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    By: The People's Pharmacy September 3, 2015 0 Comments
    Show 162: In Memory of Oliver Sacks

    Dr. Oliver Sacks was much more than a neurologist. In his books, he invited us to imagine the world from wildly different perspectives than our own. When he described individuals with neurological dif…

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    Should You Skip Breakfast?

    Americans have long been cautioned not to skip breakfast, based on epidemiological findings that breakfast eaters maintain healthier weights and live longer (American Journal of Epidemiology, Nov. 198…

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    Sleep Deprived People Caught Colds Easily

    New research confirms your grandmother was right: getting enough sleep keeps your immune system in good working order. Those who get less than five hours nightly should be considered sleep deprived pe…

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    Diabetes Drugs Trigger Severe Joint Pain

    The FDA has just issued a warning about a serious complication of certain popular diabetes drugs. Gliptins, known as DPP-4 inhibitors, include medications like Januvia and Onglyza. Januvia was approve…

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    Cardiovascular Risks of Joint Replacement Surger…

    Persistent severe joint pain due to arthritis sometimes leads people to sign up for hip or knee replacement surgery. The thought here is that the "wear and tear" that years can put on the joints, toge…

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    Low Vitamin D Level Raises Risk of Macular Degen…

    A low vitamin D level may contribute to the chance of developing age-related macular degeneration, but only in people with a genetic susceptibility. Scientists at the University of Buffalo analyzed da…

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    Clinical Trial Pits Aspirin Plus Metformin Again…

    Overweight or obese men with prostate cancer may benefit from two surprising medications. These old drugs are well known, but not for treating prostate cancer. Old Drugs: Aspirin was introduced as a p…

    By: Joe Graedon August 31, 2015 15 Comments
    How Hot Peppers Can Improve your Health and Exte…

    OK, I admit that is one of those headlines that seems far too good to be true. Full disclosure, I must confess that I (Joe G.) am a pepperhead, ie, someone who loves (actually craves) hot chili pepper…

    By: The People's Pharmacy August 31, 2015 7 Comments
    Fennel Seeds Help Overcome Heartburn Drug Withdr…

    We hear often from people who have had difficulty discontinuing a proton pump inhibitor drug such as omeprazole, esomeprazole or lansoprazole. These acid-suppressing drugs are widely prescribed for st…

    By: The People's Pharmacy August 31, 2015 2 Comments
    Using Vicks VapoRub Against Fingernail Warts

      Warts are at the same time a very simple complaint and also somewhat mysterious. They are a tissue reaction to a virus, human papillomavirus (HPV). That has been known since before antiviral me…

    By: The People's Pharmacy August 31, 2015 9 Comments
    Apple Cider Vinegar Soothed Shingles Pain

    Serious suffering may inspire creative experimentation. We are often impressed with the variety of remedies people use to ease shingles pain. If you see a doctor early enough in a shingles attack, sh…

    By: The People's Pharmacy August 31, 2015 0 Comments
    Stopping Lyrica Suddenly Can Trigger Withdrawal …

    Many drugs are capable of causing physiological dependence, so that when a person quits taking the medicine he immediately experiences side effects. In many cases, these reactions may be similar to th…

    By: The People's Pharmacy August 31, 2015 14 Comments
    Oatmeal with Cinnamon Helps Control Cholesterol …

    Many people would like to know how they can lower their cholesterol without medication. Sometimes a surprisingly simple strategy can be helpful. When the doctor mentions "diet and exercise," she may n…

    By: The People's Pharmacy August 31, 2015 3 Comments
    Home Tests for High Cholesterol or High Blood Su…

    Trying to second-guess your doctor is not necessarily a good idea. Still, if you want to follow your health more closely than occasional doctor visits allow, you may want to know about reliable tests …

    By: The People's Pharmacy August 28, 2015 11 Comments
    New FDA Warning About Januvia Joint Pain Side Ef…

    On August 28, 2015, the FDA issued the following caution: "The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning that the type 2 diabetes medicines sitagliptin, saxagliptin, linagliptin, and aloglipt…

