July 2006

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Imagine what it would be like to suffer fatigue, anemia, diarrhea, cramps, bloating, reflux, osteoporosis, depression or an unbearable, itchy rash. Now, imagine that your doctor keeps telling you that there’s nothing really wrong with you and that it’s all... (Read More)
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Q. My daughter is entering puberty and dealing with the usual underarm body odors. We tried many different deodorants and antiperspirants to no avail. I figured if Listerine killed the germs that cause bad breath, it might kill the bacteria... (Read More)
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Q. My daughter's friend is pregnant and eats Vicks VapoRub. I read in one of your articles about people eating something that's not food. Is it caused by some sort of vitamin deficiency? A. Vicks VapoRub may have many uses,... (Read More)
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New this week: FDA scientists report being pressured to change their evaluations FDA advisory panels are being scrutinized for conflicts of interest FDA just approved a new sunscreen for UVA radiation. name Anthelios Eating fish stabilizes heart rhythms Moderate (1... (Read More)
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In 2000, the Institute of Medicine came out with a devastating report on health care errors. Last week, a new panel of the Institute of Medicine issued its report on medication mistakes, which is a huge problem. We speak with... (Read More)
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Q. I have been using cinnamon to help control my blood sugar for the last 4 years. Using 1/4 teaspoon in boiling water to make a cinnamon tea lowers my blood sugar readings from about 185 to 135 in one... (Read More)
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Q. I recently tried Lunesta. It helped me get a good night's sleep, but for the next two days I had a horrible metallic taste in my mouth. I'd like to take Lunesta again sometime, but not enough to suffer... (Read More)
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It’s too bad our bodies don’t come equipped with “idiot lights.��? If they did, more people might avoid heatstroke. When your car overheats, a red light on the dashboard warns you that the engine is getting too hot. If you... (Read More)
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When it comes to weight loss, there’s no shortage of advice. One fad diet after another grabs the spotlight—maybe even the bestseller spot on the bookstore lists. But most of these diet books are scorned by knowledgeable health professionals. Now,... (Read More)
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This week we discuss: Evista can lower breast cancer risk as well as reducing bone fractures due to osteoporosis Hot weather is dangerous for the heart People with longer legs are less likely to have thickened carotid arteries; all their... (Read More)
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When’s the last time you checked out your first aid kit or rearranged your medicine cabinet? If you’re like most folks you have an odd assortment of old bandages, tape and antibiotic ointments. Admit it, you probably have half-empty boxes... (Read More)
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Q. My 11-year-old dog suffers from severe hip dysplasia and arthritis. I read in your column that gin-soaked raisins relieve arthritis pain in people, so I decided to try it on my dog. I am giving him 6 raisins a... (Read More)
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Q. My 26-year-old daughter has been on Effexor for a little over one year for anxiety. Recently, she forgot a dose and the following day she experienced what she described as an electrical sensation from her feet to her head.... (Read More)
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With 30 feet of digestive tract coiled up inside us, it’s no wonder we experience trouble with it sometimes. But for some people, the issues are particularly serious. Inflammatory bowel disease can be life threatening. What causes it, and how... (Read More)
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They call it the doughnut hole. It’s more like a black hole that Medicare recipients fall into when their prescription drug benefits come to a screeching halt. Millions of Americans signed up for prescription drug plans under the new Medicare... (Read More)
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Q. Instead of sunscreen, I take megadoses of vitamin C, which has protected me for over 20 years against sunburn. (Of course, I don't tan or freckle either.) I take 3 grams of C each day, and once every year... (Read More)
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Q. I thought I heard something recently about infants developing eczema from having a cat in the house. Is that true? I have a new granddaughter who shares her home with a 30-pound Maine coon cat. The cat sheds like... (Read More)
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Most doctors learned in medical school that celiac disease is a rare condition causing diarrhea in babies. But worldwide, one person in 100 risks severe health consequences just by eating foods the rest of us enjoy every day: pizza, pasta,... (Read More)
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Breathe deeply. This simple act sustains life and yet most of the time we don’t even notice it. Not being able to catch your breath can be terrifying. People with asthma may gasp desperately for air. Sometimes they even die... (Read More)
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Q. I heard a radio show caller say that an old-timer had told him to pick two small, new, reddish poison ivy leaves each spring and roll them inside a dough ball and swallow them to be immune from poison... (Read More)
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Q. I just read a question about whether or not bupropion could serve as a sexual stimulant for healthy people. I'm only one person, but I can answer: for one healthy woman the answer is yes. A thousand happy times... (Read More)
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The FDA has come under heavy criticism for its handling of Vioxx, the popular arthritis drug that was taken off the market in 2004 because it increased the risk of strokes and heart attacks. Can the agency protect Americans from... (Read More)