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    By: The People's Pharmacy November 20, 2014 0 Comments
    Show 971: Conquering the Root Causes of Chronic …

    According to a new global survey, older adults in the United States take more drugs for more chronic health problems than seniors in ten other countries. Why do so many people suffer with chronic illn…

    By: Joe Graedon November 20, 2014 0 Comments
    Baby, It’s Cold Outside and Our Skin is Su…

    The weather has been atrocious, just in case you haven't noticed. A friend in Buffalo has sent us photos that make us very glad we live in North Carolina. But even in the south, the weather has been u…

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    Saturated Fat in Diet Didn’t Raise Fat in …

    For decades, Americans have been warned to strictly limit the amount of saturated fat in their diets. Sat fat is found in butter, cheese and meat, as well as coconut oil. The assumption has been that …

    By: Joe Graedon November 20, 2014 0 Comments
    Skeptical Rheumatologist Wants Info on Turmeric …

    Q. I have osteoarthritis and recently became unable to take NSAIDs due to a spike in my liver enzymes and a family history of heart disease. Then I read in a recent column of People's Pharmacy that tu…

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    How Well Does HDL Work?

    We frequently refer to high-density lipoprotein, aka HDL, as "good" cholesterol. But a study just published in The New England Journal of Medicine suggests that this is an oversimplification. Scientis…

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    Running Keeps Knees Moving

    People who love to run will probably keep running regardless of the health outcomes, but others who are more ambivalent may worry about bringing on osteoarthritis in their knees with overuse. Research…

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    Benefit-Risk Balance Tricky after Stent

    When people develop significant blockage in the arteries that feed the heart, doctors often perform percutaneous coronary intervention of PCI. In this procedure, a tiny balloon-tipped catheter is thre…

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    NSAID with Anticoagulant Raises Risk of Bleeding

    A Danish study has found that a common combination of medications can increase the possibility of serious or even lethal hemorrhage. People with the irregular heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation (…

    By: Joe Graedon November 20, 2014 0 Comments
    Have You Read One of the Best Books of 2014?

    The Word Exchange by Alena Graedon has just been named "one of the best books of 2014" by Kirkus Reviews. Wow! What an incredible honor! And that's not just proud parents talking. Kirkus has been revi…

    By: Joe Graedon November 17, 2014 10 Comments
    FDA Drops a Bombshell on Slow-Release Generic Dr…

    The Food and Drug Administration's announcement last week that two generic Concerta formulations might not work as well as the brand name medication has rekindled questions about the FDA's generic dru…

    By: The People's Pharmacy November 17, 2014 11 Comments
    Black Pepper Boosts Turmeric’s Benefits

    Q. I have read that turmeric may help prevent Alzheimer's disease, so I've been taking it for several years. I read online that turmeric needs black pepper to activate the ingredients in it. I had nev…

    By: The People's Pharmacy November 17, 2014 1 Comments
    L-Lysine to Prevent Cold Sores

    Q. For years I was plagued with at least two annual bouts of cold sores. One outbreak occurred during a visit to New Zealand. I went to a pharmacy for Zovirax, since it was available there without a p…

    By: The People's Pharmacy November 17, 2014 1 Comments
    Lowering Triglycerides Along with Cholesterol

    Q. Since August I have eaten 40 pounds of oatmeal. (I consumed a half cup per day with Splenda and walnuts.) My cholesterol dropped 70 points, but my triglycerides are still out of sight. Are there an…

    By: The People's Pharmacy November 17, 2014 5 Comments
    Handling White Coat Hypertension

    Q. My blood pressure at home is normal without medication (110/68). I take it with a BP machine checked by a cardiologist. In a medical setting, it's sky high and doctors get upset. I have been prescr…

    By: The People's Pharmacy November 17, 2014 11 Comments
    Scary Reaction to Flu Shot

    Q. I was given a flu shot at a routine doctor visit. Afterwards, I didn't feel well. I went to bed early and slept for over 11 hours. The following day, I began to have difficulty breathing. I thought…

    By: The People's Pharmacy November 17, 2014 4 Comments
    Soap Under the Sheets Can Forestall Foot Cramps

