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May 2009

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Molds and pollen from grasses and trees trigger allergies that cause a lot of misery. Red, itchy eyes and runny noses are often accompanied by cognitive fogginess. Judgment may be affected. But the common treatments, especially OTC antihistamines, may not... (Read More)
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This Week's Radio Show: 725 Allergy and Asthma
Heartburn Medicines Raise Risk of Pneumonia
Eating Arugula to Avoid Ulcers
Patient Control Improves Pain, Depression Scores
Nurse Support Helps Weight Loss
Atrial Fibrillation Linked to Alzheimer's Disease (Read More)
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Acid suppressing drugs are linked to pneumonia. Proton Pump Inhibitors or PPIs for short are among the most popular pills in the pharmacy. These are drugs like Prilosec, Prevacid, Protonix and Nexium. They are extremely effective at preventing acid formation... (Read More)
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Perhaps patients with a propensity for stomach ulcers would do well to eat more arugula. Research from Saudi Arabia suggests that the dark green leafy vegetable has anti-ulcer activity. Scientists exposed rats to stress as well as a variety of... (Read More)
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People who suffer from chronic pain may also experience depression. A new study suggests that when patients have greater control of their therapy it is likely to produce better outcomes. Veterans with pain in the low back, hips or knees... (Read More)
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Women losing weight did just as well with brief support from a nurse as those who got much more intensive sessions with dieticians and personal exercise trainers. The New Zealand scientists randomly assigned 200 women who had already lost 5... (Read More)
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Atrial fibrillation is a common heart rhythm abnormality. Over two million Americans are thought to suffer from this arrhythmia, but many people don’t even know they have it. With this condition, the upper chambers of the heart beat rapidly and... (Read More)
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Our new 8-page Guide to Menopause offers steps for managing hot flashes, hormonal and non-hormonal approaches, and home remedies for menopausal symptoms.... (Read More)
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Listen To Our Podcast: 724 Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia
Listerine Conquers Lice
Raisin Remedy for Arthritis
Is Vitamin D Dose Safe?
Laxative Addiction Leads to Lasting Problems
Generic Drug Recall Linked to Deaths
Is There Trash in your Medicine?
Onion Soothes Wasp Lover's Sting (Read More)
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Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome are both elusive and debilitating conditions. They are difficult to diagnose and even trickier to treat. Many physicians chalk them up to psychosomatic problems and don’t have much to offer patients. The CDC counts these... (Read More)
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Q. When my kids came home with lice, I spent a lot of money buying lice shampoos. We tried the mayonnaise treatment too. I scrubbed the house, cleaned the carpets, boiled the combs and hairbrushes and put pillows and stuffed... (Read More)
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Q. I have arthritis in my hands and my back. I heard that gin-soaked raisins would help the pain.Is that true, and if so, what is the recipe and the dose?A. The only way to know if gin-soaked raisins will... (Read More)
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Q. My pain clinic doctor put me on 50,000 units vitamin D twice a day. That’s 100,000 units a day, and it seems like a lot. The pharmacy called to verify the prescription. Is this dose safe?A. That is an... (Read More)
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Q. My mom has been addicted to laxatives for over 30 years. Last year she had to be operated on because her anus had constricted to the point where not even a pencil would have passed. She was one step... (Read More)
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In times of economic hardship, low-cost generic drugs can be lifelines. They make it possible for people to continue critical medications. Without them, people could die.But if generic drugs don’t meet quality standards they might be killing people themselves. This... (Read More)
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Q. I once worked for a pharmaceutical company that ordered a raw ingredient, diphenhydramine, from China. I was a quality assurance inspector and had to inspect incoming material.That ingredient was trashy with what looked like a lot of floor sweepings... (Read More)
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Q. I love wasps, bee, mud daubers and anything else that flies and buzzes. My friends call me a ‘bee charmer.’ I'm the one who carries them outside to fly free.When I was reaching for a log on the woodpile... (Read More)
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This Week's Radio Show: 724 Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia
WHO Eyes Swine Flu Vaccine
New Solution for Insomnia
Ginger Eases Nausea from Chemotherapy
Prostate Drug Flomax Complicates Eye Surgery
No Clear Winner for Erectile Dysfunctions
Pain Relievers to Get Clearer Labels (Read More)
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The World Health Organization is almost ready to pull the trigger on a swine flu vaccine. Because it takes so long to develop a new flu shot, the public health experts have requested concerted action from vaccine makers. Scientists are... (Read More)
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Millions of Americans have a hard time getting a good night’s sleep. Insomnia is associated with significant negative health consequences, including high blood pressure, daytime drowsiness and depression. New research suggests that a technique called cognitive behavioral therapy works well... (Read More)
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Ginger has been prized for centuries for its ability to counteract nausea. A recent study in cancer patients shows that ginger’s anti-nausea activity goes beyond the status of old wives’ tale. More than 600 patients undergoing chemotherapy were given a... (Read More)
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Aging male baby boomers are starting to notice symptoms of prostate enlargement such as frequent or difficult urination. TV commercials for Flomax encourage men to ask their doctor if Flomax is right for them. A new study suggests that this... (Read More)
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Men who suffer from erectile dysfunction have a number of treatment options including Viagra, Cialis and Levitra. Each TV commercial makes it seem as if the drug being advertised is the answer to the problem. Which drug is really best?... (Read More)
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Millions of Americans pop a pain pill every day. Whether it is Advil, Aleve, aspirin or acetaminophen, many people assume that their over-the-counter pain reliever is perfectly safe. New labeling requirements may give people second thoughts. The FDA will require... (Read More)
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Listen To Our Podcast: 723 Traditional Diets
Vitamin Lack Might Cause Toe Tingles
Supplements Stopped Seasonal Sneezing
Pain from Osteoporosis Drugs
Industry Influence Undermines Medical care
Did Simvastatin or Detrol Trigger Heat Stroke?
Laxative Licks Severe Acne Problem
Extended Interview with Sally Fallon (Read More)

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Q. I recently realized that I have quite a few symptoms of low thyroid: cold hands and feet, dry cracked skin, constipation, low sex drive and low-level depression. I am menopausal and have had all these symptoms for about a... (Read More)
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Q. My fingers and toes started tingling unpleasantly about three months ago. My internist recently did blood work and found no diabetes or other abnormalities.When the nurse asked me if I was still taking my usual medicines and vitamins, she... (Read More)
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Q. Can vitamin D and turmeric in combination have an impact on allergy and asthma? I suffer from both allergies and asthma, and I am usually miserable in the spring.I started taking 2,000 IU of vitamin D daily several months... (Read More)
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Q. I took Fosamax for osteoporosis and started waking up every night with hip and leg pain. One friend mentioned that she also developed bone pain while taking Fosamax while another complained of terrible backaches.I told my doctor and he... (Read More)
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Our ancestors survived without supermarkets, by growing and preparing their own food. Some of their traditional ways of cooking, that involve fermenting foods like sauerkraut or sourdough bread, are sliding into oblivion. Our guest, Sally Fallon, has been bucking the... (Read More)