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This Week's Radio Show: 840 Willpower Science


Tune in to our radio show on your local public radio station, or sign up for the podcast and listen at your leisure. Here's what it's about: At the start of a new year, many of us resolve to adopt...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2011/12/31/840-willpower-science/

Drugs Can Cause Life-Threatening Falls


I read your article about the danger some drugs pose for falls. I would like to share my experience. In October 2009, I underwent major spinal surgery. I was given a combination of pain meds. When I left the hospital,...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2011/12/29/drugs-can-cause-life-threatening-falls/

Can Cholesterol Levels Go TOO Low?


Q. My father takes Niaspan and Lipitor, which have lowered his cholesterol to 110. Isn't that too low? He has severe arthritis, memory problems and debilitating fatigue. I worry that he is taking too much medicine, but he says the...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2011/12/29/can-cholesterol-levels-go-too-low/

Shrimpy Kiss Could be Lethal


Q. My girlfriend is very allergic to shrimp and crab and, I suspect, lobster as well. I love them but have avoided eating them since we have been together. We will soon be sharing a vacation at a resort beach...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2011/12/29/shrimpy-kiss-could-be-lethal/

Sharing Tips on Remedies

Q. I enjoy your column when I read my local paper online. Sometimes I want to keep a column and share it with family, but I find it difficult to get back to the specific remedy I remember. I wonder...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2011/12/27/sharing-tips-on-remedies/


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Do Stethoscopes Transfer Bacteria?


Stethoscopes might be an unrecognized source of bacterial contamination. Hospital acquired infections are responsible for roughly 100,000 deaths each year. Healthcare workers have been admonished to wash their hands thoroughly between patients to reduce the risk of infection. Although this...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2011/12/29/do-stethoscopes-transfer-bacteria/

 

Emergency Backboards Often Contaminated


Another unexpected source of bacterial contamination appears to be the plastic backboards that emergency medical technicians use to transfer patients to a gurney. Such plastic boards help stabilize the patient for transfer to an ambulance. Once the patient has been...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2011/12/29/emergency-backboards-often-contaminated/

 

Botox May Cause Surgery Complications


Botox has become a household name. It stands for Botulinum neurotoxin type A and is used to eliminate facial wrinkles and frown lines. Other indications include excessive perspiration, chronic migraine, urinary incontinence and spasms of the eyelids or upper limbs....

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2011/12/29/botox-may-cause-surgery-complications/

 

Improving Stent Outcomes


More than one million heart stents are placed in clogged coronary arteries each year. They are supposed to improve blood flow to heart muscles and reduce symptoms such as chest pain. This procedure has become more common than invasive coronary...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2011/12/29/improving-stent-outcomes/

 

D-Deficiency Damaging in Diabetes


People with type 2 diabetes are especially susceptible to coronary artery disease. Scientists in Denmark have found that vitamin D deficiency significantly raises that risk. Two hundred people with type 2 diabetes and no diagnosis of heart disease underwent tests...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2011/12/29/d-deficiency-damaging-in-diabetes/

 


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