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This Week's Radio Show: 746 America's War on Drugs
America has been waging a war on drugs of abuse for a very long time. Are we winning or losing? A "get-tough" legal policy has resulted in many drug users being locked in prison. One guest argues that this is...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2009/10/31/746-americas-war-on-drugs/
The People's Pharmacy Wants You-- To Vote
We've just added a new feature to PeoplesPharmacy.com which we hope will be useful to you. Each article now has a "thumbs up/thumbs down" icon beneath the title. You can use these icons to share your opinion, and help other...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2009/10/29/the-peoples-pharmacy-wants-you---to-vote/
When Does Your Prescription Drug Expire?
Q. When I picked up a prescription from the pharmacy, the pharmacy label had a "use before" date of 09/04/10. The manufacturer's label, under the pharmacy label, had an "expiration" date of Dec 2012. Why is this? A. It is...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2009/10/29/when-does-your-prescription-drug-expire/
Solutions for Dog's Hot Spots
Q. What can I use to help my dog with scratching? He scratches and bites at his leg all day. He has been to the vet and has even been on prednisone and antibiotics. Is there anything else I can...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2009/10/28/solutions-for-dogs-hot-spots/
Antifungal Powder Controlled Jock Itch
Q. Shortly after moving to Charleston, SC, in 1988 I developed very uncomfortable itching over much of my body, including my armpits, groin and chest. A physician diagnosed it as "Charleston Crud" and recommended Zeasorb-AF, an antifungal body powder. The...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2009/10/27/antifungal-powder-controlled-jock-itch/
Dietary Supplement Eases Urge to Pull Out Hair
Q. I am desperate and hope you can help. I suffer from trichotillomania. I pull hairs constantly and this leaves little bald spots. No matter how hard I try I cannot stop. I seem to recall hearing on your radio...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2009/10/27/dietary-supplement-eases-urge-to-pull-out-hair/

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Lost in Transmission--Key Facts Not Found in PDR
Critical details about drug safety and effectiveness are often missing from the official prescribing information. That's the conclusion of two Dartmouth researchers writing in the New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Lisa Schwartz and Dr. Steve Woloshin scoured clinical trial...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2009/10/29/lost-in-transmission--key-facts-not-found-in-pdr/

Side Effect Information Missing

French researchers have independently observed that studies published in prestigious journals often don't tell enough about adverse drug effects. They reviewed over 100 reports of randomized controlled drug trials and discovered that one quarter of the articles left out severe...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2009/10/29/side-effect-information-missing/

Metabolic Effects of Anti-Psychotic Medicines in Adolescents

When a new generation of anti-psychotic medications was introduced more than a decade ago physicians hoped these drugs represented a better way to treat mental illness. The expectation was that drugs such as Risperdal, Zyprexa, Abilify and Seroquel would be...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2009/10/29/metabolic-effects-of-anti-psychotic-medicines-in-adolescents/

HDL Cholesterol Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

For decades people have been told that it is critical to get their cholesterol levels down, especially bad LDL cholesterol. But there is growing recognition that good HDL cholesterol may be nearly as important. A new study in the Archives...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2009/10/29/hdl-cholesterol-lowers-risk-of-heart-disease/

Treating Vitamin D Deficiency

Vitamin D deficiency is common, but new research shows that it can be treated easily and cheaply. Scientists in Boston report that they used 50,000 IU of vitamin D2 once a week to treat vitamin D deficiency in 86 patients....
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2009/10/29/treating-vitamin-d-deficiency/

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