July 2009

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We can think of few diseases that are more dreadful than ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). Losing muscle control to the point of total paralysis takes an incredible toll on the patient and the family. We speak from personal experience. A... (Read More)
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This Week's Radio Show: 733 Thyroid Disease Update
Pregnant Women Should Get New Flu Vaccine
Tamiflu Prevents Complications in Children
Tanning Beds Labeled Carcinogenic
Defibrillators in Schools Save Lives
Tea Cuts Risk of Stroke
Celiac Disease in Later Life (Read More)
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Flu season is still several months off, but public health officials are already planning for the possibility of a swine flu epidemic. A study published in The Lancet shows that pregnant women are at especially high risk from the new... (Read More)
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One antiviral medicine called Tamiflu seems to be helpful for preventing complications in children with chronic health problems such as asthma, other lung conditions, cancer or diabetes. A study of over 5,000 children found that those who received Tamiflu shortly... (Read More)
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Despite dermatologists' dire warnings about skin cancer, millions still soak up ultraviolet rays at the beach or their local tanning parlor. Now the International Agency for Research on Cancer has released data demonstrating that tanning beds are carcinogenic for humans.... (Read More)
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Automated external defibrillators, machines used to shock the heart back into proper rhythm, are already found on the walls of many US airports. New studies suggest that putting them in other public places such as high schools could help save... (Read More)
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Tea drinkers have been getting good news the last several years. Some studies suggest that tea may have heart-healthy compounds. Now research from southern China demonstrates that tea drinkers have a reduced risk of experiencing a stroke. People who consumed... (Read More)
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There is a growing recognition that celiac disease is more common than previously acknowledged. Many scientists believe that this gluten intolerance starts early in life. But Finnish researchers now suggest that some older people may actually develop celiac disease for... (Read More)
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The blue food coloring, Brilliant Blue G, or BBG, is a chemical cousin of Blue Dye No. 1 used in many food products including blue M&Ms. BBG may lead the way to recovery from spinal cord injury. Researchers at the... (Read More)
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Listen To Our Podcast: 732 Integrative Medicine
Soaring Drug Costs Stress Seniors
Better Sex Life with Soap in Bed
Boswellia Fights Pain at a Price
L-Lysine Works Against Cold Sores
Acid-Suppressing Drugs May Weaken Bones
Blood Pressure Pill Made Tongue Swell
Listerine and Hairspray Kill Bugs (Read More)
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Everyone knows that donuts are not health food. They may taste good, but they're mostly empty calories--sugar, fat and white flour. Only the hole is non-fattening.Millions of senior citizens are now sampling a different kind of donut hole. This donut... (Read More)
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Q. I had severe leg cramps and read about putting a bar of soap under the sheet. I tried this and found it stopped them IMMEDIATELY. Even more astonishing, it also banished my intermittent erectile dysfunction.I checked out the ingredients... (Read More)
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Q. I take a number of medications for arthritis. I have had a hip replacement and a shoulder replacement and I am fighting to keep my left knee. I take Nexium and Celebrex plus other meds.A few months ago I... (Read More)
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Q. More than 20 years ago I came across an article promoting l-lysine as a preventive measure against cold sore outbreaks. Having suffered with this virus since adolescence, I was motivated to try the supplement.In my experience, l-lysine is a... (Read More)
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Q. My doctor just prescribed Prevacid for acid reflux. I am reluctant to take this medicine because I have heard it might lead to weakened bones.I already have severe osteoporosis because of a lengthy course of cortisone. This drug caused... (Read More)
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Q. I was put on Benicar last month to help bring my blood pressure down, since atenolol alone was not doing the job. Within four days I told the clinic I wouldn't take any more Benicar. It made my tongue... (Read More)
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Q. I read your column on killing mosquitoes with isopropyl alcohol spray. I have a remedy that works better and is fireproof, unlike alcohol.Try Listerine. It kills them DEAD. I also put it in a spray bottle and spray it... (Read More)
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Integrative medicine combines the latest medical techniques with ones that come from centuries-old healing traditions, such as acupuncture or yoga. What is the evidence behind such approaches?Learn how integrative coaching can turn good intentions into practice. Guest: Tracy Gaudet, MD,... (Read More)
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Have you ever seen a drug advertised on television, and then asked your doctor for a prescription for it? Did it work? Or did you suffer unexpected side effects?   NPR would like to hear about your experience for a... (Read More)
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This Week's Radio Show: 732 Integrative Medicine
Healthy Living Prevents High Blood Pressure
Healthy Lifestyle Wards Off Heart Failure
Some Blood Pressure Medicines Benefit the Brain
Contaminated Anesthetic Recalled
Low Birth Weight Linked to Compounds in Plastic
Xylitol Protects Baby Teeth from Cavities (Read More)
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How you live your life does matter for your health. At least, that's the conclusion from the Nurses' Health Study. More than 80,000 women between the ages of 27 and 44 were studied for 14 years. Those who had the... (Read More)
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Healthy living is not just for women. Men can benefit too! A study of 20,000 male physicians over more than 20 years found that those who maintained a normal body weight, did not smoke, got regular exercise, ate breakfast cereals... (Read More)
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A category of blood pressure medicines called ACE inhibitors may be good for the brain as well as the circulatory system. These medicines originated from a discovery in Brazil decades ago. Researchers found that the bite of the poisonous jararaca... (Read More)
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Michael Jackson was so desperate to get a good night's sleep that he purportedly sought the injectable anesthetic propofol to help him lose consciousness. This intravenous agent is used in hospitals all across the country in general anesthesia. It is... (Read More)
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There is growing concern about a group of chemicals used to keep plastic flexible. Chinese babies who were exposed to higher levels of phthalates before birth were three and a half times more likely to have low birth weights. Animal... (Read More)
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For decades Finnish researchers have been studying the effect of a natural sugar derived from birch trees. The sweetener called xylitol can be used as a sugar substitute. It has been used in chewing gum and Finnish children have been... (Read More)
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Two weeks after I had suffered a femur fracture that had started as a hairline stress fracture undetected in an earlier x-ray, a friend alerted me to your column citing the 2/18/09 JAMA article. After reading it and showing it to my doctors, we all are pretty much agreed... (Read More)
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Listen To Our Podcast: 731 Predictably Irrational
Don't Let Drugs Make You Feel Ancient
Saving Money with Canadian Online Pharmacies
Breakthrough Seizures on Generic Anticonvulsant
Frankincense Oil on Skin
Almonds Against Heartburn
Lung Inhaler Damages Voice
Raisin Remedy Eases Arthritis
Drug-Induced Diarrhea Proved Fatal (Read More)
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The generation gap is nothing new. Margaret Mead once suggested that grandparents and their grandchildren are natural allies because they are both battling the generation in between.So perhaps that is why so many people become frustrated with their aging parents... (Read More)
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Q. Could you please tell me if there are reputable Canadian drug companies? Our medical bills are destroying us financially!A. You are not alone. A lot of people are feeling the pinch of a bad economy. Many older people are... (Read More)