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    By: The People's Pharmacy October 23, 2014 0 Comments
    Show 967: Technology for Better Hearing

    More than 30 million Americans have trouble hearing as well as they would like. Some assume there is nothing that can be done to help them, while others imagine that their hearing loss is not so great…

    By: Joe Graedon October 23, 2014 0 Comments
    How To Get Rid of Spider Veins

    Q. I have spider veins that I find quite distracting. When I asked my primary care doctor what I could do to get rid of them he suggested a visit to the dermatologist or plastic surgeon. I cannot affo…

    By: The People's Pharmacy October 23, 2014 0 Comments
    How to Make Gin-Soaked Raisins for Joint Pain

    Q. Do you have a recipe for gin-soaked raisins? How much gin is used for every pound of raisins? My mother has joint pain and it would help her a lot to have some more detailed information! A. To prep…

    By: The People's Pharmacy October 23, 2014 0 Comments
    Some Recalled Supplements Stay on Shelves

    Dietary supplements recalled by the Food and Drug Administration because of adulteration with dangerous drugs often remain on the market for years. Researchers at Harvard purchased and analyzed 27 die…

    By: The People's Pharmacy October 23, 2014 1 Comments
    Does Drinking Soda Speed Cellular Aging?

    Sugary beverages are suspected of contributing to the obesity epidemic. New research suggests that they may also be associated with damage inside cells. Investigators at the University of California S…

    By: The People's Pharmacy October 23, 2014 0 Comments
    Treating Restless Legs Could Trigger Compulsive …

    Some medications prescribed to control the tremor of Parkinson's disease patients and the discomfort of restless leg syndrome can have unanticipated side effects. Compulsive Behaviors Some people taki…

    By: The People's Pharmacy October 23, 2014 0 Comments
    Children Are Frequently Given the Wrong Dose

    A new study shows that parents and caregivers frequently miscalculate the dose of pain medicine and fever reducers for children. The younger the child, the more likely there will be a dosing error. Po…

    By: The People's Pharmacy October 23, 2014 0 Comments
    Without Real Milk, Vitamin D May Slip

    Children who cannot drink cow's milk are often given an alternative such as rice, soy, almond or coconut milk. Not the Same as Milk Such substitutes may stand in for milk on cereal but they are not nu…

    By: The People's Pharmacy October 20, 2014 2 Comments
    Mustard May Help Psoriasis as Well as Leg Cramps

    Q. My husband is disabled by osteoarthritis and psoriatic arthritis. He experienced frequent muscle cramping and was eating extra yellow mustard for relief. His psoriasis has been treated for years by…

    By: The People's Pharmacy October 20, 2014 3 Comments
    Nurse Is Distressed about Poor Hand Washing Habi…

    Q. Yesterday my next-door neighbor (a nurse in our local monster-sized hospital) vented aggressively about doctors she witnesses moving from patient to patient without washing their hands or wearing g…

    By: The People's Pharmacy October 20, 2014 7 Comments
    Patients in Pain Are Outraged about New Hydrocod…

    On October 6, 2014, a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) decision to restrict access to hydrocodone combination pain relievers (HCPs) went into effect. Medications like Lortab, Norco, Vicodin and g…

    By: The People's Pharmacy October 20, 2014 0 Comments
    Vitamin A Oil Dropped on a Wart Made It Disappea…

    Q. Your column mentioned using pineapple or banana skin as a topical treatment for plantar warts. The treatment of choice (unfortunately not well known among family doctors or even dermatologists) may…

    By: Joe Graedon October 20, 2014 3 Comments
    The Battle Behind the Black Box Warning for Chan…

    Last week there was high drama at the Food and Drug Administration. The maker of the stop-smoking drug Chantix (varenicline) wanted the FDA to remove the black box warning for this medication alerting…

    By: The People's Pharmacy October 20, 2014 1 Comments
    Prunes Are a Proven Remedy for Constipation

    Q. The "power pudding" you wrote about worked for my husband's constipation in two hours! Then he found out that prune juice in the morning and dried prunes at bedtime, along with eating less dairy, d…

    By: The People's Pharmacy October 20, 2014 0 Comments
    Serious Blood Pressure Problem Calls for Serious…

    Q. Your recent column about using probiotics in yogurt to reduce blood pressure in an otherwise healthy young person was way below the standard of care. I am a physician. Had I treated such a patient …

    By: The People's Pharmacy October 19, 2014 0 Comments
    Could Aspirin Prevent Barrett’s Esophagus?

