March 2011

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Q. I read that a drink a day could help prevent heart disease and diabetes. Both run in my family so I am interested. But I never know how big a drink is. Is it a shot glass, a juice... (Read More)
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Treatment guidelines for cardiologists may be flawed by conflicts of interest. Doctors look to these guidelines for advice on the best ways to help patients, but a new study shows that more than half of the prominent doctors on the... (Read More)
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Statin-type cholesterol-lowering drugs like Crestor and Lipitor are very popular for reducing the levels of dangerous blood fats like LDL cholesterol. This seems to reduce the probability of having a heart attack due to clogged arteries. Questions have been raised,... (Read More)
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Hands free, high-tech faucets seem like a good idea because they reduce water consumption and operate without anyone touching the spigots. That's why hospitals have been installing hands-free faucets to reduce bacterial contamination from the taps. A study from Johns... (Read More)
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Q. I am in very good health except for recurrent sinus infections. Recently, my internist put me on a 12-day tapered course of prednisone. Within days I thought I was going crazy. I became extremely agitated and irritable and the... (Read More)
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Reports of adverse drug reactions have been increasing at a dramatic rate over the last decade. That's according to a new analysis of the FDA database called AERS or Adverse Event Reporting System. This program got its start in 1969.... (Read More)

Walnuts Win Raves

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There was a time when nuts were considered unhealthy for the heart. That's because they contain quite a lot of fat. Research over the last few decades, however, suggests that the kind of fat in nuts is actually good for... (Read More)
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We are interested in your experience with home remedies. Have you had success with a remedy you learned about from The People's Pharmacy? We would love to learn about your story. People with the top 10 best home remedy stories... (Read More)
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Listen To Our Podcast: 807 Brain Injury
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Q. The past weekend I had terrible diarrhea. At first I assumed it was a virus and after three days I started feeling a bit better. But the last two days my stool is almost white, like dried up dog... (Read More)
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Q. When I had knee replacement surgery, the physical therapist recommended cocoa butter with vitamin E for the scar. It worked beautifully. Since I had some left over, I began using it on my nail beds at night. This winter... (Read More)
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Q. I am 38 years old and have never had acne in my entire life. In the past year, however, I have had a severe acne breakout, mainly on my forehead. I am not too sure about the cause and... (Read More)
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Q. My doctor told me that my blood sugar level was one point away from requiring medication for type 2 diabetes. I was very concerned because diabetes seems to be such a chronic and painful disease. I had read about... (Read More)
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Q. I'm confused about the connection between diet, statins (Crestor) and blood sugar levels. I've taken Crestor for three years, after several years of trying unsuccessfully to lower my cholesterol levels with a very low fat diet. On Crestor the... (Read More)
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Q. One reader asked about wart treatments for his 7-year-old grandson. The banana peel treatment you suggested works okay, but we found something that worked like a dream! For two years our 8-year-old daughter battled warts on her feet, hands,... (Read More)
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If you have ever been awakened by a frightening dream, you know the feeling of terror it can produce. Once you are fully awake, you may feel relieved that your nightmare wasn't real. On the other hand, the pounding heart... (Read More)

807 Brain Injury

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When Representative Gabrielle Giffords was shot in Tucson, the surgical team that saved her life included doctors trained by neurosurgeon Allan Hamilton. Now he shares his thoughts about the teamwork that made her recovery possible. Brain injury is far more... (Read More)
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Q. I am always on the lookout for a new deodorant for my daughter, since the usual products don't work for her. A friend who works out in the hot sun as a surveyor told me about an unusual product,... (Read More)
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For reasons that remain somewhat mysterious to us, amlodipine (Norvasc) is one of the most popular blood pressure medications in the pharmacy. This calcium channel blocker lowers blood pressure in part by interfering with the flow of calcium into artery... (Read More)
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Weekend warriors and occasional exercisers may be putting themselves at risk for a heart attack. That's the conclusion of a new analysis of 14 previous studies. Researchers evaluated the likelihood of heart attacks, cardiac deaths or acute heart problems for... (Read More)
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Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs for short, have been linked with an increased risk of erectile dysfunction. This finding was NOT what the investigators expected. In 2002 researchers associated with Kaiser Permanente Southern California in San Diego started enrolling men... (Read More)
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Although statins dominate the cholesterol-lowering drug marketplace, they are not the only medications that lower lipids. Another category of medicines called fibrates are also prescribed quite frequently, especially for people who experience side effects while taking statins. They work well... (Read More)
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There are new insights about the benefits of the breast cancer drug tamoxifen. This medication has been available for 30 years and works by blocking the action of estrogen in breast tissue. Starting in 1987 British researchers assigned women with... (Read More)
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Checklists and other safety strategies alert health care workers to potential problems that may endanger patients. Unfortunately, such policies aren't enough to ensure patient safety. In a new study, more than half of the nurses surveyed were concerned about shortcuts... (Read More)
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Q. I know when my burning headaches go all day it's because the weather has gone from too hot to too cold at the snap of my fingers. Or rain is on the way within the next day or two.... (Read More)
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Q. I have horrible hand cramps, even when I am not gripping anything. Is there a home remedy I can try? A. Many readers have found that soap is helpful against muscle cramps. Some keep a bar under the bottom... (Read More)
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Q. I am searching for a way to remove underarm odor from clothes. I tried dilute vinegar, but it did not work at all. Is there anything else? A. Several years ago, we heard from a person who used to... (Read More)
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Q. My husband gets a runny nose each and every time he sits down to eat, and we are stymied as to why. He has consulted two doctors, but nothing they prescribed has helped. We cannot sit down for a... (Read More)