    Q. I get horrible toe and feet cramps, mostly during the day but sometimes at night. My toes take on a twisted life of their own. Walking it off doesn't help. Last night my toes and feet were cramping…

    By: The People's Pharmacy November 17, 2014 3 Comments
    Keeping Lips Comfortable in Cold Weather

    Lips take a beating at this time of year. When the weather turns cold and dry, lips chap and crack. Dermatologists call this condition cheilitis. Readers sometimes refer to it as "clown mouth." Whatev…

    By: Joe Graedon November 13, 2014 2 Comments
    Natural Approaches or Pharmaceuticals for What A…

    Q. For my entire life I have relied primarily upon vitamins, herbs and a variety of dietary supplements to stay healthy. I have avoided most drugs, except aspirin. Now my doctor is telling me that I r…

    By: The People's Pharmacy November 13, 2014 5 Comments
    Show 970: Health News Update on Hydrocodone and …

    Hydrocodone Painkillers Last month, the Drug Enforcement Administration changed its classification of hydrocodone containing pain relievers. The new rules will make it more difficult for some patients…

    By: Joe Graedon November 13, 2014 25 Comments
    Sauerkraut Juice or Thalidomide for Canker Sores

    Q. I am desperate for a remedy for canker sores. My mouth is just full of them and they are so painful I am having trouble eating. This has been going on for months. My doctor prescribed Aphthasol but…

    By: The People's Pharmacy November 13, 2014 12 Comments
    New Twists to Help Curcumin Fight Inflammation

    New research may bolster the use of turmeric, the yellow spice in curry, to fight inflammation. The presumed active ingredient, curcumin, has shown remarkable activity in tissue culture studies sugges…

    By: Joe Graedon November 13, 2014 3 Comments
    Will Your Food Foil Your Medicine? Deadly Drug I…

    Are you taking your medicine correctly? Or are you wasting good money by swallowing your pills with food that can counteract their benefits? Millions of people make mistakes without realizing it. In s…

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    Detergent Pods Pose Poisoning Hazard

    New technology at the laundromat makes wash day easier, but poses a poisoning hazard for young children. Starting in 2012, laundry detergent became available in pods, which are easier to carry around …

    By: The People's Pharmacy November 13, 2014 1 Comments
    What Diet Is Best for Diabetes?

    Doctors have been debating the best diet for diabetes for years. In an effort to settle the argument, Australian scientists recruited more than 100 overweight adults with type 2 diabetes to participat…

    By: The People's Pharmacy November 13, 2014 1 Comments
    Action-Packed Viewing and Mindless Munching

    Television viewing may lead to overeating. This has been variously attributed to commercials for appealing, fattening foods or to the sedentary nature of watching TV. Now a small study of 94 college s…

    By: The People's Pharmacy November 13, 2014 3 Comments
    Are You Getting Enough Vitamin D?

    How much vitamin D is optimal? Nutrition experts have been debating this issue for years. Epidemiologists in England conducted a prospective study in which they measured blood levels of 25-hydroxyvita…

    By: The People's Pharmacy November 10, 2014 13 Comments
    Heartburn Drugs and Esophageal Cancer?

    Q. I have been using Nexium for years and have been told I'll need it forever because I have Barrett's esophagus. I know that Nexium can interfere with the absorption of important minerals and I have …

    By: The People's Pharmacy November 10, 2014 6 Comments
    New Discoveries Confirm Amazing Aspirin Benefits

    Aspirin is more than 100 years old and it is still capturing headlines. Research continues to reveal new uses for this ancient drug. Aspirin Against Cancer A number of studies have shown that aspirin …

    By: The People's Pharmacy November 10, 2014 2 Comments
    Man Fights Leg Fatigue with Pantyhose

    Q. I've been wearing pantyhose every day for a while now to eliminate leg fatigue and help with varicose veins. I stand all day at work in a restaurant and find this tactic works great. I wear L'eggs …

    By: The People's Pharmacy November 10, 2014 4 Comments
    Natural Crystal Deodorant Contains Aluminum

    Q. I switched to a mineral salts deodorant crystal to try to get away from aluminum. Now I read that it DOES have aluminum (it's marked ammonium alum). The crystal works great against odor but I don't…