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February 2011

New Treatments for Tinnitus

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Between 25 and 50 million Americans are plagued with a condition that is imperceptible to other people. They look normal, but they are suffering. In some cases, their agony drives them to consider suicide. Tinnitus (pronounced either tin-NYE-tis or TIN-uh-tis)... (Read More)
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Q. I have seen some questions in your column regarding bad breath. I'd like to share my personal experience. I used to have bad breath and had seen my dentist and my doctor about it, but found no solution until... (Read More)
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Q. You have mentioned the idea that dropping car keys down the back can stop a nosebleed. You said that this was the most bizarre nosebleed remedy you ever received and that it makes no sense. Instead of making a... (Read More)

Keeping Bones Strong

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Q. I was diagnosed with osteoporosis around menopause and was prescribed Fosamax. It gave me flu-like symptoms every time I took it. Actonel gave me an ulcer. My doctor discovered I have celiac disease, which explains why I developed osteoporosis... (Read More)
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Q. I read in a women's magazine that natural licorice candy can help in lowering blood glucose levels. I am 37 and considered pre-diabetic. I am not overweight. Have you heard of this use of licorice? How much licorice is... (Read More)
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Q. My daughter was put on generic Prograf (tacrolimus) as one of her immunosuppressants after a liver/kidney transplant. On tacrolimus, the levels of the drug in her body fluctuated widely, leading to one mild and one moderate liver rejection episode.... (Read More)
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Q. I'm writing to tell you about my excellent experience using gelatin for hip pain. I've had a chronic ache in my hip for several years. I've seen a chiropractor, whose ministrations were effective but temporary. Pilates helped for just... (Read More)
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Depression is a debilitating disease that affects as many as 20 million Americans in a year. It can take a terrible toll on health as well as on family and work relationships. Many drugs are prescribed to treat depression, but... (Read More)
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This Week's Radio Show: 771 Dealing with Depression (archive)
Nail Polish Protects Against Eczema
Drug Interaction Disaster Waiting to Happen
Listerine Kills Lice
Osteoporosis Drugs Raise Risk of Broken Thighs
New Use for Old Drug
Exercise Prevents Brain Shrinkage
Farm Kids Less Likely to Have Asthma
High Triglycerides Raise Risk of Stroke (Read More)
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Q. When I began my first real job in an office 20 years ago, I developed severe eczema from handling a large pair of scissors and wearing a new watch. Since the rash was only on my right hand and... (Read More)
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Listen To Our Podcast: 803 Compartments and Communication
Essence of Hot Peppers to Ease Leg Cramps
Do Cranberries Control Cystitis?
Sugar Substitutes Cause Diarrhea
Favorite Home Remedies
Voltaren Gel Versus Diclofenac
Turmeric Eased Joint Pain
Wart Remedies Defy Logic (Read More)
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Some osteoporosis drugs may actually cause fractures rather than preventing them. Bisphosphonates like Actonel, Boniva and Fosamax have become very popular. Commercials on television urge older women to ask their doctors for a prescription to keep their bones strong. New... (Read More)

New Use for Old Drug

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Women at risk of osteoporosis may get help from an unexpected medication. Nitroglycerin is a very old drug that is prescribed primarily for the chest pain called angina. It dilates blood vessels in the heart to improve circulation. Doctors have... (Read More)
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Exercise has been shown to be good for the heart. New research confirms it can also benefit the brain. Aerobic exercise reversed brain shrinkage, especially of the hippocampus, a structure associated with memory. The study included 120 people between their... (Read More)
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Americans have become phobic about germs. We've been urged to wash our hands dozens of times a day to avoid catching colds or the flu. Antibacterial gels, sprays and wipes are promoted to reduce exposure to bacteria and viruses. A... (Read More)
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Cardiologists have focused on cholesterol as a major risk factor for heart disease. Neurologists, on the other hand, may start paying more attention to triglycerides for preventing strokes. A new study from Denmark suggests that the danger of having a... (Read More)
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Q. I take a lot of medicine. Even my doctors say I am a walking drugstore, and I am only 37. My husband's in the Army so I use the military hospital and rarely see the same doctor. I take... (Read More)
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Over the last couple of decades lice have become resistant to some of the most common treatments. This spells frustrations for parents. There is a new prescription product called Ulesfia Lotion (benzyl alcohol). According to the FDA, this topical treatment... (Read More)
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Q. I have suffered from painful cramps in my toes and feet most of my life. I have spent hours walking around the house trying to relieve them. I have worried about the day when I am an octogenarian and... (Read More)
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Q. Do you have any information about remedies for urinary tract infections (UTI) other than antibiotics? What about cranberry juice? A. Cranberry juice is a time-honored folk remedy for preventing or treating UTI. The science, on the other hand, is... (Read More)
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Q. I am a diabetic and used to have diarrhea all the time. Then I read that sorbitol can cause diarrhea. I had been using sugar-free pancake syrup sweetened with sorbitol. I stopped using it and the diarrhea stopped immediately.... (Read More)
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Q. I love reading about all the unusual remedies people try for their health problems. Have you put their experiences in a book? I would love to get a copy. A. We have collected a large number of these stories... (Read More)
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Q. My doctor prescribed Voltaren Gel as a replacement for diclofenac pills. She said it would be easier on my stomach and not raise my blood pressure. How can this be? The side effects and printed warnings nearly mirror one... (Read More)
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Q. For some time I have had increasingly bad pain in my right knee, left hip and lower back. I was getting so depressed because I was barely functioning. A friend recommended turmeric, and I decided to try it. Up... (Read More)

Wart Remedies Defy Logic

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Warts are one of the great mysteries of medicine. They appear almost magically for no apparent reason. They often disappear just as mysteriously. When these ugly growths appear on fingers or hands dermatologists refer to them by the Latin words... (Read More)
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Misperceptions can lead to communication difficulties that interfere with good health care. When people are operating within their own area of expertise, they may find it hard to understand what the big picture looks like from another person's perspective. Whether... (Read More)
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This Week's Radio Show: 803 Compartments and Communication
Will Vicks VapoRub Kill Me?
Survey of Chantix Side Effects and Successes
Fiber for Health
Do Diet Sodas Increase Stroke Risk?
Zinc for the Common Cold
Spinal Manipulation No Better Nor Worse Than Drugs
Diabetes Medicines and Risk of Pneumonia (Read More)
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Q. I've been plagued with post-nasal drip for decades. I also have a deviated septum that can make my breathing labored at night. I notice this especially when I've cleaned during the day. In the morning I have to clear... (Read More)

Fiber for Health

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A high fiber diet saves lives. Manufacturers of processed foods have worked hard to take the fiber out and put the sugar in to a lot of packaged foods. But a new study from the National Institutes of Health and... (Read More)
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For people who want to avoid extra sugar and the calories it entails, diet soft drinks seem very appealing. In other words, this has long been thought of a way to have your cake and eat it too. But a... (Read More)