October 2011

Was this information helpful? Average rating: 4.4/5 (182 votes)
What do you think?
  • Currently 4.4/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Not Helpful ..... Very Helpful
Q. I tried numerous OTC remedies to ease my inflamed hemorrhoids, to no avail. I had pretty much resigned myself to the fact that surgery was the only answer left. I was in absolute misery until I found a testimonial... (Read More)
Was this information helpful? Average rating: 4.5/5 (40 votes)
What do you think?
  • Currently 4.5/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Not Helpful ..... Very Helpful
Q. Can you tell us about flu vaccinations? I don't understand how the vaccine can wear off so quickly that it's required every year. What other vaccine acts like this? How can we be so confident in guessing which viruses... (Read More)
Was this information helpful? Average rating: 4.2/5 (67 votes)
What do you think?
  • Currently 4.2/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Not Helpful ..... Very Helpful
Q. I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes a few years ago and my doctor started me on metformin. At first it caused horrible diarrhea. Taking the drug with food lessened that problem a bit. Now I find that the... (Read More)
Was this information helpful? Average rating: 3.7/5 (46 votes)
What do you think?
  • Currently 3.7/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Not Helpful ..... Very Helpful
Q. I am desperate for help with my dandruff. The flakes are driving me crazy! A. Dandruff can cause itching and flaking of the scalp that is both uncomfortable and unsightly. When it gets really bad, dermatologists call it seborrheic... (Read More)
Was this information helpful? Average rating: 4.5/5 (56 votes)
What do you think?
  • Currently 4.5/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Not Helpful ..... Very Helpful
Q. You recently wrote that sea salt has no iodine, but there are brands on the market that are iodized. I use Hain Iodized Sea Salt and I have also seen Morton Iodized Sea Salt. I trust this is a... (Read More)
Was this information helpful? Average rating: 4/5 (41 votes)
What do you think?
  • Currently 4/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Not Helpful ..... Very Helpful
Q. I'm a critical care nurse with a daughter who's a transplant recipient. I know that hospital housekeeping departments do the best they can. Often, though, the cleaning staff don't think to sanitize every surface patients and staff touch. This... (Read More)
Was this information helpful? Average rating: 4.1/5 (32 votes)
What do you think?
  • Currently 4.1/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Not Helpful ..... Very Helpful
Prescription drug prices have gone through the roof. A month's supply of Lipitor: $160 A month's supply of Nexium: $196 A month's supply of Plavix: almost $200 A month's supply of Singulair: $170 A month's supply of Lexapro: $120 A... (Read More)
Was this information helpful? Average rating: 4.3/5 (43 votes)
What do you think?
  • Currently 4.3/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Not Helpful ..... Very Helpful
Americans take an amazing number of medications in an attempt to ease their anxiety or relieve their depression. According to our calculations, more than 280 million prescriptions are dispensed annually for antidepressants and anti-anxiety agents. A new report from the... (Read More)

