January 2004

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How do people prevail in the face of serious illness? Hope, or despair, can make a huge difference in survival. For some patients, hope and tenacity can result in a medical miracle. According to Dr. Jerome Groopman, "If you speak... (Read More)
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Over 25 million Americans currently suffer from some form of anxiety. If you or someone you know is easily upset, fearful or anxious, this show will offer options to alleviate that distress. Mindfulness is an ancient practice that has had... (Read More)
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Q. Several years ago I was experiencing serious heartburn. I had always enjoyed chewing mint gum, and as the symptoms got worse I chewed more and more. I thought that chewing gum was helping the problem. When I went in... (Read More)
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Q. I use a French press coffee maker, which in my opinion makes a superior cup of coffee. A friend said that brewing coffee this way will raise my cholesterol so I should pour the coffee through a paper filter... (Read More)
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The slogan for the hippy generation of the 1960s was sex, drugs and rock and roll. The drugs involved were marijuana and hallucinogens like LSD. Forty years later, the slogan for aging baby boomers could still be sex and drugs.... (Read More)

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Can you take too much acetaminophen (Tylenol)? People assume that this over-the-counter pain reliever is perfectly safe. But it is estimated that more than 50,000 emergencies occur every year because of this compound. Find out why and what to look... (Read More)
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Q. I have had irritable bowel syndrome for more than 25 years. I've tried all sorts of remedies including coconut macaroon cookies. I ate so many I can't stand even looking at them! Then I remembered you had mentioned special... (Read More)
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Q. Last Thursday my daughter came home from school sick and running a fever. I took her to the doctor, who diagnosed her with the flu and wrote a prescription for Tamiflu. Because I had gotten a flu shot in... (Read More)
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If you watch television you can't miss the commercials for prescription drugs like Lipitor, Zoloft, Viagra and Vioxx. Judging from the smiles on the actors' faces, you would assume that everyone is benefiting from the medicines they are taking. But... (Read More)
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When the enormous experiment called the Women's Health Initiative determined that postmenopausal women taking Prempro were at higher risk of heart disease, stroke and dementia, many doctors were astonished and shaken. They shouldn't have been, according to Barbara Seaman. The... (Read More)
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Q. I've been plagued with post-nasal drip for decades. I also have a deviated septum that can make my breathing labored at night. I notice this especially when I've cleaned during the day. In the morning I have to clear... (Read More)
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Q. I am in my mid-60's and in good health except for asthma I've had since I was a child. I take Advair, Prempro and Lipitor. My husband and I have been married for 44 years with four children. As... (Read More)
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Something about home remedies stirs strong emotions. Not long ago, we heard from a podiatrist who was very unhappy with us. "Home remedies hardly ever work," he wrote. "The unproven treatments you mention are little more than urban legends. Don't... (Read More)

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Dr. Dean Edell is called America's Doctor because he makes house call to millions of people over the radio every day. Dr. Edell is heard on more than 400 radio stations across the country. His new book is called "Life,... (Read More)

#A-105 Autism

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More and more children are being diagnosed with autism or a related disorder. They have difficulty relating to family or friends. This is a mysterious condition with no clear cause and no cure. But there are a variety of treatment... (Read More)
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Q. I'd like some advice on blood sugar. At present I am not a diabetic. My blood glucose is 125 and my hemoglobin A1C is 5.7, which puts me in the high normal range. I do not take any medication,... (Read More)
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Q. My pharmacist said that there are effective oral medicines for the flu but they require a prescription. I didn't manage to get a flu shot this year before they ran out. What can you tell me about flu drugs?... (Read More)
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In 1988 an ophthalmologist contacted us because his daughter had unexpectedly committed suicide while taking Prozac. He was convinced that this antidepressant had somehow triggered her sudden violent act. We could find nothing in the medical literature to support his... (Read More)

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Ephedra will soon be taken off the market. What took the FDA so long? Also, we will discuss the implications of mad cow disease. A new study shows that an anti-viral drug called valacyclovir can prevent herpes outbreaks and transmission.... (Read More)