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The Need to Pee – Tips and Tricks for Men

November 21, 2017

It’s a fact that as men age, the prostate enlarges, and that causes frequent, sometimes painful urination. But you don’t have to reach for a pill or submit to surgery. Small behavior changes can help you cope with — and maybe minimize — the amount of peeing.

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Can BPA Cause Heart Attacks?

November 14, 2017

Many scientists are working to discover the effect of endocrine disruptors such as BPA (bisphenol A) to predict what that effect might be on people. Some studies have raised concern that exposure to endocrine disruptors may be positively linked with cardiovascular disease.

Endocrine disruptors essentially confuse the mechanism in human Continue Reading →

The Doctor of Deceit

November 7, 2017

I received a welcome email the other day asking if I would like to interview the discredited, licensed-revoked, ex-doctor Andrew Wakefield. The doctor who was at the center of the anti-vax movement that was allowing a resurgence of measles? A documentary was just being released about him. Would I? Yes, Continue Reading →

Change Your Clocks – Then Check Your Meds

October 31, 2017

When the clocks change I have several chores. I update the time on my half dozen watches, I change the batteries in my smoke detectors and I review the medicines I keep on hand. Why? Here are 5 reasons why you need to update, refresh and rethink your medicines at Continue Reading →

A Trail of Clues to a New Diabetes Drug

October 24, 2017

Last week I sat on an FDA panel as the lone Consumer Rep to discuss and vote on an application for a diabetes drug, semaglutide, from Novo Nordisk. This is a new entry in the category of GLP-1 agonists, 6 of which are already approved for use in diabetes.

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Spit Happens

October 17, 2017

Babies spit up a lot and usually for no apparent reason. They also cry. Sometimes they cry, spit up and cry some more. New parents can easily become frustrated and anxious and they might lose confidence in their ability to nurture without a lot of support or experience to draw Continue Reading →

The FDA’s Better Side Effects Database

October 3, 2017

How do you learn about the possible side effects of the drug your doctor has prescribed? First ask your doctor and pharmacist. Then check MedShadow to find out about side effects.

For even more information on side effects, you could go to the newly redesigned FAERS Continue Reading →