March 2007

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Medication Works As Well As Angioplasty For Chest Pain
Drug-Coated Stents Raise Risks Of Clots
Hawthore Extract Helps Heart Failure Patients
Dietary Flavonoids Ward Off Cardiovascular Problems
Cocoa Compounds Relax Blood Vessels
Duct Tape No Help For Warts In Grown-Ups (Read More)
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By now you’ve probably heard that the Atkins folks won the big food fight. The high-fat Atkins diet trumped the low-fat Dean Ornish diet in a year-long face off (JAMA, March 7, 2007). Atkins also beat out the Zone diet... (Read More)
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Q. I'm a vegetarian who gives blood several times a year. Every now and then my hemoglobin is too low and they cannot take my blood. How should I time my caffeine consumption so that it doesn't interfere with iron... (Read More)
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Q. I just had to put in my two cents on dry cracked hands. My father and I used to compare how many bandages we would be wearing each week because our hands were in such bad shape. I finally... (Read More)
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Q. I was saddened to read about people suffering the side effects of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs. In less than a year, I have lowered my cholesterol 30 points by doing nothing but take fish oil. I take a tablespoon... (Read More)
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Q. My husband has a really high sex drive, but after working all week and keeping the house tidy and cooking, I cannot be bothered. On the weekend when we take care of our baby grandson, I don’t have the... (Read More)
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Q. I have read about various constipation treatments in your column. I have a different and more enjoyable solution--ice cream with sorbitol (the non-sugar sweetener). It has been working for me for years. A. Non-sugar sweeteners like sorbitol are not... (Read More)
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Dr. Tyrone Hayes has found that a commonly used herbicide has a big impact on how frogs develop. What are the implications for human health? Fawn Pattison of the Pesticide Education Project suggests ways concerned people can get involved in... (Read More)

Health News 3/23

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This week: Exercise Reduces Smoking Urges Grape Juice to Start Your Day Cocoa is Good for Your Heart Pesticides and Diabetes Antibiotics and Sinusitis Are You Eating Your Vegetables?... (Read More)
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Exercise Reduces Smoking Urges
Grape Juice to Start Your Day
Cocoa is Good for Your Heart
Pesticides and Diabetes
Antibiotics and Sinusitis
Are You Eating Your Vegetables? (Read More)
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People in pain are caught between a rock and a hard place. On the one hand, they have to deal with sore joints or chronic back problems that make it hard to enjoy everyday activities. On the other hand, the... (Read More)
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Q. I used your Certo remedy for arthritis with my beloved Rachel Dog for seven years. She thrived without side effects and as pain free as her debilitating arthritis would allow for the duration. I am a believer! A. We... (Read More)
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Q. My lips are constantly dry, so I use ChapStick repeatedly. The relief is short lived, though. I seem to be addicted to ChapStick. Is there a safe alternative? A. Most dermatologists deny that lip balms such as ChapStick pose... (Read More)
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Many physicians view fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome with suspicion. Doctors often don’t know how to treat these problems and help patients feel better. Instead, they may consider people with these debilitating conditions to be suffering from psychosomatic ailments. According... (Read More)
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Health News 3/16

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This week:New Warnings About Sleeping Pills New Drug Against Breast Cancer Danger for Desk Jockeys Beware Weekend Heart Attacks Green Tea and Celebrex Fight Prostate Cancer... (Read More)
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New Warnings About Sleeping Pills
New Drug Against Breast Cancer
Danger for Desk Jockeys
Beware Weekend Heart Attacks
Green Tea and Celebrex Fight Prostate Cancer (Read More)
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One of Ronald Reagan’s most memorable quotes was “Trust but Verify.” He used this phrase dozens of times when speaking about U.S. relations with the Soviet Union. In his farewell speech to the nation after two terms in office, President... (Read More)
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Q. I heard a radio program about an over the counter product that can be put on the hair then dried with a hair dryer. The result is a sort of shrink wrap effect that kills head lice. Do you... (Read More)
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Q. If you are going to zap your kitchen sponges in the microwave to disinfect them, make sure they are wet. If one puts in dry sponges, they could start a fire. A. Even a wet sponge may not be... (Read More)

Health News 3/10/07

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This week: The FDA Has Computer Problems Many Kids Get Untested Drugs The More Drugs You Take The More Mistakes You Make A Little Wine Prolongs Life Treat Depression And Reduce Alcohol Abuse Pregnant Women Need More Vitamin D Driving... (Read More)
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Popular diet books have dispensed conflicting advice for years—eat less fat, or eat less carbohydrate. The only thing everyone agreed on was that whatever Americans are eating is making them fatter. Finally, a carefully designed study shows which diet plan... (Read More)
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The FDA Has Computer Problems
Many Kids Get Untested Drugs
The More Drugs You Take The More Mistakes You Make
A Little Wine Prolongs Life
Treat Depression And Reduce Alcohol Abuse
Pregnant Women Need More Vitamin D
Driving And Talking Bring Fines In UK (Read More)
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Q. Thank you for your invaluable advice. After a colon resection I had severe diarrhea diagnosed as IBS. Nothing helped except 4 to 6 Lomotil pills daily. When I tried your remedy of shredded coconut, it worked like a miracle.... (Read More)
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Americans are confused about sex. Many of the first colonists were Puritans and a strong puritanical streak still runs through our culture. Although our sitcoms and soap operas rely on sex to keep viewers watching, many of us consider this... (Read More)
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Q. I recently had dinner at a friend’s home. After dinner, my friend put the dishes on the floor for the dog to lick. Needless to say, I was horrified.Not only was this dog licking his own back end, he... (Read More)
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Climate scientist Stephen Schneider knows a lot about making decisions in the face of uncertainty. Those skills from his profession were put to use when he came down with a rare kind of lymphoma. Schneider learned how to challenge doctors... (Read More)

Health News 3/3/07

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This week: Anti-Oxidant Overview Is Disappointing Popular Pain Relievers Raise Blood Pressure New Warnings For ADHD Drugs Disappointing Results for Garlic and Cholesterol Control Breath Test Detects Lung Cancer... (Read More)
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Anti-Oxidant Overview Is Disappointing
Popular Pain Relievers Raise Blood Pressure
New Warnings For ADHD Drugs
Disappointing Results for Garlic and Cholesterol Control
Breath Test Detects Lung Cancer (Read More)