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Health Headlines 4/23/10

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This Week's Radio Show: 766 Asthma
It seems that asthma is both more common and more dangerous in the 21st century than at the turn of the 20th century. Asthma is now the most common chronic ailment among children in the United States, and the prevalence...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2010/04/24/766-asthma/
Understanding Radiation Risks
Q. I have seen some reports linking CT scans and cancer. This news has really bothered me since I've had a couple that I really didn't think I needed. What is your perspective on it? What can be done to...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2010/04/23/understanding-radiation-risks/
Statins in Tap Water?
We stirred up a hornets' nest of controversy with our editorial column about prescribing the cholesterol-lowering drug Crestor for healthy people with normal cholesterol levels. What got people so excited was the idea of putting statin-type medications in salt shakers...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2010/04/22/statins-in-tap-water/
Overcoming Insomnia Naturally
Q. I have suffered from insomnia for many years. My doctor prescribed Ambien, but it doesn't seem to be working very well any more. I also suspect that it affected my memory. Now the doctor is suggesting the antidepressant amitriptyline...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2010/04/22/overcoming-insomnia-naturally/
Bladder Drugs Have Effect on Mental Faculties
Q. I read with interest an article you wrote about bladder drugs causing cognitive decline. My husband is taking Detrol LA. I have noticed increasing confusion, such as what day it is, not remembering conversations and not being able to...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2010/04/21/bladder-drugs-have-effect-on-mental-faculties/

Health Headlines:

Sugar as Cholesterol Culprit

Eating sugar raises heart disease risk factors such as cholesterol and triglycerides. For years, Americans were admonished to avoid cholesterol and saturated fat to control blood lipids. Sugary snacks didn't seem to be a threat. Now, research published in the...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2010/04/22/sugar-as-cholesterol-culprit/

Vitamin D and the Brain

Does vitamin D protect the aging brain? Researchers from both France and the U.S. presented data suggesting that there may be a link between vitamin D deficiency and an increased risk of cognitive decline. One study tested 150 Americans with...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2010/04/22/vitamin-d-and-the-brain/

Can Blueberries Prevent Breast Cancer?

Blueberries are superstars of the supermarket when it comes to antioxidant potential. Both animal and human research suggests that blueberries may be helpful in preserving memory as we age. Now a small study in mice points to a possible benefit...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2010/04/22/can-blueberries-prevent-breast-cancer/

Reducing the Risk of Breast Cancer

Two breast cancer drugs have been tested head-to-head in high risk women. Both drugs reduced the risk of developing breast cancer, but tamoxifen was somewhat more effective than Evista. More than 19,000 women were followed for seven years. During the...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2010/04/22/reducing-the-risk-of-breast-cancer/

Statins Strike Out against Colon Cancer
Statin-type cholesterol-lowering drugs don't reduce the risk of colon cancer after all. Previous preliminary research suggested that the anti-inflammatory action of these drugs might act as a preventive against several different kinds of cancer. Unfortunately, analysis of new data shows...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2010/04/22/statins-strike-out-against-colon-cancer/

Chocolate Recommended for Cirrhosis

Dark chocolate rich in cocoa compounds called flavanols may have a surprising new health benefit. People with cirrhosis of the liver often have increased abdominal blood pressure following a meal. Scientists in Spain report that 21 patients with cirrhosis were...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2010/04/22/chocolate-recommended-for-cirrhosis/

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