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Summary: RadioMD’s “talking” Health A-Z Interviews with experts in the world of health, including world-renowned physicians, authors and celebrities in every area of health, wellness, fitness and medicine. Learn the best ways to stay fit, stay healthy and stay well.
Since the pill is not 100% effective and does carry some risks, what are the guidelines, side effects and exceptions for emergency contraceptives?The emergency contraceptive, Plan B One-Step, also known as "the morning-after pill," was approved by the FDA on July 13, 2009. In April 2013, a federal judge ordered the FDA to allow emergency contraception to be sold over-the-counter, lifting all age limitations. There are nearly two dozen brands of emergency contraception in the United States today. The FDA-approved generic alternative to Plan B One-Step is Next Choice One Dose. So does Next Choice have different purchasing requirements than Plan B? The morning-after pill only requires you to swallow one pill, which you should take as soon as possible. Even though the drug's slogan is, "the morning-after" pill, that doesn't mean you should wait until the next morning to take it. The manufacturer suggests taking the pill within 72 hours of contraceptive failure or unprotected sex. Although, the sooner you take it, the more effective. It is important to note that the pill is not 100% effective and does carry some risks. Not only that, but emergency contraceptives should not encourage irresponsible sexual behavior. Is this putting young women who need guidance in danger? Harvard-trained special guest, Dr. Sara Gottfried, OB/GYN, MD, explains the guidelines, side effects, exceptions and cost for emergency contraceptives.
Myth: Diet Soda just as harmful to teeth as regular soda.Recent news stories and articles have come out saying that diet soda is just as bad for your teeth as regular soda. Sources have even been comparing it to the damages that the drug crack coccaine does! Just like everything we eat or drink, we must remember to always consume in moderation. When do we know that we are at risk for dental damage and, is diet soda just as bad for us as regular soda, juice and sports drinks? Dental health expert, Dr. John Redd, DMD, explains the damage soda can cause to your teeth, as well as whether or not the study attests to all diet/regular sodas and simple prevention tips.
Insomnia turning into a nightly routine? Scientists believe that a new drug, DORA-22, could be the answer to your sleepless nights.Tossing and turning, countless sleep remedies that never seem to work, watching the clock pass hour by hour... is insomnia turning into a nightly routine? You're not alone. Recent research shows that 10-15% of Americans chronically struggle with falling and staying asleep. Many people turn to sleep aids for relief, but these drugs have the risk of addiction, sleepwalking, sleep eating and immediate impairment of memory. Americans spend around $14 billion annually on sleep aids; the two most common are Ambien and Lunesta. However, these inhibitors have given doctors new reasons to create a safer drug that causes no side effects. Enter DORA-22, a sleeping aid still in the infancy stages of research that focuses more on orexin, a neurotransmitter that regulates wakefulness, appetite and arousal. DORA-22 differs from the drugs used in Ambien and Lunesta that concentrate on GABA, the neurotransmitter that involves mood, cognition and muscle tone. Even though DORA-22 hasn't been tested on humans yet, scientists have conducted research on animals and have strong belief that this could be the answer to your sleepless nights. Dr. Shelby Harris, director of the Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program at the Sleep-Wake Disorders center and an assistant professor of neurology and psychiatry at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine discusses the new sleeping pill that promises no side effects.
If you have sharp, tingling and numbness pain in your wrist, hand or arm, there's a possibility that you have Carpel Tunnel Syndrome.Working at a job that requires the use of repeated hand motions for long periods of time can be damaging to one of the most important parts of your body: your wrist. If you have been ignoring those sharp, tingling and numbness pains in your wrist, hand or arm, there's a strong possibility that you have Carpel Tunnel Syndrome. The carpal tunnel is the narrow passage of ligaments and bones at the base of the hand. The tendons and nerves within the carpal tunnel, specifically the median nerve, become pressed or squeezed as they enter the hand through the wrist. The area of the wrist becomes crowded, which leads to inflammation around the tendons and results in irritation, swelling, burning, tingling and numbness in the palm of the hand and fingers. It is generally difficult to distinguish a singular cause of CTS. Usually, the main reason is that the actual carpal tunnel is smaller in some people than in others. Other contributing factors include trauma or injury, typing, texting, use of vibrating hand tools, hypothyroidism and rheumatoid arthritis. You would have to text or type for quite awhile for CTS to become a significant problem, but in this day and age, typing and texting that frequently is a normality. Many studies indicate that women are at a much higher risk then men. Carpal Tunnel can be treated with anti-inflammatory drugs, exercises, braces, therapy and surgery if necessary. Dr. Marc Arginteanu, MD, provides an explanation of CTS, the causes, symptoms and who is at risk for developing the condition. He also explains the exercises, braces, therapy and surgery that can properly treat CTS.
News of the week, toxic dangers, and plastic surgery secrets. You don't want to miss this!Straight talk from the docs! Dr. Mike and co-host Joe Galuski discuss more of the most prevalent health news you need to know from the past week. Plus, find out "What's Toxic & What's Not" from toxicologist and regular contributor, Gary Ginsberg. Plastic surgeon, Dr. Arthur Perry, joins Dr. Mike in the second half hour, and you won't want to miss what they have to say. More from RealAge Solve Your Sleep Debt Plus! Dr. Perry's Flap of the Week What's Dr. Perry all fired up about this week? Tune in to find out.
