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September 2009

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Listen To Our Podcast: 741 Arthritis
Arthritis Drugs Have Hidden Hazards
Chocolate Cured Serious Hiccups
Beet Juice Reduced Need for Blood Pressure Pills
Low Sugar Diet and Black Currant Oil Cleared Complexion
Does Peppermint Affect Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs?
Excess Vitamin A Led to Hair Loss
Pain Medicine Contributes to Constipation
Sexless Marriage Makes Him Desperate (Read More)
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Rheumatoid arthritis is a devastating disease. Besides crippling joints, it can leave the victim exhausted and in excruciating pain. Over the last several decades, drug companies have offered patients a Faustian deal: prompt pain relief with serious long-term consequences. In... (Read More)
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Q. Chocolate works for hiccups. My father was recovering in the hospital for several weeks last summer, and many, many times he had lengthy bouts of severe hiccups. As he was recovering from abdominal surgery, these were extremely painful. His... (Read More)
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Q. Your article on beet juice for hypertension was fascinating. I have had incredible results with freeze-dried beet juice from the health-food store. I have reduced the need for my blood pressure medicine, lisinopril, by 50 percent. One caution: this... (Read More)
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Q. I just read the column on milk of magnesia for teen acne. I am allergic to benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid products so I tried black currant oil capsules for my menopausal acne. They cleared my skin up quickly.... (Read More)
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Q. I was very concerned to hear on television that you should not eat peppermints while taking a cholesterol-lowering medication. I am on Crestor, and I eat peppermints when I have an upset stomach. I called my pharmacist to ask... (Read More)
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Q. I found out recently that the hair loss I've been experiencing over the last couple of years was directly attributable to Vitamin A. I was taking 25,000 IU a day of Vitamin A in my daily vitamin pill. Apparently... (Read More)
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Q. I am taking strong pain medicine after knee surgery. The result is unbearable constipation. Please send me recipes for the dynamite pumpkin bran muffins and "Power Pudding." I need relief! A. Narcotic pain medications like hydrocodone, oxycodone, OxyContin, Percocet,... (Read More)
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Q. I am one of those old-fashioned men who was brought up believing sex was for after you got married. I never thought about the possibility my wife would have no sex drive at all. After 21 years of little... (Read More)

741 Arthritis

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Arthritis comes in many forms, but all of them make joints stiff and sore and can result in significant disability. It is among the most common chronic conditions in the U. S. Learn about the differences between osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis... (Read More)
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This Week's Radio Show: 741 Arthritis
Vigorous Play Speeds Children to Sleep
Treating Tumors with Heat Plus Chemo
Eye Exam Trumps MRI for Stroke Diagnosis
Flu Prevention Is Simple
PPIs Raise Risk of Hospital-Acquired Pneumonia
Aspirin Helps Prevent Colon Cancer (Read More)
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Scientists recently confirmed what parents have long suspected: kids who run around and play hard have less trouble falling asleep. The study of almost 600 seven year olds used activity-measuring devices worn on the children's waists. Those who had an... (Read More)
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A new treatment for cancer involves combining heat and chemotherapy to improve outcomes. German scientists used electromagnetic energy to heat the soft tissue around tumors in fat, muscle and cartilage. This regional hyperthermia appears to enhance the effectiveness of classic... (Read More)
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When a patient comes to the emergency department complaining of dizziness, nausea or spinning sensations, it may be difficult for doctors to determine whether the problem is relatively minor or whether the symptoms are caused by a stroke. Getting the... (Read More)

Flu Prevention Is Simple

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With H1N1 influenza spreading on college campuses, a lot of parents are concerned about what their kids should be doing to reduce their risk. Until vaccines are widely available, about the only thing that anyone can do is wash with... (Read More)
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Some hospitalized patients develop a serious complication called stress ulcers. The stress of surgery or a serious illness can lead to bleeding in the stomach and such ulcers can be life threatening. That is why physicians frequently try to prevent... (Read More)
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Aspirin may help ward off colon cancer in high-risk individuals. A study of more than 1,000 people with Lynch syndrome, which makes them especially susceptible to colon cancer, found 10 fewer cases of colon cancer in the group that got... (Read More)
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Listen To Our Podcast: 740 The Art of Diagnosis
Suicide Headaches Stifled by Oxygen
Celery Seed Conquers Gout Pain
Listerine Might Rescue Troubled Toenail
Will Water Ward Off Wasps?
Listerine to Counter Laptop Irritation
Heartburn Drug Caused Brain Damage
High Price of Drugs Jeopardizes Transplant (Read More)
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The official name is cluster headaches, but some people call them "suicide headaches." That's because they can cause such excruciating pain that victims are desperate for relief. A headache specialist once told us that he had a patient who banged... (Read More)
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Q. I began taking celery seed extract capsules six months ago for gout. Within a day, all foot pain was gone. A blood test six weeks later showed normal levels of uric acid. I take two capsules each morning. It's... (Read More)
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Q. I have a toenail that is nothing but trouble. Four years ago I tripped over a metal bed and shattered the nail. It won't grow out right and is infected with fungus. I had the nail surgically removed over... (Read More)
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Q. I was at a child's birthday party and wasps and bees were flying all over while the food was out. Someone said to get self-sealing plastic bags (sandwich size is fine), fill them with water and put them on... (Read More)
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Q. I always thought jock itch was a locker room contagion. I don't go to a gym, so I was surprised when my dermatologist told me what I had. He prescribed antifungal drugs. About three months before the diagnosis, I'd... (Read More)
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Q. A dear friend was put on Reglan for acid stomach and left on the drug for 9 years. The therapy is only supposed to last a few weeks. She now has tardive dyskinesia. Her tongue is enlarged and she... (Read More)
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Q. I had a heart transplant and now I can't afford the medicines because I am in the doughnut hole. If I stop taking the drugs my transplant will most likely fail. I fall in the cracks because I get... (Read More)

740 The Art of Diagnosis

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Medical mysteries are a source of fascination. On TV shows like Gray's Anatomy or House, the patient's life hangs in the balance until the correct diagnosis is reached. That is true in real life as well. Though many diagnoses are... (Read More)
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Older people who need more siesta time are at greater risk of developing dementia, according to a Spanish study of more than 3,000 senior citizens. The volunteers were healthy at the beginning of the three-year study. Those who slept nine... (Read More)
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Following a DASH-type diet reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes has become increasingly common over the past few years. This disease, in which the body becomes resistant to insulin, was once called adult-onset diabetes but... (Read More)
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People with celiac disease are at greater risk for premature death. That's the conclusion of a new study from Sweden. The investigators used health records from the Swedish Total Population Register and found that those who had evidence of damage... (Read More)

Yoga Eases Back Pain

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Yoga may be the best prescription for lower back pain. Researchers at West Virginia University assigned 90 people with chronic lower back pain to one of two groups. Half the people took six months Iyengar yoga classes while the half... (Read More)