    Q. I have Barrett's esophagus, a pre-cancerous condition that can sometimes turn into cancer of the esophagus. Several years ago my gastroenterologist recommended that I take a low dose of aspirin to …

    By: The People's Pharmacy October 15, 2014 19 Comments
    Show 966: The Benefits of Butter

    For decades, Americans have been warned to step away from the cheese and leave the butter untouched. Saturated fat was believed to clog the arteries and lead to heart attacks and early death. But what…

    By: Joe Graedon October 15, 2014 9 Comments
    Is the Raisin Remedy Good for Skin Tags?

    Q. My husband and I have each eaten nine golden raisins soaked in gin daily for six months. I have arthritis in my neck from an automobile accident, and find that the pain in my neck is reduced. As go…

    By: Joe Graedon October 15, 2014 6 Comments
    Home Remedies for Hemorrhoids

    Over the last few decades we have collected an amazing array of remedies for hemorrhoids, from blackstrap molasses and rutabaga to banana peel and green tea. More about these solutions in a moment. Bu…

    By: The People's Pharmacy October 15, 2014 1 Comments
    High-Fat Mediterranean Diet Has Health Benefits

    The Mediterranean diet has once again shown superiority over a low fat diet in reversing cardiovascular risk. PREDIMED Study Spanish researchers analyzed data from the PREDIMED study in which voluntee…

    By: The People's Pharmacy October 15, 2014 3 Comments
    Coffee Drinkers Are Helping Their Livers

    Add liver protection to the many benefits of coffee drinking. Researchers have been reporting for years that regular coffee consumption is associated with a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes as…

    By: The People's Pharmacy October 15, 2014 0 Comments
    Help for Autism from Broccoli Sprouts?

    Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital for Children and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine teamed up to investigate whether a component of broccoli sprouts could be beneficial for youn…

    By: The People's Pharmacy October 15, 2014 3 Comments
    Frozen Poop Pills Make Fecal Transplant More Pal…

    Patients who develop Clostridium difficile infections are afflicted with debilitating diarrhea. When these bacteria take over the digestive tract after antibiotic treatment they can be very difficult …

    By: The People's Pharmacy October 15, 2014 1 Comments
    Patients Need to Wash Their Hands Too

    Doctors, nurses and other health professionals have been urged to wash their hands frequently. Hospitals even penalize health care professionals who do not follow hygiene guidelines. But is the messag…

    By: Joe Graedon October 13, 2014 10 Comments
    Are You Pooping the Wrong Way?

    For roughly a million years our ancestors performed natural bodily functions in a squatting position. It is only in recent times that toilets have become commonplace. The first patent for a flush toil…

    By: The People's Pharmacy October 13, 2014 1 Comments
    Shampoo-Resistant Lice Succumb to Listerine

    Q. I have two daughters, ages 6 and 11. My oldest daughter brought home head lice and it was a nightmare. Over-the-counter lice shampoos did nothing. This went on for six months until my mother-in-law…

    By: The People's Pharmacy October 13, 2014 3 Comments
    Cherry and Celery Extracts Banish Gout Pain

    Q. I work as a correctional officer and have to go up and down flights of stairs 12 hours a day. My gout flared up so that I could barely walk. I could have sworn I had broken my feet. My doctor presc…

    By: The People's Pharmacy October 13, 2014 4 Comments
    Is Your OTC Pain Reliever Deadly?

    Is death an acceptable side effect for over-the-counter medicines? Most people assume that non-prescription drugs are super safe, although nearly everyone knows that prescription medications frequentl…

    By: The People's Pharmacy October 13, 2014 1 Comments
    Supplements Reduced Need for Asthma Inhaler

    Q. I have had asthma since I was two. I am now in my 50s, and my doctor prescribed daily Advair and albuterol as a rescue inhaler. I was using albuterol several times a week until I started fish oil a…

    By: The People's Pharmacy October 13, 2014 3 Comments
    Is Mother Being Overmedicated?

    Q. My mother has always been active but lately she seems to be fading. She complains about insomnia and dizziness. Her doctor recently prescribed bupropion and she had horrible side effects: trembling…