April 2006

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Americans are told that that they have the safest drugs in the world. Many people assume that the FDA is protecting them from sub-standard and counterfeit medications. In reality, though, the FDA is virtually helpless against an onslaught of pricey... (Read More)
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Q. I’ve got a comment about the dark chocolate controversy on whether it is irresponsible to recommend chocolate for health benefits. I started eating Hershey’s dark chocolate when it was on sale a few weeks ago. I enjoy about five... (Read More)
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Q. I have seen commercial after commercial for enhancing sex life. Personally, I think sex is a struggle for many men much of the time. They want it when they should not and they want it with people they should... (Read More)
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Do sunscreens create a false illusion of safety? A new lawsuit charges that many sunscreen manufacturers are misleading Americans into thinking that their products can protect people from sun damage. Decades ago there were few effective sunscreens. If you spent... (Read More)
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Old drugs can sometimes be taught nifty new tricks. A drug that was originally introduced for osteoporosis turns out to be good at preventing breast cancer. What should you know about Evista? Skin cancer is the most common cancer in... (Read More)
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A few weeks ago we ordered a bookshelf and tried to assemble it. Our crew of two was divided on the proper way to proceed. One of us thinks that such tasks should be intuitive and you should just dive... (Read More)
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Q. I used to have severe dry skin. My hands were always dry and chapped. Then a friend told me to dip my hands in a solution of 2/3 white vinegar and 1/3 water. Leave it on one or two... (Read More)
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Q. A couple of years ago before Vioxx was taken off the market, my husband took it for joint pain. (His job requires a lot of lifting.) He had no cholesterol issues or clogged arteries, so I am convinced the... (Read More)

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Do the frustrations you encounter every day add up until you feel like you might explode? What can you do if your boss is unreasonable or your teenagers are unruly? If you’ve ever lost your temper over something fairly trivial,... (Read More)
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Q. My daughter was diagnosed with head lice on Thursday. We used the lice shampoo, cleaned the whole house and continue to see nits in her hair as my wife combs it. How will we know that the lice and... (Read More)
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Q. My 5 year old has terrible hangnails. Do you have a simple remedy for this annoying condition? A. One reader shared this: “I had a hangnail that had gotten very inflamed. A friend of mine from Iran told me... (Read More)
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When you’re being robbed at gunpoint, the question is often “your money or your life?��? Increasingly, that is the choice cancer patients are being offered. The cost for many new cancer drugs is almost unbelievable. Herceptin, a drug for breast... (Read More)
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For years, medical researchers have assumed that medical research on men could just be applied to women as well. But gradually, data have emerged to suggest that women are not just smaller men with breasts and ovaries. There may be... (Read More)
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Is there anything more annoying than hearing a mosquito buzzing around your head and not being able to catch it? A dentist’s drill might be a close match. Now imagine what it would like to have crickets chirping in your... (Read More)
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Q. I wonder whether some additive to Earl Grey tea may cause muscle pain and cramping. I am a yoga teacher with a generally mobile body. Over the past couple of years I have suffered worsening muscle pain, cramping, and... (Read More)
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Q. I have the attention span of a flea and have been diagnosed with ADD. My doctor prescribed Adderall to try and improve my ability to focus. I don’t find that it helps very much and I worry that I... (Read More)
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4/1/2006 Nobody claims that soft drinks are health food, but could they be contributing to America’s national obesity problem? A top nutrition scientist suggests a new approach to beverages for better health. We’ll also discuss diets, vitamins and weight loss.... (Read More)