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    By: The People's Pharmacy December 15, 2014 0 Comments
    Use Your Holiday Coupon

    As the final days of the holiday shopping frenzy approach, we offer you a way to take a deep breath and reduce the stress. You can shop from your computer and save money. For just two more days, until…

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    Will Ginger Cure Prostate Cancer?

    Q. I'm 68 years old and had my prostate removed in May, 2007. I have been cancer-free for seven years, but now the cancer has returned. I'm on Lupron to control it. Several family members sent me an a…

    By: The People's Pharmacy December 15, 2014 1 Comments
    Sunblock in Lip Balm Caused Cheilitis

    Q. I had no end of trouble with cheilitis for several years. Eventually a very practical allergist suspected the benzones in lip sunblocks could be causing the irritation of my lips. She was right. In…

    By: The People's Pharmacy December 15, 2014 1 Comments
    Cayenne to Combat Leg Cramps

    Q. My husband and I swear by a product called cayenne, an herbal extract of Capsicum annuum. We both use it for leg cramps and it works in seconds. I mix about 12 drops in a small amount of water and …

    By: The People's Pharmacy December 15, 2014 4 Comments
    Drug Combo Causing Intolerable Dry Mouth

    Q. My mother has atrial fibrillation and congestive heart failure. She takes Lasix for heart failure and Detrol for an overactive bladder. Her arthritis is troublesome, and her doctor prescribed Lyric…

    By: The People's Pharmacy December 15, 2014 3 Comments
    Burning Tongue May Signal Vitamin Deficiency

    Q. I adopted a vegan diet early this year, and now I have begun experiencing a burning sensation on one side of my tongue. It is quite uncomfortable. This happened once before when I was single and no…

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    How to Calm a Cough: Drugstore Vs. Grandma

    At this time of year, when folks squeeze into crowded shopping centers, gather for holiday parties or lift their voices for seasonal songs, viruses can travel fast. What doctors term "upper respirator…

    By: The People's Pharmacy December 15, 2014 4 Comments
    Aspirin Helps Control Plantar Psoriasis

    Q. I was diagnosed with plantar psoriasis more than a year ago. The palms of my hands and bottoms of my feet developed very dry skin that cracked and bled. They looked like they had dry glue all over …

    By: Joe Graedon December 11, 2014 6 Comments
    Heartburn Drug (Tagamet) a Last Resort Against S…

    Q. Please tell me more about treating warts with Tagamet. Do you make a paste of the Tagamet and put it on the wart, or do you swallow the pills? A. You are not the only person who wants to know about…

    By: The People's Pharmacy December 11, 2014 8 Comments
    Show 973: The Pros and Cons of Generic Drugs

    The FDA has insisted for years that generic drugs are identical to their brand-name counterparts. Physician and medical historian Jeremy Greene writes: "Generic drugs never were--and still are not--ex…

    By: Joe Graedon December 11, 2014 0 Comments
    It’s Not Too Late to Give the Gift of Good…

    Are you still trying to figure out what to give family and friends for the holidays? Last minute shopping can be incredibly stressful. Why not give a meaningful gift that will last for years and make …

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    Big Holiday Savings and Social Media Give-Away

    As we look back on the past year and forward to 2015 and celebrate the holidays with our circle of friends, readers and listeners, The People's Pharmacy would like to offer you a chance to win one of …

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    Flu Season Roars in Early

    The flu season has begun early this year, and it could be bad. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention prepare a map of flu prevalence each week. For last week, it showed widespread infections …

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    This Year, Flu Shot Is Less Than Perfect

    Public health officials are urging everyone to get their flu shots this year, but they admit that the H3N2 virus has mutated. That means the vaccine will offer significantly less protection against th…

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    BPA Exposure Boosts Blood Pressure

    Drinking from rigid, clear plastic bottles or from cans raises urinary levels of bisphenol A. This compound, known as BPA, has been identified as an endocrine disruptor. Now research from Korea indica…

    By: The People's Pharmacy December 11, 2014 6 Comments
    Trouble with Tramadol

    Doctors often worry about their chronic pain patients becoming addicted to narcotics. That may explain the popularity of a pain reliever perceived as non-addictive. Tramadol is categorized as a weak o…

