Head lice: a back-to-school nuisance
Head lice and their eggs (nits) are a frequent irritation for school children and their parents.
Because they spread through person-to-person contact and by sharing personal items like hats and hair brushes, head lice are especially widespread in the fall and winter months.
super lice, or head lice that are resistant to conventional treatments permethrin and pyrethrum, are now common in at least … read on Healthy guts need healthy bacteria
ruptured appendix my husband was on antibiotics for almost a month. His surgeon, physician and several nurses all suggested he take probiotics to help restore his gut’s healthy bacteria. The surgeon even recommended a popular brand of probiotics on Amazon.
“No problem,” I told them all. “My husband loves to ferment and makes his own probiotics—kefir, kombucha, yogurt, sauerkraut, ginger ale, etc. Our …
read on The two main OTC pain relievers
If you browse pain relievers online, or walk down the pain relief aisle at the drug store, you see dozens of different boxes and bottles.
Their labels may promise to treat specific pains, such as headaches, back pain, migraines, menstrual cramps, arthritis or muscle aches.
But there are really only two types of pain relievers found over the counter: NSAIDs and acetaminophen.
Save money …
read on Overdiagnosis of melanoma
I learned two things from a recent journey into the healthcare system:
Melanomas are overdiagnosed; and Always discuss cost with your physician.
Earlier this summer
I shared that I had a small mole removed from my leg. I didn’t like the look of it, so I thought it prudent to have it checked out.
I had to wait almost a month for an answer, because …
read on Save your money on omega-3 supplements
This isn’t a new topic for me; I’ve written twice about
and fish oil supplements . In both posts, I presented evidence that the heart health benefits (little to none) aren’t worth the price. omega 3-enriched foods last week confirms this. A new review from Cochrane
The researchers conclude:
The review provides good evidence that taking long-chain omega 3 (fish oil, EPA or DHA)
read on How to choose a sunscreen—what works?
Do you know what to look for when choosing a sunscreen product?
Do you understand what SPF means and which ingredients offer effective protection?
If you aren’t reading labels, and are judging by brand, price or marketing claims alone, you might not be getting the best deal.
So what should you look for on a label?
Because protection from UVA rays is more difficult …
read on How do I know it’s Spring?
Violent bouts of sneezing? Check.
Crazy red and itchy eyes? Check.
An incessant drip, drip, drip from my nose? Check.
Anyone who suffers from seasonal allergies, like me, has a love-hate relationship with Spring.
And the drug makers love us! Prescription and over-the-counter medications for seasonal allergies are huge money makers; we spend billions every year!
I’ve tried a lot of different remedies over …
read on Your drops might be making things worse
Do you suffer from chronically dry, red, itchy eyes? The eye drops you use might actually be making your eyes look and feel worse.
Like so many over-the-counter (OTC) products, there are dozens of eye drops from which to choose. How do you know which is best?
As always, ignore the front of the package (the marketing claims) and read the ingredients.
Oxymetazoline … read on Cold season is still with us
The calendar says spring, but you wouldn’t know it looking out my kitchen window.
Not only is it still cold, it’s still cold season.
Did you know that Americans spend about $3.5
billion every year on over-the-counter cold and cough remedies?
But despite spending such a huge amount of money, has anyone ever bought a magic bullet to prevent or cure the common cold?…
read on The outrageous pricing of prescription drugs continues…
One of my favorite health news websites is
(not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente). This year they started a new feature called Kaiser Health News Bill of the Month.
Every month they highlight a particularly egregious healthcare charge.
(Have one you want to share?
) Submit it to them!
Last month was a $17,850 urinalysis; this month is
… a $1,500 treatment for toenail read on