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    By: The People's Pharmacy June 29, 2015 0 Comments
    The Combination of an NSAID with a PPI Can Harm …

    Using one medication to treat the known side effects of another pill often seems sensible. Unfortunately, it doesn't always work. In some cases, adding the second medicine can backfire. The combinatio…

    By: The People's Pharmacy June 29, 2015 2 Comments
    Treatments for Traveler’s Diarrhea Require…

    When you're on a business trip or that dream vacation, the last thing you want is to be stuck in a hotel room suffering with the trots for a few days. This young person has a similar concern, but is u…

    By: The People's Pharmacy June 29, 2015 4 Comments
    Witch Hazel Soothed Wasp Sting on Baby’s D…

    Going outdoors in the summertime for a cookout, game or hike is fun. One downside-it does increase the possibility of encountering a stinging insect such as a bee, yellow jacket or wasp. Over the year…

    By: The People's Pharmacy June 29, 2015 3 Comments
    Pain Reliever Might Slow Healing from a Bone Fra…

    The old saying, "Familiarity breeds contempt," may have more than a kernel of truth for over-the-counter drugs. Actually, the attitude most Americans hold toward these familiar nonprescription brands …

    By: The People's Pharmacy June 29, 2015 4 Comments
    Listerine to the Rescue for a Rash Under the Bre…

    Certain problems tend to crop up on a regular basis. Hot sticky weather is often a trigger for skin problems from heat rash to athlete's foot. Many of these may have their origin in yeast or fungus, w…

    By: The People's Pharmacy June 29, 2015 0 Comments
    Common Medicines Throw a Monkey Wrench Into Ment…

    Many people fear a diagnosis of Alzheimer's more than cancer or heart disease. That's because we have treatments for the two big killers, but virtually nothing to reverse the inevitable decline of dem…

    By: The People's Pharmacy June 29, 2015 1 Comments
    Who Needs Treatment for High Cholesterol?

    Questions about treating high cholesterol have been confusing for quite a long time. Recent changes in the guidelines have not cleared away the confusion since some doctors have not embraced the new r…

    By: The People's Pharmacy June 25, 2015 4 Comments
    Show 998: The Health Effects of Touch

    We don't always pay attention to our sense of touch, though it is critical to survival. Sensations of pain, heat or cold protect us from injury. But the importance of touch goes far beyond that. Pain …

    By: The People's Pharmacy June 25, 2015 28 Comments
    Video Demonstrates How To Make Nurse’s Pow…

    We frequently get asked questions like these: "I'm female, 74 years old, 5''7" tall, weigh 125, walk 2 miles a day and am in very good health. My problem is constipation (chronic, I guess). I have gon…

    By: The People's Pharmacy June 25, 2015 6 Comments
    Experts Say Forget About Fat to Help Americans S…

    Noted nutrition experts are urging the Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services to forget about fat in the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The guidelines will be issued later thi…

    By: The People's Pharmacy June 25, 2015 2 Comments
    For Better Blood Sugar Control, Eat Carbs Last

    Eating your bread at the start of your meal could be a mistake, especially if you have diabetes. That's the conclusion of a small metabolic study carried out at the Comprehensive Weight Control Center…

    By: The People's Pharmacy June 25, 2015 1 Comments
    ADHD Drug Daytrana Can Cause Permanent Disfiguri…

    A "Drug Safety Communication" from the FDA (June 24, 2015) is alerting physicians, pharmacists and patients that the Daytrana skin patch containing the drug methylphenidate can cause permanent skin c…

    By: The People's Pharmacy June 25, 2015 1 Comments
    Leisure Time Exercise Helps Americans Live Longe…

    The federal government issues physical activity guidelines for Americans from time to time. The latest of these came out in 2008, recommending that all of us get at least 150 minutes of moderate activ…

    By: The People's Pharmacy June 25, 2015 0 Comments
    Australians Live Longer with Vigorous Activity

    Australian researchers have looked at how activity level is related to longevity. In this study, more than 200,000 adults ranging in age from 45 through 75 were tracked from February, 2006, through Ju…

    By: The People's Pharmacy June 25, 2015 1 Comments
    Measuring Weight Loss Helps Men Manage It

    Watching your weight...literally...can help with weight loss. A new study published in the Journal of Obesity shows that people who are trying to lose weight or maintain weight loss do better if they …

    By: The People's Pharmacy June 22, 2015 4 Comments
    Cast Iron Skillet and Iron Teapot Can Boost Iron…

    Iron is an essential mineral. It is a component of the protein hemoglobin that carries oxygen to tissues throughout the body. That's why iron-deficiency anemia is a concern. This reader found a time-h…

    By: The People's Pharmacy June 22, 2015 14 Comments
    Do Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs Damage Memory?

