March 2009

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Natural approaches to treating coughs and colds, with recipes and home remedies. Drugs for flu (Read More)
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Q. I am bothered with a patch of eczema on my face (chin area) that has not responded to any of the expensive steroid creams that have been prescribed.A friend told me that her dermatologist had her give her son... (Read More)

719 Global Obesity

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Over the last several decades, the American waistline has been expanding relentlessly. But obesity is not only a problem in our country; it has now spread around the world. We explore the causes and possible cures for global obesity. Nutrition... (Read More)
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Q. I have been on so many cholesterol-lowering drugs I have nearly lost count. Crestor, Lipitor, Zetia and Zocor all give me terrible pains in my shoulders, back and arms. I also have had dreadful muscle cramps in my calves,... (Read More)
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Q. I read an inquiry from a bus driver who was worried that eating gin-soaked raisins to ease joint pain would trigger a positive breath alcohol result. As a certified BAT (Breath Alcohol Technician) I would like to reassure that... (Read More)
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The law of unintended consequences can lead to devastating outcomes. During the 1950s thalidomide was developed and prescribed in Europe to help pregnant women cope with morning sickness and insomnia. Tragically, the drug led to an epidemic of birth defects.No... (Read More)

719 Global Obesity

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Over the last several decades, the American waistline has been expanding relentlessly. But obesity is not only a problem in our country; it has now spread around the world. We explore the causes and possible cures for global obesity. Nutrition... (Read More)
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Q. I read in your column that Detrol might have a negative impact on memory. Both my sister and I have been complaining about memory problems since we started taking it for overactive bladder problems.I phoned my doctor’s office about... (Read More)
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Q. I had an enormous plantar wart on the heel of my foot. I let it go for a long time because I read they can go away on their own, but it got to be about 2 inches across.I... (Read More)
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Q. What do you know about prescription Lovaza? My eye doctor prescribed it for dry eyes and eye surface damage due to Sjogren’s syndrome.I have great respect for my doctor, but I would like to know if other forms of... (Read More)
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Q. After reading about coconut macaroon cookies against diarrhea, I took them for my spastic colon. They worked.But then I went on vacation and could not find the cookies when I needed them. So I ate two Mounds bars and... (Read More)
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Peanut allergies can be life threatening, but scientists are finding new ways to reduce the danger. Good medical care requires the right diagnosis along with the proper treatment. We talk with an expert on patient safety about the hazards of... (Read More)
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Q. I am not yet 50 but my doctor says I have something called osteopenia, which could put me at risk for osteoporosis. She has suggested Actonel, but says this decision is up to me. She mentioned that there are... (Read More)
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Q. I have been drinking “eggplant water” I made from floating half a dozen thinly sliced pieces of raw eggplant on top of two or three quarts of water in a bowl. I discard the eggplant after a few hours,... (Read More)
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Can the FDA be fixed?Once upon a time the Food and Drug Administration was highly regarded by physicians, pharmacists and the public. People trusted the agency to protect them from contaminated food and dangerous drugs.Congress established the FDA in 1906... (Read More)
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Peanut allergies can be life threatening, but scientists are finding new ways to reduce the danger.Good medical care requires the right diagnosis along with the proper treatment. We talk with an expert on patient safety about the hazards of misdiagnoses.We... (Read More)
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Q. Commercials that advertise prescription medicines on TV are my pet peeve. How can we STOP them? I would like to see them go the way of cigarette commercials.Doctors should be prescribing the drugs people need without the rest of... (Read More)
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Q. A few years ago I read that selenium was good for everyone and that Brazil nuts were high in selenium. Since I love Brazil nuts, I bought them regularly and ate about three a day. After a few months... (Read More)
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Q. I have been on Effexor XR for the past seven years for depression. I decided to wean myself off it, since it wasn't a good mix with another drug I started taking.The third day I was completely off the... (Read More)
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Q. You recently had an article about treating seborrheic dermatitis with milk of magnesia. My mom is wondering how much milk of magnesia she should take.A. Please tell your mother NOT to swallow milk of magnesia (MoM) for her skin... (Read More)
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The very medicines many people take to relieve pain may actually be causing their headaches. A vicious cycle of pain relievers is behind too many cases of chronic headache. How can you break out of this insidious cycle? Guest: Joel... (Read More)
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Q. Boudreaux’s Butt Paste caught my eye in your column about diaper rash. Our beagle Buddy was bruising his nose, grinding it to the quick as he went about burying treats, small toys and other objects in some hidden nook... (Read More)
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Starting a new medicine is easy. Stopping can be hell.Mention the word “withdrawal” and images of dope addicts or alcoholics come to mind: a junkie trying to kick a heroin habit or a wino going through the hallucinations and shakes... (Read More)
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Q. Thank you for writing about taking vitamin B2 on a daily basis to prevent migraine headaches. I have suffered from them for 17 years and have been to many medical doctors, including two neurologists, two ear, nose and throat... (Read More)
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Q. I need more information about the generic for the epilepsy drug Keppra. I understand that the generic is fairly new.Is it safe to take, and does it have the same active ingredient as Keppra?A. Generic drugs are supposed to... (Read More)
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Q. Is there vitamin D in wild salmon? We live in Alaska and eat king salmon about twice a week. We also take vitamin D3 since there is so little sunlight here during the winter. Would that be too much?A.... (Read More)
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The very medicines many people take to relieve pain may actually be causing their headaches. A vicious cycle of pain relievers is behind too many cases of chronic headache. How can you break out of this insidious cycle? Guest: Joel... (Read More)
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Q. I have been taking thyroid hormones (first Synthroid and then Levoxyl) for more than 15 years. My doctor has recently started lowering my dose because he is concerned that the extra thyroid might weaken my bones.Ever since the dosage... (Read More)
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Q. Ten years ago my mom moved in with us. She was 87 and not getting around well any more. Her blood pressure was high and the meds she was taking weren't helping, and she had a stroke three weeks... (Read More)
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More than a million people get an angioplasty, stent or bypass surgery each year. How many of these costly procedures are really essential? Guidelines for cardiologists have proliferated in the last decade, but how many of these recommendations are based... (Read More)