• What Is the Story on Grapefruit Juice and Meds?

    What do you know about the story on grapefruit juice and drug interactions? Some people have heard that it is risky to combine juice but not fruit with certain medications; others insist that the interaction holds for the fruit as well as the juice. Pharmacists may dispense wildly different advice regarding potential reactions with specific […]

  • Go Easy on Licorice to Avoid Leg Cramps

    Your mother probably told you not to eat too much candy because it could ruin your teeth. Maybe your grandmother warned that gobbling candy would make you gain weight. But did anyone tell you to go easy on licorice as a way to prevent painful nighttime leg cramps? One reader discovered this connection independently.  Going […]

  • Polypharmacy and Premature Deaths Especially in Older People

    Have you been to a doctor’s office or a clinic lately? Chances are very good that a med tech weighed you, measured your blood pressure and took your temperature. This information was entered into a computer. That person probably asked about the medicines you are taking and checked them off in your electronic medical record. […]

  • Will a Keto Diet Help Eliminate Your Knee Pain?

    Americans are continually searching for the one best diet that will make it easy to maintain a healthy weight, keep blood pressure and blood fats under control and help people feel vigorous. Over the last decade or so, a ketogenic diet has captured a great deal of attention and publicity. People following a keto diet […]

  • Can Vicks VapoRub on Your Soles Calm Your Cough?

    Sometimes a cough can linger on long after the respiratory infection that triggered it has vanished. What do you do for such a cough? We have heard from a surprising number of people that smearing Vicks VapoRub on your soles can quiet even a persistent cough.  Have You Tried Vicks VapoRub on Your Soles? Q. […]

  • Bug Bites that Blister Respond to Hot Water

    Most people get itchy bug bites. Mosquitoes, chiggers, fleas, flies, lice, midges and mites can all trigger an itch for a few days. Some people are so sensitive to the saliva of biting insects, however, that they develop persistent itching and blistering. Bug bites that blister likely will require medical attention. For example, a dermatologist […]

  • Gabapentin and Fuzzy Thinking: A Recognized Side Effect

    We have been writing a lot about GABA drugs like gabapentin (Neurontin) and pregabalin (Lyrica). That because a report from ISMP (Institute for Safe Medication Practices) has a QuarterWatch article: “Focus on Three Psychoactive Drugs” (March 27, 2019).  A lot of people love these GABA “analogs.” They tell us that these are the only medicines […]

  • Spinal Manipulation Can Ease Low Back Pain

    Low back pain is common and debilitating. It is estimated that 80 percent of adults will experience this distressing condition sometime during their lives. Physicians often recommend nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen or naproxen to ease the pain. Excruciating back spasms may also be treated with opioids and or muscle relaxants. Exercise and physical therapy […]

  • Low LDL Cholesterol Linked to Bleeding Strokes

    Ask any golfer if you can have too low a golf score and he will think you’re nuts. After all, the lowest score wins in golf. Ask almost any cardiologist if you can have too low LDL cholesterol levels and you are likely to get the same perplexed look. LDL cholesterol has been dubbed “bad” […]

  • FDA Approves Evenity to Build Bone Against Osteoporosis

    The FDA has just approved a new drug for osteoporosis that works differently than existing medications. Romosozumab will be sold under the brand name Evenity. This injectable monoclonal antibody actually builds bone unlike many prior medications that work primarily by slowing bone breakdown. The FDA has only approved Evenity for postmenopausal women who are at […]