March 2008

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OverviewSertraline is available as sertraline hydrochloride (Zoloft), an antidepressant, in a tablet form and an oral solution.  Sertraline (Zoloft), like the earlier antidepressant fluoxetine (Prozac), works by enhancing the action of a brain chemical called serotonin. It belongs to the... (Read More)
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Some home remedies seem logical. Soaking fungus-infected toes in a footbath containing dilute vinegar and old-fashioned amber Listerine makes some sense. After all, fungus hates acid and the herbal oils and alcohol in Listerine may also have anti-fungal activity.Using soap... (Read More)
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Israelis love their cell phones and have used them heavily for a long time. New research suggests a link with salivary gland cancer. Placebos work surprisingly well for many symptoms, including pain. But do pricey placebos work better than cheap... (Read More)
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Q. I think you have alarmed people unnecessarily with your thoughtless remarks on vitamin E. You said that applying vitamin E oil to scars did not help them heal faster. You should print a correction because pure vitamin E on... (Read More)
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Q. I need your help to solve a horrible problem I have developed since being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes several months ago. My doctor prescribed medicine to help control my blood sugar. I’ve been watching my diet and have... (Read More)
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Q. I have read that magnesium is an important supplement but I have no idea how much to take. Can one overdose on this element? Is it really as important as calcium?A. Magnesium is crucial for heart and bone health... (Read More)
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Q. I have spinal cerebellar ataxia and fibromyalgia. Tart cherry concentrate is the greatest thing for easing my discomfort. I don't even take pain pills any more. A. Others have told us that tart cherries, as juice or concentrate, is... (Read More)
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Israelis love their cell phones and have used them heavily for a long time. New research suggests a link with salivary gland cancer.Placebos work surprisingly well for many symptoms, including pain. But do pricey placebos work better than cheap ones?Explore... (Read More)
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Q. About a month ago my son-in-law started taking one regular Bayer aspirin each morning and one Bayer PM before going to sleep. Two weeks into this regimen he started bleeding from the mouth while he was sleeping. He stopped... (Read More)
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Q. I am a kindergarten teacher and on occasion pick up lice from my students. The best home remedy I've ever used to kill lice and easily remove nits is coconut oil. I completely saturate my hair with the oil... (Read More)
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Q. I have had eczema ever since I was a child. I have used many steroid creams over the years, and while they help alleviate it a bit, in bad bouts those creams were not very soothing and just kept... (Read More)
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Q. I hate cinnamon, whether it is in cookies, cakes or anything else. I always avoided cinnamon until I heard it was helpful for controlling blood sugar. I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in April of 2004. My doctor... (Read More)
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Most physicians and pharmacists have a secret they don’t share with patients. The FDA is in on it and so are drug companies. One out of five of the prescriptions written in this country are for unapproved uses. Some put... (Read More)
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Q. I rarely take medicine, but this winter I have had sinusitis and a nasty cough that required several medications. My enlarged prostate gets me up to go to the bathroom a few times a night and I have trouble... (Read More)
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Q. My husband and I are in our 70s and have been married forever. I have had a problem with vaginal dryness. My husband read about muira puama and bought some online. I take it as directed twice a day,... (Read More)
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Q. Is it safe to sleep in the same room/bed when your spouse has the flu if he is being treated with Tamiflu? A. Tamiflu is an effective antiviral medication. It can shorten the duration of an influenza attack if... (Read More)
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Dr. Aaron Beck made a revolutionary change in psychology when he developed cognitive therapy. His daughter and colleague, Dr. Judith Beck, has found a way to apply these principles to weight control. Learn how the Beck Solution can train the... (Read More)
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Dr. Aaron Beck made a revolutionary change in psychology when he developed cognitive therapy. His daughter and colleague, Dr. Judith Beck, has found a way to apply these principles to weight control. Learn how the Beck Solution can train the... (Read More)
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Q. Whenever my children hurt themselves, the first thing I reached for was the castor oil. My mother-in-law's uncle was a boxer and always used castor oil after a boxing match to prevent hematomas and bruising. It works like a... (Read More)
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Q. My mom drinks Slim-Fast and takes levothyroxine for a thyroid condition. She wants to know if it is okay to take them both at once. A. We suggest she take the levothyroxine at least half an hour, or better... (Read More)
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Several local TV new programs are developing stories about generic drug problems and Toprol XL. If you:have had experiences with generic Toprol XL you would like to share,are willing to speak with a reporter, live in the Chicago, Tampa or New... (Read More)
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Q. Thanks for publishing the mixture of applesauce, bran and prune juice to counteract constipation. I never knew the exact quantities required. We used it in the nursing home where I worked as a nurse until I retired. It was... (Read More)
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Q. I read in your column that naproxen can cause kidney damage. I want to reinforce that warning. I lost my kidneys as a result of taking prescription strength naproxen in 1995. I took this anti-inflammatory drug off and on... (Read More)
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Q. You briefly mentioned Earl Grey tea causing leg cramps. You suggested oil of bergamot used for flavoring can interfere with potassium absorption. Eliminating the tea was an instant cure for a persistent problem with muscle cramps. I just wanted... (Read More)
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Generic Anti-Hypertensive Differs from Original and May Raise Blood Pressure An investigation by ConsumerLab.com of generic versions of the popular anti-hypertensive Toprol XL reveals that generics sold by two companies appear to differ from the original drug in how they... (Read More)
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Q. I have suffered with GERD (acid reflux) for several years. One night when dealing with a bad session, I ate a banana. I have no idea why; I certainly didn’t expect any result. Within 30 minutes I was able... (Read More)
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In 1953 the Dean of Harvard Medical School, George Packer Berry, MD, told the students, “half of what is taught in medical school is wrong. The problem is that we don’t know which half.” Since that time, his admonition has... (Read More)
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Q. Electric shock is used to start hearts that have stopped beating. In a pinch would it be possible to start a heart using a stun gun? A. Doctors use defibrillators to shock a heart out of a life-threatening rhythm.... (Read More)
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Q. I have atrial fibrillation, an abnormal heart rhythm for which I take Tambocor (a heart rhythm drug) and warfarin (a blood thinner). I also have arthritis. I was taking Tylenol for it, but my lab tests went haywire. I... (Read More)
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Q. A friend told me about gin soaked raisins for arthritis and I am curious whether it really works. Also, how much alcohol is in nine raisins? A. Once the gin evaporates there should only be about one drop of... (Read More)