August 2011

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Diet can lower cholesterol, but the standard low-fat regimen that has been recommended for decades is not the most effective approach. New research from Canada shows that a vegetarian diet containing cholesterol-lowering foods was significantly more effective than the conventional... (Read More)
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When someone is having a heart attack, minutes count. The sooner a patient is treated in a hospital the better the outcome. Opening a clogged coronary artery with a balloon catheter called angioplasty not only preserves heart tissue but saves... (Read More)
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A second drug for melanoma has just been approved by the FDA. The agency acted at least two months before it was expected to do so, and also approved a diagnostic test that allows doctors to tell if their melanoma... (Read More)

Dogs Sniff Out Cancer

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A hundred years ago, some doctors were trained to recognize certain diseases by smell. That skill is no longer being taught in medical school. But canines, who have a far more sensitive sense of smell than humans, may soon be... (Read More)
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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD is a common breathing problem. When there is an acute flareup, patients often experience wheezing, coughing and labored breathing. The usual treatment involves inhaled bronchodialtors and corticosteroids. Now researchers report in the New England... (Read More)
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Listen To Our Podcast: 826 Asthma
How Safe Are Bio-Identical Hormones?
Painkiller Warning Presents Dilemma
Soy Sauce for Many Purposes
Pepto-Bismol to Banish Smelly Gas
Celery Seed Eased Mother's Gout
Milk of Magnesia Fights Odor
Drug Shortages Lead to Price Gouging (Read More)
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Q. I am surprised and disappointed by your answer to the lady asking for help with her hot flashes. Her doctor took her off hormones because of serious side effects, and she was suffering. You should have recommended bio-identical hormones.... (Read More)
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Q. A couple of weeks ago I read that popular painkillers can cause irregular heart rhythms. I stopped taking Aleve for pain because I do experience A-fib and atrial flutters. Since going off the Aleve, this heart problem has dropped... (Read More)
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Q. I recently burned two of my fingers on a hot oven. They had already started to blister when I remembered reading about the soy sauce remedy. It was like magic: both the pain and the blisters went away quickly.... (Read More)
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Q. I read a question in your column about smelly gas and I have a suggestion. Take a Pepto-Bismol tablet. It helps control that odorous gas. Pepto-Bismol will turn your stool black, but there's no harm in occasional use. I... (Read More)
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Q. My 92-year-old Mom began having excruciating ankle pain about four months ago. She has seen five doctors, including three podiatrists, a chiropractor and an emergency room visit. They all said her pain was due to osteoarthritis or plantar fasciitis.... (Read More)
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Q. I have suffered from excessive perspiration since I was a child of around eight years old. I have used countless deodorants, antiperspirants, crystals, baking soda, you name it. Nothing worked for very long, not even the prescription formulas. I've... (Read More)
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Hospital pharmacists are getting desperate. They are being forced to devote precious time to hunting down scarce supplies of critical medications. That's because drug shortages are increasing nationwide. Since 2006 the number of medicines that have become hard to find... (Read More)

826 Asthma

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A hundred years ago, the pre-eminent physician of that time, Sir William Osler, wrote that asthma was almost never fatal. These days, however, thousands of people die from acute asthma attacks each year. Why has asthma become both more common... (Read More)
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This Week's Radio Show: 826 Asthma
Power of Pomegranate to Promote Health
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Sleep Paralysis Can Be Terrifying
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Steps to cut down on bloodstream infections not only save lives but cut hospital costs as well. That's the conclusion of a study focusing on a checklist program implemented throughout the state of Michigan. The checklist was devised by Dr.... (Read More)
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The osteoporosis drugs called bisphosphonates have been controversial because of reports that they are linked to unusual complications such as jaw bone death and atypical thigh fractures. Other side effects include severe heartburn, joint or muscle pain and possibly even... (Read More)
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Investigators at Florida State University suggest a dietary preventive strategy for osteoporosis. They conducted a year-long study in which 100 postmenopausal women were randomly assigned to eat 100 grams of dried fruit daily--either dried plums or dried apples. Those who... (Read More)
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Q. I read your summary of the cardiovascular health benefits of pomegranate juice, and couldn't believe my eyes. I love pomegranates! Can you tell me more about the potential of this juice to promote health? A. Legend has it that... (Read More)
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It is hard to turn on the television or open a popular magazine without encountering ads for prescription drugs. This is also true for doctors reading medical journals. A study of 192 such advertisements aimed at health care professionals found... (Read More)
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Q. My husband is 54 and I am 52, but you would think we were in our 80s if you judged by our sex life. I was put on fluoxetine (Prozac) for hot flashes and simvastatin (Zocor) for high cholesterol.... (Read More)
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Researchers have long known that sun exposure is related to multiple sclerosis. The less sunlight a person is exposed to the greater the risk for this autoimmune disease. Researchers have assumed that there was something about vitamin D made through... (Read More)
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Q. For many years, from age 25 to 45, I experienced the horrifying feelings that I now have learned are associated with "sleep paralysis." I never knew what it was and had no one to ask about it. Luckily, I... (Read More)
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Listen To Our Podcast: 825 Dr. Google and e-Patients
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Blood Sugar Rising on Low-Fat Diet
Snoring Treatment Stopped Migraines
Home Remedies Help Joint Pain
Even Topical NSAIDs Have Side Effects
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Q. My 8-year-old son was stung by a wasp this morning for the first time. He'd found a wasp nest and stood right next to it, screaming at the top of his voice while jumping up and down. Naturally, a... (Read More)
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Q. I am on a very low-fat diet. Breakfast is bread and hot water. Lunch is oats and a banana with more hot water. Dinner is a green salad with tomatoes, no dressing and chicken sausage. Why is my blood... (Read More)
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Q. I suffered from migraine headaches for many years, with the only relief being very strong medications. I learned to live with them, predict them and their severity and treat them without drugs if they were caught early enough. Then... (Read More)
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Q. The California raisin producers should hire me, since I irritate my friends and neighbors by yapping nonstop about gin-soaked raisins. After reading an article on your website about unflavored gelatin, I added that to my regimen. Now I wax... (Read More)
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Q. My doctor gave me Voltaren Gel samples for joint pain. I cannot tolerate even tiny amounts of NSAIDs any more, so when I read the warnings, I asked about them. He dismissed them, saying the gel was better than... (Read More)
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Q. I have had warts on my nail bed and three fingers for a year. I had them frozen and painfully burned off by my dermatologist, to no avail. I went through several bottles of Compound W and similar products,... (Read More)