January 2007

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Car buyers used to be advised that it would be prudent to wait at least a year after a new model was introduced before making a purchase. That way, the manufacturer had a chance to detect and correct unexpected flaws.... (Read More)
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Q. I’ve read that drinking tea with milk has a negative effect on human blood vessels. Is this true? A. A German study showed recently that drinking two cups of black tea relaxes blood vessels, quadrupling blood flow (European Heart... (Read More)
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Q. I recently heard that the FDA will no longer allow quinine sulfate to be used for treating leg cramps. My internist prescribes quinine sulfate for me. I use the drug only when I go on 90-mile bike rides. If... (Read More)

619 Health News Update

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Statin-type cholesterol-lowering drugs are powerful. But new questions are being raised about the evidence behind medical guidelines for their use. Even more disturbing, there is a possible link between low cholesterol and the likelihood of developing Parkinson’s disease. The hot... (Read More)
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Quinine is one of the oldest drugs in the pharmacy. Even before the Spanish discovered the New World, native healers in Peru were using the bark of the cinchona tree to treat fever, malaria and indigestion. An Augustinian monk wrote... (Read More)
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Q. I have high cholesterol and diabetes (controlled through diet). I’ve been using cinnamon to help keep my blood sugar and cholesterol down. I’d like to continue, but I read in your column that it might be dangerous. Is there... (Read More)
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Q. I saw part of a news story on TV that said people who take Nexium (and similar drugs) for a year or more are at greater risk of bone density loss and have more bone fractures. I have been... (Read More)

Health News 1/19/07

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This week: Possible link between low LDL and Parkinson's disease Long term benefits of calcium supplements Human growth hormone cannot be recommended as anti-aging therapy Gum disease may increase the risk of pancreatic cancer Probiotics may help ease colic Aspirin... (Read More)

Health News 1/12/07

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This week: Avoid over the counter cold medicines for infants and toddlers Studies funded by the food industry more likely to produce favorable results Capsaicin may have anti-cancer power Milk negates health benefits of black tea Study shows folate may... (Read More)

618 Diabetes Update

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There is an alarming increase of type-2 diabetes in this country. Although this was once termed “adult-onset” diabetes, it is being diagnosed at younger and younger ages. A new review of research demonstrates that type-2 diabetes can be prevented, or... (Read More)
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Imagine going out to eat at a nice restaurant, getting an impressive menu, but not finding prices for anything. Most people would find such a situation disorienting. They would hesitate to order a meal at a restaurant that won’t tell... (Read More)
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Q. I have been meaning to write you about this for a long time. I have used one or two green olives for hiccups for many years, as have all my family members. I don't know why it works, it... (Read More)
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Q. My husband had stents put in his arteries three years ago. At his periodic check-ups, he gets a good report. Ever since getting them, he has been taking blood pressure medicine. On this medicine he has lost all interest... (Read More)

617 Saving Your Sinuses

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Nasal congestion and headache could be symptoms of a cold, but they also might signal a sinus infection. The National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases estimates that some 37 million Americans suffer with sinusitis each year. Can you prevent... (Read More)
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When the FDA switched the prescription pain reliever Motrin (ibuprofen) to over-the-counter status in 1984, a lot of physicians were unhappy. They feared that this powerful NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) might cause serious harm without medical supervision. Many doctors opposed... (Read More)
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Q. A man told my daughter that a bar of soap at the foot of the bed between the sheets would help arthritis. I have arthritis, so I tried it. After about four weeks my arthritis seems to be much... (Read More)
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Q. I had a terrible experience with Ambien about a month ago. I took the drug at bedtime, then had hallucinations and got in my car to escape. I don’t remember a thing, but the police stopped me and my... (Read More)

616 Health News Update

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Heavy-duty drugs for reflux are widely prescribed. Doctors usually think of medicines like Aciphex, Prilosec, Protonix or Nexium as having few if any side effects. But a new study suggests there may be a link to weaker hip bones. Drugs... (Read More)
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Can antidepressants really drive some people to commit suicide? That is a question the FDA has had to wrestle with for nearly two decades. For most of that time the agency has insisted that SSRI-type antidepressants such as Prozac or... (Read More)
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Q. I am writing to you from Freiburg, Germany, because I cannot find any information about chaste tree berry here. Your Web site states that this herb may have antiandrogenic effects that could help reduce an overactive libido. What dose... (Read More)
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Q. I want to let you know that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can have very serious side effects. Between 1996 and 1998 I took HRT under the advisement of my OB/GYN. She told me that the benefits of taking HRT... (Read More)