November 2007

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Many Children's Medicines Untested
Flu Drugs May Cause Hallucinations in Children
Asthma Medicine Can Trigger Breathing Problems
Low B12 Speeds Mental Decline
High-Carb Diets Boost Diabetes Risk
Whole Grains Help Prevent Pancreatic Cancer (Read More)
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Q. I have a lot of swelling and pain in my joints. A cousin with arthritis recommended a compounded cream called ketoprofen gel. What can you tell me about this medicine, its side effects and interactions with other drugs? A.... (Read More)
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Q. While in Africa I started drinking rooibos tea every day. Now that I am back home in Houston, my usual fall allergies have not appeared. Have you heard of this before? A. We have heard of rooibos tea (“red... (Read More)
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Q. I have gotten conflicting information from my doctor, a couple of pharmacists and patient information inserts about how to avoid interactions between statins and grapefruit: Don't take the medication with grapefruit juice. Don't have grapefruit products at the same... (Read More)

Benefits Of Turmeric

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Q. I have arthritis and some patches of psoriasis on my skin. I would like to try turmeric, but want to know if this would be worthwhile and if there are any interactions with prescription drugs. A. Turmeric has been... (Read More)
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Q. I've had toenail fungus on all my toes for a number of years and would like to know the most effective treatment. A. There are no studies to show effectiveness of home remedies, so it is very hard to... (Read More)
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Solving medical mysteries has been turned into entertainment on TV’s popular series “House.” Dr. Gregory House may be a curmudgeon, but somehow he manages to unravel the disparate threads of a patient’s story just in time to save a life, and complete the episode. In real life, the drama may not be compressed into such a short time, but the outcome is just as important. Our guest, Dr. Lisa Sanders, writes the column on Diagnosis in The New York Times Sunday magazine section. She tells us how doctors think when they need to figure out what is wrong.
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Q. I want to respond to your reader who wanted to know why you would disagree with using bourbon as an effective cough suppressant for children.When I was a child, my mother would give me a tablespoon of whiskey when... (Read More)
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 When a child has a drippy nose or a nasty cough, parents are caught in a bind. They want to do something to ease cold symptoms, but pediatricians and now the FDA warn against giving kids cold medicines.Research shows the... (Read More)
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Health News 11/24/07

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Diet Pill Dinged for Causing Depression
Oats May Cause Itches
Eating Fish Delays Cognitive Decline in Elderly
Airplane Noise Raises Blood Pressure
Stressful Life Events Increase Risk of Heart Disease
Chinese Children Suffer Obesity and Diabetes
Low Levels of Vitamin B12 Associated with Cognitive Decline (Read More)
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Solving medical mysteries has been turned into entertainment on TV’s popular series “House.” Dr. Gregory House may be a curmudgeon, but somehow he manages to unravel the disparate threads of a patient’s story just in time to save a life,... (Read More)
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Listen to our complete audio interview with Dr. Lisa Sanders. An edited version of this interview appeared in our May 26 radio program, The Art of Diagnosis. (Read More)
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Diet Pill Dinged for Causing Depression
Oats May Cause Itches
Eating Fish Delays Cognitive Decline in Elderly
Airplane Noise Raises Blood Pressure
Stressful Life Events Increase Risk of Heart Disease
Chinese Children Suffer Obesity and Diabetes
Low Levels of Vitamin B12 Associated with Cognitive Decline (Read More)
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Q. Do you know any doctors who will write prescriptions for quinine sulfate to prevent leg cramps? I am desperate to find one. I have taken quinine for this for 20 years with miraculous results and no problems. Now with... (Read More)
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Q. My husband's toenail fungus was terrible. I read your article about using vinegar and water to heal the fungus. My husband started this treatment a few months ago, soaking his feet almost every night. The toenails on one foot... (Read More)
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Dangers Of Potassium

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Q. Be careful taking over-the-counter potassium! It can build up in your body and eventually stop your heart. Consult your doctor about the proper dosage before starting. I nearly killed myself taking potassium on my own a few years ago.... (Read More)
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Air pollution increases the risk of breathing problems, which is why many cities alert citizens when ozone is high. But how safe is the air inside your home? Better insulation may mean that people are exposed to more indoor air pollution from cleaning products, carpets, candles or even air fresheners. Mold and fungus can also pose hazards.
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Q. When the skin on my fingertips cracks open, the splits are painful and take a long time to heal. I went to a dermatologist for a series of different pills and lotions but nothing has worked. This problem seems... (Read More)
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Q. I have had a problem with underarm odor for the past several months. It occurs even when I am not active. I use an antibacterial soap and have increased the strength of my antiperspirants. First I switched to Mitchum... (Read More)
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“Made in America” used to be both a sign of quality and a source of pride. But Americans care much more about saving money. That’s why so many of our consumer products—from clothes to electronics to toys—are coming from China... (Read More)
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Q. With flu season and MRSA staph infection upon us, we are urged to wash our hands frequently, usually “with warm soapy water.” My memories of Bacteriology 101 some 50 years ago aren’t crystal clear, but I can’t recall that... (Read More)

657 Indoor Air Pollution

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Air pollution increases the risk of breathing problems, which is why many cities alert citizens when ozone is high. But how safe is the air inside your home? Better insulation may mean that people are exposed to more indoor air... (Read More)
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Coming Home Can Be Hard for Vets
ADHD Associated with Brain Development Delay
Beta-Carotene May Help Protect Brain
Vegetables, Fish & Fruit Delay Dementia
STDs Increasing
FDA May Establish Behind-The-Counter Drugs (Read More)

Treating Stinky Feet

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Q. Is there any home remedy or over-the-counter product that will permanently eliminate the strong odor of my husband's smelly feet? Bathing them daily does not help. A. Smelly feet may not be a sign of poor hygiene. Instead, the... (Read More)

Listerine For Warts?

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Q. My daughter had several plantar warts on her sole. We treated them with duct tape for several months with limited success. Listerine has been used for eliminating fungus, so I thought it might also kill wart viruses. I put... (Read More)
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Q. I find many prescription drug commercials to be totally inappropriate. My kids and I are watching TV when suddenly we see a commercial for Cialis for erectile dysfunction. I am also fed up with all these intials! ED, RLS?... (Read More)
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Q. I’ve read that resveratrol is good for us, but I don’t know the right dose. I know it is found in red wine, but more than one glass a day is over my limit. Are there any other sources... (Read More)
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There have been conflicting headlines lately about vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin, and whether it can ward off cancer. Dr. Joan Lappe, a scientist who did a placebo-controlled trial in postmenopausal women, found it could help. How much vitamin D do you need?
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Q. I think you do your readers a disservice by failing to mention a very old but effective cough suppressant. The pediatrician told my mother about it in 1960, and I have used it on myself and for my own... (Read More)
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Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer recently announced it will stop selling Exubera, a relatively new inhaled insulin product. The tab for this marketing mistake is $2.8 billion, one of the biggest boondoggles in the history of the industry. Exubera is not being... (Read More)