November 2009

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Listen To Our Podcast: 716 Living in Balance (Archive)
Leg Cramp Remedy in a Pinch
Do Pills for ED Really Work?
Lowering Cholesterol with Diet
Looking for Sources of Vitamin D
Wet Pajama Treatment for Eczema
Can Onions Cure the Flu?
Reducing Sex Drive Is Not the Best Answer (Read More)
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Q. I must share a remedy I have used for years for nighttime leg cramps. There is no prescription, no side effects, and it is simple and readily available. Just pinch the bridge of the nose (pretty hard) for 5... (Read More)
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Q. I'm 50 years old with type 1 diabetes, and I have ED. I'm exercising regularly 20 minutes daily. Do those pills you see on TV with the guy smiling all the time really work? A. Diabetes is linked to... (Read More)
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Q. I am one of those people who cannot tolerate statin drugs to lower cholesterol. I have taken lovastatin, pravastatin, simvastatin and Lipitor. They make my muscles ache so I cannot exercise. I am concerned about cholesterol, however. Can you... (Read More)
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In stressful times, people often take short cuts that may ultimately undermine their health. They snack on junk or comfort food, skimp on sleep and do without exercise. But this won't help develop the resilience we need to cope with... (Read More)
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This Week's Radio Show: 716 Living in Balance (Archive)
EpiPen Is Lifesaver for Allergic Reaction
Public Could Have Been Warned Earlier about Vioxx Hazards
Certain Drugs Increase Risk of a Fall
Chronic Pain Raises Risk of Falling
Therapy Dogs Speed Recovery
Collaborative Care Helps Control Blood Pressure
Telephone Follow-Up Helps Fight Post-Surgical Depression (Read More)
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Q. I took cod liver oil in the late 1930s and early 1940s when I was a kid. In the 40s a new form of cod liver oil was introduced that my father called the sunshine pill. I guess that... (Read More)
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Q. Do you know about the "wet pajama" treatment for childhood eczema? Wet a pair of cotton pajamas and wring them out. Put them on the child, then layer a pair of dry fleece pajamas over the top. Leave both... (Read More)
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Q. There is a message circulating on the Web about putting an unpeeled onion in a room to attract flu viruses. Apparently this is supposed to protect people from catching the flu. Is there any truth here? A. There is... (Read More)
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Q. I am not enjoying sex with my partner, as he is not a good lover. Please suggest some odorless, colorless medicine I could put in his food to reduce his libido. A. Despite folklore about saltpeter (potassium nitrate) dampening... (Read More)
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A new analysis of the data from clinical trials of Vioxx suggests that early warning signs of danger were overlooked for years. Investigators pooled data from 30 randomized, placebo-controlled studies and discovered that as early as June of 2001 there... (Read More)
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Falls are a serious health hazard for older people. They are responsible for two-fifths of nursing home admissions and for almost 80 percent of injuries that lead to hospitalization among this age group. Complications from falls are a leading cause... (Read More)
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A study from Boston found that chronic pain is associated with a higher risk of falling among older people. The Maintenance of Balance, Independent Living, Intellect and Zest in the Elderly study-aka MOBILIZE--included approximately 750 people 70 years old and... (Read More)
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People who have undergone total joint replacements can cut their need for pain medication during recovery with the help of therapy dogs. A study conducted by Loyola University School of Nursing demonstrated that that patients interacting with the trained assistance... (Read More)
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When pharmacists and physicians team up, patients with high blood pressure can benefit. A controlled clinical trial included 400 patients with diagnosed hypertension. In one-half of the group, clinical pharmacists made recommendations to physicians for drug therapy. In the other... (Read More)
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Collaborative care can make an important difference following heart surgery. Some patients suffer depression after this important intervention, and those who are depressed recover more slowly and less completely. In the study dubbed Bypassing the Blues, heart surgery patients had... (Read More)
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Q. Someone wrote to you about a bad reaction to wasps. The same thing happened to me after I was stung by yellow jackets. Please warn this person (or anyone who is allergic to stings) to consult a physician about... (Read More)
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Listen To Our Podcast: 749 Vitamin D Update
Canned Food Presents Plastic Predicament
Turmeric Against Psoriasis
Side Effects of Blood Pressure Pills Add Stress
Cilantro Shuts Down Voice
How Safe Is Lead in Hair Dye?
Outrage Over Mammogram Mix-Up (Read More)
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It's invisible, tasteless and odorless and yet it is found in many of the foods and beverages that we consume. It is BPA, short for bisphenol A. BPA is a synthetic estrogen that has measurable biological effects. What is it... (Read More)
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Q. My doctor prescribed Soriatane for my psoriasis, but I had to quit taking it. I developed every side effect that was listed in the warnings I got with the medication: hair loss, blisters and blurred vision, among other things.... (Read More)
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Q. My husband is fed up with his blood pressure medications and is threatening to stop the four drugs he is on. The diuretic has him getting up at night to urinate. Some of the other drugs have had a... (Read More)
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Q. Several times, at Mexican or Italian restaurants, I have had a problem with my vocal cords. It becomes extremely difficult to carry on a conversation. I have found that this condition seems to occur when I eat cilantro, so... (Read More)
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This Week's Radio Show: 749 Vitamin D Update
Outrage Over Mammogram Mix-Up
Crucial Drug Data Are Missing from Label
Women Shocked by New Mammogram Guidelines
Many Drugs May Interact with Plavix
Acetaminophen May Increase Risk of Asthma
Niacin Bests Zetia
New Pill May Restore Female Sex Drive (Read More)
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Q. I've been using a Grecian Formula for my graying hair for years. It has lead acetate in it. I checked the FDA website. They say they tested it and approved it. The lead has me a bit concerned. Any... (Read More)
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Millions of women were shocked and confused by new mammogram guidelines. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force suggested that routine mammograms should begin when a woman is 50 rather than 40. The physicians added even more controversy to the equation... (Read More)
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The anti-clotting drug Plavix has been heavily advertised on television to reduce the risks of heart attacks and strokes. This medication is frequently prescribed to people who have had a stent placed in a coronary artery, especially if the stent... (Read More)
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Acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol, is considered one of the safest drugs in the pharmacy. But a new analysis of 19 studies suggests that this popular pain reliever may have a previously unsuspected downside. Both children and adults seem... (Read More)

Niacin Bests Zetia

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Ezetimibe is an ingredient in Zetia and Vytorin. These popular cholesterol-lowering medications have come under increasing scrutiny over the last few years because of concerns that they may not lower the risk of heart attacks and strokes as anticipated. Now... (Read More)
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An experimental drug called flibanserin may offer hope for women with a flagging sex drive. Women who took the pill at bedtime for six months experienced a significant boost in libido and had 22 percent more "satisfying sexual events." The... (Read More)

749 Vitamin D Update

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Early vitamin research identified vitamin D as the way to treat rickets, or malformed bones. More recent research confirms that vitamin D is indeed essential for strong healthy bones. But its effects go far beyond bone. Inadequate vitamin D has... (Read More)
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