In search of the safe suntan

Research has found that having a tan may provide some protection from skin cancer, but tanning is not safe, so you should not try to tan just to gain this protection. (Locked) More »

In Brief: Mint conditions

Some studies have found that peppermint oil may help relieve the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, and could help with other conditions as well. (Locked) More »

Hormone therapy: The risk-benefit tightrope

The risks and benefits of hormone use in postmenopausal women vary depending on when a woman starts taking the drugs. The risk of heart disease seems to be lower in women who begin taking hormones close to the onset of menopause. (Locked) More »

Duct tape, warts and all

A study found that duct tape could help get rid of warts, but subsequent studies have not been able to replicate the results. There are other treatments that are more effective, and sometimes warts go away on their own. (Locked) More »

An update on the "old man's friend"

While pneumonia is still a serious illness, flu shots and the pneumococcal vaccine may help protect against it, particularly for older people or those at high risk of infection. (Locked) More »

More on niacin: No flush, no good

No-flush niacin may eliminate the flushing that is a typical side effect of the drug, but at the expense of its ability to lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels, thereby making it ineffective. (Locked) More »

By the way, doctor: Must I take aspirin?

I have ulcerative colitis and diabetes. My new doctor has been pushing aspirin therapy. My gastroenterologist feels that I should consider aspirin if and when there are signs that I would benefit from it and not to risk having problems with my colitis. (Locked) More »