833 Eye Health

Click the arrow to play audio file:
Did you enjoy this radio show? Average rating: 4.1/5 (93 votes)
What do you think?
  • Currently 4.1/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Not Helpful ..... Very Helpful
Conditions like glaucoma and macular degeneration are very common among older Americans. They often result in impaired vision and affect quality of life severely. Are there health practices that can reduce the risk of these serious problems? Dry eye is... (Read More)
Buy This Show on CD or MP3
Was this information helpful?
What do you think?
  • Currently 0/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Not Helpful ..... Very Helpful
This Week's Radio Show: 833 Eye Health
Save the Life of Someone You Love
Flu Vaccine Not Completely Effective
CDC Urges HPV Vaccine for All Pre-Teens
Asthma Drugs Pose Risks for Youngsters
Exercise Vigilance against Microbial Contamination
Coffee Reduces Risk of Certain Skin Cancers (Read More)
Was this information helpful? Average rating: 4/5 (40 votes)
What do you think?
  • Currently 4/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Not Helpful ..... Very Helpful
The flu vaccine is not as good as most people believe. This time of year public health officials are putting on a full court press to vaccinate children, older people and those with chronic diseases. Influenza is especially cruel to... (Read More)
Was this information helpful? Average rating: 2.5/5 (12 votes)
What do you think?
  • Currently 2.5/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Not Helpful ..... Very Helpful
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have broadened their recommendations for who should be vaccinated against human papillomavirus, or HPV. This virus is responsible for genital warts, which are associated with an increased risk for cervical cancer in women.... (Read More)
Was this information helpful? Average rating: 4.5/5 (11 votes)
What do you think?
  • Currently 4.5/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Not Helpful ..... Very Helpful
The FDA has reviewed the use of asthma drugs and their complications and found that certain medications are more likely to cause troubling reactions in children than in adults. The medications are known as long-acting beta-agonists, or LABAs for short.... (Read More)
Was this information helpful? Average rating: 4.5/5 (50 votes)
What do you think?
  • Currently 4.5/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Not Helpful ..... Very Helpful
Are you picking up germs on your way to work? You may think of subways and buses as places where you'd be exposed to a lot of microbes from other passengers. But even if you carpool or drive yourself, you... (Read More)
Was this information helpful? Average rating: 4.6/5 (75 votes)
What do you think?
  • Currently 4.6/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Not Helpful ..... Very Helpful
Coffee continues to get high marks for health benefits. Drinking coffee was once considered a vice, but researchers have reported that coffee drinkers have a lower risk of developing depression, type 2 diabetes and prostate cancer. A new study suggests... (Read More)
Was this information helpful? Average rating: 4.8/5 (42 votes)
What do you think?
  • Currently 4.8/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Not Helpful ..... Very Helpful
Our brand new book (Top Screwups Doctors Make and How to Avoid Them) has stirred up extraordinary emotions on all sides. Many doctors are mad as hornets. They hate the title and won't even open the book. Some patients also... (Read More)
Was this information helpful? Average rating: 4.6/5 (226 votes)
What do you think?
  • Currently 4.6/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Not Helpful ..... Very Helpful
Flu season is right around the corner. That's why the CDC (Centers for Disease Prevention and Control) "recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older as the first and most important step in protecting against... (Read More)
Was this information helpful?
What do you think?
  • Currently 0/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Not Helpful ..... Very Helpful
Listen To Our Podcast: 832 Maintaining Memory
Drug Offers Relief for Enlarged Prostate
Pros and Cons of Chocolate
Physician Warns about Drug Dangers
Treating Arthritis without NSAIDs
In Search of Medication Information
Hot Peppers Help Heal Pain
Many Causes and Cures for Bad Breath (Read More)
Was this information helpful? Average rating: 4/5 (52 votes)
What do you think?
  • Currently 4/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Not Helpful ..... Very Helpful
Q. I have heard that the FDA has approved a new drug to treat symptoms of prostate enlargement. The trouble is that I didn't catch the name. If it is less likely to cause sexual difficulties than finasteride or an... (Read More)
Was this information helpful? Average rating: 4.3/5 (127 votes)
What do you think?
  • Currently 4.3/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Not Helpful ..... Very Helpful
Q. I really love chocolate and if there are proven health benefits I will be very happy indeed! I still have doubts whether chocolate can be healthy. How about sharing information on side effects and disadvantages? A. Chocolate can lower... (Read More)
Was this information helpful? Average rating: 4.5/5 (86 votes)
What do you think?
  • Currently 4.5/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Not Helpful ..... Very Helpful
Q. I am a physician. Often, we are afraid to stop medications because if something bad happens, we could be sued for causing Mom's stroke, heart attack or death. I love it when my patients stop their medications themselves or... (Read More)
Was this information helpful? Average rating: 4.1/5 (99 votes)
What do you think?
  • Currently 4.1/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Not Helpful ..... Very Helpful
Q. My cardiologist insists that I have to take low-dose aspirin and Plavix to prevent a heart attack. The trouble is that I have arthritis and bursitis. Because of the Plavix and aspirin I can't take the usual ibuprofen or... (Read More)
Was this information helpful? Average rating: 4.8/5 (37 votes)
What do you think?
  • Currently 4.8/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Not Helpful ..... Very Helpful
Q. I want to get all the written, credible medical information possible about my prescription. In the old days, the pharmacist would include printed information from the manufacturer along with the drug. That version was FDA-approved. These days, we usually... (Read More)
Was this information helpful? Average rating: 4.5/5 (72 votes)
What do you think?
  • Currently 4.5/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Not Helpful ..... Very Helpful
Q. My primary care doctor prescribed Cymbalta for neuropathy, a very painful burning sensation in three of my toes. It seemed to work, but it is expensive. The doctor I saw at the VA recommended capsicum since Cymbalta is not... (Read More)
Was this information helpful? Average rating: 4/5 (81 votes)
What do you think?
  • Currently 4/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Not Helpful ..... Very Helpful
Bad breath (halitosis in doctorspeak) is not a topic for polite conversation. In fact even your dentist or best friend may not bring up the subject of dragon breath. Many people are painfully aware of their breath problem. They chew... (Read More)

832 Maintaining Memory

Click the arrow to play audio file:
Did you enjoy this radio show? Average rating: 3.9/5 (78 votes)
What do you think?
  • Currently 3.9/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Not Helpful ..... Very Helpful
As we get older memory slips seem to become more common. Forgetting someone's name is embarrassing, and it fuels our concern about whether our minds are weakening as we grow older. But there are strategies to employ to reduce the... (Read More)
Buy This Show on CD or MP3
Was this information helpful?
What do you think?
  • Currently 0/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Not Helpful ..... Very Helpful
This Week's Radio Show: 832 Maintaining Memory
Pedicure Led To Nasty Nail Fungus
Home Remedy May Ease Misery of Canker Sores
Psych Drug Use Skyrockets Beyond Belief
Back to Sleep
Helping Parents Cope with Colic
New Prenatal Test for Down Syndrome
Mammogram Recommendations Changing
Low Marks for American Health Care
Malaria Vaccine Offers Hope (Read More)

Back to Sleep

Was this information helpful? Average rating: 4.8/5 (18 votes)
What do you think?
  • Currently 4.8/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Not Helpful ..... Very Helpful
Babies should be sleeping on their backs, not on their sides or stomachs. That's the recommendation from the American Academy of Pediatrics. When some researchers began suggesting that sudden infant death syndrome was linked to stomach sleeping over 20 years... (Read More)
Was this information helpful? Average rating: 4.6/5 (61 votes)
What do you think?
  • Currently 4.6/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Not Helpful ..... Very Helpful
Q. Recently, after my first pedicure ever, I got fungus on both big toenails. Is there a good home remedy to try? A. There are lots of home remedies, including dilute vinegar soaks, tea tree oil and vitamin E used... (Read More)
Was this information helpful? Average rating: 3.8/5 (46 votes)
What do you think?
  • Currently 3.8/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Not Helpful ..... Very Helpful
When babies cry endlessly and spit up, doctors and parents used to call it colic. In past decades there wasn't much to be done about it except wait for the infant to grow out of it. Nowadays, however, many babies... (Read More)