Which medications, tests, and treatments should you really get? Recommendations for “Choosing Wisely”

When it comes to our health we often want to know as much as possible. But sometimes there is just too much information on what to do to stay healthy. Continue reading

Can Cleanliness Increase The Risk of Allergies and Asthma?

Is being too clean bad for your health? Research indicates that some of the products we use to avoid germs may contribute to the development of conditions like asthma and allergies. Continue reading

What You Need to Know About the Flu (including H1N1 or “Swine Flu”)

News about the flu is everywhere. First it was “avian flu” or “bird flu,” and now it’s the H1N1 virus, originally called “swine flu.” When flu spreads, infecting people all over the world, it is called a pandemic. The World Health Organization has declared the H1N1 flu a pandemic. Pandemic flu can be frightening. Here are the facts. Continue reading

Cold and Flu: Do Natural Health Products Work?

Cold and flu are two of the most common illnesses and there is no “cure” for either. Because antibiotics do not treat symptoms or cure either cold or flu, many people turn to natural products in an effort to prevent and treat cold and flu symptoms. But, do these products work, and are they safe? Here, a range of these products are compared, examining their safety and effectiveness. Continue reading

What You Need to Know About Acetaminophen — for Yourself and Your Children

Acetaminophen is one of the most commonly used drugs in the United States. It is used as a fever-reducer and as a pain reliever, and can be found in many common over-the-counter (OTC) products, including Tylenol, Alka-seltzer, Nyquil, and many cold and flu medicines. When used as directed, there is little danger. However, taking too much can have serious health consequences, and children in particular are at high risk. Continue reading

The Facts About Medication for Colds and the Flu

Cold and flu are two of the most common illnesses and there is no “cure” for either. Because antibiotics do not treat symptoms or cure either cold or flu, many people turn to over-the-counter medications in an effort to prevent and treat cold and flu symptoms. But, do these products work, and are they safe? Are they safe for children as well? Can the risks outweigh the benefits? Continue reading