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    By: The People's Pharmacy July 2, 2015 0 Comments
    Natural Crystal Deodorant Caused Bad Body Aches

    Q. For years I have used a crystal-type (stick or rock) deodorant. This last year I have noticed frequent all over body aches; playing golf, taking walks, just moving around. I quit the crystal deod…

    By: The People's Pharmacy July 2, 2015 0 Comments
    Treating Cold Sores with Home Remedies or Sitavi…

    Q. Fifty years ago I was at a party kidding a doctor that they didn't even know how to prevent cold sores. He said, "Oh yes, we do! Just drink buttermilk to prevent them." I tried it and, sure enough,…

    By: The People's Pharmacy July 2, 2015 0 Comments
    Does Castor Oil Clear Actinic Keratosis?

    Q. I thought you should know that years ago my husband's dermatologist told him to use castor oil on pre-cancerous spots on his face. They all just sort of fell off and he never had to have any remove…

    By: The People's Pharmacy July 2, 2015 0 Comments
    SSRIs for Hot Flashes Raise the Risk of Fracture…

    Commonly prescribed antidepressants called SSRIs are linked to fractures in older women. These drugs have become popular to treat the menopausal symptoms of hot flashes and night sweats. That's becaus…

    By: The People's Pharmacy July 2, 2015 0 Comments
    Saxenda Injections Help People Achieve Weight Lo…

    A study in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that a diabetes drug called liraglutide can be used to help people lose weight. Originally developed to control blood sugar under the name Victo…

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    Go Out to Play – Vitamin D Plus Exercise L…

    One of the complications of excess weight is that it contributes to chronic inflammation. Higher levels of inflammatory markers such as interleukin-6 are linked to diabetes and some cancers. Investiga…

    By: The People's Pharmacy July 2, 2015 0 Comments
    Are Doctors Being Bribed by Big Pharma?

    We trust umpires, referees and judges because they are supposed to be impartial. They have strict ethical standards that are intended to prevent conflicts of interest. That's why they are not allowed …

    By: Joe Graedon July 1, 2015 8 Comments
    Show 881: The Art of Diagnosis (Archive)

    Diagnosis is the very foundation of medical care. Without an accurate diagnosis, doctors have no way of determining the appropriate treatment. Decades ago, doctors used to rely heavily on the patient'…

    By: The People's Pharmacy June 29, 2015 2 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 8 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 12 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 6 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 11 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 1 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 4 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 6 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 29 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…