February 2006

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A century ago, our forebears were happy to eat eggs and bacon for breakfast and a big meal of steak or fried chicken for dinner. They worked hard, they liked the taste, and they didn’t worry about high-fat food. Then,... (Read More)
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Q. Yesterday I had a slow motion tumble off my bike onto my knees on the way home. They were bruised, but I was able to pedal home and get arnica gel on them in about ten minutes. I also... (Read More)
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Q. My husband hates wearing a coat in the winter. Unless it is freezing and blowing he mostly throws on a flannel shirt over a turtleneck. Forget hat, gloves or boots. He won’t have anything to do with them. He’s... (Read More)
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Everyone wants an easy way to lose weight. That’s why diet pills have been greeted with such enthusiasm over the years. But safe and easy weight loss has been an unfulfilled promise—until now, that is. Rimonabant (Acomplia) may break the... (Read More)
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Q. I was surprised to see in a recent column a suggestion for swallowing peanut butter as a cure for hiccups. Years ago I read that one should never eat peanut butter unless it is on a cracker, bread, celery,... (Read More)
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Q. My husband went into the hospital for chest pains on a Sunday. He was kept overnight and lots of tests were run. After all that, he was told he was physically healthy and probably just had an anxiety attack.... (Read More)
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Chronic pain affects millions of Americans. Migraine sufferers, arthritis victims, people with bad backs and those with cancer pain all have to cope with pain over the course of many months or years. Doctors often feel helpless in the battle... (Read More)
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Can cholesterol-lowering drugs affect memory? That is a question we have wrestled with for nearly six years. It started when we received a letter from a woman who complained that several months after starting on Lipitor she was “having trouble... (Read More)
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Q. I have a hiccup cure that I’ve used all my life and passed on to my kids: Have someone stand behind you and pull straight up on your ears while you take sips of water. I do this by... (Read More)
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Q. Is there any help for dry, chapped and peeling lips? I use lip balm constantly, but it only helps for a little while. I think I am addicted to this stuff. I’ve got tubes in the car, in my... (Read More)
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A little gland in your neck can control your sex life, your weight, your energy and even your mood. But surprisingly, this gland (the thyroid) frequently gets out of whack. Of the 20 million Americans who have thyroid disorders, more... (Read More)
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Doctors are way too busy these days. Full waiting rooms and crammed schedules mean physicians rush from one patient to another with barely enough time to do scribble a prescription. Because of this frenetic pace, many doctors don’t take much... (Read More)
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Q. Are there any herbs that will help hair grow back? I read that saw palmetto worked for some men. My dermatologist, who is bald, tells me nothing works and it is all a waste of money. According to him,... (Read More)
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Q. About 5 months ago I started craving ice. I think the condition is called pica, but I don't know what it means. Before this, I would always order my drinks with no ice, and I couldn't stand drinks if... (Read More)
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Prostate cancer is extremely common, affecting one man in every six. Is it possible to prevent prostate cancer? Not everyone with prostate cancer will develop disease. How can men decide what treatment will be most effective without causing undue complications?... (Read More)