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    By: The People's Pharmacy April 27, 2015 0 Comments
    Beware Dangerous Grapefruit Juice Interactions w…

    Grapefruit and grapefruit juice have the potential to interact in a dangerous way with a wide range of medications. It makes sense to ask the prescriber and the pharmacist about this potential. Q. I'v…

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    How to Keep Ticks from Biting

    Considering the diseases that ticks can transmit, it makes sense to be as prudent as possible in avoiding tick bites. Q. I am phobic about ticks, having had Rocky Mountain spotted fever as a result o…

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    Root Beer Is One Reader’s Cure for Canker …

    Canker sores go by the medical term aphthous ulcers. By any name, they are painful, so a way to speed healing is a boon. Q. Several years ago when I was a teenager, I was nearly hospitalized because m…

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    Turmeric Is as Good as Gold for Health

    Most Americans have never heard of the spice turmeric. And yet, millions consume it on a regular basis without realizing it. That's because this Asian spice provides the color in yellow mustard. Turme…

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    Topical Pain Reliever Eases Knee Arthritis

    People with arthritis pain often find themselves caught between two terrible alternatives: suffer the pain, or suffer the side effects of the usual pain relievers. NSAIDS have some serious drawbacks, …

    By: The People's Pharmacy April 23, 2015 4 Comments
    Show 990: Diet and Lifestyle as Gene Therapy

    We are all born with certain genes that help determine our height and the color of our eyes as well as our likelihood of developing certain diseases. The genes don't change, but their activity can cha…

    By: The People's Pharmacy April 23, 2015 9 Comments
    Blood Pressure Drug Combos That Could Be Lethal

    When doctors prescribe blood pressure medication, their goal is to reduce the likelihood that a patient with hypertension will develop heart attacks, strokes, kidney damage, eye problems or even Alzhe…

    By: The People's Pharmacy April 23, 2015 4 Comments
    Mindfulness-Based Therapy Can Help Against Depre…

    People with recurrent depression may benefit from mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, according to a new study. The study took place in England and included 424 people with recurrent major depression…

    By: The People's Pharmacy April 23, 2015 3 Comments
    Joe Graedon Discusses Generic Drugs on WTVD

    Joe Graedon talked about the pros and cons of generic drugs on ABC11 (WTVD Durham NC) on April 22, 2015. Here's a link. Saving money is a big advantage, but only if the medication works properly. How …

    By: The People's Pharmacy April 23, 2015 0 Comments
    New Cancer Drugs Use the Immune System to Treat …

    Cancer treatment is changing with the development of new agents that work through the immune system. A combination of two of the newer drugs, ipilimumab (Yervoy) and nivolumab (Opdivo), works better t…

    By: The People's Pharmacy April 23, 2015 0 Comments
    New Drugs Show Promise Against Melanoma and Lung…

    A new cancer drug, pembrolizumab (Keytruda), produced encouraging results for melanoma patients. It was approved last year for patients whose melanoma had not responded to ipilimumab (Yervoy). In the …

    By: The People's Pharmacy April 23, 2015 5 Comments
    Another Scary Side Effect Linked to Heartburn Dr…

    Canadian researchers have found that older people taking acid suppressing drugs such as esomeprazole, lansoprazole and omeprazole are at higher risk for kidney failure. The scientists used medication …

    By: The People's Pharmacy April 23, 2015 0 Comments
    Drinking Chamomile Tea May Protect the Thyroid f…

    A small Greek study offers the intriguing possibility that chamomile tea may be protective against thyroid cancer. Thyroid cancer rates are much lower in Greece, where many people follow a Mediterrane…

    By: The People's Pharmacy April 23, 2015 2 Comments
    Stretching Fails to Prevent Tendon Injury

    Athletes and weekend warriors alike are often devoted to stretching prior to exercise. It seems logical that stretching might loosen the tendons and make them less susceptible to a tear or strain. A n…

    By: Joe Graedon April 20, 2015 33 Comments
    New Statin Study Confirms Scary Link to Diabetes

    Statin-type cholesterol-lowering drugs like atorvastatin, lovastatin and simvastatin are supposed to prevent heart attacks and strokes. New research from Finland suggests that such drugs may increase …

