November 2003

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How careful are you when it comes to saving your sight? Do you take the right vitamins and minerals? Researchers have demonstrated that certain nutrients can protect your eyes from damage. Do sunglasses provide benefit against ultra-violet radiation from the... (Read More)
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Q. I have been on Prozac for approximately five years. I began with 20 mg but recently, with my doctor's okay, I increased the dose to 40 mg. 20 didn't seem to be working any more. I have been on... (Read More)
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Q. I have been searching high and low for a pillow that is supposed to deodorize gas. You sit on it and something inside the cushion traps offensive odors. If you've written about this product, please give me the particulars.... (Read More)
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The high cost of prescription drugs is creating chaos, confusion and conflict. Congress, the FDA, a federal judge and several state governments are all working at cross-purposes. Because brand name medications are frequently much cheaper in Canada, millions of Americans... (Read More)
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Herbs and dietary supplements are immensely popular, but there is minimal oversight to make sure consumers are really getting what they think they are buying. Studies have shown that there are sometimes big gaps between the information on the label... (Read More)
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Q. Sometimes when my husband and I make love I get an excruciating headache at climax. It lasts only a few minutes, but it is so painful I am nervous about having sex. I asked my doctor, who said sex... (Read More)
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Q. I am a Podiatrist, and I would like to comment on toenail fungus and treatment. When you write, "Home remedies don't always work," you imply that sometimes they do work. This is untrue. Home remedies rarely work. There are... (Read More)
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True drug breakthroughs are few and far between. In a good year, the FDA might approve a handful of new medications that are truly innovative. But teaching old drugs new tricks is becoming increasingly common. Pharmaceutical companies have discovered a... (Read More)

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Which diets work best--low fat, high carb--or low-carb high protein? The data is in and we will fill you in. The lines are open for your calls and questions: (888-472-3366).... (Read More)
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What makes a mosquito bite itch? Why are some people plagued by dry, itchy skin? Are they are solutions? We will talk to two renowned dermatologists about itching, eczema, seborrheic dermatitis, dandruff and all sorts of other skin problems. Guests:... (Read More)
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Q. Giving up coffee for better health was a real challenge for me. I can't tolerate decaf, so substituting was out. But stopping caffeine gave me migraines. Irritability and the threat of migraines gave me the perfect excuse to drink... (Read More)
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Q. I read your article on getting rid of warts by soaking them in hot water. I have a better solution. I had a huge wart come up on my stomach. I used instant glue and smothered it to death!... (Read More)
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Once upon a time if you wanted to practice medicine you had to graduate from college, spend four years in medical school, pass rigorous medical board exams and do several years of residency. After this trial by fire you had... (Read More)
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Q. Some time ago you mentioned that anti-depressants might help someone if his sleep paralysis got too bad. I've had sleep paralysis for years. It's one of the symptoms of narcolepsy and often occurs along with hallucinations. They make a... (Read More)
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Q. My cholesterol has ranged from 240 to 300 for years. My doctor finds these numbers unacceptable and has insisted I take medication. First I was put on Lescol. My muscles hurt so much I could barely walk. Then I... (Read More)
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Most of us swallow our pills with a glass of juice or a swig of water. We rarely think twice about when we take our medicine or what we eat with it. Yet food and drug interactions can be dangerous... (Read More)
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We've all seen sports greats like Michael Jordan make extraordinary feats look easy. How does an Olympic athlete get ready to make that perfect dive? Can we learn anything from sports psychology to help us in our everyday lives? Whether... (Read More)