April 2003

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Q. My girlfriend is very allergic to shrimp and crab and, I suspect, lobster as well. I love them but have avoided eating them since we have been together. This summer we shall have our vacation at the beach, where... (Read More)
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Q. I've got a bad reaction on my hand between my thumb and forefinger that I think resulted from pulling an unknown weed. It isn't responding to my usual treatment, a concoction of tea tree oil, witch hazel and rosewater.... (Read More)
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Q. You have warned against taking cough syrup containing dextromethorphan while taking Paxil, Zoloft or similar antidepressants. My pharmacist sister insists that dextromethorphan is dangerous only when taken with MAO-inhibitor drugs and is safe with Paxil or Zoloft. My elderly... (Read More)
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The woman was experiencing headaches and anxiety after the death of her husband. Her doctor prescribed the antidepressant Paxil together with an older drug called amitriptyline to help her sleep. She reported, "The next morning I was raking my yard... (Read More)
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Dr. Mitch Gaynor's newest book is titled "The Healing Power of Sound: Recovery from Life-Threatening Illness Using Sound, Voice, and Music." We will explore how healing sounds can lower blood pressure, relieve anxiety, modify heart rate, improve immune responses and... (Read More)
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Q. I'm relieved to learn that I am not the only one who gets headaches from sex. Over a ten-year period I had SEVERE, pounding, headaches during three separate vacations (great times for making love), only during sex, close to... (Read More)
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Millions of women are feeling deceived and dismayed. For decades they were told that hormone replacement therapy was good for them. Not only did it relieve hot flashes, but doctors insisted that HRT would protect them from osteoporosis, heart attacks... (Read More)
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Q. I have read that pomegranate juice has health benefits, but I haven't been able to find any. Would you get the same benefits by eating pomegranates, which I love? A. You may get some benefit from eating the whole... (Read More)
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Q. I have suffered from chronic diarrhea for the past several years. In fact, Imodium has been a constant companion. During a recent 15-hour road trip, though, I did not drink any coffee. I noticed I had no diarrhea and... (Read More)
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If you've paid for a prescription drug lately you probably winced. Prices are high and show no signs of coming down. That's why those who pay the bills favor generic drugs: insurance companies, HMOs or senior citizens on Medicare. Sometimes... (Read More)
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Marian Burros is a food writer for the New York Times. She has also written numerous cook books. Her latest work provides recipes for old-fashioned comfort foods. In uncertain times people often turn to the foods of their childhood to... (Read More)
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Q. I love a glass of wine with dinner now and again. My doctor has said this is fine and may even reduce my risk of heart disease. What has me concerned, however, is a report that I read about... (Read More)
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Q. I like to eat out at restaurants but often I get stomach cramps about an hour after eating salad, especially if it is from a salad bar. I must rush to a bathroom to avoid an embarrassing incident of... (Read More)
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When you think of drug smugglers, what comes to mind? South Americans who swallow condoms filled with cocaine sneaking past customs agents? Sleazy-looking guys with gold chains and fast cars hiding heroin? What about a granny in tennis shoes and... (Read More)