    By: The People's Pharmacy April 20, 2015 14 Comments
    Reader Was Enraged by Advice about Stopping Cymb…

    We were taken to task recently by a reader who thought our answer to a question from someone having a terrible time with Cymbalta withdrawal indicated a lack of respect. None was intended. Q. You blew…

    By: The People's Pharmacy April 20, 2015 13 Comments
    Beet Juice Was Better Than a Drug for Lowering B…

    Some natural products have an impressive ability to affect human physiology. Among these are vegetables naturally high in nitrate, particularly beets (referred to in England as beetroot). Q. I took hy…

    By: The People's Pharmacy April 20, 2015 9 Comments
    Has the FDA Turned its Back on Supplements?

    Is the FDA doing its job of protecting the public health when it comes to vitamins, herbs and dietary supplements? Recent evidence has emerged suggesting that the agency has let us all down. There are…

    By: The People's Pharmacy April 20, 2015 2 Comments
    Avoiding Dryer Sheets Can Help Dry Nose

    We are always delighted when a reader finds a simple solution to a vexing problem. Many people have had great difficulty with dry nasal passages making breathing uncomfortable during the night. Perhap…

    By: The People's Pharmacy April 20, 2015 23 Comments
    Burning Mouth Syndrome Can Make Life Miserable

    Some very painful conditions can be difficult to treat. The diagnosis of burning mouth syndrome implies that any obvious causes of pain have been ruled out. Finding a way to cool the burning sensation…

    By: The People's Pharmacy April 20, 2015 5 Comments
    Sulfur Soap Helps Clear Acne Blemishes

    Although advertisers like to push their products as "newer," assuming that newer is better, sometimes old remedies work surprisingly well. One woman describes her success with a very old-fashioned app…

    By: The People's Pharmacy April 20, 2015 5 Comments
    Overcoming Vitamin D Deficiency Banished Pain an…

    The symptoms of vitamin D deficiency can be extremely varied, and there is also disagreement over the best regimen for correcting it. Sometimes people have great success with supplementation, as this …

    By: The People's Pharmacy April 16, 2015 6 Comments
    Cutting Caffeine Reduces Nighttime Bathroom Runs

    Q. You have written about how people can reduce the number of trips they make to urinate during the night. I think they might want to get caffeine products out of the diet because caffeine stimulates…

    By: The People's Pharmacy April 16, 2015 6 Comments
    Diabetes Drug Dust-Up Reveals FDA Deficiencies

    A week ago the FDA put out a report that "suggested significant or near-significant increases in all-cause mortality" associated with the diabetes drug Onglyza (saxagliptin). In other words, more pat…

    By: The People's Pharmacy April 16, 2015 3 Comments
    Limited Evidence for Popular Weight Loss Program…

    A comparison of popular commercial weight loss programs finds that many do not have a great deal of evidence supporting them. A systematic review in the Annals of Internal Medicine analyzed 45 studies…

    By: The People's Pharmacy April 16, 2015 12 Comments
    Will New Guidelines Promote Vegan Diets?

    Americans may soon be urged to go vegan. The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee pointed out that a plant-based diet has less environmental impact than one that relies heavily on meat consumption. I…

    By: The People's Pharmacy April 16, 2015 2 Comments
    Pesticide-Laden Produce May Affect Sperm Quality

    If people are going to be eating more vegetables and fruits, as health experts say they should, it may be time to consider the impact of pesticides on that produce. Do Pesticides Affect Fertility? A n…

    By: The People's Pharmacy April 16, 2015 4 Comments
    Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals May Add to Inflam…

    Some pesticides and chemicals from plastics persist for a very long time in the environment. Many persist in our body fat as well and have estrogen-like activity. Fatty Tissue Harbors Endocrine Disrup…

    By: The People's Pharmacy April 16, 2015 4 Comments
    How Many Teenagers Need to Take Statins?

    Controversial guidelines issued by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) in 2011 would put half a million youngsters on statin-type drugs, according to a new study. The investigators ba…

    By: The People's Pharmacy April 15, 2015 9 Comments
    Show 989: The Mediterranean Zone Diet

    The Zone diet popularized by Dr. Barry Sears was one of the earliest to emphasize the importance of balancing protein, fat and carbohydrate consumption at every meal. Dr. Sears pioneered the idea that…