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October 2010

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Women worry about breast cancer, and for good reason. Almost everyone knows a friend or relative who has been diagnosed with this disease. That is why the link between hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and breast cancer has captured headlines. Premarin... (Read More)

789 Medicare Part D

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Medicare ensures that senior citizens have basic health care insurance. Many choose to supplement that with an additional plan. Part D covers prescription drug costs, but with so many different possible plans to choose from, it can be daunting. Get... (Read More)
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This Week's Radio Show: 789 Medicare Part D
Will Fruit Juice Interfere with Pill?
Low-Dose Aspirin Lowers Risk of Colon Cancer
Aspirin Boosts Prostate Cancer Survival
Smoking Linked to Alzheimer's Disease
Red Yeast Rice Brands Inconsistent
Barbers Help Fight High Blood Pressure (Read More)
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Aspirin might be the cheapest way to reduce the risk of colon cancer. Researchers have known for a long time that low-dose aspirin can lower the likelihood of suffering a heart attack or stroke. Now there is evidence that low-dose... (Read More)
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Aspirin may also boost survival in men being treated for prostate cancer. In a study of over 5,000 men with localized prostate cancer, those taking aspirin or another anticoagulant called warfarin were much less likely to suffer metastatic disease. Over... (Read More)
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There are many reasons to quit smoking, and here is one more: heavy smoking in middle age greatly increases the risk of dementia later according to a study from the health plan Kaiser Permanente. More than 21,000 members filled out... (Read More)
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Many people have found that a Chinese dietary supplements called red yeast rice is easier to tolerate than a prescription drug to lower cholesterol. Some studies show that red yeast rice can also help to control blood fats. But not... (Read More)
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Doctors could find allies in the fight against hypertension in an unusual place. Researchers in Dallas County, Texas recruited the owners of 17 barbershops in the African American community. 45 percent of the men who came for haircuts had high... (Read More)
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Q. I take felodipine for high blood pressure. I know I can't take it with grapefruit juice. I recently read that orange and apple juice may also affect medications. Is there a fruit juice I could use for taking my... (Read More)
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Listen To Our Podcast: 788 Mental Health Naturally
Did Stop-Smoking Drug Cause Hallucinations?
Pickle Juice to the Rescue
What Are the Consequences of Excess Zinc?
Could Drugs Account for Hair Loss?
Osteoporosis Drugs and Broken Bones (Read More)
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Q. My mom (age 70) took Chantix for two weeks to help her quit smoking. She stopped the drug a week ago, but she is now confused, dazed, paranoid, has hallucinations and cannot concentrate or function. This seems to be... (Read More)
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Q. I experienced leg cramps that started in my toes and went up almost to my diaphragm. I tried sublingual homeopathic tablets without success. My son, a handball player, told me the professional handball players use pickle juice for cramps.... (Read More)

How Much Vitamin D?

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Q. I have read recently that low levels of vitamin D could make people more likely to get cancer. But I have also read that too much vitamin D is dangerous. Can you tell me what is an appropriate amount... (Read More)
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Q. Some years ago, I read about the benefits of zinc in reducing the frequency of respiratory tract infections. I have been taking 100 mg of the mineral daily ever since, along with 1,000 mg vitamin C. I used to... (Read More)
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Q. I have noticed a lot of hair loss in the last two months. It began after I started three new medications. I asked at the drug store and was told that none of these drugs have hair loss as... (Read More)
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Popular osteoporosis drugs are coming under scrutiny. Bisphosphonate drugs such as Actonel, Boniva, Fosamax and Reclast are supposed to build strong bones and prevent fractures. But an odd thing has happened. Over the last few years, evidence has been building... (Read More)
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This Week's Radio Show: 788 Mental Health Naturally
Vicks Is Controversial Remedy for Hemorrhoids
HRT Risks Reassessed
Does Breastfeeding Increase Risk of Osteoporosis?
Fish Oil No Help against Postpartum Depression
Low B12 Levels Raise Risk of Dementia
Surgical Errors Still Happen (Read More)

HRT Risks Reassessed

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Hormone Replacement Therapy appears to pose a greater risk of breast cancer than previously thought. This conclusion comes from the Women's Health initiative, a large, government-funded study that was stopped prematurely in July of 2002 because HRT was linked to... (Read More)
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Breast feeding has many benefits for the infant as well as the mother, but Mexican researchers have found one possible downside to prolonged breast feeding. Postmenopausal women whose children nursed for more than three years altogether were more likely to... (Read More)
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Pregnant women have been counseled to take fish oil to reduce the risk of postpartum depression, but a new study says this strategy doesn't work. The Australian researchers gave 2,000 pregnant women either vegetable oil as a placebo or fish... (Read More)
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Q. I have had hemorrhoids for 40 years. About 35 years ago, while living in England, I was able to treat them with an ointment I found there. I brought some back to the U.S. when I returned, but could... (Read More)
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Senior citizens may have greater difficulty than younger people maintaining adequate levels of vitamin B12. But those who have higher levels of vitamin B12 in their bloodstreams have a lower likelihood of developing Alzheimer's disease. The research was done in... (Read More)
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Medical mistakes have been in the spotlight over the last decade, ever since the Institute of Medicine published a report called To Err Is Human. Surgeons were supposed to have adopted procedures to keep them from operating on the wrong... (Read More)
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Listen To Our Podcast: 756 Healing the Heart (Archive)
Let Food Be Your Medicine
Can Flaxseed Ease Prostate Symptoms?
Nickel Allergy Responsible for Eczema
Search for Acne Remedy
Breaking the Nail-Biting Habit
Remedies to Conquer Canker Sores (Read More)
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Q. I was overweight with type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. I was taking three different medications (plus a statin to lower cholesterol) and living in a kind of "fog" with decreasing hope. I stumbled upon information that screamed,... (Read More)
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Q. Has anyone investigated the use of flaxseed oil to ease symptoms of prostate enlargement? When I was 35 I had a near fatal stroke caused by a neck injury. Although I recovered fairly well, I began to experience typical... (Read More)
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Q. I suffered with eczema for years. It was so bad that my sheets were bloody when I woke up. The intense itch in my hands was torture. I saw numerous doctors, including dermatologists, who prescribed steroid creams and prednisone.... (Read More)
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Q. My son has acne and seborrheic dermatitis. He has been treated with antibiotics that help somewhat but never completely clear it. I have heard that applying milk of magnesia (MoM) to the face is a low-risk approach. How effective... (Read More)
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Q. I have bitten my fingernails for years. I've stopped several times for as long as six months, but just like a smoker, I can't kick the habit for good. The biggest problem is when I'm reading, watching TV or... (Read More)
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Canker sores (aka aphthous ulcers) are one of life's little mysteries. Experts estimate that roughly one out of five people put up with these painful mouth lesions. Some suffer more than others: "My husband has canker sores in his mouth... (Read More)