March 2005

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The National Institute of Mental Health has launched a campaign: "Real Men, Real Depression." For far too long this issue has been ignored or swept under the rug. And many men say, "I Don't Want to talk About It." That's... (Read More)
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Q. My husband's internist suggested glucosamine and chondroitin for mild arthritis. My husband's medical records state that he is allergic to shellfish. I guess his doctor did not know ground shellfish is a component of many glucosamine-chondroitin supplements. After several... (Read More)
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Q. I am in my fifties, and have herpes simplex 2 (HSV-2). I am interested in having a sexual relationship with a new partner. I don't want to transmit the herpes virus to him. If my partner wears a condom... (Read More)
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Rheumatoid arthritis patients have been on a roller coaster the last couple of years. Their potentially debilitating disease still remains mysterious, and promising treatments have turned out to have serious side effects. Unlike osteoarthritis, which is associated with aging and... (Read More)

#536 Drug Safety

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The Food and Drug Administration is responsible for making sure that the drugs we take are safe and effective. But these terms are not as absolute as many people think. We talk with Dr. Alastair Wood, professor of pharmacology and... (Read More)
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Q. Can semen transmit drugs? If my boyfriend smokes marijuana and ejaculates inside of me could I fail a drug test? A. Semen can carry certain drugs. For example, a woman who is allergic to penicillin may experience a reaction... (Read More)
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Q. My teenage daughter has attention deficit disorder (ADD). Her doctor has prescribed Concerta, Straterra and Adderall at different times. Each of these drugs makes her anxious, argumentative, irritable and very emotional. When she is off the medicine she returns... (Read More)
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According to the old proverb, "He who pays the piper calls the tune." FDA officials are now facing the music. They must answer to the American public, the people who really pay the bills. For decades Congress has allocated billions... (Read More)
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Q. Can coconut counter hypothyroidism? I started eating two macaroons daily to control diarrhea after finding this remedy in your column. I didn't expect any effect on my thyroid. I'd been told my thyroid condition would worsen with time. The... (Read More)
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Q. My mum lives in New Zealand and would love to visit us, but she is petrified her nitroglycerin heart medicine will set off the security alarm. Is there any way to reassure her? A. If her luggage were screened... (Read More)
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Graduating medical students are sometimes told: "Half of what we have taught you is wrong...we just don't know which half." As amusing as this sounds, it rings true for a complex condition called celiac disease. For decades medical students were... (Read More)
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Medical research shows that many chronic conditions are caused or aggravated by inflammation. Not all inflammation causes obvious swelling and reddening, though. How can we overcome the silent inflammation that may be affecting blood vessels and other organs? Dr. Barry... (Read More)
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It is estimated that 40 million Americans suffer chronic sleep problems...from insomnia and sleep apnea to narcolepsy and sleep walking. The consequences are devastating: impaired judgement, slower reflexes, fatigue, reduced immunity, etc. During this show we will try to find... (Read More)