    By: The People's Pharmacy December 11, 2014 1 Comments
    Laughing Gas May Lead to New Depression Treatmen…

    Research on the anesthetic ketamine has shown that it can sometimes produce a quick but not long-lasting remission from otherwise intractable depression. Scientists at Washington University in St. Lou…

    By: Joe Graedon December 11, 2014 3 Comments
    A Deadly Drug Interaction Often Ignored by Docto…

    Combining a common antibiotic with an even more common blood pressure medicine can result in sudden death. The interaction can lead to dangerously high levels of potassium (hyperkalemia) in the body, …

    By: The People's Pharmacy December 8, 2014 0 Comments
    The Word Exchange for Your Gift Exchange

    Looking for a gift for the reader on your list? May we suggest a science-fiction thriller about an imaginary (but terrifying) epidemic of word flu? Alena Graedon's novel, The Word Exchange, would make…

    By: The People's Pharmacy December 8, 2014 29 Comments
    Solutions for Toilet Clogging Bowel Movements

    Q. I have bowel movements that are so large they clog the toilet. I am not constipated and eat my share of fruits and vegetables. This is not a big deal at home, since I have a plunger in the bathroom…

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    Old-Fashioned Face Cream Soothes Itchy Bottom

    Q. I've been plagued with external hemorrhoids for years. They weren't particularly painful, but the itch was unbelievable and kept me awake at night. I tried every hemorrhoid cream on the market, sit…

    By: The People's Pharmacy December 8, 2014 2 Comments
    Getting the Drop on Winter Dandruff

    Do you dread wearing dark sweaters in winter? Unsightly white flakes on your shoulders and an itchy scalp are signs of dandruff, which can become more troublesome during the winter. Dry Air and Dry Sc…

    By: The People's Pharmacy December 8, 2014 10 Comments
    Natural Cough Remedies

    Q. My husband is getting over a nasty cold, but he is still coughing non-stop. The cough syrup we had on hand isn't working. What can you suggest? We are desperate for advice. A. Readers sometimes rep…

    By: The People's Pharmacy December 7, 2014 1 Comments
    Questions About Generic Forms of Concerta

    Q. I was delighted to read about FDA concerns regarding generic Concerta. My prescription insurance is going to an essentially generic-only pricing system that will push the price of brand-name Concer…

    By: The People's Pharmacy December 7, 2014 4 Comments
    Fixing Magnesium Deficiency Banished Fatigue

    Q. I heard your radio program about magnesium deficiency. I am 67, retired, and felt fatigued every day, all day. I would tell my friends, "tired is my way of life." After I heard your comments on mag…

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    Fighting Nail Fungus with OTC Solutions

    Q. After contracting nail fungus on my left ring finger, I soaked the offending nail and fingertip in hydrogen peroxide for five minutes several times a day. After about a week of this, the fungus dis…

    By: The People's Pharmacy December 4, 2014 26 Comments
    Show 972: New Pathways to Overcome Chronic Back …

    At some point during our lives, most of us will have at least one episode of back pain. Sharp or dull, the pain can come on at an unexpected moment and dominate our lives for days or weeks, until it d…

    By: Joe Graedon December 4, 2014 5 Comments
    Home Remedies or Brand Names for the Common Cold…

    The sniffle season has arrived. Commercials for cold and flu medicine are everywhere. But what should you buy? Is Alka-Seltzer Plus Night Cold & Flu Liquid Gels the answer or should you select Tyl…

    By: The People's Pharmacy December 4, 2014 1 Comments
    Mediterranean Diet Linked to Longer Telomeres

    A Mediterranean-style diet may offer much more than delicious eating. Longer Telomeres A study of almost 5,000 women in the Nurses Health Study found that those whose diets most closely resembled a tr…

    By: The People's Pharmacy December 4, 2014 0 Comments
    Survey: Medical Errors Are Common

    Just how common are medical errors? A poll conducted in Massachusetts found that one in four adults questioned reported that they had personally experienced a medical error of some kind within the pas…