persist Through

Many drugs that are potentially beneficial for you in the long term can have side effects in the short term that are unpleasant. Find out about a few of the ones worth toughing it out.

SAMe: The Arthritis Supplement You’ve Never Heard Of

June 18, 2018

While you may have never heard of SAMe, it is a supplement that is rapidly growing in popularity as a treatment for various kinds of arthritis. But does it work and what potential side effects should you know about?

Too Many Meds: Terminally Ill Patients Can Face Dangerous Drug Overload

June 11, 2018
Too Many Meds: Terminally Ill Patients Can Face Dangerous Drug Overload

It is not uncommon for patients near the end of life to be on a host of medications. But when is taking a drug needed in these situations and when are they unnecessary, or even potentially harmful?

Does This Common Prostate Cancer Treatment Cause Dementia?

June 4, 2018

Even among cancer types, prostate cancer stands out as uniquely controversial. Screening for prostate cancer has been the subject of intense debate since the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) — the main government body that oversees cancer screening — recommended against it in 2012. Last month, Continue Reading →

Can Cannabis Control Depression?

May 21, 2018
Can Cannabis Control Depression?

Marijuana is under investigation as a potential treatment for depression — as well as other mental illnesses. What are the positives and negatives of cannabis as a depression therapy?

A 5-Point Plan for Arthritis Pain Relief

May 16, 2018

Pain is a common symptom arthritis, and we have a culture that promotes medicine for pain — but we can do much better. Here are steps for easing pain while avoiding pills.

Born Without 2 Legs: How Nubby The Therapy Dog Helps Others Cope

May 14, 2018

Nubby serves an important role in medical centers around Phoenix. He is a therapy dog who takes his job seriously — helping people going through health and medical issues to cope a little bit easier.

Is Social Media Useful in Understanding Side Effects?

May 7, 2018
Is Social Media Useful in Understanding Side Effects?

Americans are increasingly turning to social media to share personal experiences and find out about drug side effects. Is this healthy and why are so many people doing it?

How to Handle the Dizzying Side Effects of Some Drugs

April 30, 2018
How to Handle the Dizzying Side Effects of Some Drugs

What drug classes are most likely to have vertigo as a side effect? And if you do experience dizziness, how can you tell if it’s due to a medication, or something else?

Medication and Falls: What You Should Know

April 26, 2018

Certain medications can make you more likely to fall, which can cause injuries that sometimes require hospitalization.

Did you know?

1 in 5 people (20%) over the age of 65 living in the community report having a fall over the past year, with a higher prevalence among older seniors, i.e., Continue Reading →