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Read consumer news and advice about health and wellness, including diet and nutrition, fitness, alternative medicine, and medical innovation.

Last Build Date: Sun, 19 Nov 2017 07:00:00 -0800


How to keep the beneficial bacteria in our bellies happy

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 07:00:00 -0800

Good bacteria feed on dietary fiber. Similar to a septic tank, when fiber from the diet is present in the digestive tract, microbes in the large intestine ferment it into substances that help regulate important body processes.

A prescription for RLS ended up ruining a life

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 07:00:00 -0800

Joe and Teresa Graedon answer readers’ concerns. This week: medications linked to compulsive behavior; symptoms caused by switching from generic levothyroxine to Synthroid; when will the atenolol shortage end.

FDA warns of injury, death with herbal supplement kratom

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 06:58:13 -0800

Users of kratom have opposed efforts to regulate the plant, saying it could be a safer alternative to opioid pain pills that have caused an epidemic of abuse. But the Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday that kratom carries similar risks, including addiction and death, and the agency is working to block shipments.

Rise in teen suicide, social media coincide; is there link?

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 21:01:00 -0800

CHICAGO (AP) — An increase in suicide rates among U.S. teens occurred at the same time social media use surged and a new analysis suggests there may be a link. Suicide rates for teens rose between 2010 and 2015 after they had declined for nearly two decades, according to data from the federal Centers for […]

Half of US adults have high blood pressure in new guidelines

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 12:40:43 -0800

The upper threshold for high blood pressure has been 140 since 1993, but a major study two years ago found heart risks were much lower in people who aimed for 120. Canada and Australia lowered their cutoff to that; Europe is due to revise its guidance next year.

You should be eating more nuts

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 10:51:13 -0800

It’s true that nuts are high in fat, but it’s heart-healthy fat, and that fat comes with nutrients that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.

Drug for battling overdoses may also relieve pain

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 07:00:00 -0800

Joe and Teresa Graedon answer readers’ letters. This week: low-dose naltrexone for relieving pain; aspirin and heart attacks; blood-pressure medications and gout.

To help your muscles thrive, eat protein and get moving

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 07:00:00 -0800

What stimulates our muscles to grow? Food (especially protein) and physical activity. Protein not only provides the building material (amino acids) for new muscle; it also signals the body to get busy and start making muscle.

Is fruit juice a worthy part of a nutritious diet?

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 11:30:00 -0800

In the age of the juice cleanse, an often-heard debate arises: Is fruit juice healthful or just as bad as soda?

A folk remedy that lowers blood pressure, plus other readers’ home remedy questions

Sun, 05 Nov 2017 07:00:00 -0800

Joe and Teresa Graedon answer letters from readers. This week: drinking hibiscus tea to control blood pressure; lathering with Greek yogurt to combat seborrheic dermatitis; and does using the microwave kill nutrients?

Add some magic beans to your diet

Sun, 05 Nov 2017 07:00:00 -0800

Dried edible beans are full of nutrients; help regulate blood pressure and lower blood cholesterol levels; and can help control diabetes. Bonus: They last a long time.

Don’t forget about daylight-saving time — and that extra hour of sleep

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 07:14:15 -0700

Here are a few tips to prepare for the time change this weekend.

‘Unbelievable’: Heart stents fail to ease chest pain in study

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 10:42:49 -0700

The new study, published in the Lancet, stunned leading cardiologists by countering decades of clinical experience. The findings raise questions about whether stents should be used so often — or at all — to treat chest pain.

Choline: The essential but forgotten nutrient

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Choline may not be on your radar, but here’s why it should be — especially for pregnant women.

FDA moves to ax claim for heart benefits from soy foods

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 12:21:57 -0700

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. regulators want to remove a health claim about the heart benefits of soy from cartons of soy milk, tofu and other foods, saying the latest scientific evidence no longer shows a clear connection. Monday’s announcement by the Food and Drug Administration marks the first time the agency has moved to revoke […]

Health law sign-ups start, and some see a ‘hostile takeover’

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 00:37:21 -0700

It's sign-up season for the Affordable Care Act, but the Trump administration isn't making it easy — cutting the enrollment period in half, slashing advertising and dialing back on counselors who help consumers get through the process.

Got a leg cramp? Here’s one way stop it cold

Sun, 29 Oct 2017 07:00:00 -0700

Joe and Teresa Graedon answer readers’ questions. This week: lowering high blood pressure and taking selenium with a hypothyroidism medicine.

Cracking open the benefits of eating lobster

Sun, 29 Oct 2017 07:00:00 -0700

Nutritionally, one cup of lobster meat provides 129 calories — primarily from protein; as much protein as 4 ounces of meat.

Drug company founder charged with pushing powerful opioid

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 10:08:21 -0700

Insys Therapeutics founder John Kapoor and the others are accused of offering bribes to doctors to write large numbers of prescriptions for fentanyl-based pain medication that is meant only for cancer patients with severe pain. Most of the people who received the prescriptions did not have cancer.

Trump declares US opioid emergency but pledges no new money

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 00:36:59 -0700

President Donald Trump on Thursday pledged that "we will overcome addiction in America," declaring opioid abuse a national public health emergency and announcing new steps to combat it.