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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 the world. The American Academy of Dermatology is holding a free screening on May 6, 2006. Dr. Stanley Levy tells us why this is so important.

Infectious disease specialists keep urging health care professionals to wash their hands between patients so that they won’t spread infection from one person to another. But a computer keyboard used to enter patient information might carry germs as well. How can doctors and patients clean their keyboards?

In addition to these stories we take your questions about prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, herbs and dietary supplements. Join the conversation at (888) 472-3366.

Guests: William A. Rutala, Ph.D., M.P.H, Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, University of North Carolina School of Medicine (Chapel Hill)

Stanley Levy, MD, Director of Medical Affairs for the Revlon Research Center, Adjunct Clinical Professor of Dermatology, University of North Carolina School of Medicine (Chapel Hill). Dr. Levy is one of the country’s leading experts on photoprotection and has written extensively on sunscreens. For more information on the free skin cancer screening on 5/6/2006, visit the Web site www.aad.org

Kelly Marcom, MD, Clinical Director of Breast Medical Oncology Program, Duke University Health System, Assistant Professor, Duke University Medical School.

Alan Greene, MD, Founder and CEO of www.drgreene.com and Stanford University Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics. His book is From First Kicks to First Steps: Nurturing Your Baby’s Development from Pregnancy Through the First Year of Life.

Commentator: Bernie Siegel, MD, a well-known proponent of alternative approaches for healing the mind, body and soul. His books include Love, Medicine and Miracles and his most recent: 101 Exercises for the Soul – A Divine Workout Plan for Body, Mind and Spirit.

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