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    By: The People's Pharmacy July 6, 2015 0 Comments
    Mycobacterium Infection Was Misdiagnosed as Asth…

    Some ideas have a hard time getting accepted by mainstream medicine. One of them is the idea that an infection that hides inside lung cells and is difficult to culture might create symptoms reminiscen…

    By: The People's Pharmacy July 6, 2015 0 Comments
    Vinegar Tablets Ease Granuloma Annulare

    Some remedies are surprisingly versatile: Between them, milk of magnesia and Listerine seem to help nearly anything that might appear on the skin. But if Listerine won't do the job, perhaps it is time…

    By: The People's Pharmacy July 6, 2015 0 Comments
    A Spoonful of Mustard Makes Leg Cramps Go Away

    Every so often we hear about a home remedy that really seems to work, not just for a few people, but for most. Swallowing a spoonful of yellow mustard to stop a muscle cramp in progress is one with ma…

    By: The People's Pharmacy July 6, 2015 0 Comments
    Getting the Biggest Bang from Vitamin D3 Supplem…

    Although newspapers seem to like headlines that "Vitamins Don't Matter," the studies showing no discernible difference in health from taking supplements apply to the average person in an ordinary situ…

    By: The People's Pharmacy July 6, 2015 0 Comments
    Doctors Are in the Dark About the Best Blood Pre…

    Nearly every health care visit starts the same way, with "vitals." Someone puts you on a scale and writes down your weight, pops a thermometer in your mouth and registers your temperature and wraps a …

    By: The People's Pharmacy July 6, 2015 0 Comments
    Will Shea Butter Fight Foot Fungus?

    Athlete's foot seems like a simple health condition, caused by an ordinary fungus. Most of the time that's the case, but there may be several varieties of fungus at work in a bad case of athlete's foo…

    By: The People's Pharmacy July 6, 2015 0 Comments
    Generic Celebrex Leaves Many People in Pain

    Generic medications are supposed to provide exactly the same therapeutic benefit as the original brand name drug. That has been the FDA's promise since it began approving generic medicines. Now that g…

    By: The People's Pharmacy July 2, 2015 4 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 deodor…

    By: The People's Pharmacy July 2, 2015 8 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 8 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 1 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 2 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…

    By: The People's Pharmacy July 2, 2015 0 Comments
    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 17 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 13 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 4 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 13 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 7 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 12 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 3 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 …