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March 2010

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Q. I have been on Fosamax for approximately eight years and have NEVER been told it should not be taken so long. I am 62 years old and have always worked out to stay healthy and strong. I fell last... (Read More)
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Q. The other day someone wrote asking about kidney stones. To cut down on kidney stones, I drink several glasses of lemonade a week. A. There is some scientific basis for your observation. Doctors often prescribe potassium citrate to disrupt... (Read More)
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Listen To Our Podcast: 689 Bacteriophage vs Antibiotic Resistance (archive)
Broken Femur Despite Fosamax
Lemonade Therapy Might Prevent Kidney Stones
Do Sexual Side Effects from Prozac Persist?
Getting Rid of Gooey Lice Remedy
Soy Sauce to Ease Burn Pain (Read More)
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Q. I am 50 years old and in good health. I have taken Prozac until quite recently. Over the last few years my libido and my ability to perform sexually have diminished noticeably. I thought that when I stopped the... (Read More)
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Desperate parents are willing to try almost anything to rid their children of lice. Lice shampoo and nit combs are staples of the school year, but unfortunately in the past decade or so, lice have developed resistance to many of... (Read More)
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Q. Thanks for the soy sauce hint. I spilled boiling hot honey on the back of my hand. After flushing the burn with cold water to remove all the honey, I remembered the soy sauce and liberally poured straight Kikkoman... (Read More)
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The problem of antibiotic resistance is increasing. Superbugs like MRSA (methicillin-resistant staph aureus) are becoming harder and harder to treat as they evolve resistance to the most powerful antibiotics used against them.Back before the development of antibiotics, scientists were working... (Read More)
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Q. I have been on Evista for two years to prevent breast cancer after surgery and radiation for DCIS (pre-cancer in my breast). I have suffered the whole time with terrible hot flashes. One month ago I tried pine bark... (Read More)
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This Week's Radio Show: 689 Bacteriophage vs Antibiotic Resistance
What Women Can Do for Sexual Dissatisfaction
Home Remedies to Help Leg Cramps
Defibrillators Save Lives
New Warnings on Eczema Drugs
Do Antidepressants Increase Risk of Cataracts?
How Much Exercise Prevents Weight Gain?
Genetic Testing Improves Coumadin Dosing (Read More)
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Dr. Anita Clayton is one of the country's leading experts on female sexuality. We talked with her recently about hypoactive sexual desire disorder, or low libido. She discussed the use of bupropion and buspirone as well as ways to improve... (Read More)
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Public defibrillators save lives, especially when they are readily accessible. That's the conclusion of a study conducted in Japan between 2005 and 2007. Automated external defibrillators, known by the acronym AEDs, can be found in airports, malls, sports venues and... (Read More)
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Eczema or atopic dermatitis is an allergic skin condition characterized by itching, dryness and redness. Mild cases are frequently treated with moisturizers or topical corticosteroids. Stubborn cases of eczema are sometimes treated with powerful topical immune suppressing drugs such as... (Read More)
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SSRI-type antidepressants may be linked to a slightly higher risk of cataracts. That's the conclusion of a new Canadian study that tracked residents of Quebec. Investigators compared older residents of the province who had cataracts with matched controls who had... (Read More)
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A new study from Harvard sheds some light on a perpetual question: how much exercise is needed to avoid gaining weight. More than 30,000 healthy women were surveyed every few years between 1992 and 2007. They followed their usual... (Read More)
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The anticoagulant warfarin, also known as Coumadin, is notoriously difficult to use. On the one hand, it saves lives by preventing lethal blood clots. On the other, though, getting the dose right can be tricky. There is a genetic test... (Read More)
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Q. What can I do to halt or prevent leg cramps? I get them regularly at night and even during the day. They occur only in the inner thigh of my left leg and occasionally in the left groin area.... (Read More)
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Q. Recently I heard that there was a cream or ointment for getting rid of age spots. I think I heard it referred to as Hydroxycordone but I am not sure. Is there such a product that can be bought... (Read More)
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Q. I read your column about blackstrap molasses for hemorrhoids about three weeks ago. I too had huge painful, bleeding hemorrhoids that weren't responding to Proctosol, sitz baths or ice. I was in a dreadful place, taking pain pills every... (Read More)
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Listen To Our Podcast: #762 Women and Sex
Getting Rid of Age Spots
Can Cholesterol Go Too Low?
Drug Treatments May Boomerang
Listerine and Vinegar for Soft Feet
Fish or Flax? (Read More)
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Q. My total cholesterol is 140, my LDL is 55 and my HDL is 47. I am on simvastatin. My chiropractor believes that my numbers are too low for me to be on medication. He says the brain is made... (Read More)
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Boomerang: n. 1. (Australian) a curved piece of wood; when properly thrown will return to thrower. 2. A miscalculation that recoils on its maker. This definition from Webster's Online Dictionary describes the unanticipated consequences of certain medications. When doctors prescribe... (Read More)
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Q. I read about mixing amber Listerine and vinegar to help toenail fungus with a side benefit of softening the feet as well. I'd love to know the ratio, since I'm always looking for ways to help with rough heels!... (Read More)

#762 Women and Sex

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Many women are less than satisfied with their sex lives. But how can they improve the situation? Research about female sexuality is surprisingly scarce, but both biological and psychological factors can play an important role in women's sexual satisfaction. Some... (Read More)

Fish or Flax?

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Q. Which is better, fish oil or flax oil capsules? A. Both contain omega-3 fatty acids, but it is much harder for the body to utilize the fats from flax seed oil. If your goal is to lower cholesterol and... (Read More)

Swallowing Pills

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Q. During a recent stay in the hospital, while swallowing pills I mentioned to the nurse that I had a dread of having a large pill getting stuck in my throat. She explained that the RIGHT way to swallow is... (Read More)
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This Week's Radio Show: #762 Women and Sex
Swallowing Pills
Arthritis Drugs Cause Constipation
Tagamet Banished Plantar Warts
Many Remedies May Rout Jock Itch
Aggressive Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes Offers Little Benefit
Old Drug May Offer New Benefits for Diabetes
Erectile Dysfunction Signals Risk of Heart Disease
Do Bald Men Have Lower Risk of Prostate Cancer?
Older People May Get Inappropriate Drugs in Emergency Room (Read More)
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Ever since Chantix was introduced in 2006, it has been hailed as a wonderful way to stop smoking. Quitting smoking is, of course, one of the most important steps a person can take to improve health, but Chantix may not... (Read More)
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Q. I have arthritis in my fingers and knees. Using a computer makes it worse and running on the treadmill has become difficult. Anti-inflammatory medications make me constipated. Can you send me your Power Pudding recipe to ease my discomfort?... (Read More)
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Q. I had plantar warts on the bottoms of my feet for close to five years. It got to the point where I didn't wear flip flops or anything that showed my feet, which was hard because I'm a surfer... (Read More)
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There is disappointing news in the treatment of type 2 diabetes. A ten-year-long study that included more than 5,500 people with this condition found that making an extra effort to lower triglycerides, fats in the blood, did not result in... (Read More)