February 2004

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Q. Eating walnuts nearly every day has brought my cholesterol down nicely. This experience makes me wonder: Why don't doctors prescribe natural remedies? The FDA should not object because items like walnuts are already safe for consumption. But my doctor... (Read More)
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Q. I am 13 years old. I read an article for current events titled "nicotine may aid memory." If you don't smoke, is it okay to use a nicotine patch just to boost your memory? A. The research on nicotine... (Read More)
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Prescription drug ads used to be found only in medical journals. That seemed logical, since doctors determine the most appropriate treatment for any given patient. Selecting the proper drug requires years of medical education and clinical judgment honed by practical... (Read More)

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Scientists in Seattle are exploring the connection between antibiotics and the risk of breast cancer. We'll also talk with a researcher who has investigated how infection and fever in infancy might provide unexpected benefits later in life. Can aspirin offer... (Read More)
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Our genes may predispose us to some health problems, and others are triggered by environmental toxins. But how do our genes affect our reactions to compounds in the air, water or food? Asthma is one example of a common disease... (Read More)
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Q. Have you ever heard of using Listerine for dandruff? Someone told me he heard it on the radio. A. A gentleman called in to our public radio show with an amazing story about Listerine mixed with baby oil. His... (Read More)
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Q. I am bombarded with ads and advice columns about help for low libido. I have the exact opposite problem and I can't find any help. I am in my mid 40s and I have such a high libido that... (Read More)
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Nosebleeds are common, messy and embarrassing. No one likes to drip blood all over everything. Children are especially prone to nosebleeds, perhaps because they are also more likely to pick their noses. Other causes include dry air, a blow to... (Read More)
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Diabetes has become a worldwide epidemic. What are the latest treatments and dietary guidelines? How does stress affect blood sugar and how can it be overcome? These are just some of the issues we will address with two outstanding guests.... (Read More)
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Q. I just heard on the news that large doses of vitamins C and E have been shown to help stave off Alzheimer's in older people. Do you know anything about this? And if this is true, what constitutes a... (Read More)
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Q. I had a terrible experience with a generic high blood pressure medication. For five years, I took Tenoretic. Both my doctor and I were pleased with the results. Then the pharmacist encouraged me to switch to atenolol, its generic... (Read More)
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In the grand scheme of things, dry skin, rough nails and cracked fingertips are not serious health problems. But they certainly can make life miserable. Writing a check or buttoning a shirt with cracked fingertips can be extremely painful. Rough... (Read More)
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Our society seems obsessed with sex, but intimacy has become a lost art. Too many couples are focused on having sex instead of making love. They may find their relationship eventually loses its sizzle and starts to fizzle. If sex... (Read More)
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Q. I have to correct something I sent you a while ago. I have rosacea and when I read that someone used cornstarch to control it, I tried it. I thought it was great and wrote to you. But I... (Read More)
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Q. I know a lot of first aid, but I've never seen anything like this home remedy. A few years ago, a co-worker suddenly developed a major nosebleed. I tried ice, pressure and all the usual treatments, to no avail.... (Read More)
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In medical school, professors often warn their students, "When you hear hoof beats, think of horses, not zebras." In other words, the patient's problems are much more likely to be caused by something common than by an exotic condition. This... (Read More)