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    By: The People's Pharmacy March 2, 2015 9 Comments
    Dog’s Benefit from Soap Might Not Be Place…

    Are you tired of reading about people who swear that putting a bar of soap under the bottom sheet near their feet calms nighttime leg cramps? Do you think it is all nonsense and most likely a placebo …

    By: The People's Pharmacy March 2, 2015 13 Comments
    Hot Flashes Stop but Brisdelle Side Effects Keep…

    Have you seen the TV commercials for Brisdelle to ease symptoms of menopause? The female announcer says: "Are you dealing with hot flashes during menopause? Why suffer more than you have to? You can d…

    By: The People's Pharmacy March 2, 2015 2 Comments
    Sauerkraut Juice Subdues Stubborn Heartburn

    Q. One "old wives' tale" remedy for heartburn is sauerkraut juice. I think homemade works the best. Are there other natural remedies for heartburn? A. Homemade sauerkraut juice contains probiotic orga…

    By: The People's Pharmacy March 2, 2015 13 Comments
    Is the FDA Protecting Drug Companies Instead of …

    For decades we were staunch defenders of the FDA. We thought the agency did an amazing job protecting consumers from bogus products. We applauded the organization for making sure Americans' medication…

    By: The People's Pharmacy March 2, 2015 4 Comments
    Vitamin D Works Magic Against Psoriasis

    Q. I have been taking 5000 IUs of vitamin D3, and my psoriasis has seriously improved as a result. If only I had known about this 15 years ago, it would have saved me so much anguish. I can't understa…

    By: The People's Pharmacy March 2, 2015 3 Comments
    Simple Exercise Makes Urinating Easier

    Q. I'd like to offer a bit of advice for men whose enlarged prostates sometimes make urination difficult: Exercise when you need to go. For instance, if you live in a two-story house, and wake up in t…

    By: The People's Pharmacy March 2, 2015 3 Comments
    Does Generic Celecoxib Measure Up to Celebrex?

    Q. My doctor prescribed Celebrex several years ago to help ease the arthritis pain in my knee. Three days ago my pharmacy substituted with generic celecoxib. I was pleased with the savings, but my pai…

    By: The People's Pharmacy March 1, 2015 4 Comments
    Why Is My Friday Health Newsletter Late?

    You are used to getting your Health Headlines from The People's Pharmacy on Friday morning. So why are you reading this news now? Blame it on the weather. North Carolina, where we are located, is unac…

    By: The People's Pharmacy March 1, 2015 1 Comments
    Pain Relievers Are Dangerous After a Heart Attac…

    People who have had a heart attack are supposed to take anti-clotting drugs for at least a year to help prevent a recurrence. But a new study from Denmark shows that during that year, these folks shou…

    By: The People's Pharmacy March 1, 2015 5 Comments
    Does Sauna Habit Boost Heart Health?

    A twenty-year study of more than 2,000 men in Finland has found that frequent sauna bathing is associated with a lower risk of sudden cardiac death. When these men volunteered for the study in the 198…

    By: The People's Pharmacy March 1, 2015 1 Comments
    Reducing the Risk of Peanut Allergy

    Parents are often cautious about feeding their infants peanut butter for fear of triggering peanut protein allergy. Life-threatening allergic reactions have become much more common over the last two d…

    By: The People's Pharmacy March 1, 2015 3 Comments
    Washing Dishes by Hand Lowers Likelihood of Chil…

    A study published in Pediatrics offers a disarmingly simple (though slightly labor-intensive) strategy to lower the likelihood that children will develop allergies. Investigators in Sweden looked at t…

    By: The People's Pharmacy March 1, 2015 9 Comments
    Taking a Peek at Your Doctor’s Notes

    Doctors have long treated their clinic notes like top secret documents, but that attitude is changing. Research shows that patients appreciate being able to check their records and doctors' notes. A f…

    By: The People's Pharmacy February 28, 2015 11 Comments
    Show 983: Intriguing Approaches to Overcoming De…

    Antidepressant medications have become part of popular culture ever since Prozac came on the market in the mid-1980s. Only those who have weathered a suicidal crisis themselves or watched a loved one …

    By: The People's Pharmacy February 23, 2015 18 Comments
    Are Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Salt Really D…

    Doctors today pride themselves on practicing "evidence-based medicine." That means using the best scientific data derived from research to make recommendations for policy and treatment. When it comes …

