If you are one of the 75% of Americans that uses prescription drugs, you know they cost a lot of money. Especially if you’re one of the 1 in 4 that can’t afford their medicine.
A few days ago the government announced that
drug companies must include the price of their drugs in all television commercials if the drugs cost more than $35/month.
Which they will as Big Pharma …
read on Itchy bug bites and skin rashes are common complaints this time of year.
A lot of products at the drugstore claim to relieve itchiness, but which anti-itch cream (or ointment or gel or liquid) is best?
That depends on what you’re treating.
There are four main types of ingredients in anti-itch creams: corticosteroids, counter-irritants, antihistamines, and colloidal oatmeal.
These are often combined with soothing agents such as zinc or aloe, …
read on I love eggs, but I’m never quite sure if they’re really good for me or not.
Eggs seem to be one of those foods that go in and out of favor, depending on what the most recent research shows.
So I thought I’d spend a little time doing my own research and determine what are, if any, the health benefits of eggs.
Eggs are packed full of nutrients
First the …
read on Even better, don’t use them at all unless your doctor tells you to.
You’ll save money, and you’ll probably be healthier.
I posted a few years ago that
. Earlier this month Healthy adults don’t need multivitamins a new study was published that showed not only do we (healthy adults) not need supplemental vitamins and minerals, some may actually cause harm. What the study showed
The study was funded by …
read on I just read an article explaining how climate change is giving us longer, more intense allergy seasons.
That’s good news for bees, but not for an allergy sufferer like me.
As I said in a previous post, I prefer to use
a neti pot over taking medication. It works great for me, but I know a neti pot won’t be everyone’s first choice.
Over-the-counter allergy medications can be …
read on Most of us don’t need supplements
Save your money.
I spent some time this weekend researching vitamin B12 deficiency and the need for supplements. An elderly relative has been experiencing months of fatigue and wonders if a B12 supplement might help her.
Despite all the products you can buy that contain vitamin B12 to “boost” energy levels or “support” memory, most of us aren’t low in vitamin B12 and won’t …
read on Talk to your doctor first! The American Heart Association (AHA) recently updated its guidelines about daily baby aspirin.
They no longer recommend it to prevent heart attacks in healthy adults over 50. So if you are taking it, talk to your doctor about whether you should continue.
The AHA made this change based on
a study published last fall in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) that showed the … read on Even OTC Nexium has risks A new study published last week ties the common heartburn drug, Nexium, to an increased risk of kidney damage.
Nexium (esomeprazole) belongs to a class of drugs called
Proton Pump Inhibitors, or PPIs. It was approved by the FDA to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) in 2001.
Use of proton pump inhibitors (PPI), a group of drugs that reduce the production of stomach acid,
read on March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
There are several screening tools for colon cancer: colonoscopy, fecal occult blood test (FOBT), fecal immunochemical test (FIT), and the new kid on the block, Cologuard.
You may be interested: How to prevent colon cancer
Like FOBT and FIT, Cologuard uses a stool sample to find evidence of colon cancer. It was approved by the FDA in 2014, and its marketing on TV and …
read on Noise and sleep—help!
A friend recently asked me about white noise machines, and if I knew whether they helped with sleep or not.
I’ve never used one, and honestly didn’t know anything about them.
In theory, white noise masks more irritating noises, such as traffic, airplanes, barking dogs, talking, television and random household sounds.
For sensitive individuals, or shift workers or partners of snorers, noise can be a major sleep …