July 2003

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Q. I really appreciate the tips, updates and news in your column. When I read advice about halting hiccups, I'm reminded about the only sure-fire way I've ever found to stop hiccups--and I learned it from the "Bullwinkle Show" when... (Read More)
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Q. We have an exciting camping trip planned later this summer, with several days rafting on the Colorado River as well as some hiking. Can you recommend a good sunscreen with both physical and chemical agents? My dermatologist has removed... (Read More)
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If you develop a rash within hours of starting a new medicine, you don't need Sherlock Holmes to help you make the connection. But some drug side effects are harder to recognize. Psychological reactions can be insidious, appearing slowly over... (Read More)

#461 Herbal Update

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What's the latest information on herbal remedies? Ephedra remains on the market...but more and more pharmacies and health food stores are say NO to diet pills and energy boosters containing ephedra. Our guests will discuss the science behind herbs like... (Read More)
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Q. I am responding to a recent column about omega-3 fats changing hair color. When I was 30 years old, my formerly dark brown hair had turned completely gray. Now at age 63 I have a lot of my former... (Read More)
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Q. I was diagnosed with a stomach ulcer attributed to ibuprofen. I landed in the ER and almost died because I was taking Motrin. Every time I tell someone my story they are astonished. Most people are not aware that... (Read More)
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The most successful drugs in the pharmacy are called statins. That's shorthand for products such as atorvastatin (Lipitor), simvastatin (Zocor), lovastatin (Mevacor) and pravastatin (Pravachol). Lipitor and Zocor are the two best-selling pharmaceuticals in the world, with annual sales of... (Read More)
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The topic is men and testosterone. Women were shocked to learn that hormone replacement therapy has so many unexpected downsides. More and more men are taking hormones--from testosterone to human growth hormone. They want to build muscle, fight aging and... (Read More)
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What problems do we need to think about when a loved one faces terminal illness? Medical and legal issues become intertwined at the end of life. Do you need health care power of attorney? Who decides whether a patient should... (Read More)
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Q. After an automobile accident that fractured my sternum and ribs and resulted in a herniated disk, I searched diligently for pain relief. Conventional over-the-counter pain relievers all had side effects. Then I discovered that evening primrose oil provided the... (Read More)
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Q. My mother suffers from constant music in her ears. Sometimes songs repeat themselves over and over again. What causes this? I know you addressed this once before, but I didn't need this information then. Can she take anything to... (Read More)
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If physicians are feeling betrayed by opinion leaders in their profession, their distress is understandable. For years, doctors heard from colleagues they trusted that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) was good for women. A combination of estrogen and progestin was supposed... (Read More)
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Heart bypass surgery can be associated with cognitive decline in some patients. Even five years later more than 40 percent of patients can be affected. What causes this mental deterioration and can it be prevented? Other kinds of major surgery... (Read More)
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Q. I would like your recommendation for a natural insect repellent. Now that the mosquitoes are buzzing again I want something to reduce the threat of West Nile Virus. A. There's nothing as effective as the chemical DEET when it... (Read More)
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Q. I am to be the mother of the bride twice in the next two months. Both of my daughters decided to get married this summer. I am in excellent health, but in the past stress has made me quite... (Read More)
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as the Chameleon. That's because celiac disease can masquerade under the guise of so many other conditions. It's frequently misdiagnosed as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), chronic fatigue, osteoporosis, anemia, dermatitis, depression or even dementia. Many patients suffer for years or... (Read More)

#458 Open Lines

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Now that ephedra has come under such scrutiny as a weight loss product, bitter orange is being substituted in some natural products. But this ingredient may interact with medications just the way grapefruit can. Find out about this fascinating interaction... (Read More)
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Q. I have a friend who is enthusiastic about coral calcium. She claims it is supposed to cure aches, pains and almost anything else. It's pretty hard to believe it could do all that. Is coral calcium really any better... (Read More)