August 2010

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Listen To Our Podcast: 782 Health News Update
Smoothie Straightened Out Lipid Levels
Arthritis Supplement Raised Cholesterol
Medical Marijuana Used to Fight Cancer
Getting a Handle on Your Health
Beet Juice to Lower Blood Pressure




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Q. My 15-year-old son had low HDL and a poor cholesterol profile at his checkup. (Total cholesterol was 146, HDL 29 and LDL 96). So for ten months I have had him drink my version of the cholesterol-reducing smoothie I... (Read More)
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Q. I took glucosamine and chondroitin for about seven months. I had gotten little relief for my back pain, but I was willing to continue it to see if eventually it would help. Around that time I had blood work... (Read More)
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Q. I would like you to know about medical marijuana for cancer. In her late 30s, my wife was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, stage 4a. It was a 6 cm tumor that had grown around the hepatic artery and portal... (Read More)
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Communication could be the riskiest procedure in medicine. Researchers estimate that nearly eight million drug side effects could be prevented or resolved each year if doctors and patients communicated better (Archives of Internal Medicine, Jan. 24, 2005). They encourage doctors... (Read More)

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Millions of people take calcium supplements conscientiously to reduce their risk of osteoporosis. Nearly everyone has assumed that supplemental calcium is safe, but a recent analysis in the BMJ has caused quite a stir. The investigators concluded that calcium pills... (Read More)
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This Week's Radio Show: 782 Health News Update
Calcium Study Creates Controversy and Frustration
Taking Thyroid Medicine Properly
Alternatives for HRT
Elder Overdose Is Serious Problem
Mouse Virus Linked to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Diabetes Drugs Linked to Higher Risk of Heart Problems
Salmonella Vaccine Could Make Eggs Safer
Does Pesticide Exposure Boost Risk of ADHD?
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Q. After reading about beet juice for hypertension, I purchased fermented beet juice from my local health food store. I mixed it with equal parts of apple juice and drank it twice a day. The result was immediate and unbelievable!... (Read More)
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A new study suggests a link between a retrovirus and chronic fatigue syndrome. Chronic fatigue syndrome, or CFS, has been controversial for years. There is no definitive test for chronic fatigue syndrome, so doctors diagnose it based on the patient's... (Read More)
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Avandia is a drug to help lower blood sugar. It has been blamed for raising the risk of heart attacks and strokes among people with diabetes. The FDA recently asked the manufacturer to put a strong warning about cardiovascular complications... (Read More)
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Hundreds of millions of eggs have been recalled because of salmonella contamination. Before the recall, thousands of people had suffered with fever, diarrhea, and abdominal pain caused by this infection. Many of them will be disappointed to learn they might... (Read More)
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Several months ago, Harvard researchers reported a link between pesticides and attention deficit disorder in children. The kids with higher levels of pesticide breakdown products in their urine were about twice as likely to have ADHD. Now a study from... (Read More)
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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder can persist into adulthood. It makes social interactions more complicated and can interfere with work. Medications may help, but often are inadequate to completely control the condition. A new study in the Journal of the American... (Read More)
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Several weeks ago we reported on a fascinating article published in the British journal BMJ. It was a meta-analysis of 11 studies that included over 12,000 people over the age of 40. The investigators were trying to sort out the... (Read More)
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Q. I've been taking levothyroxine for more than a dozen years. I just recently learned I've been taking it at the wrong time. I was taking it along with breakfast and coffee, not to mention vitamins, minerals, probiotics, Citrucel and... (Read More)
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Q. I exercise regularly and am in excellent health. I had a hysterectomy at age 49 and my gynecologist prescribed hormone replacement therapy (HRT) plus testosterone. I felt great, but I developed acne and it made my skin and hair... (Read More)
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Brain Zaps from Skipped Dose
Yellow Spice Eases Skin Problem
Is Your Drug a Prescription for an Accident?
Rosacea Medicine Worked for Poison Oak Rash
Licorice Fights Reflux
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Q. My elderly mother has been taking the following drugs for at least 15 years. They are: furosemide for blood pressure, doxepin and thioridazine to calm her and help her sleep, Lanoxin for her heart and acetaminophen with codeine, two... (Read More)
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I was on Prozac for two years for obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), but it decimated my libido. My doctor prescribed citalopram instead. If I missed a dose or two of Prozac nothing bad happened, but if I miss a few... (Read More)
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Q. Six months ago my doctor diagnosed me with psoriasis and prescribed creams and lotions. I searched the Internet and found that some people use the spice turmeric to treat this skin problem. After one day taking turmeric I quit... (Read More)
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The driver was weaving her car across lanes. She eventually veered off the side of the road and hit a child on a bicycle. When the police arrived, they suspected she had been drinking. Not only had her driving been... (Read More)
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Research in rodents and test tubes has turned up many compounds that are active against cancer cells. But relatively few of these have been developed into cancer treatments. The established ways of treating cancer, such as chemotherapy and radiation, are... (Read More)
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Q. Early this summer, I got poison oak and couldn't find the anti-itch cream. I was desperate so I used my rosacea medicine, MetroGel (metronidazole gel 0.75%), hoping for any relief. Not only did the itch stop within minutes, but... (Read More)
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This Week's Radio Show: 781 Unorthodox Cancer Treatments
How Useful are the Leaflets You Get with your Rx Drugs?
Conquering D Deficiency Banished Migraines
Senior Citizen Constrained in Chemical Straitjacket
Calcium Supplements Fail to Protect Pregnant Women from Bone Loss
Whooping Cough on the Rise
Acetaminophen Use and Asthma
New Morning-After Pill Approved
Tai Chi Fights Fibromyalgia
Will SAMe Combat Depression? (Read More)
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Q. My husband and I live aboard a sailboat and have been at sea for three weeks off the coast of Venezuela. We listen to podcasts of the People's Pharmacy radio show, and I have a question about DGL licorice... (Read More)
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Q. The chances are very good that every time you get a prescription filled you will get a little leaflet in the bag with some information about your medicine. How reliable is the drug information you get? A. A new... (Read More)
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Q. I started taking vitamin D3 supplements about a year ago when my doctor tested my blood and found out I was vitamin D deficient. Is it just a coincidence that my migraines and chronic headaches have almost disappeared? I've... (Read More)
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Calcium supplements did not protect pregnant women from bone loss. This new study comes on the heels of a controversial analysis showing that calcium pills increased the risk of heart attacks among older people. Although the evidence that calcium supplementation... (Read More)
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Whooping cough is making a comeback in California. Public health officials report the worst outbreak in 50 years, with nearly 3,000 cases. Whooping cough is caused by a bacterial infection that is very irritating to the lungs and causes extreme,... (Read More)
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Acetaminophen is one of the most popular pain relievers in the pharmacy. It is considered very safe, especially for babies and children. A new study suggests, however, that acetaminophen may be contributing to wheezing and asthma in children and adolescents.... (Read More)