June 2006

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Can cholesterol-lowering drugs like Lipitor cause memory loss and debilitating muscle pain? That’s the allegation made by two men who have filed lawsuits against Pfizer Inc, the maker of Lipitor. They claim the company did not adequately warn them about... (Read More)
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Q. Why haven’t you written about an effective remedy for alleviating the agony of poison ivy, mosquito or fire ant bites? Simply run water, as warm as you can stand, over the affected area for a few seconds. The itching... (Read More)
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Q. I just read the question posed to you about removing petroleum jelly from hair and have a solution. As a child, my mom and her best friend convinced me to let them put huge quantities of Vaseline in my... (Read More)
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The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that the air inside the average American home is more polluted than that in even the most industrialized city. What toxins are found inside our homes? How can we minimize the negative health effects they may cause? (Read More)
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In 1995 the FDA approved a new drug for treating osteoporosis. Fosamax was heralded as a major breakthrough. Before this pill was introduced, there were no easy ways to combat osteoporosis. This condition weakens bones and can lead to life-threatening... (Read More)
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Q. Last night I sliced my finger on the inside of a can that I was rinsing out. It was a fairly significant cut. I rinsed it and applied pressure, then went to the cupboard and pulled out a packet... (Read More)
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Q. My doctor prescribed tramadol with APAP for headaches. He also wrote prescriptions for Lexapro and Effexor for depression and anxiety. He said that Effexor and Lexapro are both antidepressants, but they work on different parts of the brain. When... (Read More)

591 Healthy Feet

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Leonardo da Vinci, an expert on human anatomy as well as an incomparable artist, considered the foot “a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art.��? The human foot contains 26 bones, more than 150 ligaments and an intricate network... (Read More)
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Cholesterol lowering drugs like Lipitor, Zocor and Crestor are the most successful drugs in the world. They bring down bad LDL cholesterol almost like magic and reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Some physicians believe these statin drugs... (Read More)
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Q. I am addicted to radishes. My mom doesn’t want me to eat them but I can’t go without having at least 10 a day. My mom stopped buying them so I would stop eating them. Before this, I just... (Read More)
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Most of us have experienced a moment or two of forgetfulness. We can’t find our keys, even though they are right where we left them. Or we can’t remember precisely where we parked the car at the mall. Perhaps running... (Read More)
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Q. I am in my early 60s and in good health. I ride a bike daily, work out at the gym and my doctor says my cholesterol and blood pressure are great. A difficult divorce resulted in my doctor prescribing... (Read More)
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African American women have different risks for breast cancer. They are less likely to get it but more likely to die of it if they do. More about intriguing new research on this issue, and an update on new advances... (Read More)
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Millions of people dread flying. It’s not really the long security lines, the puny snacks or the lack of leg room. It’s not even the frequent delays or the lost luggage. For a lot of fliers the problem is ear... (Read More)
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Q. I have a friend taking Sea Moss from St. Lucia as an aphrodisiac. Does it work and what are the side effects? A. Sea moss refers to products made from varieties of red seaweed that grow in the Caribbean.... (Read More)
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Q. My husband and I want to start a family, so I take my temperature every day before I get out of bed. The record I keep lets us know when I have ovulated. The problem is the thermometer. It’s... (Read More)

589 What to Eat

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As many as 320,000 food products crowd the shelves of American supermarkets. No wonder the seemingly simple act of doing the grocery shopping has become so complex. The conflicting advice we get on what constitutes a healthful diet doesn’t help... (Read More)