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Animals Make Their Own Medicine

It's been known for decades that animals such as chimpanzees seek out medicinal herbs to treat their diseases, in order to alleviate their pain (NOTE: Subscribers can till listen to this story, as...
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Why Your Pills Don't Work

There are lots of ways that men and women are different from each other, and one of these is reactions to the drugs they take.

For instance, men metabolize sleeping pills faster...
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Why Pills Don't Always Work

Medicines can kill, but sometimes they don't work. All medicine is tested, but often the RESULTS of these tests are kept secret from the doctors who prescribe them--the people who need to know the most.
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Prescriptions Can Kill

Drugs don’t' always heal: More Americans now die each year from prescription drug overdoses than from cocaine, heroin and other illegal...
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Are Drug Companies as Bad as Tobacco Companies?

Although Big Tobacco is creating a product that is totally bad for us, while $600-billion pharmaceutical industry is selling hope, they tend to use the same tactics--especially when it comes to lies.

Doctors don't like to admit it, but often they don't have any idea...
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When Medicine Kills

The US now spends around $15 billion a year fighting illegal drugs that are often grown on foreign soil, while medicines that are produced right here in the US are killing people. No one knows exactly what share of medicines are fake, badly made, or stolen.

Bad drugs are a global problem, especailly in "third world"...
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Medical Tourism in Mexico

Some day we'll all be tourists in space, but for now, tourists are streaming into Mexican border towns, not to buy drugs (at least not the illicit kind), but for medical procedures that are much cheaper there--and...
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The Pills in Your Medicine Cabinet May be Worthless

Despite the name, the medicine cabinet is the WORST place to store drugs because of the high heat and humidity in a bathroom, both of which can damage prescriptions and over-the-counter meds. Pharmaceutical manufacturers recommend most of their products be stored at a controlled room temperature of 68 to 77 degrees.
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Medical Miracle

Christmas is the time to contemplate miracles and medicine has come up with a big one. After major accidents, we're all used to hearing calls from blood donors on the radio, especially those with rare blood types. But this wouldn't be such a problem if we could get blood...
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Drug Secrecy

How can drugs which were prescribed to millions of people turn out to be worthless? A lot of it has to do with the fact that drug companies do their own testing and are not always candid about the results.

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Medicine Taken by Millions Only a Placebo

New studies suggest that medicine that is regularly being taken by millions of people may be merely a placebo. The drug companies themselves now admit that antidepressants such as Prozac probably don't work.

BBC News reports that a new study shows that these medicines only help "a small group of the most severely depressed," and quotes...

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Do Home Remedies Work?

Do Home Remedies Work?

Do ancient cures work? Now that it's flu season, this is a question that a lot of people want answered.

Some simple home remedies do work. For instance, chicken soup can ease cold symptoms, and duct tape can remove warts.

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Origins of Medicine

We have evidence of prehistoric dentistry and brain surgery. Researchers at the University of Manchester examined documents dating back 3,500 years and found proof that modern medicine comes from ancient Egypt, and not the Greeks.

They found the evidence in medical papyri written in 1,500 BC, which is 1,000 years before the birth of the...

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TV Ads for Meds May Make Us Sick

We've recently reported on subliminal ads on TV, but the constant barrage of advertisements for new medicines are anything but subtle! Do the prescription drug ads we see on TV make us think we're sick when we're not? These ads are part of the new "empowered patient" movement, which means that doctors have lost some of their professional clout...

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To Look for the Future, Consult the Past

One reason to protect the Amazon rain forest is that we are still discovering major new drugs there. For thousands of years, people around the world have lived intimately with botanical healing agents and evolved effective healing traditions, and pharmaceutical companies regularly mine the wisdom of ancient cultures in this way. The Mayo clinic...

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Will We Soon Regrow Severed Limbs?

What if victims of terrorism, who have had their limbs hacked off, could grow a new one? What if a paralyzed person could grow a new spine?or someone with heart disease could grow a new heart? This might be something that actually comes true, in the not-so-distant future.

Scientists are studying zebrafish to see how it's done. If a...

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Anesthesia?Docs Actually Don't Know How it Works

We don't worry during surgery, because we know we won't feel the pain. We'll be asleep?and kept that way by anesthesia. But did you know that the doctors who use it don't really understand how, or why, it works?

Even anesthesiologists don?t know what happens in the brain that makes people totally immobile and allows them not to feel pain...

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Do Natural Cures Work?

Three of the most commonly-used medicinal herbs are Echinacea purpurea, Astragalus membranaceus, and Glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice). Doctors who tested them found them to be effective in boosting blood lymphocytes, which are essential to the body's immune system. They also found that the extract of a mushroom commonly found in the woods of North...

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Do Home Remedies Work?

Who uses home remedies?and do they work as well as something you can get from your doctor or the drugstore? While use of home remedies is common among people 65 and older, Blacks and Native Americans tend to make much greater use of them than Whites. A common mother's home remedy for a tummy ache or nausea has long been a glass of ginger ale....

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Ordinary Medicines Can be Bad For You

The FDA has warned cosmetics companies that their products contain a lot of potentially dangerous, untested ingredients. They're especially worried that when we mix several of these ingredients together, such as put on lotion before putting on makeup, we may be mixing these chemicals together into a dangerous combination. Well, at least soap is...

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Chiropractic Treatments Really Work

Newswise - While many of us turn to our chiropractor when we develop asore back, there has long been controversy about whether ornot chiropractic techniques really ?work.? Some doctors sendtheir patients to chiropractors, while others thinkchiropractors are out of date practitioners of a type oftreatment that has long been...

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Why Bloodletting Was Done

From the Middle Ages to the 19th century, bloodletting?bycutting or using leeches?was one of the major "cures" usedby doctors. It was abandoned in the mid-20th century afterantibiotics were invented. It seems primitive and dangerousto us today, but scientists have found that there was areason behind it.

Microbiologist Eric P. Skaar has...

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Why You Should Love Weeds

Weeds may be unwanted, but they're more valuable than you think. Anthropologist Richard Steep says, "If I had one place to go to find medicinal plants, it wouldn't be the forest. There are probably hundreds of weeds growing right outside people's doors they could use."

Stepp looked through scientific journals to find drugs that come...

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More Harm Than Good

Some heavily advertised products actually do you more harm than good. A recent study shows that sunscreens are totally worthless, but using them makes people complacent, so they spend more time in the sun, which can lead to skin cancer. And taking too many antacids can lead to dangerous food allergies.

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Family Says Supplement Caused Mad Cow Death

The family of a Colorado woman who died of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, the human form of Mad Cow Disease, believes her death was caused by a herbal dietary supplement containing bovine protein. The woman, who died November 23, 1999, had been taking the supplement to help her lose weight.

Her husband could not remember an occasion when his...

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