March 2012

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This Week's Radio Show: 852 Health News Update
Corn Huskers Stars For Slippery Sex
Horrible Heartburn Leads to Walking Drugstore
Cough Medicine Triggers Panic Attack
Celery Seed Eases Pain of Gout
Staying Fit Can Stave Off Disability
Weight Loss Surgery for Diabetes
Vaccine Against Cancer?
Unmasking Cancer Cells
Hot Stuff to Protect the Heart?
Chocolate Lovers Weigh Less (Read More)
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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: Sometimes simple approaches can be surprisingly effective. A new study shows that helping... (Read More)
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Q. You mentioned an old-fashioned product which might work as a sexual lubricant for older people. We would appreciate the name of it. A. We have heard from readers that Corn Huskers Lotion is useful as a personal lubricant as... (Read More)
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Q. I am hoping you can give me advice about what to take for heartburn. I lead a "normal" life for a single mom: working long hours, carpooling, going to the gym and kid's soccer games. I know my eating... (Read More)
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Q. My daughter just told me a horror story about a close friend of hers. This young woman became depressed at college and was taking Zoloft. When she caught a bad cold and took over-the-counter cough syrup, she ended up... (Read More)
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Losing weight and improving fitness can have a profound impact on the health of people with type 2 diabetes. Such patients often struggle with weight and frequently have problems with mobility as their disease progresses. Some people are calling this... (Read More)
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Another approach to controlling type 2 diabetes involves bariatric surgery. In two studies of severely obese diabetic patients, weight loss surgery worked much better than medication to control blood sugar, triglycerides and other metabolic markers of type 2 diabetes. Although... (Read More)
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Two small studies of cancer patients for disease recurrence have shown a positive response to a modified smallpox vaccination. This immunotherapy is designed to trick the immune system into fighting the skin cancer melanoma as well as ovarian cancer. The... (Read More)
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Another potential breakthrough in cancer treatment involves an antibody to a cell surface marker called CD47. This protein normally serves as a cloaking device for healthy cells to keep the immune system from attacking. Cancer cells take advantage of this... (Read More)
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There's good news about spicy food. Scientists in Hong Kong report that adding capsaicin compounds called capsaicinoids to high-cholesterol chow protected hamsters from high LDL cholesterol and from plaque in their arteries. Capsaicin is the hot stuff in chili peppers.... (Read More)
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Cocoa flavonoids found in chocolate have documented health benefits, such as lower blood pressure, more flexible blood vessels and more sensitive insulin response. Despite these modest but consistent benefits, clinicians have warned that people should not eat chocolate because of... (Read More)
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Listen To Our Podcast: 851 Understanding Statins
Don't Smear Molasses on Hemorrhoids!
Safe Sun Exposure for Vitamin D
Easing Joint Pain without Drugs
Dad's Drugs Behind Mental Decline
Listerine Conquers Lice
Unbearable Itching from Cetirizine Withdrawal
Drugs Affect Quality of Life (Read More)
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Q. I'm a roofer. One day I thought I'd broken my toe but the doctor said I was in the gout club. I've tried everything, and only one thing works: celery seed extract (3 tablets a day) and plenty of... (Read More)
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Q. My doctor would like to know how you apply blackstrap molasses to hemorrhoids. Does it come in a capsule form or is it an ointment? What strengths or milligrams does the molasses come in? A. Do NOT apply blackstrap... (Read More)
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Q. I use a sunscreen daily because I burn easily and love being outdoors. My doctor tells me that I am seriously deficient in vitamin D. I've tried taking a high-dose supplement, but it makes my legs and feet ache.... (Read More)
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Q. I used to play golf twice a week and tennis three times a week but now arthritis is slowing me down. My knees and hips complain bitterly after a round of golf or a tennis match. I used to... (Read More)
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Q. Our father is taking medicine for an enlarged prostate, high blood pressure, heartburn, allergies, cough and postnasal drip. A partial list of his drugs include Avodart, doxazosin, hydroxyzine, ipratropium, Nexium, sertraline, promethazine plus codeine syrup and Tylenol PM. Dad... (Read More)
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Q. I feel like crying for joy when yesterday I was just ready to cry. After battling lice for weeks I was almost ready to take a razor to the long brown locks that have taken me three years to... (Read More)
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Q. I took the antihistamine cetirizine for allergies for three years. I stopped abruptly last summer and promptly began itching all over. I have been going to a dermatologist ever since. I was treated for scabies and used permethrin cream... (Read More)
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Physicians assess treatment success by looking at numbers. Blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and thyroid function are all tracked with numbers. The goal is usually to get these measurements into a normal range. It's too bad there is no simple... (Read More)
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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: Statin-type cholesterol-lowering drugs are extremely popular, with approximately 180 million prescriptions issued each... (Read More)
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This Week's Radio Show: 851 Understanding Statins
Glucosamine and Chondroitin Raised Cholesterol
Bitter Beverage (Tonic) May Ease Leg Cramps
Hydrocodone for Panic is NOT a Good Idea!
Aspirin Helps Prevent Cancer
Pain Reliever Against Mountain Sickness
Unconscious Bias Affects Pain Treatment
Sex and Exercise
Adrenaline Weak in Heart Attack Rescue (Read More)
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Aspirin may be one of the most cost effective ways to prevent cancer. For more than two decades scientists have seen evidence that aspirin might help reduce the risk of certain cancers. Three new studies have just reinforced that conclusion.... (Read More)
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An inexpensive pain reliever may have unexpected benefits. Investigators at Stanford University have found that over the counter ibuprofen can ease the discomfort of altitude sickness. Common symptoms when someone travels to high altitude include headache, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, fatigue... (Read More)
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Pediatricians may treat pain differently depending upon the race of the child. That's the conclusion from a new study in the American Journal of Public Health. The researchers surveyed 86 pediatricians for unconscious racial bias. Then the doctors were asked... (Read More)
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Q. Recently I have developed a lot of pain in the muscles of my legs. I took glucosamine for two years for joint pains. During that time my cholesterol went from 190 to 247 with no change in my diet.... (Read More)

Sex and Exercise

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Exercise is good for the heart, the brain and possibly even sexual satisfaction. Researchers at Indiana University surveyed women online about exercise-induced sexual gratification. A surprising number of women said that they experienced orgasm during exercise. Strenuous abdominal exercises appear... (Read More)
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Q. I hope you can help me. I have very bad leg cramps during the night. I awaken three or four times some nights and have to walk around. I took quinine capsules for years, buying them over the counter.... (Read More)
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In movies and TV shows, patients who experience seemingly fatal heart attacks are often resuscitated with a shot of adrenaline. Perhaps the most famous of these was in the movie Pulp Fiction when John Travolta plunges a needle into the... (Read More)
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Q. I'm writing to ask your advice about my condition and perhaps get a second perspective on the situation. I'm 28 yrs old and ever since I was 18 I've been on anti-depressants, mainly for anxiety and panic attacks. I've... (Read More)