June 2003

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Q. My 16-year-old daughter has had severe menstrual pain, missing two or three days of school each month. Her doctor recently prescribed birth control pills for this problem, and they seem to be helping the cramps as well as her... (Read More)
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President Bush is pushing FDA to approve more generic drugs, and to do it faster. The idea is to save money for insurance companies and government programs like Medicaid and the Veterans Administration that spend billions on prescription drugs. It... (Read More)
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Heart disease is an equal opportunity slayer. Although men tend to suffer heart attacks at earlier ages, women also die from America's number one killer. They often don't realize they're at risk and may not recognize the symptoms of a... (Read More)
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Are you confused about the best diet for losing weight? Should you be eating less fat, less carbohydrate, or just plain less? And what about exercise? How much do you need to maintain cardiovascular fitness and shed pounds? How do... (Read More)
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Q. What causes "brain freezes" from eating ice cream too fast? Is there any drug or supplement to prevent these excruciating headaches? A. Brain freeze, or as doctors call it, "frigid headache," occurs when nerves running from the palate to... (Read More)
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Q. My husband is the self-anointed barbecue king. He got a new grill for our anniversary and he fires it up every chance he gets. I keep reading that charbroiled meat is bad for you. What's the problem and is... (Read More)
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The three As, aspirin, Advil and Aleve, are mainstays in American medicine chests. Millions rely on such anti-inflammatory medicines to cope with arthritis pain, sports injuries and backaches. But what happens when you can't tolerate aspirin or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory... (Read More)
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The cost of prescription medicine has been skyrocketing. Politicians have been promising a Medicare drug benefit for years. Now, there is a glimmer of possibility that it could become reality. How will it work? Will people actually save money? And... (Read More)
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Q. Do you have any inexpensive suggestions for treating heartburn? My son suffers from reflux, especially after eating. He has no insurance so cannot afford drugs like Nexium or Prevacid. His doctor has checked him out and says that it's... (Read More)
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For decades doctors have been pushing women to take hormone replacement therapy. That's why drugs like Premarin, Provera and Prempro were among the most popular prescription pills in the pharmacy. Premarin was approved in 1942, but it really got attention... (Read More)
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Q. I just read that smoking pot makes men's breasts grow, and I'm skeptical. How was this effect discovered? Does it happen to users of Marinol, the drug derived from marijuana? I've worked in the music industry for ten years... (Read More)
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One of the world's leading experts recently produced research showing that celiac disease is much more common in America than most doctors recognize. Symptoms can be subtle, ranging from anemia and fatigue to osteoporosis or forgetfulness. Do you or someone... (Read More)
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Q. Could you please respond to all of the articles that I've been reading lately that hail turmeric as a powerful herb for its anti-inflammatory abilities, cancer prevention abilities and much more? A. Turmeric has been used as a spice... (Read More)
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Q. I am 32 years old and suffering from PMS. Two weeks before my period starts, I get irritable and sensitive. I find myself picking fights with my husband. This situation is affecting my marriage. I talked to my doctor,... (Read More)
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With years of research and millions of taxpayer dollars, scientists have discovered what the old wives always knew. The cornerstone to good health is common sense. Grandma always said that to stay healthy you need to get a good night's... (Read More)
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Can special infant formula make babies smarter or improve their vision? Nutritional research is being used to promote everything from chewing gum and potato chips to margarine and vegetable juice. Can these claims be substantiated?... (Read More)
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45 million Americans are now classified as pre-hypertensive. If you thought 120/80 was normal, think again! To find out how to control blood pressure and reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and diabetes, tune in.... (Read More)
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Q. My husband and I have started eating more omega-3 fats. We now take a spoonful of freshly ground flax seed daily. We eat salmon and English walnuts several times a week to improve our health. As a result of... (Read More)
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Q. I am always on the lookout for a new deodorant for my daughter, since the usual products don't work for her. A friend who works out in the hot sun as a surveyor told me about an unusual product,... (Read More)
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They say the cure shouldn't be worse than the disease. But sometimes the medicine can actually cause the very symptoms it's supposed to treat. Nowhere is this more apparent than with headache remedies. Millions of people rely on drugs like... (Read More)