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Health Headlines 11/20/09

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This Week's Radio Show: 749 Vitamin D Update
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...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2009/11/19/749-vitamin-d-update/
Outrage Over Mammogram Mix-Up
For over 50 years the idea of early cancer detection has been a cornerstone of American medical advice. The American Cancer Society promoted this concept with its slogan, "Fight cancer with a checkup and a check." The idea was that...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2009/11/19/outrage-over-mammogram-mix-up/
Crucial Drug Data Are Missing from Label
When smart consumers want to buy a new car, a refrigerator or a computer, they often turn to an objective source such as Consumer Reports. They get ratings of various products and recommendations about the "best buy" for the money....
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2009/11/19/crucial-drug-data-are-missing-from-label/

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Women Shocked by New Mammogram Guidelines

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...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2009/11/19/women-shocked-by-new-mammogram-guidelines/

Many Drugs May Interact with Plavix
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...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2009/11/19/many-drugs-may-interact-with-plavix/

Acetaminophen May Increase Risk of Asthma

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...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2009/11/19/acetaminophen-may-increase-risk-of-asthma/

Niacin Bests Zetia
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...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2009/11/19/niacin-bests-zetia/

New Pill May Restore Female Sex Drive

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...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2009/11/19/new-pill-may-restore-female-sex-drive/

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