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December 2007

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Q. I read somewhere of a solution for "hot spots" on dogs: 1/3 Listerine, 1/3 baby oil and 1/3 water. Shake these up in a spray bottle and spray it on the dog, rubbing it into the spot. If you... (Read More)

Big Pharma Fails To Deliver

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The pharmaceutical industry is breaking its promise to the American public. People in the United States pay far more for prescription drugs than people anywhere else in the world. Drug companies vowed to use the proceeds from pricey prescription drugs... (Read More)
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Q. A few months ago, I finally yielded to my doctor’s pressure and went on a blood pressure medication, against my better judgment. I am a 63-year-old female. The medication is metoprolol succinate. If you could tell me some of... (Read More)

614 Health News Update

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Vitamin E has been very controversial. A number of studies have shown that supplements don’t protect people from heart attacks or cancers. But a new study shows people who get plenty of vitamin E from foods are less likely to... (Read More)
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Health News 12/28/07

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In this issue: Covering the Uninsured Green Tea May Protect against Prostate Cancer Home Blood Pressure Monitor Means Less Medication Exercise and Longevity Walk Off Metabolic Syndrome... (Read More)
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Covering the Uninsured
Green Tea May Protect against Prostate Cancer
Home Blood Pressure Monitor Means Less Medication
Exercise and Longevity
Walk Off Metabolic Syndrome (Read More)
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Q. How do you advise people to dispose of their prescription and over the counter drugs safely? I worry about this stuff being flushed down the toilet and contaminating the water supply. A. Flushing unused or outdated medications down the... (Read More)
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Q. I read again in today's column about the bar of soap cure for leg cramps. I think there is a huge psychological component to these cramps. If the soap cure works, it is just superstition. Anyone can learn to... (Read More)
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Q. I was surprised that you didn't include a reference to plant stanol esters in your answer to a question about lowering cholesterol. Six years ago my husband's cholesterol was at 385. We didn't want him to take statins because... (Read More)
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Q. After listening to your radio show and reading about the anti-inflammatory effects of turmeric, I called a local health food store to get some. I had been having lower back pain and hip pain chronically off and on (mostly... (Read More)
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Q. I'm wondering if you have any suggestions for removing skin tags. The dermatologist has lopped off some of them, but I’m hoping for a less expensive solution. A. Several readers have reported success in making their skin tags shrivel... (Read More)
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Parents ought to be outraged. They have been betrayed by drug companies as well as the Food and Drug Administration. For decades the FDA has allowed hundreds of cough and cold remedies to be sold for treating kids with sniffles... (Read More)
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Q. Over-the-counter ibuprofen was my friend. I thought it was a miracle drug for pain and inflammation. I have osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia, and I took ibuprofen often to relieve pain. Then I went for a routine physical, which included blood... (Read More)
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Apitherapy, particularly the use of bee venom, has a history that stretches back thousands of years. It may sound flaky, but some medical doctors are reporting excellent results for the relief of pain from arthritis, tennis elbow or even post-herpetic... (Read More)
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Q. I have tried many statin drugs for high cholesterol but had muscle pain with all of them. Two years ago my doctor prescribed cholestyramine. It is in powder form and I take one packet a day in juice or... (Read More)
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Q. I have been using milk of magnesia on my face for the past two months since reading it in your column. My face flakes are gone! I pour it in my hand and massage it on my face--forehead, eyebrows,... (Read More)
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Health News 12/21/07

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In this issue: Super-Cold Causes Severe Illness Honey to Calm Kids' Coughs Mediterranean Diet Prolongs Life Diet Rich in Deli Meat Boosts Colon Cancer Risk High Insulin Increases Risk of Colon Polyps Sleep Scarce in Hospitals Science Is Suffering at... (Read More)
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Super-Cold Causes Severe Illness
Honey to Calm Kids' Coughs
Mediterranean Diet Prolongs Life
Diet Rich in Deli Meat Boosts Colon Cancer Risk
High Insulin Increases Risk of Colon Polyps
Sleep Scarce in Hospitals
Science Is Suffering at FDA (Read More)
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Q. I recently read your answer to the person with smelly feet. I’d like to tell you what worked for me for 30 years. I was a waitress and had to wear solid shoes and nylons for long hours. My... (Read More)

Getting Rid Of Gas

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Q. A lot of my friends are vegetarians. That means social gatherings are heavy on beans, hummus, broccoli and other foods that cause me a great deal of gas. I really suffer afterwards. I cannot avoid these events and it... (Read More)
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Q. I have just begun treatment for hypothyroidism and for the first time in over 20 years I feel like I'm emerging from a fog. I was diagnosed with depression and attention deficit disorder for years. My mental clarity and... (Read More)
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Q. Has anything shown that fish oil is effective in reducing chronic diarrhea? It worked instantly for me, although I started taking it for heart health. The results were startling--no more runs or trots. A. The only research we could... (Read More)
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Listen to an extended interview with Dr. Joshua Sharfstein about cough and cold remedies for children. Dr. Sharfstein appeared on our December 15 program, 660 Health News Update.... (Read More)
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Q. I've lost close to 30 pounds in the last six months by adding vinegar, lime juice and cinnamon to my diet. I have a little bit before I eat. Other than that, I haven't changed my diet or amount... (Read More)
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Compared to most health problems, cracked fingertips seem trivial. But anyone who has ever struggled with sore painful fingers will tell you they can turn normal daily activities into agony. A reader confided: "It is very frustrating and sometimes depressing... (Read More)
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Diverticulitis accounts for 130,000 hospitalizations each year but many people don’t understand this common condition. Danny Jacobs, MD, MPH, is Chairman of Surgery at Duke University School of Medicine. He explains how to diagnose and treat diverticular disease. Experts have... (Read More)
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Q. I read your article on suppressing sex drive in men. Are the same options effective for women? My new girlfriend has an extremely high sex drive (yes, I am blessed), but we’d like to hold off until we know... (Read More)

660 Health News Update

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Diverticulitis accounts for 130,000 hospitalizations each year but many people don’t understand this common condition. Danny Jacobs, MD, MPH, is Chairman of Surgery at Duke University School of Medicine. He explains how to diagnose and treat diverticular disease.Experts have told... (Read More)
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Health News 12/14/07

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In this issue: Heartburn Drugs Pose No Heart Risk Avandia May Raise Fracture Risk High Calcium Linked to Diminished Cognitive Function Plastic Water Bottles Pulled Off Shelves Vinegar May Help Control Blood Sugar Will FDA Allow Cholesterol-Lowering Drug to Go... (Read More)
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Heartburn Drugs Pose No Heart Risk
Avandia May Raise Fracture Risk
High Calcium Linked to Diminished Cognitive Function
Plastic Water Bottles Pulled Off Shelves
Vinegar May Help Control Blood Sugar
Will FDA Allow Cholesterol-Lowering Drug to Go OTC? (Read More)