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July 2011

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Q. Do you know of any good ways to deal with swimmer's ear? I can usually feel it coming on (often after swimming in a lake or pond), but I haven't been able to clear it up before it gets... (Read More)
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Q. I have been a critical care nurse for more than 30 years and recently started monitoring assisted living facilities for the state. Most medication errors are made by their medication technicians. These employees may have completed only four hours... (Read More)
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Q. Do you have any suggestions for dealing with sensitive teeth? Anything cold is very painful. The dentist says the nerve endings are exposed. A. Dentists usually recommend toothpastes with potassium nitrate (such as Sensodyne, Aquafresh, Colgate Sensitive or Crest... (Read More)
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When ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB) was initially introduced as an over-the-counter pain reliever in 1984, it was advertised as "advanced medicine for pain." The implication was that this drug, previously available only by prescription, was better than the currently available... (Read More)
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There are more than a hundred different conditions known as arthritis, but all are capable of causing chronic pain. An estimated 48 million Americans can attest that it is often all too difficult to get relief. What are the best... (Read More)
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This Week's Radio Show: 822 Alleviating Arthritis
Home Remedies In Your Kitchen For High Blood Pressure
How Safe Is Drug To Treat Hirsutism-Excess Facial Hair
Sex Headaches Can Be Devastating
Cranberries or Antibiotics for Recurrent UTI?
Antioxidant Vitamins Boost Brain Power
Green Tea to Cut Cholesterol
Lymph Node Removal Unnecessary
Hope for New Epilepsy Treatment (Read More)
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When most people think about dealing with hypertension the first line of defense is often a medication. That is absolutely appropriate if blood pressure is very high. But what should you do if it is in a middle range--not quite... (Read More)
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Antibiotics bested cranberry capsules in preventing urinary tract infections. The research was conducted among more than 200 Dutch women who had experienced at least three urinary tract infections during the previous year. The volunteers were randomized to receive either preventive... (Read More)
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Q. A doctor has prescribed spironolactone to my 22 year old daughter for hirsutism. Is that drug effective and safe? A. Spironolactone (Aldactone) is a diuretic used to control high blood pressure, but it is also prescribed to treat unsightly... (Read More)
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Vitamins and other dietary supplements have been getting a lot of bad press recently, but a new study from France suggests that daily supplementation with a vitamin and mineral antioxidant formulation may be good for the brain. In this study,... (Read More)
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Green tea has also been shown to have powerful antioxidant properties. Compounds in green tea known as catechins are thought to be especially beneficial. Animal and cellular studies have demonstrated that these chemicals could have cardioprotective activity by reducing inflammation... (Read More)
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Women diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer have traditionally had their lymph nodes biopsied for signs of cancer. If microscopic tumors have spread to lymph nodes near the breast, oncologists had assumed that this meant the disease had spread and that... (Read More)
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Q. I understand you have written about sex headaches. I would really like to know more. I occasionally suffer from excruciating yet short-lived headaches at climax. My doctor said they were "normal" but I've only had them the last few... (Read More)
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An experimental device that stimulates a nerve in the forehead may offer a safe and effective way to control hard-to-treat epilepsy. Researchers at UCLA studied 50 patients who experienced drug-resistant seizures. Using the device, subjects were able to stimulate the... (Read More)
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Listen To Our Podcast: 786 Cholesterol Controversy (Archive)
Allergy Drug Makes It Hard to Pee
Avocados Help Control Cholesterol
Statin Connection with ALS?
Recipe for Relief
Protecting Bones without Heartburn
Banana Peel to Heal Poison Ivy
Don't Be Baffled by Brain Fog (Read More)
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Q. I am really allergic to cats. My nose gets stuffed up, my eyes start to itch and I become very spacy. My wife and I were visiting friends who have two cats. I forgot to take my allergy medicine... (Read More)
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Q. I have had high cholesterol for many years, mostly around 335. I have taken statin drugs to lower it but I didn't like the side effects. I read about avocados lowering cholesterol in your column and decided to try... (Read More)
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Q. My father was prescribed simvastatin (Zocor) and fenofibrate (Tricor) for high cholesterol. Within months his speech started to slur and he began to have trouble swallowing. His doctor sent him to a neurologist to be tested for ALS. The... (Read More)
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Q. Several years ago a friend recommended a remedy for arthritis and tendinitis. It was raisins soaked in apple cider vinegar and honey INSTEAD of in gin. When I found that it worked I wrote you and you printed the... (Read More)
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Q. I have osteoporosis and my doctor prescribed Fosamax. I took it for years, but it caused severe heartburn that I could not handle. When I complained to the doctor, he offered Boniva. Reading the label, I found that it... (Read More)
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Q. I recently spent an entire day weeding our overgrown yard. Unwittingly, I pulled a lot of poison ivy. Over the next few days my arms and shins were covered with itchy rash. I treated this with Benadryl at night... (Read More)
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Call it what you will, "brain fog," "senior moment," "cognitive decline," or just plain confusion, the inability to think clearly can be devastating. It affects not only the person who is befuddled, but also his family and friends. When an... (Read More)
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This Week's Radio Show: 786 Cholesterol Controversy (Archive)
Cornmeal Fights Nail Fungus
Is It Safe To Combine Sunscreen With Bug Spray
Is Your Pain Reliever Causing an Irregular Heart Rhythm
Active Women Stay Sharp
Exercise Boosts Brain Power
Counting Calories
Sunscreen Can Cut Risk of Melanoma
Grape Seed Extract to Prevent Alzheimer's Disease (Read More)
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High cholesterol is well known as a risk factor for heart disease. But far too many people are under the impression that taking a medication to lower cholesterol also reduces their risk of dying from an initial heart attack. While... (Read More)
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Q. I clipped your article on a cornmeal cure for nail fungus but mislaid it. Not knowing the proportions, I cooked some up and soaked my nails. Even done wrong, it helped mightily. Please forward the correct recipe, which my... (Read More)
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We have received numerous questions about applying sunscreen together with bug spray. Here are two: Q. I live in Florida and play golf at least four times a week. I also love to garden. Whenever I go outside, I apply... (Read More)
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One of the best ways to keep your brain working is to keep your body moving. That's the conclusion from a new study of more than 2800 women with vascular disease. The Women's Antioxidant Cardiovascular Study was begun in 1995... (Read More)
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Another study confirms that exercise is good for the brain. The Health, Aging and Body Composition or Health ABC Study enrolled senior citizens in 1998 and 1999. Over the next five years their mental function was carefully monitored. Those older... (Read More)

Counting Calories

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Some public health experts are hoping that providing restaurant customers with information about the calories in the meals they are ordering will help control obesity. No one knows yet if such a program will be effective, but a new study... (Read More)
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Dermatologists have been advocating for more consistent and conscientious sunscreen use for decades. They knew that this practice would reduce the risk of premature aging and some types of skin cancer. But until recently there wasn't much good evidence to... (Read More)