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September 2010

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Pity the poor pomegranate. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is on a rampage against one of the most successful makers of pomegranate juice, POM Wonderful®. You might think the feds would have more important fish to fry, but the FTC... (Read More)
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Older women trying to protect their bones and prevent fractures could benefit from exercise. A Finnish study of 160 elderly women randomized half to group instruction on exercises to improve balance and strength, while the other half did not get... (Read More)
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Computerized prescribing systems often warn doctors of potential interactions, but in one recent study this warning delayed crucial treatment. Nearly 2,000 prescribers were included in the study, which focused on alerting them to the dangers of an interaction between the... (Read More)
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The FDA is cracking down on mouthwash manufacturers. The makers of Listerine Total Care Anticavity Mouthwash, CVS Complete Care Anticavity Mouthwash and Walgreen Mouth Rinse Full Action have been chastised for advertising that their products can remove plaque or prevent... (Read More)
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Pine bark extract is rich in antioxidants and it has been touted as a natural way to lower blood pressure. A new study compared a Japanese version of the supplement to placebo and found no cardiovascular benefits. The study subjects... (Read More)
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An ambitious study of lifestyle intervention for people with type 2 diabetes has reported interim results. The Look AHEAD trial stands for Action for Health in Diabetes. It includes more than 5,000 study subjects assigned to either intensive lifestyle coaching... (Read More)
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To reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, people may need to boost their consumption of magnesium-rich foods. In a 20-year cohort study of almost 5,000 adults, researchers found that those who consumed the most magnesium in their diets... (Read More)
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Q. I use the soap trick for restless leg, and after a couple of weeks the effect seems to wear off. I've discovered that shaving the top layer off with a potato peeler has the same effect as a new... (Read More)
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Listen To Our Podcast: 785 Health News Update
Can You Become Addicted to Prunes?
Do Bone Drugs Cause Fractures?
Preventing Migraines in Teenager
Valtrex Vanquished Plantar Warts
Arthritis Supplements Don't Work






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When you are sick, just about the last thing you want to do is stand in line at a pharmacy to pick up your prescription. That is especially true during flu season when everyone around you might be spreading germs.... (Read More)
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Q. My wife had vascular surgery for blocked arteries in both legs three months ago. She also had an aneurysm in her abdomen repaired. The doctor told her she probably would not have bowel movements for a while until her... (Read More)
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Q. I began taking Actonel in December of 2004. In October of 2008 I was walking down the hall in my home. I heard a loud pop in my right femur, and down I went. I was rushed to the... (Read More)
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Q. My 13-year-old daughter suffers from migraines, sometimes lasting for five days. The neurologist has controlled them up to now with ibuprofen and a caffeinated soda, but that is no longer working. They want to put her on an anti-epilepsy... (Read More)
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Q. I currently follow a strict vegetarian diet and consume no animal products at all. Since vitamin B12 is missing from the vegan diet, I wonder how many micrograms of it I should take. I've seen B12 pills of up... (Read More)
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Q. I have suffered from plantar warts since high school. I am now 55 years old. I have tried surgery, freezing and salicylic acid. Nothing worked. Recently I had shingles and was prescribed Valtrex for 10 days. Besides curing my... (Read More)
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Researchers are patting themselves on the back for finally proving that the popular arthritis supplements glucosamine and chondroitin don't work. Too bad physicians don't have much else that eases pain without causing serious side effects. The latest analysis is from... (Read More)

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The FDA has been under a lot of pressure to do something about the diabetes drug Avandia. It has been linked to a higher risk of death from heart attack, just what people with diabetes need to avoid. Is the... (Read More)
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This Week's Radio Show: 785 Health News Update
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Bedbugs are in the news. After decades of dormancy, they have become rampant. What is really scary is that you may have them and not even know it. Many people do not actually react to a bite with redness and... (Read More)
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People who get flu shots may be slightly less likely to have heart attacks in the year after the shot. The study doesn't show that flu shots prevent heart attacks; it is possible that people healthy enough to get flu... (Read More)
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Researchers pride themselves on their scientific objectivity. They like to think that they are immune to bias based on funding source or other influence. A new analysis of studies of anemia drugs called EPOs suggests that drug company support has... (Read More)

Actos Under Fire

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The diabetes drug Avandia has taken a lot of heat in recent years because it has been linked to a higher risk of heart attacks. The FDA has just decided that the drug will be severely restricted only to patients... (Read More)
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In a world dominated by technology-assisted social networking such as Facebook and Twitter, old-fashioned communication can be surprisingly effective. People with complicated medical conditions such as heart failure, diabetes and asthma were offered telephone support. Nurses, pharmacists, dietitians and respiratory... (Read More)

E-Prescribing Gains Ground

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Doctors are renowned for poor penmanship. This is not a joking matter, however, since misread prescriptions have led to serious mistakes in dosing, adverse reactions or even death. Prescribing electronically eliminates the problem of penmanship. Doctors can enter prescriptions from... (Read More)
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"Magic mushrooms" were part of the psychedelic drug culture of the late 1960s. The active ingredient, psilocybin, is now being studied as a way to ease anxiety and depression in late stage cancer patients. Researchers at UCLA Medical Center gave... (Read More)
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Listen To Our Podcast: 784 Death by Rubber Duck
Listerine Fights Marine's Jock Itch
Did Calcium Pills Cause a Heart Attack?
Lowering Numbers Too Far May Backfire
Concerns about Long-Term Effects of Antidepressants
Milk of Magnesia Doubles as Deodorant
Easing Arthritis with Topical Gels

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Q. I have had horrendous leg cramps at night. My pain threshold is high, but these had me moaning, unable to find a position without having some other muscle cramp. Quinine tablets usually gave relief within 10 minutes. However, on... (Read More)
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Q. I was in Marine Corps boot camp early in 1970 and developed a bad case of jock itch. My drill instructor, although an extremely harsh and seemingly uncaring guy, had warned us all of this possibility and suggested using... (Read More)
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Q. Thank you for writing about calcium supplements. I have been taking 1000 mg calcium supplement daily for years. About a year ago, September 2009, I had what my doctor called a mild heart attack. I failed a stress test,... (Read More)
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Numbers are seductive. Credit scores are a way of measuring your fiscal responsibility. That's why some people work very hard to get their numbers up, not because they want to borrow money but just on principle. Golfers also get obsessed... (Read More)