July 2004

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With 80,000 people awaiting transplants each year, it is no wonder some of them weary of waiting and decide to take action. We talk with a medical anthropologist who has found a thriving traffic in organs from living donors in... (Read More)
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Q. I am 73. My wife and I are retired teachers. About once a week we smoke pot and have sex. We have enjoyed this experience for almost 30 years. Since my heart attack four years ago, I have added... (Read More)
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Q. My wife has recently developed diabetes and watches her sugar intake carefully. She uses Equal to sweeten her coffee or iced tea. We read that Equal might be helpful against arthritis pain, but her doctor has never heard of... (Read More)
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People love nonprescription drugs. Being able to get allergy medicine, pain relievers or an athlete's foot remedy without spending time and money at the doctor's office and the prescription counter is a convenience. The modest price of over-the-counter medicines seems... (Read More)

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Despite dermatologists' dire warnings about the dangers of sun exposure, millions of folks soak up the rays pool side, at the beach and in tanning parlors. Dermatologist Steve Feldman will tell us why tanning might be psychologically "addictive." We will... (Read More)
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Have you ever tried to quit smoking only to slip back into the habit? Or, do you stand by feeling helpless as you watch a friend or family member light up? On this show we will find out why nagging... (Read More)
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Q. I live in Florida and play golf at least four times a week. I also love to garden. Whenever I go outside, I apply sun block and then spray a potent insect repellent containing DEET. Is there any problem... (Read More)
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Q. My mother-in-law is incredibly sensitive to poison ivy. A walk in the woods is guaranteed to end in disaster. Is there anything she can use that would either prevent an outbreak or speed recovery? The itchy, red blisters drive... (Read More)
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Generic drugs are frequently offered as a solution to the high cost of prescription medicine. They are supposed to be identical to their brand name counterparts. But how good are they, really? The FDA maintains generics are excellent. For decades... (Read More)
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Dr. Irwin Goldstein is one of the country's leading experts on human sexuality. He has been involved in testing many drugs like Viagra that are now household words for treating erectile dysfunction. Dr. Goldstein is also a leading expert in... (Read More)
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Q. I read in your column about a person who craved ice. A couple of years ago I had the same habit, and had to have ice cubes constantly. Even on trips, my son would have to stop at restaurants,... (Read More)
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Q. You have written about a formula using Listerine for hot spots on dogs. I tried it and it works great, but we've nearly used it up and I lost the instructions. Could you give them again? A. A horse... (Read More)
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During the hormone replacement heyday, millions of women were encouraged to take estrogen and progesterone to prevent everything from hot flashes and heart disease to dementia and cancer. There were even claims that HRT could prevent wrinkles and improve libido.... (Read More)
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There is a bewildering array of medications available to treat heartburn, acid reflux and GERD. How do these conditions differ from each other, and what are the best ways to treat them? Learn about medications, diet and lifestyle issues. Guest:Mark... (Read More)
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Q. I have always been afraid to take estrogen because of a family history of breast cancer. When I read that Evista could reduce the risk of osteoporosis and might protect against breast cancer, I asked my doctor about it.... (Read More)
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Q. At a social function last week, a lady stood up and was hit with a leg cramp so severe she could not move. The hostess rushed to the kitchen, returned with some French's mustard in a teaspoon and asked... (Read More)
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The high cost of medicine remains one of the hottest political buttons in this election year, just as it has been for the last several elections. The reason is that senior citizens vote--and they are mad as hornets about their... (Read More)
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Fibromyalgia means misery for millions of Americans. The extreme fatigue and chronic pain associated with this condition may be linked to the sleep difficulties sufferers experience. Many have been frustrated by physicians who don't understand fibromyalgia. Some even doubt its... (Read More)