May 2003

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Plastic is everywhere...from soft drink containers to water pipes. Do any chemicals in the plastic get into our food and beverages? Do they pose a threat to our health? We will discuss these issues with experts in genetics, toxicology and... (Read More)
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The very low-carbohydrate diet championed by the late Dr. Atkins has come in for a lot of criticism from the nutrition establishment over the years. But new studies suggest the objections may not hold up. Do low-carb diets work? And... (Read More)
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Q. You have often mentioned unusual uses for Vicks VapoRub. I decided to try it on my cracked heels. For the past three years I have applied every possible cream, but nothing worked till I decided to use Vicks. Amazingly,... (Read More)
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Q. I have developed an itchy, burning rash on my bottom. It sometimes becomes red and inflamed. I trace this to the whirlpool facility at our spa, which I use every day after exercising. I have tried Aveeno soaks but... (Read More)
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For decades doctors have known that it is possible to prevent pregnancy even after unprotected sex. The ingredients in birth control pills, when used in the right dose and at the right time, can provide emergency contraceptive protection. These hormones,... (Read More)
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Q. I have been using honey as an ointment to prevent and treat skin infections for years. Not only does it work for cuts and scrapes, but it also works on herpes cold sores, cutting down on the length and... (Read More)
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Q. Approximately a year ago I suffered a tragedy in my life. Afterwards I was diagnosed with a variety of conditions, including acid reflux, high blood pressure, depression and anxiety and chronic headaches. The specialists I saw put me on... (Read More)
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When should a drug be sold over the counter instead of by prescription only? Historically, the decision to apply for such a change has almost always been left up to the manufacturer. The motivation to switch a drug from Rx... (Read More)
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Do you or your children suffer from allergies? Find out why allergy can make asthma worse. What can you do to prevent sensitivity in the first place or control asthma if it develops. GUEST: David Peden, MD, Associate Professor of... (Read More)
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Do you or your children suffer from allergies? Find out why allergy can make asthma worse. What can you do to prevent sensitivity in the first place or control asthma if it develops. GUEST: David Peden, MD, Associate Professor of... (Read More)
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Q. My husband and I live in a retirement community. One common subject here is what to do when one spouse has an active sex drive but the other no longer functions in this area. Usually, the reason is numerous... (Read More)
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Q. I take 81 mg enteric-coated aspirin daily to protect my heart. I put one of the tablets in a vase to keep some cut flowers fresh and noticed that in two days the coated aspirin did not dissolve. Does... (Read More)
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Decades ago, treating allergies was hard. First, you had to go to the doctor, since most allergy medicine was only available by prescription. Antihistamines such as Benadryl and Chlortrimeton were reasonably effective for relieving sneezing and sniffling, but they could... (Read More)
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Q. I know you mostly answer questions about human problems but I have three pedigree cocker spaniels with dry skin. They scratch all the time but have no fleas. I have tried conditioner and baby oil on their fur and... (Read More)
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Q. I read that taking vitamin B6 and folic acid can protect against breast cancer if you drink wine. What is an adequate amount of each vitamin per day? A. Researchers have found that women who consume alcohol are at... (Read More)
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Women have come a long way. Topics like PMS, breast cancer and overactive bladder that were once taboo are now discussed openly. But there is still one big issue that women rarely talk about. Millions suffer from vaginal dryness, but... (Read More)
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Susan Love, MD is one of the country's most knowledgeable physicians on women's health issues. She will discuss the pros and cons of HRT and mammograms and help us understand why the Women's Health Initiative findings (that the risks of... (Read More)