    By: The People's Pharmacy February 23, 2015 4 Comments
    Caffeine in her Night Cream Was Waking Her Up

    Q. As an active, fit woman in my 50s, I found it increasingly hard to sleep at night. I would go to bed exhausted and finally fall asleep, only to awaken one hour later, unable to get back to sleep. I…

    By: The People's Pharmacy February 23, 2015 19 Comments
    Can Raisins at Bedtime Reduce Nighttime Bathroom…

    Q. A while back I read in your column that eating raisins before bedtime could control nighttime trips to the bathroom. For the past three years I have suffered from urgency urination. My physician pr…

    By: The People's Pharmacy February 22, 2015 5 Comments
    Is Premarin Vaginal Cream Too Risky for Cancer S…

    Q. I was diagnosed with uterine and ovarian cancer last year. After a complete hysterectomy and months of chemo, I talked to my GYN/oncologist about vaginal dryness. He prescribed Premarin cream. He s…

    By: The People's Pharmacy February 22, 2015 2 Comments
    Don’t Double Up on Statins

    Q. Is it harmful to take Crestor and red yeast rice together? My doctor prescribed Crestor, but I have also been taking red yeast rice. I would like to get my cholesterol level low enough so I would n…

    By: The People's Pharmacy February 22, 2015 1 Comments
    Bitters Are Not Just for the Bartender

    Q. A friend told me that Swedish bitters were used historically for digestion. For the past couple of months I've been using the bitters to relieve my indigestion. Do you know about Swedish bitters? I…

    By: The People's Pharmacy February 22, 2015 6 Comments
    Too Little Vitamin B6 Can Lead to Nerve Damage

    Q. I was diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy in September. I could barely walk. My feet felt swollen, like I had a pair of water-balloons strapped to the soles of my feet. I couldn't feel the ground …

    By: The People's Pharmacy February 19, 2015 3 Comments
    Show 982: Smart Phone Medicine — A Doctor …

    Many people currently carry around tiny but powerful computers in their hip pockets or pocketbooks. We use our smart phones to check our bank accounts, keep up with our friends or get a weather report…

    By: The People's Pharmacy February 19, 2015 7 Comments
    Sore Throat Misdiagnosis Could Kill Teenagers

    Doctors are taught that a really bad sore throat should be cultured to determine whether it is caused by a group A beta-hemolytic streptococcal infection (aka strep throat). If the test comes back pos…

    By: The People's Pharmacy February 19, 2015 12 Comments
    Hot Flashes May Bother Women for Many Years

    Doctors used to tell women they'd be done with hot flashes and other troublesome menopausal symptoms within a couple of years, but new research offers a more disturbing and accurate answer. In a 17-ye…

    By: The People's Pharmacy February 19, 2015 2 Comments
    Will Mindfulness Meditation Solve Seniors’…

    Trouble sleeping is a common problem for senior citizens, but as we have written, sleep medications have serious drawbacks for older adults. A study of nearly 50 older Californians found that a non-dr…

    By: The People's Pharmacy February 19, 2015 12 Comments
    Glucosamine and Chondroitin Measure Up to Celebr…

    Glucosamine and chondroitin are popular supplements for joint pain, but several US studies of these compounds have been disappointing. Even though many people report benefit when they take glucosamine…

    By: The People's Pharmacy February 19, 2015 1 Comments
    If You Need Just One Diet Rule, Here It Is

    People who find complicated dietary guidelines daunting can benefit by following just one. According to a new study, increasing fiber intake offers multiple health benefits. Investigators in Massachus…

    By: The People's Pharmacy February 19, 2015 0 Comments
    Tracking Activity with a Phone App

    Exercise has so many health benefits they might be difficult to count: weight control, mood improvement, blood pressure regulation and others. But the proliferation of devices to help you keep track o…

    By: The People's Pharmacy February 16, 2015 4 Comments
    Why 9 Gin-Soaked Raisins for Arthritis?

    Q. I've been taking gin-soaked raisins for over two months. I don't know whether or not they are helping my knee joints, but I don't care. They are delicious. There's only one thing: I don't have a cl…

    By: The People's Pharmacy February 16, 2015 9 Comments
    Heartburn Drugs Don’t Protect Intestines f…

    Warning: This is a man bites dog story. In other words, it contradicts conventional wisdom. Physicians have long recognized that popular pain relievers like aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen can harm th…