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Listen To Our Podcast: 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/
Thump Foot to Stop Nosebleed
Q. I learned a procedure from a wrestling coach to stop nosebleeds. Determine which nostril is bleeding, remove the shoe from the opposite foot and with the heel of your hand give two good thumps to the heel of that...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2010/03/02/thump-foot-to-stop-nosebleed/
Listen to Patients When it Comes to Statin Side Effects
On December 30, 2002 we heard from Helene F. about an unusual side effect she associated with Lipitor: "I have a question about Lipitor. Recently, our family physician prescribed Lipitor for my husband and myself. We both have been...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2010/03/01/listen-to-patients-when-it-comes-to-statin-side-effects/
Can You Avoid Plastic from Canned Food?
Q. How can you tell if a can has BPA in its lining? I have been eating canned salmon after reading that it is wild caught and preferable to farm raised salmon. Now I wonder if I am getting too...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2010/03/01/can-you-avoid-plastic-from-canned-food/
Maalox Mess-up Signals Brand Name Problem
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...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2010/02/28/maalox-mess-up-signals-brand-name-problem/
Celery Seed Against Gout
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....
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2010/02/27/celery-seed-against-gout/
Naltrexone Cuts Urge to Drink
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....
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2010/02/26/naltrexone-cuts-urge-to-drink/
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