By: Terry Graedon January 6, 2022 4 Comments
    Show 1285: The Plant Hunter’s Quest for Na…

    Cassandra Quave is an explorer and an ethnobotanist uncovering potential ways that plants can benefit human health. She has a particular interest in multi-antibiotic resistant infections. Not only do …

    By: Terry Graedon January 6, 2022 2 Comments
    How Plants Like Thyme and Oregano Make Cancer-Fi…

    Researchers at Purdue University have unraveled just how plants like thyme and oregano make some of their bioactive compounds. Thymol, carvacrol and thymohydroquinone provide the characteristic flavor…

    By: Terry Graedon December 9, 2021 5 Comments
    Show 1283: What We Should Learn About the Coming…

    Almost thirty years ago, Laurie Garrett published The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance. In this thorough, carefully researched analysis, she laid out why public health …

    By: Terry Graedon December 1, 2021 10 Comments
    Will We Have a Bad Flu Season This Year?

    Flu season is right around the corner and public health officials are concerned. They fear that influenza infections on top of COVID-19 could be a deadly combination. That’s why they are urging peop…

    By: Terry Graedon October 28, 2021 3 Comments
    Babies Fed Formula Have Less Healthy Gut Bacteri…

    Mothers considering the merits of formula vs. breast milk have mostly weighed nutritional qualities, which are similar though not identical. Babies fed formula miss out on the immunological protection…

    By: Terry Graedon September 30, 2021 1 Comments
    Show 1274: Can We Make Sick Buildings Healthy?

    Are you getting enough fresh air? More than a century ago, Florence Nightingale insisted that hospitals needed good ventilation to get lots of fresh air. That would keep patients from spreading danger…

    By: Terry Graedon March 11, 2021 6 Comments
    Show 1250: Antimicrobial Resistant Infections Co…

    Everyone is weary of the coronavirus pandemic and ready to be done with it. So the news that a new pandemic is already slowly unfolding is unwelcome. But unless we pay attention and do what we can to …

    By: Terry Graedon March 11, 2021 4 Comments
    Will Drug-Resistant Germs from Pig Farms Make Yo…

    Pig farming is big business in eastern North Carolina. Industrial-scale hog operations have become breeding grounds for drug-resistant germs of the type called Staphylococcus aureus. Where Do Drug-Res…

    By: Terry Graedon January 28, 2021 0 Comments
    Show 1244: Life-Saving Lessons for COVID-19 from…

    In 2014, an Ebola epidemic broke out in three countries of West Africa–Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. Perhaps the first case was a toddler who became ill late in 2013, but it didn’t take long f…

    By: Terry Graedon December 10, 2020 5 Comments
    Show 1239: How Can We Prevent Diagnostic Disaste…

    It seems obvious that to provide the proper treatment, a doctor first needs to know what is wrong. However, although medical experts have been focusing on improving diagnosis in medicine for more than…

    By: Terry Graedon November 5, 2020 1 Comments
    Show 1234: How Microbes Evolve to Become Enemies…

    The SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus behind COVID-19 is changing. This should not be a surprise, since microbes evolve by nature. What implications might this have for the infection in future months? We speak w…

    By: Terry Graedon October 19, 2020 11 Comments
    Can Melatonin Help Overcome COVID-19?

    People may take popular supplements for a wide range of problems even if researchers have not established their efficacy. What can melatonin help with? A lot of folks probably noticed, as this reader …

    By: Terry Graedon September 14, 2020 10 Comments
    Does Low Vitamin D Make People Vulnerable to COV…

    Has a locked-down season staying out of crowds and working from home been keeping you indoors? If so, your vitamin D levels might not be as high as you would like. Will that make you more vulnerable t…

    By: Terry Graedon September 14, 2020 9 Comments
    What Are the Risks and Benefits of MMR for Adult…

    Researchers are working to develop an effective, safe vaccine for COVID-19, but we are still months away from that goal. In the meantime, are there any other immunizations that could help? One reader …

    By: Terry Graedon August 27, 2020 4 Comments
    Show 1170: What Makes Your Immune System an Eleg…

    This show first aired in June, 2019, before anyone had heard of SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19. Today, understanding how your immune system works to overcome an infection is more important than ever. Just how…

    By: Terry Graedon July 23, 2020 4 Comments
    Most Americans Are Still Vulnerable to COVID-19

    Antibodies reveal who has been infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus. According to the latest research, the vast majority of US residents remain vulnerable to COVID-19, the disease caused by SARS-2. What…

    By: Terry Graedon July 9, 2020 12 Comments
    When Will Herd Immunity Stop the Pandemic?

    Some public health authorities are hoping that the COVID-19 pandemic will fizzle once enough people have recovered from the infection. The idea is that we could reach herd immunity.  What Is Herd…

    By: Terry Graedon July 2, 2020 4 Comments
    Show 1155: Can Bacteriophages Save Your Life? (A…

    Antibiotic-resistant bacteria have been cropping up around the world. These superbugs cause serious problems, especially when they fail to respond to increasingly potent medications. One approach may …

    By: Joe Graedon July 2, 2020 29 Comments
    Surprise! Hydroxychloroquine Worked in New Michi…

    Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) is one of the most controversial drugs in the pharmacy. Initial research looked promising.  But most of these were observational studies. Then came a placebo-controlled, …

    By: Terry Graedon July 2, 2020 4 Comments
    Experts Warn of Possible Pandemic Yet to Come

    Is there another possible pandemic lurking around the corner? Public health officials are concerned that the world might have to deal with another serious health threat on top of COVID-19. A Possible …

