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January 2008

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Q. When I was a child, my mother encouraged me to gargle with salt water when I had a sore throat. I just heard Dr. Oz on Oprah recommend salt water in a neti pot for improving sinus conditions. Are... (Read More)
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Listen to Dr. Amy Wechsler, dermatologist and psychiatrist, discuss common skin problems such as excessive sweating, hair removal, and treating warts, hair loss, chapped lips, cold sores and lice. Dr. Wechsler appeared on our January 26 2008 radio program, 665... (Read More)
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Q. I’ve read about the difficulties of disposing of unused drugs and want to share my solution. I poured Elmer’s glue into the pill container to cover the pills and let it set before putting the container in the trash.... (Read More)
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Q. I'm 66, 6 feet tall, weigh 220 pounds and am in good health. A year ago, my labs showed a total cholesterol of 188 while using Vytorin. This is close to my average cholesterol reading for five years. My... (Read More)
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Q. My face looked like a dry glazed donut for eight years, until I read your column about using milk of magnesia on the face and scalp. My dermatologist had been treating my scalp but I got nowhere. Both problems... (Read More)
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Savvy patients have learned that it is essential to ask physicians and pharmacists about side effects before they take any medicine. Drugs can cause reactions that range from mild discomfort to life-threatening complications. Even a thoughtful consumer may forget another... (Read More)
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Q. I was taking phenytoin, an extended release generic form of the anti-seizure drug Dilantin. On September 19, 2007, I had a grand mal seizure and upon admission to a local ER, my lab results indicated my phenytoin level was... (Read More)
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The skin is the largest organ in the body. And when something goes wrong with the skin, it is often very visible. This means skin problems can have psychological complications. Dr. Amy Wechsler is both a dermatologist and a... (Read More)

665 Healthy Skin

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The skin is the largest organ in the body. And when something goes wrong with the skin, it is often very visible. This means skin problems can have psychological complications.Dr. Amy Wechsler is both a dermatologist and a psychiatrist. She... (Read More)
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Health News 1/25/08

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In This Issue: FDA Warns Parents about Cold Remedies for Kids Cough Medicine May Not Work Pregnant Women Urged to Cut Out Coffee Caffeine Reduces Risk of Ovarian Cancer Contraceptive Patch Raises Risk of Clots Chantix Warning Strengthened Cranberry Juice... (Read More)
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FDA Warns Parents about Cold Remedies for Kids
Cough Medicine May Not Work
Pregnant Women Urged to Cut Out Coffee
Caffeine Reduces Risk of Ovarian Cancer
Contraceptive Patch Raises Risk of Clots
Chantix Warning Strengthened
Cranberry Juice Prevents Urinary Infections (Read More)
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Q. Is it true that drinking coffee with caffeine from the age of 9 on up will stunt a young girl's growth and keep her short? A. We could find no research to support this old wives tale. The Penn... (Read More)
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Q. For a long time I had trouble keeping my legs still, especially while I was trying to sleep at night.  I did not seek treatment from my doctor because I did not want to take medication. Then I read... (Read More)
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Q. I am lucky to have insurance through my employer, but I need more medications as I grow older. Last month, my doctor and I discussed new drugs for two health problems. Because I have had serious negative reactions to... (Read More)
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Q. I found a home remedy on your Web site and tried it for my husband. He doesn't have arthritis yet, but is in his early 40s and has had surgery on both knees. They cause him almost constant pain.... (Read More)
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Vitamin and mineral supplements are popular, but do they make sense? Many people have been told that taking vitamins just results in expensive urine. Find out which vitamins really make a difference—you may be surprised. Dr. Tieraona Low Dog... (Read More)
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Q. My stepdad has had a horrible case of psoriasis for over 10 years. The rash was all over his body, caked on his scalp and itched constantly. The dermatologist he saw prescribed Dovonex and Capex and clobetasol. He has... (Read More)

Don't Be A Good Patient

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Doctors like “good” patients. They even have a technical term for these people. Physicians call them compliant. Bad patients are non-compliant. A compliant patient follows doctor’s orders. In most cases that means taking the pills that are prescribed without too... (Read More)
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Q. We are at a stand-off with our son. During his 8-day visit over the holidays, he used 3 1/2 bottles (1.5 liters each) of Listerine. We are concerned because it contains alcohol. Our son went through detox treatment four... (Read More)
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Health News 1/19/08

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In This Issue: Hormone Therapy Raises Risk of Cancer Cholesterol Drugs Zetia and Vytorin Under Fire Calcium May Help Bones and Hurt Heart Chocolate Weakens Old Bones Vitamin D Prevents Falls Emergency Room Waits Grow Longer... (Read More)

664 Dietary Supplements

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Vitamin and mineral supplements are popular, but do they make sense? Many people have been told that taking vitamins just results in expensive urine. Find out which vitamins really make a difference—you may be surprised.Dr. Tieraona Low Dog is one... (Read More)
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Q. Why do you not recommend WD-40 for arthritis? I know a couple of older gentlemen who have used it and say it works. A. We too have heard from folks who have used WD-40, the mechanics’ lubricant for squeaky... (Read More)
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Hormone Therapy Raises Risk of Cancer
Cholesterol Drugs Zetia and Vytorin Under Fire
Calcium May Help Bones and Hurt Heart
Chocolate Weakens Old Bones
Vitamin D Prevents Falls
Emergency Room Waits Grow Longer (Read More)
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Q. I am looking for a deodorant that is just a deodorant, not an antiperspirant as well. I can’t seem to find one. Your recommendation? A. Some readers recommend baking soda. One suggested,“Take a wet washcloth and dip it in... (Read More)
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Q. I have a colostomy and was advised to get plenty of fluids. I began drinking quantities of Earl Grey tea, my favorite. Since I started drinking this tea, I’ve suffered many painful finger and foot cramps at night. I... (Read More)
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Q. My mother-in-law is 86 years old and in reasonably good health. Several months ago, she started complaining about increased pain and seemed very weak and confused. Within a month, she could not walk and was forced to leave her... (Read More)
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Q. A friend found a mention of nettle leaf for allergy relief in your book and passed it along. It works wonderfully. It has also worked for others. A student in one of my college classes told me that he... (Read More)
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In this extended interview, Dr. Edward Hallowell discusses diagnosis and non-drug treatments of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. You will hear about the benefits of sleep, diet, exercise and supplements such as fish oil, as well as the use of biofeedback... (Read More)
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Millions of American kids have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder, with or without hyperactivity. This can make for challenges in the classroom, and even at home or with friends. People with ADD are often prescribed stimulant medications to help... (Read More)
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Q. I have a three-year-old and am expecting a new baby in a few weeks. I hate to use harsh chemicals to clean our house, and usually rely on good old soap and hot water, sometimes with vinegar or baking... (Read More)