May 2012

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When an airplane crashes, the public demands to know what went wrong. They also want the problem to be corrected so it won't happen again. When it comes to medicine, however, there are rarely investigations. It is relatively unusual for... (Read More)
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Q. I am taking fluoxetine for depression and something unsettling is happening. After years of a satisfying sex life, I am now unable to achieve orgasm. I asked my doctor if this could be a side effect of the medicine... (Read More)
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Aspirin and other anti-inflammatory drugs reduce the risk of skin cancer. Danish researchers compared the painkiller history of more than 18,000 people with skin cancer to that of nearly 180,000 people without the disease. They found that people who had... (Read More)
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Many men with enlarged prostate glands have sought relief from an herbal remedy called saw palmetto. It was reputed to alleviate symptoms such as frequent urination, but a new meta-analysis from the Cochrane Collaboration demonstrates that saw palmetto extract performs... (Read More)
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The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently recommended that doctors drop routine PSA screening for prostate cancer. This decision was based on large, long-term, prospective trials that showed PSA screening did not improve overall survival. But a new survey from... (Read More)
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Not content to aggravate urologists and men concerned about prostate cancer, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has now made a recommendation that is likely to rile gynecologists and postmenopausal women. The panel of experts reviewed studies relating to the... (Read More)
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We all know we should eat more vegetables and fruits and less fat. We're also aware that more exercise and less time in front of a television would also benefit our health. Public health experts often wring their hands in... (Read More)
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Q. I recently read that some sunscreens contain hormones that can interfere with young children. I am an avid user of sunscreen for me and my children and it concerns me about my 9-year-old daughter. What ingredients should I be... (Read More)
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Listen To Our Podcast: 859 Medical Myths & the Future of Health Care
Seeking Aluminum-Free Deodorant for Teenager
Ibuprofen Boosts Blood Pressure
Doctor Rejects Remedy, Then Embraces It
Sting Shots Could Save a Life
Soy Flops at Controlling Hot Flashes
Could Celiac Disease Be Causing Symptoms?
Avoiding Mosquito Bites Naturally
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Q. I am looking for a deodorant or an antiperspirant that doesn't contain aluminum for myself and my teenage daughter. The natural, aluminum-free products from the health food store just don't do the job. My daughter is very self conscious... (Read More)
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Q. About 15 years ago I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis in both knees. I started taking ibuprofen for the pain. A few years later I was at work when my heart suddenly started pounding. I went to see my primary... (Read More)
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Q. My husband is a physician. When I told him about the "mustard cure" for leg cramps, he laughed it off as just another old wives' tale. Then when he had leg cramps during the night, I insisted on giving... (Read More)
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Q. You responded recently to a woman who almost died after a yellow jacket sting. Your advice to get an EpiPen was good, but it should have gone further. After I lived more than 25 years with severe insect sting... (Read More)
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Q. I wanted to report the success of one of your canker sore preventatives. Twenty years ago I started accidentally biting my lower lip, both while eating and in my sleep. Sometimes it happened while I was just thinking of... (Read More)
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Q. I got my hot flashes under control by using cold-milled ground golden flaxseed. I started with as much as 4 tablespoons per day, adding the ground flaxseed to cereal in the morning and yogurt later in the day. I... (Read More)
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Q. Your radio show on celiac disease inspired me to drop gluten-containing grains at the age of 38, and I never felt better. Like so many people I had fallen through the diagnostic cracks. I can trace many symptoms back... (Read More)
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Summer fun is easily ruined by insects. Ask any dermatologist or military commander what to do to avoid mosquito bites and you'll be told that DEET is the answer (New England Journal of Medicine, July 4, 2002). The U.S. military... (Read More)
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Q. I would like to know your feelings on the regular use of gabapentin for chronic insomnia. As a long time suffer of insomnia, my doctor has prescribed a myriad of drugs. Most recently upwards of 3600 mg of gabapentin... (Read More)
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Tune in to our radio show on your local public radio station, or sign up for the free podcast and listen at your leisure. Here's what it's about: • Does the U.S. have the best health care system in the... (Read More)
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Q. I have been taking a calcium and magnesium supplement for many years. About a year ago I added 1200 IU of vitamin D at the suggestion of my primary care doctor. I will be hospitalized soon to have... (Read More)
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Popular drugs for osteoporosis appear to pose a risk for unusual fractures. Bisphosphonates such as Actonel, alendronate, Boniva, Fosamax and Reclast have been promoted to prevent hip and spine fractures in people with weakened bones. A new study suggests, however,... (Read More)
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Summer is just around the corner, and the bugs have already begun buzzing. Painful bee stings and itchy mosquito bites can be less bothersome with a couple of simple home remedies utilizing ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen.... (Read More)
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The United States Preventive Services Task Force has officially recommended against the routine use of the PSA test to screen for prostate cancer. PSA, which stands for prostate specific antigen is a blood test. As the number rises the likelihood... (Read More)
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A blood clot deep in the veins is called a thromboembolism. Nearly one million people experience this potentially life-threatening condition each year. A person who has had one deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, is at substantial risk for another. A... (Read More)
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Snoring seems like a mild annoyance, especially for bed partners. But snoring could signal a more serious condition called sleep apnea. When this happens, people's upper airways collapse briefly interrupting their breathing. For some people this can happen dozens or... (Read More)
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Two studies have just linked sleep apnea to cancer. One study showed that the more severe the sleep apnea, the more likely a person will receive a diagnosis of cancer. In the other, people who already had cancer were more... (Read More)
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Q. I control my symptoms of enlarged prostate with medication. The trouble with prostate problems is that you can't take decongestants with a cold, because they can make it hard to urinate. I usually rely on a vaporizer when I... (Read More)
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Q. The absolute best cure I've ever found for hiccups is CHOCOLATE. Don't believe me? Try it. Keep some 70 to 90 percent cocoa dark chocolate on hand. (Lindt is good.) Smooth a bite of the chocolate on the roof... (Read More)