    By: Terry Graedon June 18, 2020 20 Comments
    Show 1217: Natural Ways to Keep Your Immune Syst…

    The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the importance of having a healthy immune system. It appears that more than three-fourths of the people who contract the infection recover without hospitalization…

    By: Terry Graedon June 18, 2020 14 Comments
    Is It Risky to Flush the Toilet During the Pande…

    Should people be concerned about catching COVID-19 while using the bathroom? The virus can be found in the digestive tract. Consequently, if an infected person were to flush the toilet, particles migh…

    By: Terry Graedon June 11, 2020 3 Comments
    What Immunity-Boosting Nutrients Are You Missing…

    Are you getting the nutrients you need to stay healthy and keep your immune system functioning optimally? Frequently health care professionals dismiss the need for supplemental vitamins or minerals. T…

    By: Terry Graedon May 21, 2020 25 Comments
    Should You Wear a Face Mask? Yes, According to H…

    If you have been wondering whether wearing a face mask is worth the hassle, hamsters in Hong Kong have news for you. Put that mask on, for your neighbor’s sake! Hong Kong Scientists Studying Hamster…

    By: Terry Graedon May 14, 2020 13 Comments
    Will Vitamin D Help You Avoid Infection?

    Does vitamin D improve resistance against the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19? British researchers suggest that adequate vitamin D levels might help people avoid infection. They caution, though,…

    By: Terry Graedon April 23, 2020 19 Comments
    Can You Boost Your Resistance to COVID-19?

    COVID-19 has infected more than 100 million people around the world and killed more than 2.2 million. In the US, those figures are currently 26 million infected with more than 442,000 deaths. You know…

    By: Terry Graedon April 23, 2020 2 Comments
    Quality Problems Prompt FDA Recall of Tetracycli…

    During these frightening times, we need to depend on the quality of the pharmaceuticals we take more than ever before. But a new announcement from the FDA won’t do anything to ease our concern. The …

    By: Joe Graedon April 20, 2020 11 Comments
    Should You Lower a Fever or Leave It Alone?

    During the coronavirus pandemic any symptom is a cause for concern. A stuffy nose, cough or elevation in temperature is worrisome. Even under normal circumstances it can be hard to know when should yo…

    By: Dennis Miller, RPh April 9, 2020 33 Comments
    How Our Obsession With Pills Made Us Poorly Prep…

    During the dot-com bubble of the 1990s, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan famously used the term “irrational exuberance” in what was interpreted as a warning that the stock market was overva…

    By: Terry Graedon March 16, 2020 2 Comments
    Hand-Washing as a Survival Skill

    Really effective hand-washing has always been critical for helping us stay healthy, but it has never gotten more attention than it is now. People striving to avoid infection with COVID-19 must rely on…

    By: Joe Graedon March 12, 2020 8 Comments
    Are People Delaying COVID-19 Care with Unproven …

    A crisis can bring out the best…or the worst in people. During natural disasters, some people rush to help while others try to make money. When people are told to evacuate before a big hurricane hit…

    By: Terry Graedon February 26, 2020 27 Comments
    How Will We Manage COVID-19 in the US?

    CDC authorities have started warning the public that the coronavirus COVID-19 has already begun to spread in the US. (Check our update at the bottom of this article.) This virus first came to the atte…

    By: Terry Graedon February 17, 2020 10 Comments
    Is Hand Sanitizer Better Than Soap and Water?

    As people strive to avoid infection, whether from flu or COVID-19, they are paying more attention to cleaning their hands.  As a result, they may be wondering whether using hand sanitizer is bett…

    By: Joe Graedon February 6, 2020 6 Comments
    What Is the News on the Coronavirus from Wuhan?

    News about the coronavirus from Wuhan continues to evolve. Twelve days ago there were less than 3,000 cases of infection in China and fewer than 100 deaths. Three days later Chinese health authorities…

    By: Terry Graedon February 3, 2020 10 Comments
    Can a Mask Help Protect You from Flu?

    During flu season, people want to know how they can keep from catching it. Public health experts are happy to give advice. Most of the time, however, it boils down to just two items: get a flu shot an…

    By: Terry Graedon January 30, 2020 3 Comments
    FDA Cracks Down on Claims for Hand Sanitizers

    When infections like colds or influenza are spreading rapidly, people may rely on hand sanitizers to try to stay healthy. Public health experts acknowledge that hand hygiene is crucial for disease pre…

    By: Terry Graedon January 23, 2020 6 Comments
    New Virus Threatens Health Around the World

    A new virus has captured the attention of public health officials around the world. The coronavirus has been dubbed 2019-nCoV. It causes a potentially deadly lung infection with symptoms of pneumonia …

    By: Terry Graedon December 12, 2019 3 Comments
    Show 1192: How a Scary Fungus Is Threatening the…

    You may have heard about antibiotic-resistant bacteria. They can greatly complicate the treatment of infections. But have you ever heard of antifungal-resistant fungus? Infectious disease experts knew…

    By: Terry Graedon November 10, 2019 2 Comments
    What Is the Impact of Herbal Treatments for Coug…

    Cold and cough season is well underway in most parts of the country by now. Are there natural approaches to help you stay healthy? And if you do come down with a cold or other respiratory infection, c…

    By: Joe Graedon November 7, 2019 56 Comments
    A Completely New and Unexpected Statin Side Effe…

    Statin drugs are widely used to lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. The last time we checked, atorvastatin was the most widely prescribed drug in the United States (114 million bot…