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December 2005

#571 Health News Update

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Dark chocolate may have a beneficial effect for smokers. Find out why this sweet treat could be good for their health. Erectile dysfunction is out of the closet, thanks to ads for drugs like Viagra, Levitra and Cialis. Something you... (Read More)
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Q. I found a spice in my spice rack that I had never heard of and I had no instructions on how to use it. In researching fenugreek as a spice I found that it is one of the most... (Read More)
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Even before aspirin was developed, people with arthritis used willow bark to ease their pain and inflammation. By the 1850s, natural derivatives of the bark were widely used in Germany. But even then people recognized that these salicylates were tough... (Read More)
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Q. I had a problem with flatulence so embarrassing I couldn’t discuss it with anyone but my husband. The main problem was a horrible smell. Through a chance conversation, I learned that iron can be constipating. Once I stopped taking... (Read More)
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Today's culture has an insatiable thirst for perfection and status. Why are so many of us compulsive achievers? Such people live with the deep and debilitating belief that perfecting their appearance and continually striving for more accomplishments will secure the... (Read More)
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Q. I'm a 4th grader working on a science project about applying vitamin E (topically) to scars. Is there any research proving that it heals scars faster if applied daily? A. The idea that applying vitamin E oil to scars... (Read More)
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Are you sniffling, sneezing and coughing? If so, you’ve joined millions of others infected with a cold virus. Traveling, shopping and holiday stress can all increase the possibility of catching a cold at this time of year. What should you... (Read More)
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Q. I saw a report on TV recently about the asthma drug Advair. The news wasn't good. I used to take Advair but am now trying free samples of Foradil from my doctor. Advair cost me almost $200 for a... (Read More)
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Q. I take the anticoagulant Coumadin and I have read that drinking cranberry juice may increase my risk of bleeding. Would that hold for cranberry sauce as well? I love it. A. There is still no consensus that cranberries interact... (Read More)
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Between now and New Year’s Day we put a terrible strain on our stomachs. Holiday parties and family feasts mean overindulgence: rich food and too much of it. For millions of people this means heartburn. The new fangled term is... (Read More)
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Q. For the past few years, I have been experiencing erectile dysfunction. My urologist had me try all the oral medications on the market. They helped a bit, but none gave me the results needed for intercourse. I tried the... (Read More)
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Sometimes the anticipation of Santa and all the toys he might bring is just too much for a tot. Instead of nestling snug in her bed, she may be bouncing off the walls. With luck she won’t try to taste... (Read More)
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There is now a prescription drug (Requip) to treat RLS (restless leg syndrome). The only problem is that some people fall asleep during the day. This could be risky if they are behind the wheel. As far as we can... (Read More)

Keys for Nosebleeds

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Q. I want to thank you for saving me from a most embarrassing situation. I am president of a small corporation and we were making a pitch to an important client. I had been suffering from a cold for about... (Read More)
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People use all sorts of remedies for bee or wasp stings. Some swear by tobacco juice, but that is getting hard to come by as the habit of chewing tobacco is fading (along with cigarette smoking). Others prefer mud or... (Read More)

Sugar for Hiccups

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Hiccups are rarely serious, but they certainly can be annoying. There are dozens of remedies from holding your breath to drinking water from the far side of a glass. This is one we have been talking about since 1976. It's... (Read More)
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Almost all antiperspirants contain aluminum, in one form or another. It is hard to say at this time whether we absorb any of that aluminum into our systems and even if we did, whether it would be harmful. Nonetheless, some... (Read More)
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Orphan: Noun: 1a. A child whose parents are dead. b. A child who has been deprived of parental care and has not been adopted...4. An orphan technology or product. Adjective: 1. Deprived of parents…5. Affecting so few people that the... (Read More)
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Q. Are there any natural treatments for IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)? I think they should call it cranky colon or irritable intestine or something alliterative, but I’ve had it for several years and there is little to be done for... (Read More)
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Q. My 71-year-old husband is in very good health and doesn’t need any prescriptions at this point. We are being urged to sign up for the Medicare drug plan, and we realize he might need it some day. We have... (Read More)

#568 Health News Update

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The artificial sweetener aspartame is consumed by millions of people every day. But how safe is it? A new study in animals re-opens this controversial issue. With all the controversy surrounding hormone replacement therapy and even bio-identical hormones... (Read More)