A New Way to Keep Ticks At Bay

If you spend time in tick-infested areas, permethrin-treated clothing may be a good investment. In a small study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,...

NSAIDs and SSRIs

Besides the many well-known interactions over-the-counter pain relievers can have with other drugs, researchers recently discovered a new one. Depressed people taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are...

The Down Side of Flat Feet

One significant way we differ from our ape ancestors is in our arched feet. As humans evolved, the foot developed from something that could grasp branches easily...

Iodine

Q: Is it okay for me to take iodine pills to protect myself from the radiation released from Japan’s nuclear plant? My friend’s naturopath recommends seaweed, Rad...

Toothpaste vs. Plain Water

Q: Is toothpaste a waste of money? I read that brushing with plain water gets teeth just as clean. A: It’s true that the brushing action, not the...

7 Baking Soda Surprises

What’s baking soda doing in your toothpaste, deodorant, antacid and refrigerator? Also known as sodium bicarbonate or bicarbonate of soda, baking soda is often employed as a leavening...

Are Green Air Fresheners Safe?

We’ve advised not using air fresheners, since they emit potentially harmful volatile chemicals, such as pinene and limonene. But don’t assume that “green” ones are any safer....

Electric Blankets

Q: Are electric blankets safe? I stopped using them years ago when I heard they cause cancer. A: We see no reason to fear electric blankets, though old...

Choice Overload

Wander through a drugstore aisle or pharmacy website and you’ll find a bewildering variety of over-the-counter (OTC) product choices. Need a pain reliever? Well, there are the...

Humidifers: Helpful or Harmful?

One of the less enthralling aspects of cold weather is dry indoor air. Interiors tend to be overheated, and humidity may drop as low as 10 percent....
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