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June 2010

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Q. I have a home remedy to prevent sunburn and you may not have heard of it. I take three aspirin about an hour before I go into the sun, and an additional aspirin each hour I stay out after... (Read More)

Eczema and Skin Rash

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Learn home remedies and treatments for eczema and skin rash in this People's Pharmacy Video.... (Read More)
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Q. I sleep well at night, wake up refreshed and energetic and rarely feel tired or take naps. But when I drive for an hour or more, I become so sleepy that I have to pull over and take a... (Read More)
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Listen To Our Podcast: 775 Married to Distraction
Aspirin Against Sunburn?
Eczema and Skin Rash
Sunflower Seeds for Sleepy Drivers
Popular Pain Relievers Boost Heart Risk
The Common Cold: an Ounce of Prevention and a Pound of Cure
Drug Safety Is a Growing Problem
What Do Patients Do to Piss Off Physicians, Pharmacists and Nurses?
Milkweed Juice Banished Warts (Read More)
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Q. I have taken naproxen regularly for the last several years, having had knee replacement and shoulder surgery. When I take naproxen, my blood pressure goes up from 115/70 to about 145/94. I was told my blood pressure problem was... (Read More)
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Learn prevention tips and ideas on how to void the common cold from this People's Pharmacy Video.... (Read More)
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Tylenol is one of the most familiar and trusted brand names in America. In fact, commercials for the popular pain reliever used to proclaim: "Trust Tylenol. The pain reliever hospitals use most." Does Johnson & Johnson's McNeil Consumer Healthcare unit... (Read More)
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Last week we asked the question "What Do Doctors Do to Piss You Off"? We were overwhelmed by the response. (Read More)
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How can a couple make their marriage better? Paying attention to each other is critical, but what if one of them has ADD? Even without ADD, busy schedules and interruptions with work, text messages, email and other demands can... (Read More)
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Q. After reading about using milkweed juice to get rid of warts I wanted to put in my two cents. My husband and I have both had success with milkweed juice to cure warts. I got rid of a plantar... (Read More)
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Q. Recently my daughter had to switch the type of pill she takes daily. She was having trouble swallowing the larger pill. She has been using Pill Glide Swallowing Spray and now has no trouble swallowing her daily pill. I... (Read More)
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Flavored Spray Helps with Swallowing Big Pills
Turmeric Eased Nerve Pain
Reducing Risk for Cataracts
Mold and Mildew Make Asthma Worse
Low B Vitamin Levels Linked to Depression
Lowering Homocysteine Did Not Help Heart
Bacterial Balance Linked to Colon Cancer (Read More)
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Common medications may increase the risk for cataracts. Investigators at the University of Wisconsin studied records from more than 2000 patients over a span of 15 years. People who took drugs that can sensitize the skin or eyes to sun... (Read More)
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Mold and mildew are common contaminants in basements and crawl spaces under houses. The hot and humid weather of summer is especially conducive to mold and mildew growth. A new study from Boston indicates that these fungi can boost the... (Read More)
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Low intakes of certain B vitamins may expose older people to a greater risk of depression. Investigators in Chicago recruited 3,500 people over 65 years old and asked detailed questions about their dietary habits. They filled out other questionnaires every... (Read More)
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The homocysteine hypothesis of heart disease has been put to the test--and it flunked. The trial was carried out with 12,000 British people who had survived their first heart attack. They were randomly assigned to take either dummy pills or... (Read More)
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Colon cancer might be a matter of gut ecology. We all have billions of bacteria living in our intestines. For the most part, when we have enough good bacteria they work hard for us. But scientists at the University of... (Read More)
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Q. I've been clipping articles from your column for years. I checked them recently to find how to relieve severe lower back and hip pain. I used some turmeric on food, and thirty minutes later I noted an internal warming... (Read More)
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Q. I was prescribed Ambien for insomnia about two months ago. It works great, but I developed severe bloating and belching. I couldn't believe the constant heartburn! Nothing helped. Yesterday I came across your Web site and found other people... (Read More)
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Listen To Our Podcast: 774 Diabetes Update
Sleeping Pill Linked to Heartburn
Coping with Arthritis and Joint Pain
What Do Doctors Do to Piss You Off?
Doctors Missed Cause of Cough
Sleepless: How to Treat Insomnia
Science Proves Pickle Juice Remedy Works
Readers Defend Home Remedies
Home Remedies for Heartburn
Septra Is Dangerous with Coumadin (Read More)
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Learn how to treat arthritis and joint pain with the People's Pharmacy Video.... (Read More)
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Q. Your column saved my life (or at least made it worth living again). I have been in lisinopril hell for over three months. My insurance company switched me from Micardis, a blood pressure medicine that had no side effects,... (Read More)
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Learn how to treat insomnia in this video with Joe Graedon.... (Read More)
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Q. I would like to tell you about a remedy for leg cramps or spasms. One evening we were playing cards with some friends, and suddenly my husband bent over with a severe leg cramp. Our host went to the... (Read More)
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Home remedies have been a mainstay of healing for most of human history. People turned to specialists like bonesetters or doctors only when they didn't really know what to do for themselves. These days we rely much more on physicians,... (Read More)
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Q. I was prescribed Nexium for heartburn, but it began to lose its effectiveness and I worried about side effects. I found that yellow mustard worked faster and longer. A. Nexium is a powerful and expensive way to treat routine... (Read More)

774 Diabetes Update

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The number of Americans with diabetes has been increasing at an alarming rate. At last count, 23 million Americans had the disease, but more than five million were unaware of it. Diabetes has a huge impact on health and longevity,... (Read More)
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Q. I have a horrible urinary tract infection. The doctor put me on Macrobid but after taking it for a week, I still have the infection. I was given a prescription for 7 days of Septra. I am on warfarin.... (Read More)
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This Week's Radio Show: 774 Diabetes Update
Septra Is Dangerous with Coumadin
Home Remedies vs. Hard Science
Pycnogenol Praised for Asthma
Medications and Memory Problems
Whole Grains May Hold Off Diabetes
Sweets Raise Risk of Pancreatic Cancer
Vitamin B6 May Protect Against Lung Cancer
High HDL Cholesterol Linked to Lower Cancer Risk
Vitamin D Against Viruses (Read More)
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Joe and Terry, This past weekend, I heard you read a comment from a listener who was critical of the reports you do on 'unproven' remedies. Included in the listener's criticism was the use of soap under a mattress for... (Read More)