February 2007

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When a young child catches a cold—which they do far too frequently—parents want to do something to ease the suffering. Watching a child struggle with a drippy nose or listening to a nagging nighttime cough is torture for parents. Moms... (Read More)
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Q. I recently read your column about using soy sauce on burns. Vanilla does the same thing.  I have used vanilla for many years in my kitchen to soothe burns. A. We always recommend that burns be treated with cold... (Read More)
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Q. My question is about ED. My wife really turns me on, but I always lose my erections. When I lose it, I have trouble getting another one. Often we do not finish because of my problem and I get... (Read More)

623 Health News Update

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Despite campaigns urging Americans to drink more milk, some researchers suggest heavy milk drinkers may run a higher risk of certain cancers. We discuss the evidence for this concern.Aspirin has a solid reputation as a way to prevent heart attacks.... (Read More)
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Office Desks Are Germ Magnets
Seafood And Pregnancy
Exercise To Boost Immunity
Olive Oil Good For Gastritis
Coffee For The Heart? (Read More)
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Sometimes a remedy defies logic. Usually there's no science to support it either. That's has been the case when it comes to putting a bar of soap under the bottom sheet to stop leg cramps or restless legs. One reader... (Read More)
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Q. I read that there is a way to sterilize sponges in the microwave, but I didn’t get all the instructions. How long do they stay in the microwave? This technique would be a lot easier for us. Currently my... (Read More)
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Q. You invited readers who have had trouble with Ambien to write. I had two incidents in 2003 when I drove in my sleep while taking Ambien. Once, I bought a pack of cigarettes while I was out. I did... (Read More)

622 Hypnosis for Health

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Hypnosis has a long history, but in many circles it seems to have a questionable reputation. Although Mesmer’s showmanship (remember mesmerism) may have given hypnosis a bad name, modern health care providers are using the practice to enhance health. What... (Read More)
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Drug-Coated Stents
FDA Oversight
Chinese Drug Scandal
Natural Aphrodisiac?
Myths About Sex
Napping For Heart Health (Read More)
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Birth control pills were a revolutionary advance in contraception back in the 1960s. They were unquestionably more effective and convenient than any other form of contraception. In theory, only one woman out of 100 who took the Pill for a... (Read More)

Lowering Caffeine in Tea

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Q. I've heard that steeping tea for 30 seconds and then pouring off the water and steeping the bag again in new water dramatically reduces the amount of caffeine in the tea. I'm wondering if this is correct. I love... (Read More)
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Q. For the past several months I have been suffering with flatulence. It is extremely embarrassing. I worry every time I go out in public that I will pass very smelly gas. I have tried over-the-counter medications like Gas-X, Beano,... (Read More)

Health News 2/10/07

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This week: Loneliness And Alzheimer's Inflammation And Dementia Grape Juice As A Red Wine Substitute Selenium For Prostate Health Vitamin D Fights Cancer Suicide On The Rise New Gene Test Predicts Cancer Outcome... (Read More)
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We’re always told to eat a well-balanced diet. But what, exactly, does that mean? Does it really ensure we will get the vitamins we need to stay healthy? Our guest experts will clear up the confusion around vitamin E. Should... (Read More)
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Loneliness And Alzheimer's
Inflammation And Dementia
Grape Juice As A Red Wine Substitute
Selenium For Prostate Health
Vitamin D Fights Cancer
Suicide On The Rise
New Gene Test Predicts Cancer Outcome (Read More)
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Hiccups can be embarrassing. They can occur unpredictably, for mysterious reasons. An involuntary spasm of the diaphragm causes a sudden intake of air into the lungs. When this happens, the diaphragm pulls the glottis in the voice box closed and... (Read More)
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Q. You receive many letters about nail fungus and I wanted to share my experience. Our daughter contracted a foot fungus while swimming at a local club when she was six. We’ve tried a lot of different anti-fungal products but... (Read More)
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Q. I know that eating grapefruit can interfere with how the body metabolizes certain medications, so people taking certain drugs should not eat grapefruit. I am wondering whether the tangelo, a cross between a grapefruit and an orange, would have... (Read More)
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When people are revived after a cardiac arrest, they sometimes report leaving their bodies and watching the resuscitation attempts from above. They may describe going through a tunnel, seeing a bright light, or rejoining dead relatives. There are many hypotheses... (Read More)