September 2004

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Q. I have heard that premature ejaculation is a common problem. I suffer just the opposite: delayed ejaculation. It can take me 20 or 30 minutes and this is far too long for my wife. This has become an issue... (Read More)

The Dark Side Of Statins

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Bill Clinton's recent bypass surgery has captured a lot of attention. Some commentators publicly rebuked the former president for his fondness for fast food and cigars and for stopping his cholesterol-lowering medication. There is no question that bad diet, smoking,... (Read More)
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Q. After reading about turmeric in your column, I started using one teaspoon in my scrambled eggs each morning. My arthritis has greatly improved, and I have far less pain when I walk. I work in my yard every few... (Read More)

#515 Makeover Madness

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Reality shows featuring makeovers have become extremely popular on TV. Do these appeal mainly to people's fantasies, or are Americans becoming obsessed with perfection? We'll find out what risks are entailed in cosmetic surgery, and when it really makes sense.... (Read More)
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Q. I noticed your comment on grapefruit juice raising blood levels of some medications. This is true, but as a medical doctor I purposely use it to increase absorption of an expensive drug. A. Grapefruit does not actually improve absorption... (Read More)
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Depression can be a devastating, even life-threatening, disorder. Sadness, loss of appetite, trouble sleeping, low energy and reluctance to socialize are just some of the symptoms of major depression. Fifty years ago talking therapy was a mainstay of treatment. People... (Read More)
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Q. Some time ago I read about a common kitchen condiment that was supposed to be good for severe leg cramps. Now I can't recall what it was. Can you help? A. The remedy in question involved a teaspoonful of... (Read More)

#514 Ultraprevention

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Are you really taking as good care of your health as you think? Many chronic diseases start with inflammation you may not even know you have. Our guests will tell you how to combat inflammation and make other changes in... (Read More)
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Q. My 14-year-old daughter has had moderate acne for nearly two years. There are always five to ten small pimples on her forehead, and now she has ten to twenty pimples on her cheeks as well. Clearasil left bleach stains... (Read More)
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Last year's flu season is a distant memory. But in a few months the flu will be back, and no one knows how bad it will be. The experts overreacted last year because influenza struck early. Public health officials exhorted... (Read More)
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Q. At 62 years old, my hair is thinning, especially on the crown. Both my grandfathers were bald in their 70s, so this doesn't surprise me much. Yesterday, a woman I don't know stopped me in a parking lot to... (Read More)

#513 Keeping Skin Healthy

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The skin is the largest, and the most visible, organ in the body. And from time to time, nearly everyone has an issue about skin, from acne to athlete's foot. Some wrinkle creams are well worth the investment, while others... (Read More)
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Q. My daughter has been suffering from trichotillomania for five years. Drugs like Zoloft, Zyprexa and Celexa have been only mildly successful. She has been on a combination of Celexa and Risperdal for several months and has a milky discharge... (Read More)
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States don't often declare war on the federal government. But several are on the verge of battle over the issue of importing prescription drugs from Canada. The governor of Vermont plans to sue FDA for refusing the state permission to... (Read More)
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Q. I enjoy reading about Noxzema in your column. I have used this product on my hemorrhoids for years. I used to work for General Motors as a power fork truck driver. I sat on leather seat, sweating, for hours.... (Read More)

#512 Health News Update

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The cholesterol-lowering drug Zocor is very effective at lowering cholesterol, especially at high doses. But in a new study higher doses did not prevent heart attacks as well as had been hoped. We'll discuss the significance of this surprising finding... (Read More)