August 2003

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Millions of children are being diagnosed with attention deficit disorder (ADD). The inability to focus in the classroom leads to frustration for children, teachers and parents. Drugs like Ritalin, Adderal, and newer compounds such as Concerta and Strattera have become... (Read More)
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Q. Are there any pharmaceuticals that prevent dementia? Alzheimer's disease runs in my family and I would do anything reasonable to avoid it. What about Aricept? A. Evidence is accumulating that common pain relievers such as ibuprofen, naproxen or aspirin... (Read More)
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Q. I love tuna fish and salmon and eat at least four or five servings a week (especially tuna). I am trying to get pregnant and read that a pregnant woman should limit her intake of fish. Is that true?... (Read More)
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The proof of the pudding is in the eating, so they say. For diabetics, that may be literally true. Food is turned into sugar (glucose), the fuel that runs our bodies. In diabetes, glucose builds up in the blood because... (Read More)
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Q. I started taking Gingko biloba a few months ago for leg pain due to poor circulation. I got moderate relief from the leg pains, but I also began having great orgasms! I didn't ascribe it to the herb at... (Read More)
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Q. I have read that Prilosec will be going over the counter in the fall. Perhaps you can answer the following questions: Is this true? When is the expected date? Will it be prescription strength or a reduced version? What... (Read More)
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When Alice fell down the rabbit hole into Wonderland, reality was turned upside down. Watches ran backwards and people had to run as fast as they could just to stay in one place. A lot of senior citizens are wondering... (Read More)

#463 Open Lines

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New research on HRT is more discouraging than ever. We will bring you up-to-date on the latest studies. You will also learn about disappointing data about a natural approach to lowering cholesterol. We also take your calls about prescriptions, dietary... (Read More)
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This mysterious disease is on the rise. As coronary heart disease declines, heart failure is becoming ever more common. Do you know what causes heart failure and how to prevent it? We will find out what drugs are most effective... (Read More)
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Q. I have been suffering with an intractable combination of seborrheic dermatitis and psoriasis. I've been using coal tar Tegrin for the psoriasis and Cortaid cream with poor results. My face, ears and scalp have lots of itching, burning, scaling... (Read More)
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Q. I have a son who takes the medication Ritalin for his behavior problems. He started on Adderall when he was 14 years old, and was switched to Ritalin at 16, with the dosage gradually increased. He is now 18.... (Read More)
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For millions of married Americans, sex has nearly disappeared. Hectic lifestyles and pressures from work and parenting are the enemies of romance and intimacy. Some experts estimate that as many as one out of five couples have "sexless marriages." This... (Read More)
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When a person starts talking to someone you can't see or answering voices you can't hear, it can be very scary. Visual and auditory hallucinations could be a sign of schizophrenia, a mental disorder that most often strikes young adults.... (Read More)
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They say there's no such thing as a free lunch. That may be true for most of us, but if you work in a doctor's office free lunches are frequently standard fare. If you're a doctor, free dinners may also... (Read More)
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Q. I have been taking fish oil concentrate for heart health. After reading other readers' comments on fish oil restoring their hair to its original color, I checked mine in the bright sunlight. Lo and behold, a lot of my... (Read More)
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Q. After my doctor put me on the andidepressant Effexor, I did things I would never have done otherwise. I spent our life savings and thousands of dollars more on crazy things. We can't sell them to get our money... (Read More)

#462 Diabetes Update

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Why are young children developing adult onset diabetes? Are there important advances in the treatment of this common and dangerous disease that will help diabetics live healthier lives? We will explore the latest research and discuss the optimal diet for... (Read More)