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September 2008

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Q. Many years ago I had a boyfriend who had terrible foot odor, maybe from wearing steel-toe boots. I'd read that lemon juice could help relieve the odor so he tried it.He cut a lemon in half and rubbed it... (Read More)
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Here we go again. As flu season approaches, everyone will be urged to get a shot. Vaccinations against influenza are supposed to keep us from getting sick and protect us from potentially lethal complications.That’s the promise. What’s the reality?Last year’s... (Read More)
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Q. I used to have continuous terrible canker sores. I discovered that my toothpaste was the culprit. Since I brush my teeth daily, it was a never-ending cycle. There is an ingredient in all the name brand toothpastes (sodium lauryl sulfate)... (Read More)
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Q. I have normal LDL cholesterol but low HDL, as low as 26. With diet and exercise I can get my HDL to the mid-thirties, which is not great. Lipitor lowered my LDL below 80 but sadly my HDL didn’t... (Read More)

696 Doubt Is Their Product

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When the hazards of smoking first started to surface, a clever public relations firm figured out that by casting doubt on the emerging science, the tobacco companies would be able to fend off regulation for years. This tactic worked so... (Read More)
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Q. I’ve had an odd experience. I’m 66 and in good health, but my eyesight has deteriorated. The ophthalmologist says it’s just due to my age.When I take Lunesta to go to sleep, the next day my eyesight is crystal... (Read More)
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Q. I have several little skin tags in my armpits. Is there anything that can be put on them so they will go away? I do not want to pay a doctor to cut them off.A. Dermatologists can easily remove... (Read More)
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Q. My nails break, crack, split and peel and grow out very slowly. They’re not strong enough to open a soda can.I take Synthroid for my thyroid, hydrochlorothiazide for blood pressure control, simvastatin for high cholesterol and Prevacid for heartburn.... (Read More)

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There was a time when children played outdoors. Not only did they go outside for recess, but they spent long summer days and many afternoons during the school year playing in the backyard or on the playground.In those days, there... (Read More)
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Q. Is it true that lavender oil can increase female hormones in men and boys? If so, shouldn’t there be a warning on soaps, shampoos and shower gels? A lot of personal care products have lavender fragrance whether you notice... (Read More)
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Q. I have a question about Valtrex.I know this drug is prescribed to treat genital herpes. If someone is exposed to a partner with herpes, will taking Valtrex right away destroy any of the virus that may have been acquired... (Read More)

695 Health News Update

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Bisphenol A (BPA) is used in many plastic beverage and food containers, not to mention baby bottles. The FDA says it’s safe, although a recent study shows an association between BPA levels in adults and problems such as heart disease... (Read More)
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Q. I have started taking Certo and grape juice for my arthritis but wondered if you can use Certo in other juices, such as cranberry, orange or apple and get similar results?A. There is no scientific data supporting this remedy... (Read More)

695 Health News Update

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Bisphenol A (BPA) is used in many plastic beverage and food containers, not to mention baby bottles. The FDA says it’s safe, although a recent study shows an association between BPA levels in adults and problems such as heart disease... (Read More)
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Q. I take Coumadin to prevent blood clots and have paid attention to potential interactions with food and other medicine. I read in a health newsletter that a full adult dose of Pepto-Bismol is the equivalent of eight aspirins. How... (Read More)
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Q. There is an ad in a vintage Good Housekeeping magazine from October 1927 where Listerine mouthwash is recommended for women with bad skin. I find that nothing is really new and that Listerine has been used for treating skin... (Read More)
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Q. I read about a topical form of diclofenac called Voltaren Gel. It is supposed to be applied to the skin over painful joints like the knee. Is this an over the counter or a prescription product? A. Americans are... (Read More)

694 Diabetes Update

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Diabetes research has generated a certain amount of confusion in the past several months. Avandia lowers blood sugar, but it may increase the risk of heart attack, heart failure and broken bones. Byetta, one of the newest diabetes drugs, is... (Read More)
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Q. A very distressed sufferer of leg cramps wrote to you for advice. I was surprised that you did not suggest placing a bar of soap under the sheet, as you have information citing this 'cure' on your website.I too... (Read More)
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For millions of families, back to school means shopping for new clothes and supplies, backpacks and lunch bags. For others the big question is which pill will go into the backpack.Experts estimate that nearly 9 percent of American youngsters have... (Read More)
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Q. I was alarmed to read in your article on sunscreens that benzophenone-3 (BP-3) could be a hormone disruptor. I looked at my sunscreens and found that they did indeed have the active ingredient benzophenone-3.What sunscreen does not have BP-3?... (Read More)
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Q. Years ago I was suffering with sensitivity to all underarm deodorants on the market. I found an alternative product at the health food store and bought it, though it was dreadfully expensive ($12). The directions said to apply a... (Read More)

694 Diabetes Update

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Diabetes research has generated a certain amount of confusion in the past several months. Avandia lowers blood sugar, but it may increase the risk of heart attack, heart failure and broken bones. Byetta, one of the newest diabetes drugs, is... (Read More)
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Q. A reader was worried about her husband’s stinky feet. The sure fire way to cure this is to soak his feet in a strong tea solution. Boil a quart of water, add 6 or 7 regular tea bags and... (Read More)
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Q. I heard that eating an Atkins diet could raise good HDL levels. Surely that is not true! Presumably all that saturated fat raises bad cholesterol even more.A. In a recent study (New England Journal of Medicine, July 17, 2008),... (Read More)
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Q. Five years ago I read about a study done at Cardiff University in Wales. They gave 1,000 milligrams of high-strength cod liver oil for 12 weeks to patients scheduled for knee replacement surgery. Samples of cartilage and joint tissue... (Read More)
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Q. I have an underactive thyroid and take Synthroid. After three years I do not feel any better.I asked my doctor if I could try an alternative to Synthroid like Armour Thyroid. She told me she prefers the synthetic over... (Read More)

693 Sports Medicine

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Watching the Olympics was certainly inspiring. Perhaps many more of us will revive old interests in sports and become more active. But what kinds of risks does the weekend warrior run? Children are being encouraged to specialize in just one... (Read More)
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Q. We've just learned that a British product called HeartBeet is showing promise lowering blood pressure naturally. Are beets really effective for natural hypertension control? Are there any other foods that control hypertension? My husband would prefer not to take... (Read More)
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How good are generic drugs? The FDA tells everyone—patients, physicians, pharmacists, hospitals and insurance companies—that generic drugs are identical to their brand name counterparts.But the FDA has no police force. It relies mostly on the honor system to ensure the... (Read More)