October 2003

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Do you walk around ladders instead of under them? Does Friday the 13th make you nervous? What about black cats, spiders, snakes or other creepy, crawly creatures? Today on People's Pharmacy Friday we will find out about phobias and how... (Read More)
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Q. The continuing bad news about hormone replacement therapy has me upset. Can you clear up another question for me? The news has focused on the dangers of estrogen plus progestin for older women. What about the danger to younger... (Read More)
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Q. Some of your readers have asked about chronic diarrhea. One of the best things to take is pomegranate juice, which can be found in grocery stores. You can actually get constipated if you drink too much (as I found... (Read More)
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Americans love to play doctor and the pharmaceutical industry is only too happy to play along. Drugs that once required a physician's prescription are now readily available in drugstores, supermarkets and even convenience stores. Prilosec OTC is just the latest... (Read More)

#471 Common GI Problems

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Heartburn, acid reflux, indigestion, sour stomach...whatever you call it, it's not nice! We will discuss the best approaches to heartburn, gas, constipation and other common digestive disorders. Now that Prilosec OTC has become available without a prescription, will it take... (Read More)
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Do you change CDs or fiddle with the radio while driving? What about talking on your cell phone? How dangerous is it to drive and do other things? Multi-tasking behind the wheel can contribute to accidents. Should states ban cell... (Read More)
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Q. I had a terrible scare last week. After a bowel movement I looked in the toilet and saw a huge amount of what I assumed was blood. It was bright red and colored the entire bowl. I immediately called... (Read More)
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Q. A friend of mine swears by coral calcium that she orders through the mail. She says it cures her aches and pains. What makes coral calcium different from the inexpensive calcium I buy in the grocery story? A. Coral... (Read More)
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The FDA and the pharmaceutical industry like to brag that Americans have the safest medicines in the world. But recent revelations suggest that an increasing number of counterfeit drugs may be tarnishing that stellar reputation. Fake drugs have been discovered... (Read More)
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Plastic is essential to our way of life. It protects football players and bike riders by providing safe head gear. We depend on plastic in computers, telephones and all manner of food and beverage containers. But do elements in plastic... (Read More)

#A-68 Headache Relief

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If you get a headache when you are under stress, on deadline or staring at a computer for hours on end, find out how to alleviate the pain. What's the difference between a tension headache and a migraine? How can... (Read More)
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Q. My 28-year-old son has a receding hairline. I hate to see him look middle-aged before he is in his 30s. Which baldness medicine works better, Rogaine or Propecia? Would they work better together than either alone? He can't afford... (Read More)
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Q. I went through menopause early, at age 42, and was distressed to find my hair falling out. I read that MSM might reverse this problem and started taking it. My hair stopped falling out and has been fine ever... (Read More)
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If you live long enough, you may end up taking a fistful of pills every morning. Millions of older Americans swallow five or more medicines daily, not counting vitamins and other supplements. Visit an elderly aunt or a grandparent and... (Read More)
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What is the future of Medicare? For 38 years it has provided access to hospitals and doctors for older people. Now politicians want to add a prescription drug benefit, but they don't seem to know how to pay for it.... (Read More)
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We like to believe our home is our castle, but how safe is the air inside our houses? Although we spend 65 percent of time at home, we may be exposed there to unseen dangers. Mold, mildew and other pollutants... (Read More)
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Q. I'm a 20-year-old male who has been cross-dressing off and on since junior high school. With old age, I'm losing some of my femininity. I'd like to try taking female hormones. Would this be safe? What results could I... (Read More)
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Q. I have had six surgical procedures in as many months, the last being a quadruple bypass. My memory and cognitive thinking has diminished considerably, and I'm wondering if gingko biloba will help that. A. During bypass surgery a machine... (Read More)
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Times are tough and the squeeze on state and city budgets is prompting some government officials to break the law. Like millions of senior citizens who travel to Canada or shop online for prescription drugs, the mayor of Springfield, MA,... (Read More)

#468 Open Lines

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Should you be taking vitamins? Will your supplements interact with your medicines? When is the best age for a baby to start eating cereal and mashed bananas? We explore the health news and take your calls about prescriptions, vitamins, minerals... (Read More)