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May 2011

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Listen To Our Podcast: 815 Overdiagnosed
Herpes Infection Led to Toe Pain
Concern About Cost of Drugs
Soap Saved the Day--or Rather, the Night
How to Control Yeast Infection
Did Cholesterol Drug Raise Blood Pressure
Acupressure Helped Nausea from Chemo
Pain Relievers Pose Predicament (Read More)
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Q. Recently my left big toe swelled up, formed something like small blisters and itched and burned. I knew this wasn't normal, so I went to the doctor. The physicians' assistant diagnosed the problem as "herpetic whitlow." She prescribed acyclovir... (Read More)
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Q. I have read that many people don't take their prescribed medication because of concern about costs. Please tell your readers that anyone who can't afford the prescription should talk to the pharmacist about an alternative. I have heard of... (Read More)
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Q. When I read about putting soap under the sheet to stop nighttime leg cramps, I thought it could not possibly work. How could it make any difference at all? Several family members convinced me to try it. For weeks,... (Read More)
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Q. I am a 56-year-old man dealing with a recurring yeast infection in my groin. I am probably 10 pounds overweight and blood tests show no signs of diabetes. My dermatologist has prescribed econazole cream, which seems to control but... (Read More)
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Q. Seven months ago, my doctor put me on Trilipix to lower my cholesterol. By the fourth or fifth month, my blood sugar level went from normal to diabetic high. My blood pressure also rose, to 220/120. I also got... (Read More)
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Q. When my mother was going through chemotherapy, she always felt quite nauseated after the treatment. We got her some acupressure wristbands used to combat seasickness. Much to her surprise, they helped her feel much better. We suspect others may... (Read More)
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There is bad news for people in pain. Those who have had a heart attack raise their risk of another if they take popular pain relievers such as celecoxib (Celebrex), diclofenac (Cataflam, Voltaren), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, etc) or naproxen (Aleve).... (Read More)

815 Overdiagnosed

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Health-conscious Americans are constantly urged to be vigilant about going in for screening for diseases ranging from prostate cancer to depression to osteoporosis. How helpful is this type of screening? Our guest argues that not all screening should be considered... (Read More)
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This Week's Radio Show: 815 Overdiagnosed
Heat Is Hard On Herbs, Vitamins and Drugs
Old Timey Hand Lotion Good For Slippery Sex
Golden Raisins And Gin Worked Wonders For Pain
Consumer Groups Critical of Sunscreen Choices
Indian Spice Inspires Anti-Cancer Compound
Lung Treatment Linked to Urinary Retention
Non-Drug Approach Can Help with Insomnia
Injection May Reverse Sudden Hearing Loss (Read More)
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Q. I remember reading in your column that heat can be bad for medicines. Since I don't take any drugs I didn't pay any attention. Yesterday I received a delivery of vitamins and herbs. The temperature outside was over 95... (Read More)
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Q. A long time ago you wrote about an old-fashioned hand lotion called Corn Huskers. There was a suggestion that it might double as a sexual lubricant. Well, I just thought you would like to know that I tried the... (Read More)
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Q. I am totally confused this raisin remedy I keep reading about in your column. Why golden raisins and not black raisins? How much gin do you use and how long do you wait for the raisins to dry out?... (Read More)
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Buying sunscreen has become more complicated. Two nonprofit health organizations have rated a variety of sunscreens. Consumer Reports and the Environmental Working Group both find that many sunscreens fall short, either because they don't provide good protection from ultraviolet light... (Read More)
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New research suggests that curcumin, a component of the Indian spice turmeric, may help maintain the effectiveness of a drug used to treat cancers of the head and neck. Although such cancers usually respond to cisplatin at first, they often... (Read More)
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A new study suggests a connection between the use of certain inhaled drugs for breathing difficulties and emergency treatment for urinary retention. The authors reviewed the records of approximately 10,000 patients treated in Toronto for this painful condition. The men... (Read More)
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People who suffer from insomnia are often given a sleeping pill to help them fall asleep. Such medications can help, but they do have side effects. A new study suggests that brief behavioral treatment for insomnia (or BBTI) can be... (Read More)
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Sudden hearing loss is a frightening occurrence that affects one person in 20,000 every year. While doctors often are unable to find the cause of the deafness that becomes apparent in 72 hours or less, they may be successful in... (Read More)
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Listen To Our Podcast: 814 Health News Update
Turmeric Turns Skin Yellow
Smelly Feet Squelch Sex Life
Unique Cough Remedy Worked Instantly
Easing Joint Pain Naturally
Broken Thigh on Osteoporosis Treatment
Why Cornmeal Works Against Nail Fungus
People's Pharmacy Pantry Healing Tips
Adjusting to Niacin
Alert for Pharmacy Errors (Read More)
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Q. I excitedly used the turmeric remedy you wrote about for my daughter's warts. She has about 13 of them on her hands. She woke up yellow! The sheets are stained yellow and so are her hands. Please tell readers... (Read More)
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Q. My wife has complained that I have very stinky feet. It's putting her off sex and upsetting the children. What can I do? A. Smelly feet often start out as sweaty feet. Then bacteria that live on skin get... (Read More)
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Q. Our 5 year old caught a cough that was going around her class. She was miserable with a non-productive cough every half-minute or so. It was torture. Finally, at midnight, after trying chamomile tea and steaming in the shower,... (Read More)
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Q. I am interested in trying a remedy you've written about for joint pain, Certo in juice. Must pectin be used only in grape or cherry juice? These drinks tend to be high in sugar, which I try to avoid.... (Read More)
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Q. My sister has been on the osteoporosis drugs Fosamax, Forteo and Reclast during the last ten years. The first of March her leg just gave way and she had a broken femur. She has also had jaw and teeth... (Read More)
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Q. You have written about using cornmeal for toenail fungus. According to Bob Webster, a South Texas gardening expert, the reason ground cornmeal works against fungus (including grass fungus as well as foot fungus) is because a fungus called Trichoderma... (Read More)
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WHAT'S IN YOUR PANTRY? You would be amazed how many things are available in your kitchen to help with minor medical emergencies or chronic conditions...pickles, olives, black pepper, molasses, onions, vinegar, ice cream, coffee, grape juice and raisins to... (Read More)
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Q. A heart doctor put me on Niaspan because my good cholesterol is very low. I am taking 2,000 mg a night. He only told me I would have a little facial flushing. I woke up one night red as... (Read More)
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Ask pharmacists about their number one responsibility and you will probably hear that patient safety is primary. The problem is that working conditions often interfere with that mission. When pharmacists are pushed to fill hundreds of prescriptions each day, mistakes... (Read More)
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We've long been told that we should all be eating less salt, though it is difficult to change everyone's eating habits. A new study from Belgium suggests that maybe it's not such a great idea for everybody to cut down... (Read More)
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This Week's Radio Show: 814 Health News Update
Calcium Blocks Thyroid Absorption
Can Herbs Save Career From Stage Fright
Coffee Reduces Risk of Prostate Cancer
Celebrex May Help Against Liver Cancer
Surgical Vampires Becoming More Frugal
Patients Have Options for GERD Treatment
Cardiac Rehab Saves Lives
Emergency Care Less Available (Read More)