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HowToTakePills© Archive 2016

The perils of children who "use" cough syrup
Tue, Jan 5, 2016

You like the taste and the buzz. Mix it with booze and the next thing you know, your mom's picking out your grave stone.


Should you buy condoms for your teenage son?
Tue, Jan 12, 2016

How and why you should consider it.


Can antibiotics decrease the effectiveness of birth control pills?
Tue, Jan 19, 2016

The numbers may be low but pregnancies have happened


The medical advice you get from friends and family
Tue, Jan 26, 2016

It may be well-meaning but some advice is based on myth


Are gluten-free foods just a fad?
Tue, Feb 2, 2016

They may be trendy for some, but life-saving for others


Buy your bug zapper now before it's too late
Tue, Feb 9, 2016

The Zika virus may be coming our way.


Acid reflux drugs: heart problems, dementia, cancer and other bad stuff
Tue, Feb 16, 2016

Just because Larry The Cable Guy promotes them does not make them safe.


How heroin can be good for you
Tue, Feb 23, 2016

Cheap! Plentiful! Who could pass up a bargain like that?


Are oral antiviral drugs all that?
Tue, Mar 1, 2016

Often their bite is worse than their bark


How a pharmacist can tell if a prescription is fake.
Tue, Mar 8, 2016

A prescription in hand does not mean you are going to get the drug


Do I really need a pneumonia shot?
Tue, Mar 15, 2016

Yes. Because pneumonia doesn't fool around


Why do boys need a "girls" vaccine?
Tue, Mar 22, 2016

Because males can transmit it to others


Drug co-pays too high? Here's why
Tue, Mar 29, 2016

If you take everything and anything your doctor prescribes, shame on you


At what age should girls use the morning-after pill?
Tue, Apr 5, 2016

Is it up to the parent or should it be a private matter?


Why is his Viagra so cheap?
Tue, Apr 12, 2016

One way of getting back at Big Pharma


Those scary TV drug ads
Tue, Apr 19, 2016

They are not all sunshine and lollipops


When old drugs are better than new drugs
Tue, Apr 26, 2016

"New and improved" might not be true.


Herbs and medications don't always mix
Tue, May 3, 2016

Drug interactions. Doesn't work. Wasted $.


I can't swallow my pills
Sat, May 7, 2016

Just a spoonful of sugar...


I hate needles!
Tue, May 10, 2016

Vaccines are a necessary way of life


Stick it up your nose
Tue, May 17, 2016

Don't surrender to seasonal allergies


Like a T-storm inside my head
Tue, May 24, 2016

Migraines are headaches of a different animal


Can baby powder cause cancer?
Tue, May 31, 2016

Studies conflict but alternatives exist


Study shows opioids not effective for lower back pain
Tue, Jun 7, 2016

There's a better chance of getting hooked than helped.


New drugs for obesity? No, thanks!
Tue, Jun 14, 2016

Expensive and troublesome and not an easy way out.


Do you need more nicotine to get off nicotine?
Tue, Jun 21, 2016

Non-nicotine smoking cessation products can help too


Are vaccines good or bad for baby?
Tue, Jun 28, 2016

Do the benefits outweigh the risks?


Is Zika the new Ebola?
Tue, Jul 5, 2016

While Ebola is deadly, Zika causes problems too


Watch your drug doses when your weight changes
Tue, Jul 12, 2016

You may need some tweaking to your therapy


Supplements that promise too much
Tue, Jul 19, 2016

Wasting your money, threatening your health


Prenatal vitamins may not be necessary, finds study
Tue, Jul 26, 2016

Some vitamins you need but others not so much


Spider bites - the horror of it all
Tue, Aug 2, 2016

Is the fear of the fangs warranted?


Can you ignore your high cholesterol?
Tue, Aug 9, 2016

Study finds no association between "bad" cholesterol and elderly deaths.


I'm going bald, she said.
Tue, Aug 16, 2016

Hair loss in women can put them in panic mode


Why are they called Charley horses?
Tue, Aug 23, 2016

Those midnight cramps can last all day


Wife claims husband saws wood all night
Tue, Aug 30, 2016

Can snoring really lead to divorce?


Overdosing for dummies
Tue, Sep 6, 2016

Do you like your smack plain or with sprinkles?


Is it safe to sleep with your dog?
Tue, Sep 13, 2016

Ticks are looking for blood in all the wrong places


Am I losing my memory?
Tue, Sep 20, 2016

Is memory loss a disease or a distraction?


Is the high-dose flu shot worth the plunge?
Tue, Sep 27, 2016

If you are 65+, it may save you


The dangers of the morning-after pill
Tue, Oct 4, 2016

Maybe the patient needs more than a pill


Cool it with the codeine this winter
Tue, Oct 11, 2016

Codeine cough syrups can be dangerous for kids


These drugs will destroy the world
Tue, Oct 18, 2016

Why the next plague will kill all of us


The perilous habit of schizophrenics
Tue, Oct 25, 2016

"Damn if it kills me"


When whooping it up has its down side
Tue, Nov 1, 2016

Why you should get this vaccine while pregnant


Is it midnight? No, it's 5PM
Tue, Nov 15, 2016

Feeling SAD this time of year?


Out with the gout
Tue, Nov 22, 2016

"Feels like a red hot poker in my toe."


Quick! Somebody pass the cranberries!
Tue, Nov 29, 2016

UTIs do not always need an antibiotic to go away


Drop that toothbrush and read the tube
Tue, Dec 6, 2016

Toothpaste - more than mintiness and colors not found in nature.


The skinny on snot
Tue, Dec 13, 2016

A runny nose can become a torrent of mucus


Treat a cold with C or zinc?
Tue, Dec 20, 2016

3 days coming, 3 days with you, 3 days going


Milk thistle for the functioning alcoholic
Tue, Dec 27, 2016

No lectures. No judgments.