May 2005

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Q. I am always interested in the arthritis remedies I find in your column. After reading that turmeric could help, I bought some and took the pills according to directions. Several days later I had such a terrible rash that... (Read More)
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Q. What's the best way to get rid of ticks? When I go hiking in the woods I constantly find ticks crawling on my body. I don't want to let them loose again to bite someone else. Is there a... (Read More)
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Experts are worried about the next big flu outbreak. While most of the rest of us don't give influenza a single thought in the spring and summer, world health authorities are preparing for a possible pandemic. Virologists are already concerned... (Read More)
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Americans have been urged to stay out of the sun...or slather on sunscreen. But research is accumulating to suggest that we all need some sunshine to reduce our risk of common cancers. The dangers of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) have... (Read More)
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Q. I have read with interest your columns reporting keys as a solution for nosebleeds. I've been reading "A Princess Remembers:The Memoirs of the Maharani of Jaipur," an autobiography by Gayatri Devi. In talking about palace guests whom she particularly... (Read More)
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Q. I have been reading about pharmacists refusing to fill prescriptions for birth control pills on moral grounds. I find this attitude infuriating! They would be amusing in their self-importance if there were not dire consequences for the customers in... (Read More)
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Judging from the popularity of laxatives, a lot of Americans think that regularity is essential for good health. But is this true or is it a myth? Although grandmothers in many countries have promoted daily bowel movements for generations, there... (Read More)
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Depression is linked to an increased risk of dying from heart disease, cancer or other chronic conditions. Does happiness provide protection against these same hazards? New studies suggest that optimism and laughter can have positive health benefits. We'll find out... (Read More)
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. I am having a problem with my feet. They sweat constantly and are very tender. With warm weather they get worse. Do you have any remedies for this problem? A. You're in luck. We just received the following message... (Read More)
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People often think that the most dangerous time to drive is between Christmas and New Year's. That's because of all the holiday parties that lead revelers to drink too much and get behind the wheel. While it is certainly true... (Read More)
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Summertime is nearly here, and that means more fun outdoors. Unfortunately, it also means more exposure to certain health hazards, like bee stings, sunburns and scrapes. We'll talk to The People's Pharmacy pediatric expert Dr. Alan Greene about how to... (Read More)
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Q. Have you ever heard of any remedies for psoriasis? So far nothing that the doctor prescribed has worked. A. Psoriasis is a condition in which skin cells turn over too quickly, causing flakes and redness. There are many prescription... (Read More)
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Q. I have allergies that result in postnasal drainage. As a result, I find I cough all night long this time of year. Is there a good home remedy to help nighttime coughs? A. Some readers report that Vicks VapoRub... (Read More)
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Q. I heard that there was a study about possible bad effects of low cholesterol in children. I am concerned about this because my teenagers have cholesterol of 103 and 110. What were the problems? I would like to know... (Read More)
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When people hear music no one else can hear or see things that aren't really there, they may worry they are going crazy. If they tell anyone what's happening, they may be taken in for a psychiatric evaluation. In some... (Read More)
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Short attention spans seem to be pervasive, in every classroom and every occupation. Having trouble focusing can cause trouble at school and at work, but there are ways for people to cope with attention deficit disorders. Dr. Ned Hallowell tells... (Read More)
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Q. I know that we need Vitamin D for absorption of calcium. Do you make Vitamin D if the sunlight is coming through glass (when you're riding in a car or sitting by a window)? A. The body makes vitamin... (Read More)
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Q. I drink at least eight large glasses of water every day to maintain good health. When I play soccer or tennis I force myself to drink a lot more. I recently heard that you can drink too much water.... (Read More)
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Pharmacists have consistently ranked among the most highly respected professionals in the country. According to a Gallup poll, Americans consider pharmacists highly ethical, above medical doctors, police officers and clergy. That lofty position may soon change. Despite the trust they... (Read More)