June 2009

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Listen To Our Podcast: 729 Deep Vein Thrombosis
Unexpected Side Effects Wreak Havoc
Lipitor Led to Wish for Short LIfe
Bilberry Helped Reverse Macular Degeneration
Marijuana Once Smoked for Asthma Relief
Novel Technique for Zapping Mosquitoes
Natural Alternatives to Estrogen for Hot Flashes
Vitamin D Helps Relieve Pain (Read More)
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Sometimes the best-laid plans go awry. That's what happened when kudzu was introduced into the U.S. as a way of controlling erosion. Now this invasive plant has taken over large swaths of southeastern landscape and is choking out native species.It... (Read More)
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Q. In less than two years on Lipitor, I went from being able to climb the ancient temples at Angkor Wat, Cambodia, to being almost unable to walk to my mailbox. I felt like I had flu all the time.... (Read More)
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Q. My wife had macular degeneration, and our ophthalmologist said it would just get worse. We immediately started taking bilberry fruit capsules because I wanted to be pro-active.A year later, we returned for her annual eye exam. The doctor's assistant... (Read More)
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Q. As a child I had bouts of asthma and sniffed smoke from a burning powder called Kellogg's Asthma Relief (Stramonium and Lobelia). I am now in my late 70s and I seem to have again developed mild asthma attacks.... (Read More)
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Q. What's a safe way to kill mosquitoes? We have a cabin on a pond and the mosquitoes are ferocious. Some always manage to sneak in and there is nothing worse than being buzzed, especially when you are trying to... (Read More)
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Q. I am 61 years old and have taken estrogen for nearly five years. My doctor said that is the limit and had me stop.Do you have information on relieving hot flashes and other symptoms? I have them now in... (Read More)
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Q. I have leg pain when walking and hip pain at night. I have a vitamin D level of 14. Is it too late to take vitamin D and if not how much should I take?A. Your low vitamin D... (Read More)
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This Week's Radio Show: 729 Deep Vein Thrombosis
Abnormal Results May Not Be Shared with Patient
NSAIDs May Result in Falsely Low PSA Readings
How Does Caffeine Protect Against Skin Cancer?
Dogs Sniff Out Low Blood Sugar
Pet Bites Transmit MRSA
Social Butterflies Stay More Mobile (Read More)
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Veins get no respect. Millions of Americans worry about heart attacks, which occur when arteries are blocked by a blood clot. But blood clots in veins get very little attention, although they can also be life threatening. Deep Vein Thrombosis... (Read More)
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Physicians frequently fail to tell patients about abnormal laboratory findings. That is the conclusion of a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Researchers reviewed medical records of over 5,000 patients in 23 different medical practices. The investigators discovered... (Read More)
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PSA or Prostate Specific Antigen is a marker for prostate enlargement and cancer. When levels increase significantly from year to year, it sends a red flag to the doctor that there may be problems with the prostate. Common medications may... (Read More)
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Ancient civilizations used music in their healing rituals. Now an Italian study suggests that the tempo and volume of music can have profound physiological effects on the human body. The subjects were 24 young healthy Italians. Half were aspiring singers... (Read More)
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Drinking coffee or tea may reduce the likelihood of developing non-melanoma skin cancer. Epidemiological studies have shown that coffee and tea drinkers have a lower incidence of basal and squamous cell skin cancers. Now research in mice and human tissue... (Read More)
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Helper dogs have been trained to assist people with a variety of disabilities. Some dogs help people with epilepsy. Others can be useful for those with visual impairment or physical limitations. Now, British researchers are training dogs to detect hypoglycemia... (Read More)
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Not all the dog news is good news. Researchers at the University of South Florida in Tampa report that methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus  or MRSA can be transmitted in dog or cat bites. The infection is often passed from animal to... (Read More)
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As people get older, losing mobility is a big fear because it has a major impact on their quality of life. Scientists now report that older people with more social activities tend to retain their ability to get around longer.... (Read More)
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Listen To Our Podcast: 728 Health News Update
Don't Lose Sleep Over Insomnia
Coconut Eases Diarrhea in Dogs
Cherries Against Joint Pain
Cinnamon and Ginkgo for Better Sex Life
Crisco Conquers Diaper Rash
Clindamycin Side Effects Can Be Serious
Pennsaid for Arthritis
Antidepressant Triggered Suicidal Thoughts
Extended Interview with Dr. Peter Green on Celiac (Read More)
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On July 4, 1776, these famous words were adopted by the Continental Congress in the second sentence of the Declaration of Independence:"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their... (Read More)
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Do you have trouble sleeping? If the answer is no, count yourself lucky and read no further. Those who fall asleep easily and sleep soundly throughout the night are truly blessed.If, on the other hand, you're in the third of... (Read More)
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Q. For the past ten years, I've given half a coconut macaroon cookie to my greyhounds when they have diarrhea. It works every time and the dogs love it.A. Many readers have tried coconut to help control chronic diarrhea, and... (Read More)
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Q. I have heard that sour cherry juice can ward off gout attacks and help relieve arthritis pain. I cannot tolerate drugs like ibuprofen because of a sensitive stomach. When I asked my pharmacist about non-drug options he was clueless.... (Read More)
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Q. You recently ran a letter from a fellow who was disappointed in the herbal sex pills he bought. I too am an older gentleman who has faced challenges in the virility department. I'd tried maca, horny goat weed, and... (Read More)
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Q. You had a question from a mother whose baby has diaper rash. When my oldest daughter had very bad diaper rash as an infant, my pediatrician told me to buy Crisco shortening. (It comes in a can for baking.)... (Read More)
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Q. For an abscessed tooth, I was given a prescription antibiotic called clindamycin. Ever since I took it, I have had unremitting diarrhea. Now my dentist wants me to see a gastroenterologist. Is there anything else I can do before... (Read More)
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Q. I have heard about a drug available from Canada (not available in US) by the name of "Pennsat" or something similar that is only available by prescription. Would you kindly send me correct spelling and information about this drug.A.... (Read More)
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Q. My 17-year-old son is feeling depressed. He is sad and tired and would sleep all day long if we allowed it. The doctor prescribed Prozac, but after the second day of taking it my son said he had thoughts... (Read More)
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Three million Americans have hepatitis C, a viral infection of the liver that can cause long-term illness. The medication used to treat it must be taken for a long time and often doesn't cure the condition. But a new treatment... (Read More)
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Zicam Nasal Cold Remedies Called Out
Common Drugs Boost Risk of Cognitive Impairment in Elderly
White Coats May Pose Infection Risk
Cancer Cream Does Double Duty for Wrinkles
Red Yeast Rice Lowers Cholesterol (Read More)
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After years of controversy, the FDA has finally warned the American public to immediately stop using the following products:• Zicam Cold Remedy Nasal Gel• Zicam Cold Remedy Nasal Swabs• Zicam Cold Remedy Swabs, Kids SizeThe reason for the alert is... (Read More)