June 2011

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Q. I'd like to relate my experience with 20 Mule Team Borax, which my vet suggested after I had problems with pesticides. He said I'd drop dead if I kept using flea sprays, as I'm extra sensitive to such things.... (Read More)
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Q. A year ago I read in your column about a woman who complained of anal itching. I too had this problem until a kidney specialist recommended using witch hazel. This is a simple solution for a vexing problem. A.... (Read More)
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Shhh! Sex is a taboo topic. Even though advertising, TV and tabloids are filled with suggestive images, people have a hard time talking about their own personal problems. Jim is reluctant to ask his doctor about a delicate matter. He... (Read More)
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Combining common medicines can be bad for brain power. Research in Great Britain reveals that older people taking drugs that affect the brain chemical acetylcholine are at higher risk for cognitive decline and even death. The scientists evaluated 80 drugs... (Read More)
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The FDA stands by its decision to return silicone breast implants five years ago. After 14 years off the market, the FDA decided that the benefits of these implants outweighed the potential risks. Now a new analysis by two of... (Read More)
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Many people drink diet soda with the understanding that this habit will help them lose weight, or at least not put on pounds. Two new studies suggest, however, that they may be disappointed. In one study, almost 500 people over... (Read More)
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Doctors who treat prostate cancer are pleased to have new drugs that seem to extend the lives of their patients by several months. The medications include Provenge, Jevtana and Zytiga. While it is encouraging that these compounds can prolong survival,... (Read More)
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Vitamin D has been known as the sunshine vitamin because the body can make it upon exposure to sunlight. But what about people who live in northern climates where sunlight is insufficient in the wintertime? A new study of Canadians... (Read More)
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Listen To Our Podcast: 819 Health News Update
Ice and Spice to Treat Migraines
Apple Juice and Allergy Medicine Don't Mix
Treating Molluscum
Questions about Generic Thyroid Medicine
Ginger Eased Restless Legs
Lip Balm for Sore Nose
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Over 10 years ago we began hearing from readers of our newspaper column that statin-type cholesterol-lowering medicine might be having an impact on blood sugar control. One of the first messages was from Rush: "I am a type 2 diabetes... (Read More)
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Q. I heard a caller on your radio show talk about cayenne pepper to treat migraines. I have been using this treatment myself for a number of years, and I believe I know why it works, for me anyway. One... (Read More)
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Q. I know that grapefruit juice is a problem with my blood pressure pill felodipine. I wonder about other juices like apple and orange juice. Will they affect this or my allergy medication fexofenadine? It is so hard to tell... (Read More)
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Q. My son has molluscum on his back. The dermatologist says he can scrape it off but that might leave some scarring. He also said it will go away by itself in about two years. Is there a natural remedy... (Read More)
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Q. I have been on thyroid medication for the past year. Last fall I noticed my hypothyroid symptoms returning: fatigue, muscle cramps and stiffness after walking just a mile of my usual three-mile walk. I also felt extremely cold, while... (Read More)
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Q. My 86-year-old mother began to suffer with restless leg syndrome in her 40s; the severity has increased through the years. Recently, she realized that the symptoms had decreased markedly. She tried to isolate the source of her relief and... (Read More)
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Q. I have found a very helpful use for Burt's Bees peppermint lip balm. My nose got really sore the last time I had a cold. Applying the lip balm to my nose and upper lip gave me instant relief.... (Read More)
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People worry about cancer. It remains one of the scariest diagnoses because treatment can be harrowing and the outcome uncertain. Millions of Americans try to avoid unnecessary exposure to carcinogens (cancer-causing chemicals). That's why they spend more to buy organic... (Read More)
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For many people, the stress of seeing the doctor makes blood pressure soar. Physicians have been arguing about the significance of this "white coat hypertension" for decades. Does it lead to overtreatment? Or does it signal a problem that cries... (Read More)
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This Week's Radio Show: 819 Health News Update
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Diabetes may be an unexpected side effect of cholesterol-lowering medicine. Statin-type drugs such as Crestor, Lipitor, and Zocor (also known as simvastatin) are frequently prescribed to people at risk for heart disease. This includes patients with diabetes, who are particularly... (Read More)
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Add another serious disease to the list of tick-borne infections. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported that babesiosis has become 20 times more common in the Lower Hudson Valley over the past decade. The disease is also... (Read More)
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Q. After using Preparation H for several days, my blood pressure went to 206 over 98 and I ended up in the emergency department for hours. Later that week I read in your column that someone else had experienced the... (Read More)
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Allergies in general and food allergies in particular may be becoming more common among children. As many as one in 12 youngsters in the U.S. could be allergic to certain foods. The data were collected in a nationwide online survey... (Read More)
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Sex sure gets people excited. They fuss and fret about every aspect of this human behavior. Frequently readers of this column agonize over lack of sexual desire or inability to perform or enjoy the experience. But recently a woman contacted... (Read More)
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Americans have been told for years that they can lose weight by cutting the amount of fat they eat. The low-fat food craze of the past two decades has not produced a noticeably thinner population. Nevertheless, food manufacturers have developed... (Read More)
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Major depression can be very hard to treat. Antidepressant medication can take several weeks to kick in, and not everyone responds favorably to current drugs. An anesthetic called ketamine that has been on the market since the early 1970s has... (Read More)
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Migraine sufferers might find relief from an unlikely source. A small study of 60 migraine sufferers tested the benefits of a homeopathic preparation containing the herbs ginger and feverfew. Homeopathic medicines contain extremely small doses. 45 of the headache victims... (Read More)
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Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen is back with the People's Pharmacy! We are delighted to announce Crown Laboratories rejoins The People's Pharmacy family of underwriters, especially since the FDA has just issued new rules about labeling sunscreen. Despite the proliferation of... (Read More)
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Constipation is one of the "minor" ailments that can really affect the quality of your life. Although in some cases it can be a very serious symptom, most of the time it is just annoying. We are often surprised when... (Read More)