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September 2006

605 Thyroid Update

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Thyroid problems are surprisingly common. Last year, more than 80 million prescriptions for thyroid hormone (Synthroid, levothyroxine, Levoxyl and Levothroid) were dispensed. That means it is one of the most commonly prescribed drugs in America. Is there an epidemic of... (Read More)
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Albuterol

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Overview Albuterol is one of the more commonly prescribed asthma inhalers in this country. Although this medicine is also available in tablet form for oral use, the aerosol formulation is less likely to cause general side effects and is more... (Read More)

Warfarin

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Overview Coumadin is known as a blood thinner or anticoagulant. That means it is prescribed to prevent the formation or recurrence of blood clots. People who experience a pulmonary embolism or thrombophlebitis in their legs often receive warfarin to reduce... (Read More)
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People in pain are often treated like criminals. Narcotics may be the best treatment for severe pain, but they can also be drugs of abuse. Readers have shared horror stories in which loved ones have suffered because doctors were unwilling... (Read More)
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Q. When I was two, I was very ill and was hospitalized in a sanitarium. There the children were fed goat’s milk. The goats roamed the hills around the hospital and foraged on poison oak. I have been immune to... (Read More)
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Q. Help! I take bupropion for depression. I was switched to bupropion because of my inability to reach orgasm when taking other antidepressants. Bupropion is a little better, but not much. I have to take antidepressants or I have no... (Read More)

604 Health News Update

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Drug companies have traditionally been reluctant to test their products on children. An initiative to encourage more research is working—but are the results getting to the doctors who need them? Green tea has a reputation as a beverage with real... (Read More)

Health News Update 9/22/06

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This week: Health benefits of adequate sleep Allergies and inadequate sleep Lead exposure and heart disease Lead exposure and brain function A new tool for detecting lead poisoning Vitamin D may reduce the risk of certain cancers Exercises that may... (Read More)
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The Food and Drug Administration is being dragged kicking and screaming toward a whole new category of medications. Until the recent approval of Plan B, the FDA allowed only two kinds of drugs: those that require a physician’s prescription and... (Read More)
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Q. I was having problems with acne on my face and head. It seemed to keep coming back in the same spot and getting worse every day. I stopped eating some of my usual foods for two weeks at a... (Read More)
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Q. This concern has plagued me for 21 years and I need to know once and for all if I can stop worrying. My son is now 27 years old; when he was about 6 he had a fever and... (Read More)

603 Allergies

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Pollen, peanuts, dust mites and animal dander are just a few of the many possible triggers for sneezing, wheezing or hives. During the fall, millions of people suffer from “seasonal rhinitis,��? more commonly known as hay fever. What can be... (Read More)

Health News Update 9/15/06

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This week: COX-2 arthritis drugs, NSAIDs, and heart health Omega-3 fatsmay help prevent heart rhythm disturbances Fish oil and blood sugar control among diabetics New treatment for erectile dysfunction Potential new treatment for premature ejaculation Vitamin D may help prevent... (Read More)
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Hydrocodone

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Overview Hydrocodone is a semisynthetic analgesic similar in most respects to codeine. In combination with acetaminophen, it offers excellent relief for moderate pain. It can ease the discomfort of a bad toothache or the aftermath of minor surgery. Hydrocodone with... (Read More)
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Americans are fat. One third of us are obese. And another third are overweight. A new study suggests that carrying around even a few extra pounds may shorten our lives. If you happen to be 5 foot 9 and you... (Read More)
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Q. I bought an herbal diet pill and checked its web site. It is said to be safe, containing konjac glucomannan and Citrus aurantium. I take Zocor, a multivitamin, fish oil, flax seed oil and 9 golden raisins soaked in... (Read More)
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Q. I was wondering if you could answer a few questions for me about coffee and asthma. I've tried coffee and it certainly works for my asthma! Does it have to be regular coffee or can it be decaf? Should... (Read More)

602 Fish Oil for Health

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Fish oil has become extremely popular. There’s even a prescription version available. Is it as helpful as its proponents claim, or is it just a fad? Guests: Joseph Maroon, MD, Vice Chairman and Professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery... (Read More)

Health News Update 9/9/06

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This week: Hostility and heart disease Health benefits of hard cider Alzheimer's and fruit and vegetable juice Experimental cancer treatment New study on acupuncture effectiveness Cox-2 inhibitors and colon polyps... (Read More)
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Q. You’ve had several suggestions about remedies for plantar warts. I had one on each foot when I was a kid in the late 1950's. They were removed with 2 sessions of spot radiation. The radiation was on the same... (Read More)
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A few years ago diet and exercise were considered crucial cornerstones of a heart-healthy lifestyle. Now, drugs seem to have replaced willpower and fitness. We recently received an email from Steve that epitomizes this mindset: “Is it necessary to watch... (Read More)
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Q. I live in a very tropical, hot and humid place. For the past year, I have had recurring yeast infections. My problem is not so much the yeast infection (which I think I now have under control, having taken... (Read More)

601 Saving Your Hearing

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More people than ever before are dealing with hearing loss. More than 9 million senior citizens and 30 million baby boomers don’t hear well. And the popularity of personal mp3 players may mean that many more people will experience diminished... (Read More)

Health News Update 9/2/06

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This week: 46.6 million Americans uninsured Overwork and high blood pressure Alcohol, TV, reading and memory NSAID-type painkillers and pregnancy NSAID-type painkillers and prostate health... (Read More)