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This Week's Radio Show: 798 The Scalpel and the Soul (Archive)


Surgeons, especially neurosurgeons, have incredible technical skills that can help patients survive in difficult circumstances. Sometimes, though, they find they need to look a bit beyond their usual abilities to figure out how to proceed. We talk with a neurosurgeon...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2011/12/24/798-the-scalpel-and-the-soul/

Coffee Averts Asthma at 30,000 Feet


Q. I want to thank you for helping me out of a medical emergency. I was flying across country and had packed my asthma medicine in my carry-on luggage. The flight was too full and there was not enough room...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2011/12/22/coffee-averts-asthma-at-30000-feet/

Surprising Cough Medicine from Kitchen Cupboard


Q. Last month I had the flu for a couple of weeks with a lingering cough. Before I got better I caught a cold, and at the end of the cold, a cough returned that was much worse than the...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2011/12/22/surprising-cough-medicine-from-kitchen-cupboard/

Coconut Cookies Help Prevent Surgery


Q. A while back you ran an article concerning chronic diarrhea caused by Crohn's disease: some people were experiencing relief with cookies (of all things). They were Archway Coconut Macaroons, to be exact. Before reading your column I was leading...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2011/12/22/coconut-cookies-help-prevent-surgery/


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Chantix May Harm Heart


A popular stop-smoking drug may be hard on the heart. The smoking cessation drug Chantix is being prescribed world-wide to help smokers give up their dangerous addiction. Smoking increases the chance that a person will develop lung cancer, several other...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2011/12/22/chantix-may-harm-heart/

 

Questions about Antidepressant Effectiveness


Antidepressant medications have been controversial for decades. When first introduced, drugs like Prozac were heralded as a major breakthrough in the treatment of depression. More recently, though, careful analysis of the medical literature shows that while such medicines can be...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2011/12/22/questions-about-antidepressant-effectiveness/

 

Restricting Carbohydrates Helps Some Women


Women who have polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, often experience irregular menstrual periods, infertility, insulin resistance, overweight, elevated cholesterol and type-2 diabetes. Higher levels of male hormones circulating in the body may contribute to symptoms such as acne and hairiness....

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2011/12/22/restricting-carbohydrates-helps-some-women/

 

Traditional Birth Attendants Save Lives


In many parts of the world where women don't have access to hospitals for giving birth, rates of infant and maternal mortality are high. But when traditional birth attendants such as comadronas or doulas are trained in what to do...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2011/12/22/traditional-birth-attendants-save-lives/

 


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