Third-hand smoke is the residue from cigarette smoke that stays on just about every surface exposed to that smoke. The smoke residue clings to hair and fabrics, including clothing, carpets, drapes, and furniture upholstery, and it can cause serious health problems.Read More »
Ginkgo biloba has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years, and today it is one of the most popular herbal supplements, widely advertised as a beneficial antioxidant that helps prevent memory loss and dementia. Like most herbal products, however, there have been few clinical studies to see if these claims are accurate. Though both possible risks and benefits have been found in research, whether or not ginkgo biloba is good or bad for you is not yet known, and should be discussed with your physician.Read More »
Washington Post: June 21, 2019. The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved sales of a new drug intended to enhance sexual desire in women.
Marketed as Vyleesi, also known as bremelanotide, the medication is a shot that comes in a push pen device, but it isn’t much more effective than placebo. And is it safe?
KHN: May 30, 2019. Thousands of patients were harmed and dozens killed by malfunctioning surgical staplers. Most of that information was hidden in an FDA database that was not publicly available, which NCHR criticizes as covering up information patients and physicians need to make informed decisions.Read More »
In their quest for health and beauty, half of all American adults take natural supplements to solve all sorts of problems. But do these products really work, and how much do Americans know about their safety? Not as well as one may think, and not nearly enough.
Ultimately, it is unwise to trust the claims that manufacturers of dietary supplements make about either the effectiveness or safety of their products. Let the buyer beware.