    By: The People's Pharmacy August 27, 2015 7 Comments
    Show 1004: Doctors’ Secret Language

    Have you ever wondered about the big words your doctor uses? Physicians have a language all their own. Not only do they have specialized technical terminology, but they also have their own slang. What…

    By: The People's Pharmacy August 27, 2015 1 Comments
    Regular Aspirin Use Lowers Risk of Colon Cancer

    Aspirin use can help prevent colon cancer, according to a report in the Annals of Internal Medicine. A study of more than 112,000 Danes took advantage of the country's excellent medical records that c…

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    Big Study Raises Questions about Best Treatment …

    New data published in JAMA Oncology raise questions about the best way to treat a breast condition called ductal carcinoma in situ, or DCIS. About 60,000 women in the US are diagnosed with this each y…

    By: The People's Pharmacy August 27, 2015 4 Comments
    Elders Did Not Boost Brain Power with Exercise

    Can older people keep their brains sharp as they age? Two studies published in the Journal of the American Medical Association are disappointing. Neither regular exercise among previously sedentary el…

    By: The People's Pharmacy August 27, 2015 4 Comments
    Fish Oil Failed to Protect Older People from Alz…

    Previous studies have suggested that people who eat diets rich in omega-3 fats from fish or nuts are more likely to retain their cognitive abilities. But now a randomized controlled trial shows that f…

    By: The People's Pharmacy August 24, 2015 7 Comments
    Is It Safe to Use Testosterone to Boost Sex Driv…

    When most people think about differences in sex drive between men and women, they automatically assume that men want sex a lot more than women. That is not always true. We have received an amazing num…

    By: The People's Pharmacy August 24, 2015 2 Comments
    Melon Reaction Could Signal Deadly Latex Allergy

    Paying attention to your body and how it reacts to foods is an important step to figuring out what you should be eating and what you should avoid. Even foods that are full of nutrients are not necessa…

    By: The People's Pharmacy August 24, 2015 32 Comments
    Generic Drugs Banned in Europe But Not in the US

    Over a year ago we received a message from a pharmaceutical research scientist. He worked for a large clinical research company in India that tested generic drugs to see whether they reached blood lev…

    By: The People's Pharmacy August 23, 2015 10 Comments
    Pharmacist Speaks Up About Statin Side Effects

    Do health professionals trust the pharmaceutical industry too much? That is the provocative question raised by a pharmacist who has had personal difficulties taking statins: Q. I am a retired pharmaci…

    By: The People's Pharmacy August 23, 2015 9 Comments
    Low-Carb Diet Helps People with Diabetes

    Every so often a medical professional takes us to task for leaving something important out of an answer we have given a reader. Rarely are we chastised for overlooking or failing to mention a simple …

    By: The People's Pharmacy August 23, 2015 5 Comments
    Reader Praises Voltaren Gel

    Many people recognize that nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs NSAIDs such as diclofenac (Voltaren) can provide relief from inflammation and pain but have some important side effects if they are used…

    By: The People's Pharmacy August 23, 2015 7 Comments
    Certo Recipe for Joint Pain

    The pain of arthritic joints can often be unrelenting, so it is no wonder that people are always on the lookout for strategies that help manage it better. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)…

    By: Terry Graedon August 20, 2015 26 Comments
    Show 931: How to Stay Healthy at Home with Simpl…

    If you have ever wondered whether there is a good way to take fewer prescription medicines and treat more of your everyday ailments with natural approaches, Dr. Tieraona Low Dog has good news for you.…

    By: The People's Pharmacy August 20, 2015 9 Comments
    The Inside Story on the Female Sex Pill Flibanse…

    There has been a great deal of excitement about the FDA's announcement that it has finally approved Addyi for women with low sex drive. Not surprisingly, this is the hot health story this week and the…

    By: The People's Pharmacy August 20, 2015 12 Comments
    Benefits of Weight Loss Surgery Flag Over Time

    Weight loss surgery has gotten a great deal of attention because it seems to reverse diabetes quickly and lead to major weight loss for people who had struggled to lose weight through dieting. Making …