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This Week's Radio Show: 639 Medical Errors (Archive)
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...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2010/02/25/639-medical-err/
Natural Sleep Treatment Helps Depression Too
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...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2010/02/25/natural-sleep-treatment-helps-depression-too/
Do Osteoporosis Drugs Raise Risk of Esophageal Cancer?
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...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2010/02/24/do-osteoporosis-drugs-raise-risk-of-esophageal-cancer/

Health Headlines:

Statins May Increase Risk of Type-2 Diabetes

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...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2010/02/25/statins-may-increase-risk-of-type-2-diabetes/

More Effort Needed To Control Hypertension

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...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2010/02/25/more-effort-needed-to-control-hypertension/

Danger from Hospital-Acquired Infections

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....
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2010/02/25/danger-from-hospital-acquired-infections/

Controversy over Diabetes Drug

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...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2010/02/25/controversy-over-diabetes-drug/

Exercise Beats Anxiety

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....
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2010/02/24/exercise-beats-anxiety-1/

Will Sex Hormone Protect Brain?
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...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2010/02/24/will-sex-hormone-protect-brain/

Green Tea for Good Vision

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...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2010/02/24/green-tea-for-good-vision/

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At the age of 72 I have begun to have a problem with something I would call acid indigestion. I don't know whether it could be classified as acid reflux or not. I remember hearing my Mother tell me over and over again--grade school to high school, "David, slow down--eat more slowly."

I have decided to take that advice seriously. I now chew each mouthful of food approximately 40 times before I swallow the mouthful. I've found that it makes a tremendous difference. If I still have a problem with acid indigestion after faithfully chewing my meal I will take a little aloe vera. I have a lovely aloe vera plant in the living room. I snip off a leaf-stem and put it in a plastic bag in the food crisper. When I need some additional help with acid indigestion I take a bite of aloe vera leaf, chew it very carefully, and swallow it.

Between the careful chewing of my meal and the supplemental aloe vera I have done away with the problem of acid indigestion. Please share this.

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