March 2003

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Q. I tried taking St. John's wort some time ago to relieve anxiety. After several months I found I had become sensitive to sunlight. Not only was it difficult to look at things in bright light, but I became very... (Read More)
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Q. Several weeks ago you answered a question from a woman who suffered an excruciating headache whenever she had an orgasm. Although her neurologist had done a CT scan and told her nothing was wrong, as many as 20 percent... (Read More)
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Imagine a condition that causes millions of hospitalizations and hundreds of thousands of deaths each year. By some accounts, it is the third leading cause of mortality in this country, right after heart disease and cancer. With numbers like that,... (Read More)
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Q. I am a family practitioner and want to share an herbal remedy with you. A 60-year-old male Hispanic diabetic patient has had trouble controlling his blood sugar. Despite intensive diet changes and a prescription for Glucovance, his blood sugar... (Read More)
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Q. I have taken Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft, each for an extended time (not together). Although I was taking the recommended dosage, I did not benefit from any of them. Is there anything else on the market that will help... (Read More)
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Ask people what disease scares them the most, and chances are cancer tops the list. Although some progress has been made, cancer is still a major killer. There aren't many things that people can do to reduce their risk. Quitting... (Read More)
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using vinegar on my scalp could help. Now I rub vinegar on my head for a few minutes before I shampoo. I have not been troubled since. A. You are not the first to share the vinegar approach to dandruff... (Read More)
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Mistakes happen. That's because humans are not infallible. People write illegibly or mumble unintelligibly. This leads to "little" errors, like mistaking one drug for another. Pharmacists tell us that the heartburn and ulcer drug Zantac can easily be confused with... (Read More)
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Q. I need a past article from you about Celebrex. Someone had complained that it made her nipples hard or something like that. I had a similar problem so I cut my dose from 200 to 100 and my nipples... (Read More)
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Do you really need to take vitamins or are you just wasting your money? A new study suggest that there are measurable effects from a daily multi-vitamin. But should you be taking more? Can you overdose on certain nutrients? Our... (Read More)
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Q. I went to my physician when I had a really bad cold with a cough and asked her what over-the-counter cough medicine I should buy. She told me, "None! Get some vanilla ice cream and pour Kahlua over it."... (Read More)
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Q. I heard recently that ibuprofen counteracts the beneficial heart effect that a daily aspirin has. I take a baby aspirin a day because I have had angioplasty. I also have a bad back and take ibuprofen for it daily.... (Read More)
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Most people think of chocolate as a decadent dessert that should be avoided by health-conscious consumers. The idea that chocolate could be health food seems too good to be true. Yet there is research to support it. This may be... (Read More)
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Open Lines. Topics include: Can an aspirin a day prevent common cancers? How good is it and how does aspirin work this miracle? We'll talk with the scientist who has done the research. In addition, the FDA appears to be... (Read More)
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Are you ready for spring allergies? Or are you still suffering complications of your last winter cold? Unless you have suffered sinusitis or a sinus headache you cannot imagine the discomfort. But it is possible to overcome allergies and sinus... (Read More)
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Q. A friend recently accompanied me to the drugstore where I was buying deodorant along with some other personal items. She warned me not to buy any products containing aluminum because it could cause breast cancer and Alzheimer's disease. I... (Read More)
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Q. For over thirty years, I have been treated for hypothyroidism. Originally, I was on a thyroid extract. Ten years ago, I was switched to Synthroid .125 mg. This year, when it was time to renew my prescription, the doctor... (Read More)
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Arthritis is not for sissies. Inflamed joints make it hard to climb stairs, play tennis or button shirts. But treatment also carries risks that often go unrecognized. According to an article in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM, Dec.... (Read More)
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Half of all heart attack victims have normal cholesterol levels. Researchers are looking into many other risk factors that often go undetected and untreated. For example, inflammation is now considered a key step in heart disease. How do you know... (Read More)