April 2004

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We've all heard that chocolate is the ultimate in decadent desserts. But increasingly, research shows that chocolate has health effects. Are we just rationalizing a sweet tooth, or could there actually be benefits in enjoying chocolate? We'll talk with the... (Read More)
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Q. While my friends yack about constipation, I've been suffering the reverse for the past several months. I don't know why, but it is ruining my life. I'm supposed to go to England in June and I am dreading it.... (Read More)
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Q. In January I started taking birth control pills. Since then, I have not only gained weight, I've also lost all desire to have sex. I am 22 years old and have been married for 3 years to a wonderful... (Read More)
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Home remedies are usually reserved for minor irritations. Hiccups, heartburn, colds and warts are often treated with remedies passed down from one generation to another. Nosebleeds are common, but they can be more serious. That's why we were surprised when... (Read More)
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Dr. Peter Salgo is the Director of the Cardio-Thoracic ICU (Intensive Care Unit) at New York Presbyterian Hospital. In his new book, The Heart of the Matter, Dr. Salgo reveals the latest insights on heart disease. You will find out... (Read More)
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Q. I recently read an interesting claim about the herb sage. It is said to increase mental acuity when taken orally. Apparently this is not brand new. Sage has been used this way since the middle ages, which may account... (Read More)
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Q. As a practicing pharmacist, I have to read your column because my patients do. Half of the time I applaud you, but I often disagree with you. Many letters complain about the high cost of prescription drugs. So why... (Read More)
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When Prozac (fluoxetine) came on the market in 1987 there wasn't a lot of fanfare. Eli Lilly introduced it slowly and carefully as the first of a new generation of antidepressants called SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors). First year sales... (Read More)
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Back in the 1930s, 40s and 50s, polio epidemics were a regular and frightening feature of summertime in the U.S. The invention of the polio vaccine drastically reduced the number of people afflicted with this virus, but those who survived... (Read More)
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Q. Several months ago I started taking 160 mg/day of saw palmetto extract to slow the progression of male pattern baldness. To my surprise, the regimen seems to work. There is less hair in the bathroom sink and I have... (Read More)
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Q. Every night for years I have had terrible dreams. Last night, while trying to hurry down some steps in my nightmare, I went headfirst out of bed onto my cement floor. A large lump raised on my forehead and... (Read More)
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Drug companies are concerned about their image. For decades, physicians, nurses, pharmacists and patients admired the pharmaceutical industry because it produced drug breakthroughs and provided life-saving medicines at affordable prices. Those days are long gone. Nowadays health professionals and patients... (Read More)
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Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability in this country, affecting more than 700,000 people a year. But although most people know when to call 911 for the symptoms of a heart attack, too many people ignore the... (Read More)