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April 2012

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Q. Your column about using maggots medicinally for skin injuries brought back a memory of another long-ago treatment: LEECHES. Over sixty years ago, when I was growing up in Brooklyn, N.Y., the pharmacy in my neighborhood routinely sold leeches to... (Read More)
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Q. I am suffering with side effects from finasteride to control prostate symptoms. I have erectile dysfunction, loss of libido and enlarged breasts. Does it make sense for me to take testosterone to overcome these side effects? A. Finasteride is... (Read More)
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Q. I am at my wit's end. I've been taking Prempro for hot flashes. Now my doctor wants me to stop because of cancer concerns. Whenever I quit, though, the hot flashes return worse than ever. My friends swear by... (Read More)
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Q. I have suffered with severe, chronic nasal congestion and sinus headaches for decades. Periodically I get addicted to over the counter nasal sprays and have a terrible time weaning myself off. Sleeping with a stuffy nose is the pits.... (Read More)
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Is there an invisible epidemic sweeping the country? Thyroid dysfunction is one of the most common health problems in America and no one knows why it has become so widespread. At last count, about 100 million prescriptions were filled annually... (Read More)
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Q. What can I substitute for aspirin to ease pain without stomach problems? Will it thin the blood as well? If inflammation in the body is a problem, what home remedy will help reduce it? A. Aspirin is the gold... (Read More)
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Q. My son has had multiple warts on his hands. He has tried everything, including getting them frozen off by the doctor with liquid nitrogen. He developed a huge wart on the inside of his middle finger. The doctor said... (Read More)
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Are you following us on Facebook? If not, here's what you could be missing: In addition to important health news updates and links to health research and news you can use, you too can be a part of the conversation.... (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: No one knows why so many people now have thyroid dysfunction; researchers have... (Read More)
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This Week's Radio Show: 855 Health News Update
Foods That Support Cancer Survival
Red Yeast Rice Worked to Control Cholesterol
Aspirin and Cancer Prevention
Aspirin Linked to Colon Cancer Survival
Berries Help Keep Brain Sharp
Weightlifting for Brain Power
Seven Keys to Preventing Migraines
Botox Benefit for Migraine Is Modest (Read More)
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Q. I will be starting chemotherapy for breast cancer. What can I do to improve my chances for the best result? I am especially interested in healthy anti-cancer foods. I don't just want to be passive in my treatment! A.... (Read More)
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Aspirin seems, once again, to reduce the risk of cancer. The humble aspirin tablet has shown promise for prevention in cancer research. A recent case-control study from China shows that women who took aspirin twice a week for at least... (Read More)
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An aspirin study from the Netherlands suggests that aspirin may actually improve survival in patients with colon cancer. Almost 4,500 people were included in the study that spanned nearly a decade. Of these, almost one in four took aspirin after... (Read More)
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Blueberries and strawberries may slow cognitive decline as we age. That's the conclusion from a study that has been following more than 120,000 women since 1976. The Nurses Health Study tracks diet and fitness every four years through a mailed... (Read More)
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Strength training builds muscle and may also be good for the brain. A study from British Columbia compared the results of three different exercise regimens in women between 70 and 80 years of age. All the participants had mild cognitive... (Read More)
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It is estimated that as many as 30 million Americans suffer from migraine headaches. Specialists say that migraines are frequently underdiagnosed and undertreated. The majority do not get effective preventive treatment that could help avoid a debilitating attack. New guidelines... (Read More)
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Botox or botulinum toxin A has been used to smooth out wrinkles for more than a decade. More recently Botox was approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat chronic migraine headaches. How well does it work? A new... (Read More)
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Q. I have heart damage caused by a virus. They say I must keep my cholesterol lower than most, because of the cardiac damage I already have. My last two cholesterol readings were 240 and then 260. My doctor argued... (Read More)
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Every once in a while a visitor to our website shares a remedy that surprises and delights us even if we can't find any scientific support for it. Then along comes extraordinary research from highly respected scientists that confirms something... (Read More)
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Listen To Our Podcast: 854 The Blood Sugar Solution
Will Cinnamon Exacerbate Hypoglycemia?
Kiwi Fruit for Canker Sores
Vitamin Overdose Damages Nerves
Ear Plugs Solved Snoring Problem
Ear Wax and Lysine for Cold Sores
Glass Containers Avoid BPA Problem
Overcoming Constipation with Yogurt
Extra Caution Needed in Medicine for Older People
Dealing with Dizziness Is Difficult
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Q. I suffer from low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and am wondering if cinnamon would make it even worse, since it helps diabetics lower their sugar? I certainly do not want my blood glucose any lower! A. Cinnamon has been suggested... (Read More)
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Q. I have suffered with canker sores all my life. I've read in your column about sauerkraut but I've found kiwi fruit works better. If you eat at least two kiwi fruit a day, the next morning the canker sore... (Read More)
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Q. Twenty years ago I started taking high doses of B vitamins to help prevent migraines. It worked, but about eight years ago I began having twitching all over, but mostly in my lower legs. I was tested for MS... (Read More)
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Q. I snore a lot at night. My wife is always complaining about her sleep being interrupted by my loud snoring. I recently wore earplugs to bed for another reason, and this had the unintended result of stopping me from... (Read More)
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It is estimated that almost two-thirds of American adults are infected with the virus that causes cold sores or fever blisters. A red lesion on the lip or near the mouth can be embarrassing and painful. People seem to stare... (More On This Topic)
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Q. People are concerned about BPA (bisphenol A), phthalates, and other possibly harmful chemicals in plastic containers. Instead of trying to use the "safest" kinds of plastic containers (recycling numbers 2, 4, 5), I bought glass storage containers and stopped... (Read More)
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Q. I've had 20 years of trial and error in fighting constipation. I am lean and fit and have a very healthy lifestyle. I was disappointed to see your suggestions for a constipated reader were more of the same--just fiber-related... (Read More)
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Q. My grandmother was given Seroquel in the hospital to help her sleep. She has been on it for three months now and I have noticed symptoms such as slight head nodding and mouth movements like chewing or sucking. She... (Read More)
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Doing cartwheels, riding rollercoasters or spinning until they're dizzy makes children scream with delight. For older people, though, dizziness is a disaster. When adults feel dizzy, they frequently become nauseated. Nausea may be harder to handle than pain. It can... (Read More)
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Our award-winning radio show is heard by 200,000 listeners on more than 125 radio stations nationwide. Tune in each week to hear the latest expert opinions on cutting edge medical research and real news you can use to take control... (Read More)