August 2007

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Q. I am about to fall into the Medicare Part D “donut hole” and would like to buy my drugs from Canada to save money for the remainder of this year. How do I know which online pharmacy to select?... (Read More)
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The Food and Drug Administration has one overarching mandate from Congress: Make sure that all drugs are safe and effective.Sounds simple, but it’s far trickier than it seems. For one thing, there is no such thing as a drug that... (Read More)
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High-Carb Diet May Aggravate Acne
Stars for Sunscreen Effectiveness
Does Vitamin D Help Prevent Falls?
Vitamin D Linked to Cancer Risk
Prayer Does Not Prevent Second Heart Attack
Screen Time Before Bed May Impair Sleep (Read More)
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Q. I have read many questions about toenail fungus but not much about our issue. My daughter has hot sweaty feet that smell. She hates wearing socks because she says they make her feet too hot.What can we do to... (Read More)
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Q. I am a 58 year-old woman, and I suffered from severe vaginal dryness after menopause. I have found great relief from Estring. It has stopped the everyday irritation I was experiencing.My libido is still a problem but I find... (Read More)
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Q. I've lost the source of research I read indicating some people experience elevated cholesterol from using glucosamine and chondroitin for arthritis. Were you the source of this information, or do you know of the study? Months ago my doctor... (Read More)
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Q. I used to work backstage for the wardrobe department in a theatre. Actors sweat, and clothes that are not machine-washable are dry cleaned only once a week. Clothes get sweaty and smell.The solution that I was taught is to... (Read More)
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Americans are justifiably bewildered. On the one hand they are told to “take your medicine—it’s necessary to maintain good health.” On the other, they read that many of their medicines may cause the very problems they are trying to prevent.... (Read More)
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Q. My 86-year-old father was taking Avandia for diabetes. When concerns began to appear in the news, I did my own research and asked his doctor to take him off the drug because of fluid retention.The difference is amazing. While... (Read More)

647 Health News Update

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With toys, toothpaste and pet food from China coming under scrutiny, consumers have a right to wonder whether the FDA is monitoring imported medications more carefully. Former Associate FDA Commissioner Peter Pitts provides an inside look.Pepcid, Tagamet, and Zantac are... (Read More)
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Q. Years ago my dermatologist suggested I stop using all topical creams and lotions since I am allergic to them all. Twice a day I rub olive oil on my skin instead. On the weekends I also use it as... (Read More)
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Q. Is there anyone collecting and disseminating information on personal experiences with Achilles tendonitis caused by the antibiotic Levaquin? I have had this problem in both legs for several weeks after receiving the medication.  My doctor seems not to have... (Read More)
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Health News 8/24/07

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This week: Seniors Still Having Problems With Drug Prices Living In The Southeast Raises Risk For Strokes Too Much Alcohol Increases Stroke Risk Green Tea May Protect Against Cancer Olive Oil Compounds Prevent Clotting New Technology May Ease Diagnosis... (Read More)
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Seniors Still Having Problems With Drug Prices
Living In The Southeast Raises Risk For Strokes
Too Much Alcohol Increases Stroke Risk
Green Tea May Protect Against Cancer
Olive Oil Compounds Prevent Clotting
New Technology May Ease Diagnosis Of Celiac Disease
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Q. Last year, my triglyceride level was 300. I took no medication (except for a baby aspirin daily), but I did start taking fish oil capsules. I also added nuts and seeds to my diet. This year when I saw... (Read More)
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Q. What can I do about a flagging libido? I'm 66 years old and in very good health, with no bad habits. My only medication is Lipitor to lower cholesterol.My much younger wife and I used to have a vigorous... (Read More)
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Q. When my daughter learned that I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, she did some research on the Internet. She found out that cinnamon capsules would be helpful. I have used cinnamon for about three years. My family doctor... (Read More)
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Q. I was in the high desert of Oregon several years ago, looking for arrowheads. I saw an arrowhead lying beneath some sagebrush and picked it up. I felt a sharp prick on the back of my hand. Later that... (Read More)
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Millions of people swallow a little white oblong pill called Lipitor every day. Others take Zocor, Crestor or some other statin-type cholesterol-lowering drug.These medications work extremely well to lower bad LDL cholesterol. They prevent heart attacks and strokes. For those... (Read More)
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Q. I have had pierced ears for over 25 years, yet I still can’t wear most of my earrings. After about an hour my earlobes itch and become red and swollen with certain pairs, even expensive ones.A few weeks ago... (Read More)
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Q. I have read about how people experience muscle pain with Zetia and statin-type cholesterol drugs. That happened to me as well.My doctor prescribed TriCor instead and it has lowered my cholesterol and triglycerides. Maybe this will help someone else.... (Read More)
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Listen to an extension of our interview with Dr. John Buse. An edited version of this interview appeared on our August 18, 2007 program, Diabetes Dilemma.... (Read More)

646 Diabetes Dilemmas

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Over 20 million Americans have diabetes. As many as 40 million may have pre-diabetes. Controlling blood sugar is key to preventing the complications of this widespread metabolic disorder. But recent headlines have a lot of people worried that their medicine... (Read More)
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Q. I have had patches of itchy dermatitis for years. More recently I developed "mildly inflammatory arthritis." Then I came down with carpal tunnel syndrome. In my dealings with doctors, these have always been treated as separate problems.I was recently... (Read More)
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Heart Failure Warning on Diabetes Drugs
Poor Diet Contributes to Colon Cancer
Diet Foods May Backfire for Youngsters
Big Waist Signals Heart Hazard (Read More)
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Health News 8/17/07

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This week: Heart Failure Warning on Diabetes Drugs Poor Diet Contributes to Colon Cancer Diet Foods May Backfire for Youngsters Big Waist Signals Heart Hazard... (Read More)
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Q. I have been using an applesauce-fiber mixture I learned about from you. It works well to combat constipation.Now I have to go abroad for two weeks. Do you have any suggestions on how to take this mixture with me?... (Read More)
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Q. When we were at the beach a friend of ours burned her hand on a very hot pan handle. (I had just pulled the pan out of the broiler.) I grabbed the soy sauce and had her soak her... (Read More)
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Q. On my last visit to the dentist our hygienist recommended we chew gum containing xylitol. She raved about its potential to stop the formation of cavities. Is this true? Is xylitol safe? A. Xylitol is a natural sweetener derived... (Read More)
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Q. Many years ago, I used vinegar and water to treat my son's swimmers ear. I cannot remember the correct vinegar and water ratio and I hope you can help. A. Doctors sometimes recommend using ear drops made of one... (Read More)