    Q. I read that a new study on statins and short-term memory was published in the June 8, 2015, JAMA Internal Medicine. Would you address this? It seems contrary to what I have read in your column. A. …

    By: The People's Pharmacy June 22, 2015 10 Comments
    Combining OTC Pain Relievers and Heartburn Pills…

    It's hard for the FDA to admit it might have made a mistake. But when it comes to OTC pain relievers and heartburn pills, that seems to be the case. When the agency approved NSAID pain relievers like …

    By: The People's Pharmacy June 22, 2015 3 Comments
    Yellow Mustard Eases Cramps But Will It Cause He…

    Q. I have been taking a daily tablespoon of yellow mustard for muscle cramps. It seems to be helping, but I wonder if the mustard may alter the effectiveness of my Coumadin (warfarin) blood thinner. A…

    By: The People's Pharmacy June 22, 2015 9 Comments
    Can We Just Eat Beets for Blood Pressure Control…

    Elevated blood pressure is a risk factor for heart disease and strokes, so control is important. However, research has shown that medication is not as helpful as we would all like unless untreated bl…

    By: The People's Pharmacy June 22, 2015 12 Comments
    Common-Sense Approaches to Constipation

    Many people suffer with digestive tract problems, but because they can be embarrassing to discuss, it sometimes seems that each generation has to discover for itself the common-sense approaches to con…

    By: The People's Pharmacy June 22, 2015 7 Comments
    Does Dark Chocolate Provide Healthful Cocoa Flav…

    Whenever a new study comes along to demonstrate that yes, chocolate does have health benefits (see the most recent one here), nutrition experts step forward to caution people not to start gobbling cho…

    By: The People's Pharmacy June 18, 2015 13 Comments
    Show 997: Big Pharma and Health Care

    Dr. Peter Gøtzsche worked for the pharmaceutical industry years ago supervising clinical trials and working in regulatory affairs. But this industry insider has become the toughest of critics. Dr. G…

    By: The People's Pharmacy June 18, 2015 5 Comments
    Eat Chocolate! It’s Good for Your Heart

    One previously forbidden treat that people need not avoid any longer is chocolate, so long as it doesn't contain any hydrogenated vegetable oils (trans fats). A new study confirms previous suspicions …

    By: The People's Pharmacy June 18, 2015 8 Comments
    Does Appendicitis Always Require Surgery?

    A new study suggests that appendicitis doesn't always need to be treated with surgery. This is a radical idea, given that most physicians and patients believe that acute appendicitis requires emergenc…

    By: The People's Pharmacy June 18, 2015 6 Comments
    Hidden Hazards of MRIs

    Have you ever had an MRI to diagnose osteoarthritis of the hip or check for cancer or an aneurysm? MRI or magnetic resonance imaging is considered much safer than CT scans that require ionizing radiat…

    By: The People's Pharmacy June 18, 2015 6 Comments
    You Could Be Risking Bad Sunburns If You Are Tak…

    Forty years ago baby boomers enjoyed soaking up the sun's rays and admiring their golden tans. Today, they are spending more time with dermatologists and plastic surgeons trying to undo the damage. Ag…

    By: The People's Pharmacy June 18, 2015 0 Comments
    Trans Fats Are Bad for the Heart and Bad for the…

    We've long known that trans fats are bad for the heart, raising LDL cholesterol, lowering HDL cholesterol and increasing the risk for cardiovascular disease. New research shows that trans fats are als…

    By: The People's Pharmacy June 18, 2015 9 Comments
    What Took the FDA So Long to Ban Trans Fats?

    This week the Food and Drug Administration announced that it is finally ready to ban trans fats from American foods. You might have assumed that trans fats had already disappeared, since there is stro…

    By: The People's Pharmacy June 18, 2015 5 Comments
    See How Brain Freeze Works Fast for Bad Headache…

    We've got the perfect remedy for bad headaches, especially when the weather turns hot. Watch our video to learn how inducing an ice cream headache can rout a migraine before it has a chance to take ho…