Meditations and exercises to help you map out the aging process and embrace the experience.How do you view the aging process? Mental health counselor and self-help expert, Michael Gurian, explores the physical, mental, relational and spiritual aspects of aging in his new book, The Wonder of Aging: A New Approach to Embracing Life After Fifty. Gurian divides life after 50 into three stages: the Age of Transformation from late 40s to 60s; the Age of Distinction from 60 to 75; and the Age of Completion for the years beyond. Gurian offers inspiring meditations and exercises to help you map out the aging process and embrace the experience. His guide can help you celebrate the second half of your life and live with less fear. Bonus! RealAge Tip Drink This to Help Your Joints
Join Dr. Roizen and his expert guests for the latest health news, wellness advice and most up-to-date research from around the world.World-renowned physician, Dr. Michael Roizen, MD, continues to update your understanding of the meaning of health by providing an in-depth review of the most impactful health headlines. Joined by his co-host, Joe Galuski, they discuss the health news that matters most to you. The duo is later joined by Mental health counselor and self-help expert, Michael Gurian. Bonus! RealAge Tip Drink This to Help Your Joints
Macular degeneration is the #1 cause of blindness for people over 60. But fish oil may drastically reduce your risk.Age-related macular degeneration is the number one cause of blindness in the United States for people over 60. In fact, as many as 11 million people in the United States have some form of age-related macular degeneration. This number is expected to double to nearly 22 million by 2050. And not to state the obvious here, but this can have devastating and life-altering consequences. That’s why it’s refreshing to see that something as simple as fish oil may be able to help reduce your risk.
Acne is considered a normal part of puberty. But knowing that doesn't make it easier. So what can you do about it?Acne is a condition of the skin that shows up as different types of bumps. These bumps can be blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, or cysts. Teens get acne because of the hormonal changes that come with puberty. The bad news is that if your parents had acne as teens, it's more likely that you will too. But the good news is that there are natural ways to prevent and treat acne – safely and effectively. Dr. Ross Pelton joins Dr. Mike to explain effective ways to manage your acne, whether you're a teenager or an adult.
Contrary to popular belief, you CAN go meatless and dairy-free while remaining a serious athlete. Here’s how.Can you live a vegan lifestyle and still be a serious athlete? The foods that vegans avoid, like dairy products and eggs, are easy ways to get protein in a plant-based diet. This means that grains, nuts and soy are essential for a meatless, dairy-free eater. And don’t forget about vitamin B12, which is found only in meat. B12 is important for endurance athletes, since it affects red blood cell production. Choosing whole grain cereals and almond milk fortified with B12 are essential for vegan athletes. Join Dr. Mike and special guest, Erin Sharoni, to learn all the ins and outs of living a vegan lifestyle, even as an athlete.
Juicing is more than a craze; it has become a dietary lifestyle for many. But is it as healthy as people claim it is?You already know that diets packed with fruits and vegetables reduce your risk of age-related diseases and play a key role in weight management. However, most of us don’t get the five servings a day recommended by the USDA. In fact, the latest CDC data shows that less than a quarter of adults get the recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables. Most experts agree that juicing can fill in the gap; yet is juicing everything it’s hyped up to be? Learn what Dr. Mike has to say on the matter, as well as special guest Erin Sharoni.
Follow this simple weight loss rule for one week and lose one pound. No pills, no strict diets; just a simple 4th grade math equation to apply.You’re probably tired of all the silly diet claims shown on TV. And trust us, if it sounds too good to be true, it is. The reality is that you can’t lose weight "miraculously." No amount of creams or wraps will shrink your waist; neither will wishful thinking. Why? Because losing weight takes hard work. So if you're looking for a weight loss strategy that will actually work, start here. Weight = calories in - calories out. Join Dr. Mike to find out what the 250 weight loss rule is and why it works! For more information, read Dr. Mike's blog.
Berberine is a simple botanical alkaloid may be the key to treating type II diabetes. But is it right for you? Berberine is a simple botanical alkaloid, which has been a staple in natural medicine for infections such as strep throat and lung issues. But recent research is suggesting it may be the key to treating type II diabetes. Type II diabetes is typically thought of as a disease caused by unhealthy weight, poor nutrition and/or genetics. Now, a gut bacteria connection is creating a whole new line of safe and effective therapies. Learn all about Berberine and how it might be effective in treating your diabetes.
Vaginal dryness can be extremely embarrassing and painful. Why are women still not discussing this issue with their loved ones and physicians? Vaginal dryness can be extremely embarrassing and painful. But despite what many people may believe, it is not a sexual issue, nor a romantic issue; but rather a medical issue. So why are women still not discussing this issue with their loved ones and physicians? Too many women are going through unnecessary pain, infections, and surgeries because they are afraid to disclose to their loved ones this incredibly common issue. Learn what you can do to address your vaginal dryness in an effective and healthy way.
Bolivia has said NO to McDonalds within its borders. Should other nations follow suit when it comes to fast food? The people of Bolivia have spoken, and the verdict is: Adios McDonalds! Do Bolivians know something about food safety and nutrition that the rest of the world can learn from? Maybe so! We explore why the people of Bolivia chose not to embrace the golden arches and how their country is faring without McDonalds within its borders.