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    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 …

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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 1 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…

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    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…

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    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 4 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 3 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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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 7 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…

    By: The People's Pharmacy April 13, 2015 8 Comments
    Stopping Cymbalta Suddenly Led to Disaster

    Certain medications have the potential to cause a very disorienting withdrawal syndrome if they are discontinued abruptly. People should be warned about this possibility before they begin taking the d…

    By: The People's Pharmacy April 13, 2015 14 Comments
    Using Greek Yogurt to Ease an Itchy Bottom

    It can sometimes be difficult to figure out the cause of an itchy bottom, and without a clear diagnosis, treatment can also be challenging. One woman came up with an ingenious--if potentially messy--s…

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    Is Mustard for Leg Cramps Snake Oil or the Real …

    One of the strangest remedies we have stumbled across in recent years is a spoonful of mustard to combat leg cramps. If you have ever experienced a charlie horse in a calf muscle in the middle of the …

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    Do the Risks of Acetaminophen Outweigh the Benef…

    Acetaminophen is a popular pain reliever sold under the brand name Tylenol and around the world as paracetamol. A new analysis of research shows that it may not work as well as expected for some commo…

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    Sodium Solution Said to Help Heal Burns

    Home remedies can be very handy, but they need to be employed with common sense. While self-treatment is fine for a minor burn, for example, a serious burn deserves medical attention. Q. You have writ…

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    Soolantra Is a New Topical Treatment for Rosacea

    Rosacea is sometimes also called acne rosacea, although it is not at all the same condition as adolescent acne. Rosacea typically appears in adulthood, making cheeks and forehead red and creating fine…

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    Coconut Macaroon Cookies Defeat Diarrhea

    Coping with a chronic condition such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can be very challenging. Although it is not considered a disease per se, people with IBS often have to deal with crippling consti…

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    Saline Gel Solves Dry Nose Problem

    Many people experience great discomfort during dry weather or in dry climates. The inside of the nose dries out and some people find that their body's reaction to this problem actually makes it harder…

    By: The People's Pharmacy April 9, 2015 32 Comments
    Show 988: Spices for a Healthy Life

    Turmeric, the yellow spice in curry and yellow mustard, has an active component called curcumin. This compound is the subject of more than 7,500 studies that show it has anti-inflammatory and anti-can…

    By: The People's Pharmacy April 9, 2015 13 Comments
    Is Life Just a Bowl of Tart Cherries?

    Readers of our syndicated newspaper column have been singing the praises of tart cherries for decades. Back in 1999 we first heard that cherries could ease a gout attack: "I eat five tart canned cherr…

    By: The People's Pharmacy April 9, 2015 25 Comments
    Toilet Seat Sanitation Stirs Emotions

    We never fail to be amazed at how worked up people get about public restrooms and toilet seats. Many women are justifiably outraged about wetness. Denise shared her anger: "Women who pee on seats are …

    By: The People's Pharmacy April 9, 2015 14 Comments
    State Attorneys General Call for Federal Oversig…

    Attorneys general from 14 states are begging the US Congress to do something about regulating herbal supplements. Their petition was given urgency by the recent results from a study conducted at the r…

    By: The People's Pharmacy April 9, 2015 10 Comments
    How Much Vitamin D Do You Really Need?

    When the Institute of Medicine reviewed data on vitamin D, the panel concluded that adults need no more than 600 IU of the vitamin daily. Underestimation Now, a group of scientists from Creighton Univ…

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    Vitamin D May Keep the Lid on Prostate Cancer

    Some men diagnosed with low-grade prostate cancer may be able to keep it from progressing by taking extra vitamin D. In a study, 37 men who had chosen prostatectomies were randomly assigned to take ei…