Common Painkillers May Be Harming Your Hearing

Here’s another reason to limit the use of common painkillers: a higher risk of hearing loss. Many of us pop up to eight pills a day of aspirin, ibuprofen (such as Advil) or acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) in accordance with the daily maximums noted on the pill bottles. These are over-the-counter drugs, after all, presumed safe. The consequences can be far more significant. Aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen (such as Aleve) are NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), and they have a host of side …

Danger: The Power of Salt, the Allure of Sugar

I apparently have had diabetes for many years but haven’t paid much attention to it other than maybe not eating the third slice of pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving and using less than a cup of salt on my french fries. Today, I know better. Now if Señor Salt rides into our dining room like a South American gaucho, I am to ride my own horse the hell out of there. If Mademoiselle Sugar, the enticing French beauty, were to step …

Age 60 or Older? You Need Yearly Kidney Disease Test

Six out of 10 Americans will develop kidney disease in their lifetime, according to a new study, and the National Kidney Foundation says there’s an easy way to catch problems early: A simple pee-in-the-cup test once a year if you’re age 60 or older. Data analyzed by researchers with Johns Hopkins University and published this week in the American Journal of Kidney Disease, estimates that 59.1 percent of Americans – about 135.8 million people – will develop moderate kidney disease …