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September 2007

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Many people, including scientists, think of obesity as an inevitable consequence of gluttony and sloth. But research suggests that insulin may contribute more than we imagine to excess body fat. What’s more, eating refined carbohydrates seems to boost insulin levels.... (Read More)
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Health News 9/28/07

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Acupuncture Beats Conventional Therapy for Back Pain
Fish Oil for Tots May Ward Off Diabetes
Differences Appear Between Diabetes Drugs
Which Drugs Work Best for Type 2 Diabetes
Diet Debate: Low Fat or Low Carb?
Pomegranate Slows Prostate Tumor Growth (Read More)
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Combination Exercise Improves Blood Sugar Control
Acupuncture Beats Conventional Therapy for Back Pain
Fish Oil for Tots May Ward Off Diabetes
Differences Appear Between Diabetes Drugs
Which Drugs Work Best for Type 2 Diabetes
Diet Debate: Low Fat or Low Carb?
Pomegranate Slows Prostate Tumor Growth (Read More)
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Q. How much ibuprofen can a person take and for how long before needing to talk to a doctor? I have read that stomach upset may indicate problems. I can’t really take any NSAID or aspirin unless I eat a... (Read More)
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Listen now to an additional conversation with author Gary Taubes about diet, obesity and heart disease. Taubes appeared on our September 29 program, Good Calories Bad Calories.... (Read More)
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Listen Now to an additional conversation with Dr. Salgo about stents, inflammation, aspirin, pumphead problems and preventing heart disease. Dr. Salgo appeared on our September 22 program, Health Health Update.... (Read More)
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Q. Do you know of any remedy other than drugs for helping control cholesterol? I have high cholesterol and high triglycerides. In my last lab report I had a total cholesterol of 165.  My LDL was  93, HDL 36 and... (Read More)

Fighting Fear of Flying

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Q. I experience overwhelming anxiety and have problems flying and riding in elevators. This problem has gotten worse lately. My doctor prescribes an anti-anxiety drug when I occasionally fly. Is there an alternative to taking prescription drugs to get relief... (Read More)
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Q. A freak razor blade accident sliced the edges of my nose. The bleeding wouldn't stop. Before going to the emergency room I checked "Stop Bleeding" on the computer. I read that one can make a paste of cayenne pepper--enough... (Read More)
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Q. I am a recovering alcoholic and do not want to do anything to jeopardize my sobriety (since 2001). Is there any way you can find out the alcoholic content of the raisins after they're soaked for a week? I... (Read More)
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Q. I sat in the waiting room at a local doctors’ office for hours while a relative was having tests. An amazing number of pharmaceutical reps waltzed in all day pushing dollies of samples. They waved to the front desk... (Read More)
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Everyone knows you are supposed to eat right to stay healthy. That usually translates into lots of vegetables, fiber, low-fat dairy products and fish instead of red meat. Reducing sodium by avoiding table salt and processed foods is considered the... (Read More)

650 Heart Health Update

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Heart disease is still our number one killer, but how can you keep your heart healthy? Some cardiologists would like to put statin-type cholesterol-lowering drugs in municipal water supplies, but there are patients who don’t tolerate them well. What are... (Read More)
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Health News 9/21/07

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British Doctors to Shed Long White Coats
Soap and Water May Be Best Defense Against Viruses
Early Warning System Needed for Drug Effects
Viral Infection May Contribute to Chronic Fatigue
Pine Bark Eases Menopause Discomfort
Combination Exercise Improves Blood Sugar Control (Read More)
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British Doctors to Shed Long White Coats
Soap and Water May Be Best Defense Against Viruses
Early Warning System Needed for Drug Effects
Viral Infection May Contribute to Chronic Fatigue
Pine Bark Eases Menopause Discomfort
Combination Exercise Improves Blood Sugar Control (Read More)

Treating Giardia

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Q. A friend of mine traveled in Costa Rica and now doctors think she has something called “jardia.” What can be done to cure it? A. Giardia lamblia is a single-celled intestinal parasite that is a common hazard for travelers.... (Read More)
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Listen to an extension of our interview with Dr. Jonathan Oberlander. An edited version of this interview appeared on our September 15, 2007 program, Health Care and Medicare Update.... (Read More)
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Q. My mother suffers a lot with cramps, not only in her legs. She had been on quinine but now her doctors won’t prescribe it and she has nothing to help with her daily pain. The doctors don’t really seem... (Read More)
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Q. I am taking Chantix to quit smoking.  I have had no urge to smoke, but I am seriously depressed. In the past I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety. I attempted suicide 10 years ago and was hospitalized for... (Read More)

Yohimbine For Orgasm?

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Q. I am a 66-year-old male in very good health. My wife and I have relations twice a week. My problem is difficulty in reaching orgasm. I satisfy her just fine but not myself. This is very frustrating. I am... (Read More)
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Q. My father developed a bedsore on his back around the beginning of the year. It became infected months ago and has healed somewhat. My dad is on hospice care. They were using a "wives’-tale" remedy of applying sugar to... (Read More)
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Q. My sister is highly allergic to cats. I have an indoor cat, so when my sister comes to visit she is miserable. I vacuum before and during her visit but she still suffers. Is there anything she could take... (Read More)
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Michael Moore’s movie Sicko made a big splash in the theaters this summer. But how much did he exaggerate the problem of getting access to health care? We discuss the issues of access for ordinary people in three countries: the... (Read More)
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Health News 9/14

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This week: Prescription Drug Deaths Up Doctors Debate Dangers of Avandia More Evidence on Vitamin D Benefits Does Vitamin C Fight Cancer? Vitamin E Protects Women from Blood Clots Resveratrol May Slow Prostate Tumors... (Read More)
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Prescription Drug Deaths Up
Doctors Debate Dangers of Avandia
More Evidence on Vitamin D Benefits
Does Vitamin C Fight Cancer?
Vitamin E Protects Women from Blood Clots
Resveratrol May Slow Prostate Tumors (Read More)

Inhalers To Rise In Cost

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Q. I'm surprised you haven’t mentioned an important issue facing asthmatics. The FDA has decided that generic albuterol inhalers should be taken off the market. The result is that these stalwarts of asthma relief will no longer be available. Instead,... (Read More)
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Q. My mother read somewhere that vodka-soaked white raisins might be good for arthritis. She is now eating nine a day. Mom has taken quite a bit of ribbing from the family. What is the benefit from this formula? Can... (Read More)
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Q. My doctor insists I must take statins to lower my cholesterol even though I experience pain with all of them. Sometimes the pain gets so bad that I struggle not to cry when I walk down the hall of... (Read More)
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Health News 9/7/07

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This week: Doctors Dismiss Drug Reactions Confusion Over Drug-Coated Stents Smoking Ban Helps Hearts Fountain Spreads Infection Tai Chi May Boost Immune Response Women Go Online for Health Information... (Read More)
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Q. Your Web site mentions that eating two Archway Coconut Macaroon cookies daily can control chronic diarrhea. While this tip might be helpful for some, it may carry too high a health cost for others. These cookies are high in... (Read More)