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November 2006

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Millions of people experience serious drug side effects each year. Far too often they don’t realize a medication is causing their distress. A recent study revealed that only about one doctor in three informs patients about possible side effects when... (Read More)
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Q. I am a nurse and have always relied on conventional medicines or physician-supervised treatments. I noticed a wart on my upper arm that had grown to about pencil-eraser size and remembered an article in your column about warts and... (Read More)
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Q. I am a 54-year-old woman, with extremely low cholesterol and no risk factors for heart disease. I had a heart attack resulting from an artery spasm two weeks ago after my second dose of Boniva. The doctors were totally... (Read More)
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Q. Perhaps you have come across a solution for thunderstorm-phobic dogs, which my hound is to an extraordinary extent. Even Xanax doesn't help him! He thinks storms are in the apartment and we have to sit in the lobby whenever... (Read More)

How Good Is Your Flu Shot?

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The annual flu-season ritual has begun again. First you will be admonished to get your flu shot. Then you will be scared by reports of influenza outbreaks all around the nation. The trouble is that it isn’t clear whether flu... (Read More)
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Q. Is grapefruit juice dangerous with all statins? A pharmacist told me it interacts only with Mevacor, but not with other statin drugs. I take Zocor daily to control my cholesterol. A. Not all statin cholesterol-lowering drugs interact with grapefruit,... (Read More)
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A recent report from the prestigious Institute of Medicine indicates that the Food and Drug Administration is not doing enough to protect Americans from medication dangers. In some cases, the agency seems to pay more attention to the needs of... (Read More)

Health News 11/11/06

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This week: Manufacturer's recall of acetaminophen Possible link between sugary soda and pancreatic cancer Industrial chemicals may impact brain development in children Duct tape shown to be ineffective treatment for warts High-glycemic diet associated with higher risk of heart disease... (Read More)

How Good Are Generic Drugs?

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The high cost of prescription drugs has everyone looking for ways to save. Hospitals, HMOs and insurance plans are as upset about their pharmacy bills as individual patients are. One popular solution is to buy generic drugs . Doctors are... (Read More)
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Q. I suffer from gout from time to time. Have you ever heard of curry relieving the symptoms? My wife made a soup containing curry and within one hour after eating it, I could feel the pain going away. I... (Read More)
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Q. I have taken both Viagra and Cialis. They work well, but I do get sinus pressure headaches when I take these drugs. I feel this has contributed to sinus infections that have required lengthy courses of antibiotics. Is this... (Read More)

610 Health News Update

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Flu season is just beginning, but some schools in North Carolina are reporting a lot of children out with flu-like illnesses. The best prevention for flu, we are told, is the vaccination. How strong is the evidence to support its... (Read More)
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When Congress passed the Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit for seniors, we thought that something smelled suspicious. The pharmaceutical industry has generally resisted government involvement in its business. Why, we wondered, did big Pharma seem pleased with this huge... (Read More)
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This week: New evidence on turmeric's anti-inflammatory benefits Turmeric may also improve brain functioning Acupuncture benefits arthritis pain Low glycemic index diet prevents weight gain Milk thistle may help control blood sugar in type-2 diabetics High fructose corn syrup may... (Read More)
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Most people dread a trip to the emergency room. First, there’s the trauma and anxiety of whatever brought them there—chest pain, uncontrolled bleeding or perhaps a broken bone. Then there’s the ordeal of a waiting room full of other sick... (Read More)
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Q. Years ago, when I would get diarrhea, my parents would give me a spoonful of nutmeg with sugar and a glass of water. Later when I was married, I needed something again for diarrhea so I took nutmeg. It... (Read More)
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Q. My doctor shaved off some skin and put Spanish fly (cantharidin) on my wart. It stung for 24 hours but the wart went away. Forget the bacon grease, duct tape or other home remedies. This works. A. Spanish fly... (Read More)
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Headaches affect almost everyone at some point. 45 million Americans get chronic, recurrent headaches. Even children can suffer. Find out why over-reliance on over-the-counter medications can be counterproductive. What are the best new treatments? Can acupuncture be helpful? Guests: Joel... (Read More)
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This week: Starch may increase risk of kidney cancer Vegetables may help brain function Angry people may develop insulin resistance Side effects of new weight loss drug Acomplia New study on Chinese herb and dementia Possible link between picornaviruses and... (Read More)