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This Week's Radio Show: 770 Stabbed in the Back
Back pain is extremely common, but there is not great consensus about how it should be treated. Billions are spent on surgery without much evidence that it makes a significant difference. Our guest, Dr. Nortin Hadler, has examined the evidence...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2010/05/20/770-stabbed-in-the-back/
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You may have noticed a change to the rating system at PeoplesPharmacy.com. We encourage our readers to rate the helpfulness of our articles, which up till now was done by clicking "thumbs up" or "thumbs down" on the article. We've...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2010/05/20/five-stars-we-want-your-feedback/
Cranberry Cocktail Against Urinary Tract Infections
Q. I published the original article on cranberry juice cocktail and urinary tract infections (Journal of Urology, May, 1984). We also demonstrated in several nursing home studies that cranberry juice cocktail, not the plain juice, works best. Please spare your...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2010/05/20/cranberry-cocktail-against-urinary-tract-infections/
Difficulties with Osteoporosis Treatments
Q. When I was 53 I was diagnosed with osteoporosis. I started with Fosamax, but every time I took it I felt like I had the flu. Then the doctor prescribed Forteo. It helped, but not enough. Actonel gave me...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2010/05/19/difficulties-with-osteoporosis-treatments/
Acid Suppressors Linked to Fractures
Q. I have been taking either Prilosec or Nexium for over seven years for reflux. No one seems concerned about it but me. I would like to get off "the purple pill" but I can only go for a few...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2010/05/17/acid-suppressors-linked-to-fractures/

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Vitamin D May Fight Flu

Vitamin D may help ward off influenza infections during the winter. Grandma always used to administer cod liver oil to keep the family healthy during flu season. Many health professionals relegated this quaint practice to folk medicine at best and...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2010/05/20/vitamin-d-may-fight-flu/

Does Too Much Protein Weaken Bones?

Critics of a low-carb diet sometimes suggest that too much protein will weaken bones. A new study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition throws doubt on that belief. Researchers collected dietary data from more than 500 women between the...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2010/05/20/does-too-much-protein-weaken-bones/

Cough Medicine Ingredient Under Scrutiny

Dextromethorphan, an ingredient in most over-the-counter cough medicines, is highly controversial. Studies have shown it is no more effective than placebo in young children. The FDA is also concerned about reports that adolescents may be abusing it. The agency...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2010/05/20/cough-medicine-ingredient-under-scrutiny/

Physicians Reporting on Pharma Missteps
Physicians are being urged to report drug companies behaving badly. The FDA wants to hear about misleading promotions of medications that may be made over dinner or at lunch in doctors' offices. By law, pharmaceutical marketing must be both balanced...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2010/05/20/physicians-reporting-on-pharma-missteps/

Coffee for a Healthy Heart
Could coffee actually be good for some heart patients? Researchers in Greece studied nearly 400 patients who had suffered heart attacks or had serious heart problems. They found that as long as the patients did not have high blood pressure,...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2010/05/20/coffee-for-a-healthy-heart/

Bar Codes in the Hospital

Bar codes have become ubiquitous in the world of retail. Most clerks don't have to waste time typing in a code or a price. Instead they quickly scan a bar code that registers the exact item you have purchased along...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2010/05/20/bar-codes-in-the-hospital/

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