February 2008

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Q. I've read that people, especially older folks, should be out in the sun for at least 10 minutes per day to get vitamin D. What if the person has had skin cancer? I am conscientious about sunscreen, but someone... (Read More)

Magnets For Pain?

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Q. My husband says that his magnetic bracelet helps his arthritis pain. What do you have to say about that? Would it also help fibromyalgia? Are there side effects? A. A few randomized studies suggest that magnets may help arthritis... (Read More)

Do NSAIDs Cause Gas?

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Q. I am taking naproxen for pain in my lower back, hands and knees. It seems to do the trick for the pain but I am having lots of flatulence. There is probably no connection but I would like to... (Read More)
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Q. Our grandchild has had a bout with lice picked up in her first grade class. Her mother has purchased lice shampoo and all the stuff to spray but the lice keep returning. That is despite washing all the linens... (Read More)

669 UltraLongevity

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Living a long time is appealing, but only if the extra years can be healthy ones. Dr. Mark Liponis, medical director of the Canyon Ranch Resorts, says paying attention to the immune system can make a big difference. We discuss... (Read More)
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Q. My daughter had three stubborn warts on the bottom of her foot that hurt her terribly. We tried salicylic acid tape from the pharmacy. It always burned off all the good skin and left the wart intact. Duct tape... (Read More)
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Taking medicine is often a gamble. You are betting that the benefits will outweigh the risks. But do you realize a payoff is far from certain? Drug companies rarely have to prove that their pills actually produce the desired outcome.... (Read More)
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Q. I have very sensitive skin that reacts badly to everything. I have used Listerine for years to clear up small blemishes. Apply a dab to the area at night and usually by morning the spot is clear. It doesn't... (Read More)

669 UltraLongevity

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Living a long time is appealing, but only if the extra years can be healthy ones. Dr. Mark Liponis, medical director of the Canyon Ranch Resorts, says paying attention to the immune system can make a big difference. We discuss... (Read More)
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Manufacturing Problems May Cause Heparin Shortage
Cancer Drug May Help Multiple Sclerosis
Probiotics Reduce Respiratory Illness
Probiotics Dangerous in Pancreatitis
Airport Noise Boosts Blood Pressure
Black Pepper May Help Correct Skin Condition (Read More)
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Q. My husband had hip replacement surgery in January. For two days after the surgery, he was a bit groggy. By the third day he was hallucinating. I was trying to prevent him from injuring his new hip while he... (Read More)
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Q. I am a 55-year-old female suffering from hot flashes, vaginal dryness and loss of libido. Sexual intercourse is uncomfortable. I used to look forward to making love with my husband, but it is hard to enjoy anything that hurts.... (Read More)
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Q. I have suffered with stomach pain and reflux for a long time. I have tried Zantac and Pepcid without much success. I am now taking Prevacid that my doctor prescribed to control excess acid. Even after an increase in... (Read More)
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Q. In the next few days I will be moving into a new house. The current resident tells me roaches are a problem. He offered to "bomb" the place with insecticide, but that will not work for me. What are... (Read More)
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Q. I have horrible hand cramps which can occur at almost any time. Nothing my doctor has prescribed has helped. Is there a home remedy I can try? A. You may laugh at this suggestion. There is absolutely no scientific... (Read More)

Beware Of Drug Name Mix-Ups

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What’s in a name? According to William Shakespeare, not much: “That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” In this famous line, Juliet complains that it is Romeo’s name that keeps them apart because... (Read More)
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Q. When I needed treatment for toenail fungus, my doctor suggested I soak my toes in Listerine for 30 minutes a night for thirty days. I sent my husband to Costco for a giant jug of Listerine. He returned with... (Read More)

668 Men's Health Podcast

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As men get older, they become more likely to experience symptoms of prostate enlargement. This is a common phenomenon that isn’t necessarily dangerous, but it can be inconvenient to have urine flow slow or to be unable to empty the... (Read More)
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Listen to an extended interview with Culley C. Carson III, MD, discussing issues of men's health. Dr. Carson appeared on our Febuary 16, 2008 program, 668 Men's Health.... (Read More)

Is Your Soap Clean?

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Q. Is bar soap a possible source of bacteria? Is it better to use liquid soap? A. Soggy bar soap can become contaminated with bacteria. But not all liquid soap is free of germs. Microbiologist Charles Gerba, PhD, has found... (Read More)
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Flu Strains Not Included in Vaccine
Aspirin Protects against Colon Cancer
Poor Social Support Affects Blood Pressure
Sugar Substitutes May Contribute to Weight Gain
One Drink Good, Two Bad for Blood Pressure
Beet Juice for Lower Blood Pressure (Read More)
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Health News 2/15/08

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In this issue: Flu Strains Not Included in Vaccine Aspirin Protects against Colon Cancer Poor Social Support Affects Blood Pressure Sugar Substitutes May Contribute to Weight Gain One Drink Good, Two Bad for Blood Pressure Beet Juice for Lower... (Read More)
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Q. There was a lot of hoopla recently about the drug Zetia. I called my doctor, who told me to continue taking it, but if it's not doing anything good for my high cholesterol, why bother? A pharmacist told me... (Read More)
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Q. Thank you so much for writing about IBS and coconut macaroon cookies. IT WORKS. I suffered with chronic diarrhea for years and have been healed for the last two years. A. We’re always pleased to hear about success with... (Read More)
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Q. I just read that grapefruit increases the risk of breast cancer. What gives? I always thought fruits and vegetables prevented cancer. A. One study showed that grapefruit raises estrogen levels in postmenopausal women. Higher estrogen is associated with greater... (Read More)
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Q. I've heard that consuming too much cinnamon can be harmful, but what, exactly, is the acceptable limit? I eat two tablespoons on my cereal each morning just because I like the flavor and I don't need added sugar. Is... (Read More)
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Q. I've had some arthritis in my left index finger. The treatments I tried helped a little, but didn't resolve it. I’ve heard that a packet of Knox unflavored gelatin twice a day dissolved in the beverage of your choice... (Read More)
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Parents are caught in a double bind when a child is diagnosed with ADD or ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). On the one hand, they want to help their child focus and do well in school. Treating the condition can... (Read More)
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Q. You had a question from parents concerned about their son using more than three big bottles of mouthwash in a week. Shame on you for soft-pedaling the use of Listerine. My dad dried out and then restarted on mouthwash.... (Read More)
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Depression is debilitating and surprisingly common. Scientists have found that 5 percent of the people in a large survey reported symptoms of depression during the previous year. Nearly 13 percent of Americans experience depression at some point during their lives.... (Read More)