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February 2010

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Having a brand name that consumers trust is like money in the bank. Drug companies put a lot of effort into building brand name recognition. Over the years companies have advertised products like Maalox and Tylenol so aggressively that they... (Read More)
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Q. I began taking celery seed extract capsules six months ago for gout. Within a day, all my foot pain was gone. A blood test six weeks later showed normal levels of uric acid. I take two capsules each morning.... (Read More)
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Q. I am a 62-year-old male emergency room nurse with a history of drinking 6 to 8 alcoholic drinks a day for the past 30 years or so. My drinking is confined to the hours between 5 and 10 PM.... (Read More)
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This Week's Radio Show: 639 Medical Errors (Archive)
Natural Sleep Treatment Helps Depression Too
Do Osteoporosis Drugs Raise Risk of Esophageal Cancer?
Statins May Increase Risk of Type-2 Diabetes
More Effort Needed To Control Hypertension
Danger from Hospital-Acquired Infections
Controversy over Diabetes Drug
Exercise Beats Anxiety
Will Sex Hormone Protect Brain?
Green Tea for Good Vision (Read More)
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Statin-type cholesterol medications are among the most commonly prescribed drugs in the pharmacy. Brands such as Crestor and Lipitor and generic drugs like simvastatin, lovastatin and pravastatin rack up billions of dollars in sales each year. Such medications are especially... (Read More)
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Although high blood pressure contributes to one death in every six adults in the US, it is not being adequately addressed. A new report from the respected Institute of Medicine suggests that both physicians and patients should be making more... (Read More)
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Hospital-acquired infections remain a major killer. Pneumonia and blood stream infections are responsible for nearly 50,000 deaths each year. These are called nosocomial infections because they are caught as a result of getting medical care. Many could have been prevented.... (Read More)
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The diabetes drug Avandia continues to be controversial. Charges have been leveled that this medication increases the risk of heart failure and heart attacks. A Senate investigation has criticized both the manufacturer and the FDA in its handling of the... (Read More)
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The Institute of Medicine reports that the average patient experiences at least one error every day he is hospitalized. The annual death toll from medical errors is estimated at 44,000 to 98,000 Americans. How can you protect yourself or a... (Read More)
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Q. My wife suffers from depression and sleep deprivation. She refuses to see a doctor or take any drugs. Are there any supplements or remedies that could help with her depression and sleep problems? A. Sleeping problems and depression may... (Read More)

Exercise Beats Anxiety

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People with chronic health problems often feel anxious about their condition, but adding an anti-anxiety drug to numerous other medications may not be the best solution. A new analysis of 40 studies shows that regular exercise can reduce anxiety significantly.... (Read More)
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A large clinical trial involving 17 trauma centers around the U.S. is about to test whether progesterone can protect the brain in the event of serious head injuries. Animal research and preliminary human research at Emory University suggest that this... (Read More)

Green Tea for Good Vision

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Green tea continues to make headlines because of a variety of anti-oxidant compounds. Research has shown that green tea may lower the risk of developing heart disease, osteoporosis and several kinds of cancer. Now investigators in Hong Kong suggest that... (Read More)
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Q. I've been taking Fosamax for about twelve years. (I'm 45.) Last summer I had acid reflux and pain. My doctor discovered I have Barrett's esophagus, a pre-malignant condition of the esophagus. I hate to think I could have ended... (Read More)
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Q. What a nightmare! I used the Vaseline treatment to get rid of lice. It seems to have worked, but I have tried all of the suggestions to get the petroleum jelly out of my kids' hair and it is... (Read More)
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Listen To Our Podcast: 759 Health News Update
Lice Remedy Causes Trouble Again
How to Get Rid of Kidney Stones
Are Heart Stents Used Too Often?
DGL for Heartburn
Drug Lowers Cholesterol but Raises Blood Sugar (Read More)
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Q. Is there any way to make passing a kidney stone less painful? I went from uncomfortable to unbearable pain within a couple of hours. The emergency room doctors gave me narcotic pain relievers but nothing to speed the stone... (Read More)
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Stents are back in the news because of Bill Clinton's cardiac "event." Although the former president did not suffer a heart attack, discomfort and pressure in his chest prompted him to seek medical care. He'd undergone quadruple bypass surgery in... (Read More)

759 Health News Update

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Hypertension is called the silent killer. While there are many medications that can help get blood pressure under control, it can be difficult for a person and her health care provider to find one without distressing side effects. A natural... (Read More)
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DGL for Heartburn

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Q. You have been writing about problems with heartburn drugs. A prominent naturopathic doctor told me to use DGL. I take one tab twice per day and have not had any heartburn since starting this regimen. This is excellent information... (Read More)
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Q. I have been taking Crestor. It lowered my cholesterol very well, but my blood sugar went out of control. My HbA1c went from 6.8 to 7.3 in just a short while, and my morning blood glucose numbers went from... (Read More)
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This Week's Radio Show: 759 Health News Update
Thyroid Problem Complicates Treatment
Is Petroleum Jelly in the Nose Safe?
Sauerkraut Remedy Heals Canker Sore
Cipro, Floxin and Levaquin Cause Chaos
Regular Aspirin Use May Help Prevent Cancer Spread
New Rules for Powerful Anemia Drugs
Diabetes Drug Smells Awful
Single-Size Condoms Do Not Fit All
Can Chocolate Protect Against Stroke? (Read More)
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Q. My doctor recently told me that my TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) is high and that this means I have hypothyroidism. She wants me to have more blood work done to measure my T3 and T4 levels. I have no... (Read More)
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Q. I get nosebleeds when the furnace runs a lot in the winter. I think it is the dry air. My doctor recommended that I use Vaseline in my nose to keep it moistened. I think I read in your... (Read More)
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Aspirin may be good for women with breast cancer. Data from the large, long-term Harvard study of women called the Nurses' Health Study indicate that women taking aspirin when they are diagnosed with early stage breast cancer halve their risk... (Read More)
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A few years ago drugs such as Procrit for chemotherapy-related anemia were advertised on television. Viewers were given the impression that this drug was safe and effective and would combat fatigue and give them strength. But now studies have raised... (Read More)
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People with type-2 diabetes are often prescribed a drug called metformin. It is quite effective in helping to control blood glucose. But there is a problem with this medication. Many patients stop taking it because it smells bad. Some... (Read More)
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When men buy shoes they are fitted for a particular size. Wearing a size 12 shoe when your foot is size 10 doesn't make any sense. But when it comes to condoms, the assumption has often been that one size... (Read More)
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The health benefits of chocolate keep accumulating. Research has shown that dark chocolate can help lower blood pressure, and the flavonoids in chocolate can make blood platelets less sticky, so they are not as susceptible to clotting. Now a... (Read More)
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Q. My favorite home remedy is sauerkraut for canker sores. If I feel one coming on, I put a wad of chopped sauerkraut on the area, hold it there for a minute, then chew it and swallow. I do this... (Read More)