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Health News 6/29/07

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This week: Anti-Narcotic Also Conquers Itch Lyme Disease Rates Soaring Cinnamon Brings Blood Sugar Down Short-Term Stress Okay For Blood Sugar Drug Industry Insiders Gossip Online Epilepsy Linked To Nutritional Deficits... (Read More)
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Anti-Narcotic Also Conquers Itch
Lyme Disease Rates Soaring
Cinnamon Brings Blood Sugar Down
Short-Term Stress Okay For Blood Sugar
Drug Industry Insiders Gossip Online
Epilepsy Linked To Nutritional Deficits (Read More)
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Q. For several months now I have had a problem with a scaly flaky scalp. I finally went to the doctor who prescribed medicated shampoo and mometasone topical solution. Nothing worked. Then a friend suggested I try Miracle Whip. I... (Read More)
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Q. The expiration date on all my medicine is one year after the prescription is filled. Does this mean the Percocet I have on hand for a bad back becomes toxic after that time or is it just ineffective? A.... (Read More)
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Q. I am a type 2 diabetic, taking metformin, glipizide and Avandia. I have begun taking cinnamon, alpha-lipoic acid and chromium picolinate in an effort to get off the drugs. It seems to be working, as I stopped taking Avandia... (Read More)
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It’s worse than we imagined. For the last five years or so we have been sounding an alarm about generic drugs. That’s because we’ve been hearing from readers and listeners that sometimes their generic medicine has not worked as expected.... (Read More)
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Q. A few weeks ago I could not get out of my chair to go to bed. I was telling my body "stand up" but my back and legs just wouldn’t respond. I eventually managed to lever myself up with... (Read More)
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Q. I was taken aback by your remarks about limiting the number of Brazil nuts eaten. Many years ago when I was growing up, my parents bought nuts at Christmastime. Brazil nuts were my favorites and I ate tons of... (Read More)
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Q. I’ve been using Rogaine (minoxidil) for more than 12 years to slow hair loss. I started taking the oral medicine Proscar when I heard that this drug could also help grow hair. (Proscar was cheaper and stronger than Propecia.)... (Read More)
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Listen to our complete audio interview with Dr. Bruce Wilson. An edited version of this interview appeared in our June 16 radio program, Managing High Blood Pressure. (Read More)
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Health News 6/22/07

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This week:Counterfeit Colgate Hits Canada Medicine From Marijuana Fights Cancer Pain Medical Marijuana Vetoed In Connecticut Babies Of Smokers Exposed To Nicotine Many Sunscreens Not Deemed Safe And Effective Costs Of Diabetes Care Soaring TV Makes Diabetes Worse... (Read More)
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Counterfeit Colgate Hits Canada
Medicine From Marijuana Fights Cancer Pain
Medical Marijuana Vetoed In Connecticut
Babies Of Smokers Exposed To Nicotine
Many Sunscreens Not Deemed Safe And Effective
Costs Of Diabetes Care Soaring
TV Makes Diabetes Worse (Read More)
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Q. Does aspartame affect bleeding if you are taking a blood thinner like Coumadin? I know that cranberry juice poses a potential problem with this drug. How can I keep up with Coumadin interactions? A. Coumadin (warfarin) is a life-saving... (Read More)
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Summertime sunshine underscores the dilemma. Dermatologists warn us to stay out of the sun because it can damage skin and predispose us to skin cancer. But new research shows that vitamin D—the sunshine vitamin—helps protect against cancer of the breast,... (Read More)
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Q. I have heard that licorice is helpful with digestion. All I have been able to find is artificially flavored licorice. I assume this won’t work. Where can I find real licorice? A. Real licorice can be found in health... (Read More)
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Q. I have taken Lipitor for several years. I’ve begun to notice numbness in my feet along with sporadic memory loss and difficulty balancing my checkbook and using the computer. I have a PhD, so this is alarming. My doctor... (Read More)
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Q. I have been using Certo in purple grape juice for arthritis pain and it really works. But I wonder if there are any side effects. For example, since Certo is a thickening agent, does it thicken the blood? This... (Read More)
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Q. Both of my boys were sent home from school with head lice. The checklist given to me by the school nurse said that in order for them to return to school, I must treat their scalps with an insecticide.I... (Read More)
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Q. I 
have read that aluminum seems to be associated with Alzheimer’s 
disease. Could the aluminum in antiperspirants increase the risk? What else can you use to reduce underarm sweating and odor? A. The aluminum-Alzheimer’s connection has been debated for... (Read More)
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“Follow the money.” This famous line, written by William Goldman for the movie “All the President’s Men,” was the key to unlocking the mysteries behind Watergate.If you follow the money, you can discover the motivation behind skullduggery. Who profits and... (Read More)
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More than 65 million Americans suffer from high blood pressure. That means one adult in three is at greater risk of heart disease, kidney damage or stroke. There are many medications that can be used to treat hypertension, but not... (Read More)
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Q. I had a wart near my ankle and decided to try the duct tape treatment. I cut a small piece of duct tape each morning and after my shower, stuck it over the wart. I did this every day... (Read More)
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Health News 6/15/07

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This week: Vitamin D Against Cancer FDA Ponders New Prescription Diet Pill OTC Diet Pill Hits The Market Sugary Drinks Add Pounds Good Manners Improve Patient Safety FDA Culture Downplays Caution... (Read More)
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Vitamin D Against Cancer
FDA Ponders New Prescription Diet Pill
OTC Diet Pill Hits The Market
Sugary Drinks Add Pounds
Good Manners Improve Patient Safety
FDA Culture Downplays Caution (Read More)
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Q. Since quinine sulfate is no longer available for leg cramps, I wonder if there is any danger in drinking "tonic water" just for the flavor. Quinine is an ingredient, I believe. A. Although the FDA has banned the use... (Read More)
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Q. I was listening to a health show on public radio and heard about the health benefits of pomegranate juice. The juice is pricey. Could you please let me know where I can find pomegranate powder? A. Pomegranate juice is... (Read More)
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Q. My husband takes Coreg, Lanoxin, amiodarone, Lasix, metolazone, Lipitor, aspirin, Uroxatral, Renagel, potassium and insulin. He also gets a shot of Procrit weekly for severe anemia caused by kidney problems.He takes so many pills it gets very confusing. Even... (Read More)
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We interview a lot of medical experts on our syndicated radio show but we don’t usually test their advice ourselves. We just had an opportunity to do that, though. We recently interviewed patients-rights advocate Janet Lynn Mitchell and Pierce Scranton,... (Read More)
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The saying goes that when all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. Doctors may not be carpenters, but when it comes to heartburn, the hammer they wield most frequently is an acid-suppressing drug.Drug companies have been... (Read More)
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Q. I suffer from leg cramps. Recently while attending a basketball game, I had to leave my seat and try to walk off a severe inner thigh cramp.A security guard, seeing that I was grimacing in pain, approached me to... (Read More)