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April 2011

811 Healthy Aging

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Getting to a ripe old age may mean you have good genes and luck on your side, along with a healthy lifestyle. But as people accumulate birthdays, the medical system may undermine their vitality and independence. Ageism in health care... (Read More)
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This Week's Radio Show: 811 Healthy Aging
Douche Dispels Skunk Odor
Marijuana Brings Relief To Migraine Sufferer
Do Pain Relievers Undermine
Newer Birth Control Pills Pose Risks
Imaging Machine Ownership Presents Conflict of Interest
Feeling Better with Tai Chi
Fish Oil May Raise Risk for Prostate Cancer (Read More)
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Popping pain relievers may hamper the effectiveness of many popular antidepressants. Surveys suggest that over 20 million Americans swallow nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs every day. These are medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen and diclofenac. Millions also take SSRI-type antidepressant such... (Read More)
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Oral contraceptives are known to increase a woman's risk of blood clots. Recent research shows, however, that the newer types of birth control pills containing the progestin drospirenone raise the risk much more than older types containing levonorgestrel. Epidemiologists found... (Read More)
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Patients expect their physicians to make health care decisions based on the best available science rather than financial gain. But a new study suggests that financial incentives may have an influence on doctors' behavior. The investigators tracked how often primary... (Read More)
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Patients who are diagnosed with congestive heart failure have historically been told to take it nice and easy. That's because their hearts do not pump blood efficiently. There was a fear that exercise would overtax the weakened heart. A new... (Read More)
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The omega-3 fatty acid DHA in fish oil is associated with a reduced risk of heart disease. Epidemiologists suggest men should be cautious about loading up on DHA, though. They found men getting high levels of DHA had more than... (Read More)
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Q. I read your column about getting rid of skunk odors. As the owner of two dogs that have been sprayed by skunks, I have found that washing them in the bath tub with Massengill feminine hygiene solution eliminates the... (Read More)
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Q. I would like to give my opinion on marijuana, but first you need some background. I have a history of migraines, the worst kind. When I have one I stay in a dark room from day to day, can't... (Read More)
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Ballerina Needs Wart Remedy
Nasal Spray Relieves Mealtime Runny Nose
Getting Off Zoloft Is Challenging
Doctor Prescribes More Sun For Vitamin D Deficiency
Listerine Helps Ease Shingles Pain
Seniors Suffer from Too Many Medicines
Niacin to Lower Cholesterol (Read More)
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Q. My granddaughter is a ballerina and she has problems with warts on the bottoms of her feet. I had seen a remedy in your column but I had no idea I would need it. Please repeat it for my... (Read More)
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Q. I read your article about the man who always gets a runny nose when he eats. I too suffered from this problem for many years. I finally saw an ear, nose and throat specialist who prescribed ipratropium nasal spray.... (Read More)
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Q. I was told that Zoloft (sertraline) was not addicting but my experience suggests otherwise. I was on this antidepressant for nine years. I wanted to get off because it killed my sex drive. One day after stopping this drug... (Read More)
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Q. My vitamin D level is low and my doctor said I should spend more time in the sun. He didn't provide details and I don't like to sit outside in direct sunlight. Is indirect sunlight (under an umbrella) just... (Read More)
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Q. I have an unemployed friend who has no health insurance. He had an outbreak of shingles on the right side of his face that made his ear and jaw ache. The shingles was developing into a raw area. I... (Read More)
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Geriatricians are in short supply. These physicians have spent years learning how to care for older patients. The scarcity of these specialists could not come at a worse time. Aging baby boomers are about to strain the health care system... (Read More)
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Q. What do doctors know about niacin? Taking just one 500 mg niacin tablet daily (time-release type) has worked wonders for me in reducing my total cholesterol from more than 250 to 145 in just four weeks. Of course, I... (Read More)
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Consciousness is one of the great puzzles of modern neuroscience. Most scientists believe that awareness arises from interactions between neurons in the brain, but the details on how that works, exactly, are still unclear. And what happens as we die?... (Read More)
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Consciousness is one of the great puzzles of modern neuroscience. Most scientists believe that awareness arises from interactions between neurons in the brain, but the details on how that works, exactly, are still unclear. And what happens as we die?... (Read More)
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This Week's Radio Show: 713 The Nature of Consciousness
The Dangers Of TOO Low Cholesterol
Heart Attack Masquerades As Heartburn
Using Gelatin to Fight Hip Pain
Calcium Supplements Boost Chance of Heart Problem
Low-Carb Diet Stops Kidney Failure in Mice
Too Little Sunshine Raises Risk of MS
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Surgeons Are Less Sharp After a Night on the Town (Read More)
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Taking calcium supplements may increase the possibility of a heart attack or stroke. When this finding first surfaced last year, many doctors argued that the increased risk applied only to calcium supplements alone, without vitamin D. A new analysis, however,... (Read More)
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One of the serious complications of diabetes is kidney failure. Once it has begun to develop, this complication can be difficult to stop. New mouse research suggests a simple dietary intervention may be able to reverse the progression, however. The... (Read More)
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Multiple sclerosis remains mysterious. The cause is uncertain and the course of the disease is unpredictable. In this disorder the immune system runs amok and attacks the myelin sheath that insulates nerves. Symptoms can include numbness, muscle weakness, difficulty with... (Read More)
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Q. Your column about the dangers of low cholesterol caught my attention. For years I avoided all fat in my diet but then I was unable to conceive. After including fat in my diet briefly I became pregnant but lost... (Read More)

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When people are hospitalized they are often given powerful acid suppressing drugs to prevent stress ulcers. When people are very sick and have to spend several days in a hospital bed they may develop bleeding ulcers in the digestive tract.... (Read More)
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Surgeons need to be at the top of their game whenever they cut into a patient. That's why a responsible physician would never drink alcohol during the day they perform surgery. But what about the night before? A new study... (Read More)
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Q. I'm too busy to write to anyone about anything, but I just had to respond to your column about the single mom with heartburn. You told her to see her doctor, but you weren't nearly emphatic enough. My friend... (Read More)
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Q. My husband has a lot of hip pain. The remedy we read in your column using gelatin sounds very helpful. He would like to try it, but we need more information on how to use it. I assume we... (Read More)
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Q. I grew up on the Chesapeake Bay. We would swim in the bay every summer as kids. We all got stung by jellyfish. You didn't cry to your mama; you just put some meat tenderizer on the sting and... (Read More)