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    By: The People's Pharmacy March 1, 2015 3 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 0 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 1 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 0 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 0 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 0 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 1 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 8 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…

    By: Terry Graedon February 16, 2015 12 Comments
    Jublia Fights Nail Fungus, at a Price

    Q. I've had fungus in all my toenails since the summer I spent three weeks hiking through snow. Most of my toenails and the outer skin of my feet sloughed off then, about 44 years ago. I asked my phy…

    By: The People's Pharmacy February 16, 2015 6 Comments
    Better Thyroid Treatment to Banish Fatigue

    Q. My thyroid gland was removed and I have been on Synthroid or generic levothyroxine for more than 20 years. Although I am 52, I feel 20 years older. I am always tired and my muscles ache. One doctor…

    By: Terry Graedon February 16, 2015 8 Comments
    The Latest on the Supplement Scandal

    Q. Testing done on supplements from Target, Walgreens, Walmart and GNC revealed that they were bogus. Is there any way a consumer can determine what is in these things? A. The investigation by the New…

    By: The People's Pharmacy February 16, 2015 5 Comments
    Patient Overcomes High Blood Pressure Without Lo…

    Q. My doctor prescribed drugs to treat my high blood pressure and also suggested a low salt diet. My blood pressure stubbornly remained somewhat high. I talked to the nurse and he suggested not worryi…

    By: Terry Graedon February 16, 2015 6 Comments
    Nutmeg Is an Odd Home Remedy for Styes

    Q. My mother has a remedy for styes that I am not sure you know. We have used it in our family for over 60 years. To get rid of a stye, swallow one-quarter teaspoon of nutmeg two days in a row. The st…

    By: The People's Pharmacy February 12, 2015 37 Comments
    Show 981: Old-Fashioned Food

    For decades, the diet dictocrats have warned us to back away from the butter, minimize the meat and skimp on the salt. The recommended menu might not taste terrific, but it was supposed to prevent hea…

    By: The People's Pharmacy February 12, 2015 23 Comments
    People Get Testy About Pooping Posture

    A few months ago we wrote about toilet posture and the value of squatting. Here is a link to the article titled "Are You Pooping the Wrong Way?" We posed the question, "Have toilets contributed to GI …