December 2009

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This Week's Radio Show: 753 Overcoming Alcohol Dependence
Nerve Problem with Lipitor and Crestor: Ann's Story
Desperate Insomniac Needs Help
Ambien Caused Horrible Heartburn
Tylenol Recall Expanded
Ginkgo Doesn't Delay Cognitive Decline
Black Cohosh and Red Clover Not So Hot for Menopause
Leafy Greens Save Eyesight
Device Approval Process Needs More Rigor
H1N1 Virus Less Catching Than Expected
Specialized Sound Tracks Ease Tinnitus (Read More)
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The following comment was posted to this Web site on Dec. 29, 2009 by Ann H. We found it so powerful that we wanted to make sure others have a chance to read it, vote and comment if so inclined.... (Read More)

Tylenol Recall Expanded

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Consumers are being warned to stop using Tylenol Arthritis Pain Caplets if the bottle has a big red easy-to-open cap. The manufacturer, Johnson and Johnson has expanded a recall that started in November. Some lots have an unusual moldy or... (Read More)
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Ginkgo biloba has been a popular herb for its reputed ability to prevent cognitive decline. A year ago, a randomized controlled trial published in the Journal of the American Medical Association did not show any benefit of ginkgo in warding... (Read More)
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Other popular herbs are promoted for alleviating the hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause. A new study shows, however, that black cohosh and red clover are no better than placebo in reducing night sweats and hot flashes. In the... (Read More)
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For decades grandmas have been telling their grandchildren to eat their vegetables. Now an analysis from the University of Georgia shows that a diet rich in green leafy vegetables may help prevent age-related eye problems such as cataracts and macular... (Read More)
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Billions are spent each year on medical equipment such as pacemakers, implantable defibrillators and cardiac stents. How thorough is the FDA's review process for such devices? Two major medical journals, the American Journal of Therapeutics and the Journal of the... (Read More)
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As the H1N1 flu pandemic begins to wind down, researchers are discovering how infectious this virus really is. A study in The New England Journal of Medicine analyzed data on 216 confirmed patients and their 600 household contacts. Only 78... (Read More)
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Millions of people suffer from ringing in the ears or tinnitus. For many, the internal buzzing, chirping or hissing interferes with quality of life. Now German researchers have reported that tailored music therapy may be helpful. The scientists developed musical... (Read More)
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Q. I've had chronic, severe insomnia all my life. All I get from well-meaning people is the advice to stop drinking coffee. All I get from doctors are more and more drugs, which work for a while, then quit. I... (Read More)
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Q. I have suffered from acid reflux for about six months, and it kept getting worse and worse. Nothing that I tried was helping. I read some comments on your Web site that Ambien might cause heartburn. The light bulb... (Read More)
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Hospitals are dangerous places. Our ancestors intuitively knew that and generally tried to stay out of the hospital if at all possible. These days we like to think of hospitals as sterile, safe and high tech. They are unquestionably high... (Read More)
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Q. Several years ago I had hemorrhoids so bad that I couldn't even go to work. The only comfort I could find was sitting in a tub of warm water. A friend who was into old folk remedies told me... (Read More)
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Q. I suffered from cluster headaches for 14 years. Some doctors said the pain was psychosomatic. Others told me I was allergic to chocolate. Once I actually put a pistol to my head to kill myself because the pain was... (Read More)
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Listen to Our Podcast: 701 Stroke of Insight (Archive)
Preventing Drug Mistakes In The Hospital
Blackstrap Molasses Heals Hemorrhoids
Stopping Smoking Cured Suicide Headaches
Sauerkraut Juice Conquers Canker Sore
Niacin Works Better Than Zetia (Read More)
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Stroke is the third leading cause of death in America, killing 150,000 people a year. The survivors can face a difficult challenge, as they may need to relearn simple activities such as talking, reading or dressing themselves. For one neuroscientist,... (Read More)
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Q. I have had dry mouth for years due to medication. Recently, with my diabetes diagnosis, it has gotten much worse. It is hard to talk and hard to swallow. In the last week or so I have had very... (Read More)
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This Week's Radio Show: 701 Stroke of Insight (Archive)
Getting Off Drugs for GERD Requires Strategy
Soy Foods Fine for Cancer Survivor
Celebrex Interferes with Aspirin Anti-Clotting Power
How Much Plant Sterol Is Needed to Lower Cholesterol?
When Do Doctors Tell Parents About Errors in Child's Care?
Vitamin D Fights Lymphoma
New Device May Reduce Stroke Damage (Read More)
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Q. Recently I heard a suggestion that niacin would be better and cheaper than Vytorin for lowering cholesterol. I know there has not been an extensive study on this. I exercise and watch my diet pretty well and wonder if... (Read More)
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Q. I have GERD and I have been on Nexium for several years. Before Nexium I took Tagamet, Zantac, and Prilosec, in that order. I have tried to get off of this medicine several times, and I have been unsuccessful... (Read More)
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Aspirin is often used to reduce the risk of heart attacks in middle-aged and older people. A new study suggests that the anti-clotting benefits of aspirin might disappear if people also take a common prescription pain reliever. Laboratory studies at... (Read More)
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Scientists know that plant sterols interfere with cholesterol absorption, but how well do these compounds work to lower cholesterol? To answer this question, investigators fed volunteers a carefully controlled diet with a measured small amount of plant sterols. They were... (Read More)
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Pediatricians may not tell parents when they make a mistake in a child's care. The Institute of Medicine issued a report several years ago documenting widespread hospital errors. In the aftermath of this eye-opening analysis, health professionals called for more... (Read More)

Vitamin D Fights Lymphoma

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Vitamin D is important in helping the immune system function properly. A recent study at the Mayo Clinic shows that lymphoma patients with vitamin D deficiency are twice as likely to die from this cancer as patients with adequate vitamin... (Read More)
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A device that could be used as a vascular vacuum cleaner may offer a new way to treat stroke. The FDA has approved a catheter called Penumbra for extracting blood clots from blood vessels in the brain. If stroke patients... (Read More)
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Q. Is soy good or bad for an overweight breast cancer survivor? I've heard both. A. Breast cancer survivors have sometimes been warned to avoid soy-based foods because of the natural estrogen-like compounds soy contains. A recent study of survivors... (Read More)
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Listen To Our Podcast: 752 Bone Vitality
Many Drugs Raise Risk for Falls
Is There Help for Herpes?
Buttermilk Fights Canker Sores
Drinking Listerine Is Dangerous
CoQ10 Reversed Muscle Pain from Drug
Alternatives for Armour Thyroid (Read More)
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If you watch the evening news on television, you are likely to see commercials for osteoporosis drugs. Sally Field will tell you that Boniva builds strong healthy bones to help prevent fractures. Strong bones are desirable, but preventing fractures also... (Read More)
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Q. I am 23 years old and I just learned I have herpes. I feel like my life is over. I fear no one will ever want to date me again. I'm not promiscuous at all. It only took one... (Read More)
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Causes of headaches. Migraine triggers, and drug and non-drug treatments for migraines and cluster headaches. Coping with menstrual migraines and sex headaches.... (Read More)
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