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Which Drug Side Effects Should Your Doctor Tell You About?

June 27, 2018
Which Drug Side Effects Should Your Doctor Tell You About?

Which side effects are common enough to be mentioned, and which are rare enough to be left unsaid? It’s your body, your appointment and the doctor is your consultant. Ask for the information you want.

Is Right-to-Try the Best Path for Experimental Meds?

June 19, 2018
Is Right-to-Try the Best Path for Experimental Meds?

What to do when you or your loved one has exhausted all standard medical options.

In Defense of Pain

June 6, 2018
In Defense of Pain

A NIH task force is about to discuss best practices for pain management amid the nation’s opioid crisis. Meanwhile, the AMA wants pain removed as the “fifth vital sign.” What’s happening here?

Spit Happens

May 30, 2018

Parents and pediatricians are increasingly giving PPIs to infants. But these acid-suppressors are linked to broken bones 5 years later. Try alternatives.

Now We Know: Endocrine Disruptors Affect Grandchildren

May 23, 2018

How do you study the effects of a group of chemicals that surround us daily, affect us before our birth and cause a variety of damages?

Endocrine disruptors are so terribly hard to study because they are ubiquitous — BPAs in our plastic bottles and lining cans of food; glycol Continue Reading →

What Doesn’t Work for Arthritis

May 16, 2018
What Doesn’t Work for Arthritis

After reading studies and listening to presentations at the FDA, I learned something: If I ever have arthritis pain or any chronic pain, I will NOT use NSAIDs

Ending the Insulin Crisis: Marches Advocate Cutting Medication Costs for Diabetics

May 9, 2018
Ending the Insulin Crisis: Marches Advocate Cutting Medication Costs for Diabetics

Diabetics who are dependent on insulin have to pay $1,000 a month, on average, for insulin and supplies. That’s ridiculous for a drug whose patent was sold 97 years ago. Now patients are fighting back to cut insulin costs.

5 Keys to Living Longer — and Better

May 2, 2018
5 Keys to Living Longer -- and Better

What’s the least expensive way to extend your life and feel better too? New studies confirm you should follow these 5 pharma-free guidelines.

Have an ADHD Kid? 5 Tips to Use Less Ritalin and More Parenting

April 26, 2018
ADHD Kid? 5 Tips to Use Less Ritalin and More Parenting

Think the only way to deal with a child who has ADHD is with a stimulant? Think again. More parenting skills and other resources can help your child out more than you might think.

Barbara Bush’s Last Gift: Educating Patients About ‘Comfort Care’

April 18, 2018
Barbara Bush's Last Gift: Educating Patients About 'Comfort Care'

Shortly before she died on April 17, former First Lady Barbara Bush announced that she was abandoning treatment and accepting only “comfort care.” Thank you, Barbara Bush.

The Cough After the Cold

April 9, 2018
The Cough After the Cold

If you are using cough drops to soothe a nagging cough, stop right now! They are doing you more harm than good.

Floxed! The Painful, Life-Lasting Effects of Some Antibiotics

April 3, 2018
Floxed! The Painful, Life-Lasting Effects of Some Antibiotics

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 Continue Reading →