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October 2007

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Q. Zoloft was prescribed for me after I complained to my gynecologist of feelings of great despair. He recommended Zoloft because he heard positive things about it for menopausal symptoms and believed there were few side effects. Zoloft did take... (Read More)
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Q. I have been told to take cherry juice for joint pain. Where can I find it? A. Cherries have anti-inflammatory activity, and one study found that 280 grams (about 10 ounces) of cherries a day reduced inflammatory markers in... (Read More)
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Q. You folks are ridiculous, superstitious and ignorant. How can you recommend a bar of soap under the bottom sheet for leg cramps? It's just plain dumb. Please spare us such silliness. A. We agree that putting a bar of... (Read More)
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For decades the FDA has been telling everyone—physicians, pharmacists and patients—that generic drugs are just as good as their brand name counterparts. According to the feds there’s no need to worry about quality control just because a generic medicine costs... (Read More)
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Q. I recently took my husband for a consultation before his colonoscopy. He wants to get the drink now to clean his colon and then take it again the day before the procedure. Is there any danger to this? I... (Read More)
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Listen to an interview with Dr. Hugo Stephenson, discussing the difficulty of evaluating personal drug risks from side effects. Dr. Stephenson is president of iGuard.org and appeared on our October 27, 2007 show, 654 Health News Update. (Read More)
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Q. What are the health implications of consuming large quantities of cornstarch? A. A person who craves cornstarch might have pica. This condition is frequently triggered by iron or zinc deficiency. We have heard from readers hooked on carrots, radishes,... (Read More)

654 Health News Update

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Wellbutrin XL is a once-a-day antidepressant that has become quite popular. Some patients have found that a generic substitute does not work in quite the same way. An investigation by ConsumerLab.com showed a striking difference in the way the two... (Read More)
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Cold Remedies Are Not for Kids
Hearing Loss Associated with ED Drugs
Psychological Effects of Sleep Loss
Insomnia and Hypertension
Sun Exposure Reduces Advanced Breast Cancer Risk
Broccoli Extract Protects Skin
Years ago Dr. Judah Folkman came up with a revolutionary idea for fighting cancer. (Read More)
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Health News 10/26/07

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In this issue: Hearing Loss Associated with ED Drugs Psychological Effects of Sleep Loss Insomnia and Hypertension Sun Exposure Reduces Advanced Breast Cancer Risk Broccoli Extract Protects Skin Years ago Dr. Judah Folkman came up with a revolutionary idea for... (Read More)
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Cetaphil For Head Lice

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Q. Is there a safe and easy improvement on the method of removing head lice? My wife is a kindergarten teacher and this annual ritual is wearing us both out. Her students bring lice from home, and they spread to... (Read More)
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Q. I have a teenage son who takes after my side of the family and is small boned. This has had a negative effect on his self-confidence. Because I do not believe my children should use drugs of any kind,... (Read More)
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Q. I have had anxiety attacks several times in the past 15 years. Always before I have been given Xanax and in several days I would be okay. Then I would take the pills as needed occasionally. Last week when... (Read More)
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Q. When I was in college a fellow student gave me this silly remedy for hiccups. Place a paper napkin over the top of a glass of water. Have the hiccupper take sips of water through the napkin. It works!... (Read More)
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Q. A neighbor of mine was so crippled with arthritis she had to use a walker. She and her husband had over a hundred beautiful azaleas that she could no longer care for. Then I walked by her house and... (Read More)
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Once upon a time you could buy just about anything at the neighborhood drug store. “Doc,” as the pharmacist was called a century ago, could dispense medications like marijuana or opium. The neighborhood pharmacist was frequently consulted about a range... (Read More)
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Q. I have a problem with bad breath though I brush my teeth three times a day and use mouthwash. My dentist said, “It’s not your mouth, which is very clean.” I have read that a stomach infection with H.... (Read More)
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Q. Mustard works for leg cramps. But I really don't like mustard straight up, especially at night. Turmeric is the "active" ingredient in mustard. When I get leg cramps, I mix 1/4 tsp turmeric in four ounces of water and... (Read More)
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Q. I have reached the donut hole in my Medicare Part D plan and my medications are costing me a fortune. I would like to know what online pharmacies could help me with the cost so I can afford my... (Read More)
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Cough and Cold Products for Kids Recalled
Children's Health Care Is Lacking
Less Vitamin D Means More Colds
Benefits of Cholesterol-Lowering Medicine Long-Lasting
Getting (Just) Enough Sleep
Generic Drug Equality Questioned
Hormone Maker Loses Suit (Read More)
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Q. I had vertigo for 17 months, a very severe case. The doctor put me through tests, including an MRI, a test that put me in a black cabinet and spun me around while I answered questions and one that... (Read More)
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Q. The story about the person who became depressed on Chantix caught my eye. My husband and I were both on Chantix to quit smoking back in June. Neither of us has a history of depression, but after he was... (Read More)
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Q. My one-year-old son has been suffering from eczema. It hasn't improved in spite of numerous visits to different dermatologists and the use of OTC creams and antibiotic regimens. We have tried removing soy and gluten from his diet to... (Read More)
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Q. While cutting a mat from my dog's ear I cut a little chunk off the tip of her ear accidentally. I lost it, and held her and screamed for my husband. He went outside and got some spider web.... (Read More)
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Does anyone like prescription drug ads on TV? We've taken several informal, unscientific polls and discovered that no one we know seems to like commercials about erectile dysfunction, overactive bladder or prostate enlargement. Most people we ask express annoyance at... (Read More)
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Q. I was rubbing some Vicks VapoRub on my daughter and by accident I touched my nose after sneezing. A miniscule amount of it went into my nostril. Will this be harmful to me? For a few hours I could... (Read More)

653 Hypnosis for Health

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People have been using hypnosis, or something very much like it, for thousands of years. Franz Anton Mesmer is credited with bringing it to public attention for medicinal purposes in the 1700s, but his charisma and showmanship threw the technique... (Read More)
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Health News 10/12/07

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In this issue: Tough Job May Harm the Heart Strained Close Relationship Boosts Heart Risk Topamax May Help Alcoholics Stored Blood Loses Essential Gas Hot Peppers May Offer Anesthesia Advance Antidepressants Linked to Bleeding Ulcers... (Read More)
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Tough Job May Harm the Heart
Strained Close Relationship Boosts Heart Risk
Topamax May Help Alcoholics
Stored Blood Loses Essential Gas
Hot Peppers May Offer Anesthesia Advance
Antidepressants Linked to Bleeding Ulcers (Read More)
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The People's Pharmacy and ConsumerLab.com Find Generic Antidepressant Behaves Differently from Original Drug. May Explain Complaints by Patients. (Read More)