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June 2012

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Companion animals have the power to help us combat stress, reduce anxiety and lower blood pressure. Your doctor might not prescribe a cat to lower cholesterol or a dog to relieve depression, but the animals that share our homes have... (Read More)
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This Week's Radio Show: 810 Healing Power of Pets (Archive)
Removing Hair From Private Places Poses Problems
Fighting Foot Fungus Isn't Fun
Can Ibuprofen Make You Jittery?
Drug Interactions Are ICU Problem
Be Wary of TV Remote
Antibacterial Compound May Contribute to Allergies
Magnesium May Save the Brain
Watermelon Extract for Healthier Blood Vessels (Read More)
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Q. If a male uses Nair to remove hair on his genitals, would there be some kind of effect on his sperm, reproduction abilities, sexual performance or general health? A. Nair and other chemical depilatories dissolve proteins in the keratin... (Read More)
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Drug interactions make hospital intensive care units dangerous places for patients. A month long study in a medical intensive care unit uncovered almost two drug-drug interactions per patient. At least one-fourth of the interactions were judged to be serious if... (Read More)
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Are you afraid to put your best foot forward? This is the time of year when millions of Americans wish their feet were more presentable. Normally we take our tootsies for granted. We count on them to carry us around,... (Read More)
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Q. Is it possible that NSAIDs can make you spacey and anxious? My doctor recommended ibuprofen for a bad back and knee. I think this drug makes me jittery. When I complained about nervousness, he prescribed alprazolam which I have... (Read More)
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The next time you stay in a hotel, you might want to do some cleaning before you kick off your shoes and turn on the television. A report presented at the 2012 General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology... (Read More)
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Scientists at Johns Hopkins have found that children with high levels of antibacterial compounds in their urine also have high levels of IgE antibodies in their blood. IgE antibodies are a marker for immune system reactivity that is most often... (Read More)
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People who eat foods rich in the mineral magnesium appear to be less likely to suffer strokes. That is the conclusion of a meta-analysis involving roughly 250,000 people. Foods rich in magnesium include halibut, almonds, cashews, soybeans, spinach, and other... (Read More)
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As people age, their arteries often become less flexible. Atherosclerosis is associated with heart disease and high blood pressure. New research from Florida State University shows that people at risk of high blood pressure get benefit from an unexpected source.... (Read More)
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Listen To Our Podcast: 863 Overcoming Digestive Disorders
Doctors Disagree About Sugar on Wounds
Lowering Cholesterol Naturally
Does Mouthwash Deter Mosquitoes?
Black Cohosh Helped Hot Flashes
Dandruff Shampoo for Skin Problem
Quitting Zoloft (Sertraline) Is a Challenge
Second Opinions Save Lives (Read More)
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Q. My wife was told by a plastic surgeon to try sugar in a wound that would not heal. Within a week the sore had begun to heal. Her primary care doctor thinks that she is crazy, but it really... (Read More)
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Q. I lowered my bad cholesterol from 147 to 119 over several months by eating an avocado a week and taking two lecithin capsules a day. I found the avocado recommendation on your website. Thank you! A. Avocados used to... (Read More)
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Q. To keep your picnic area free of insects, put Listerine in a spray bottle and spray the table and chairs where you are enjoying the outside. You will be bug-free for a few hours, if not days. It doesn't... (Read More)
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Q. You had a question from a reader having trouble with hot flashes. I too was on hormones and finally got off, despite the hot flashes coming back. Remifemin-brand black cohosh has helped me a lot. I was reluctant to... (Read More)
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Q. I developed rosacea a few years ago. Although I tried ignoring it, the condition got worse. A dermatologist gave me samples of Finacea. That helped a little but there is a $60 copay for the prescription. Metrogel works a... (Read More)
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Q. Is it true that calcium from supplements can build up in the arteries, causing heart problems? Would calcium from plant sources do the same thing? A. The most recent research on this issue comes from Germany. Nearly 24,000 subjects... (Read More)
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Q. I quit Zoloft after nine years and suffered horrendous withdrawal symptoms: nausea, brain zaps, vertigo, headaches, digestive problems and numbness and tingling in my hands, feet and face. I'm writing to let others know that withdrawal does get better,... (Read More)
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Second opinions have become an accepted part of medical practice. Faced with uncertainty about a diagnosis or complex treatment, patients are often encouraged to get another perspective. Many insurance companies will pay for a patient to be evaluated by a... (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: Heartburn, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, flatulence and diarrhea are distressingly common. What can be... (Read More)
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This Week's Radio Show: 863 Overcoming Digestive Disorders
Could Sunlight Save Your Life?
Blood Pressure Pills and the Blahs
Shocking Pink (Neon) Nits Easier to Locate & Kill
BPA Affects Multiple Generations
Preventing Diabetes
Fatigue from Fighting Cholesterol
How Well Does Plavix Work?
Vitamin D Tests Not Accurate
Do Supplements Help Survival? (Read More)
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Ask most people what they fear most and the answer is almost always cancer. That's because cancer rivals heart disease as our number one killer. We now have highly effective treatments for heart disease and even if someone experiences a... (Read More)
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Bisphenol A may have hormone disrupting effects that last for several generations. BPA is a component of the plastic that is used in the lining of metal cans. It is also found in many cash register receipts. Researchers at the... (Read More)

Preventing Diabetes

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 80 million Americans are at risk for developing diabetes. Blood sugar and other metabolic measures are elevated in this population. A new study shows that pre-diabetes does not lead inexorably... (Read More)
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Statin medications lower cholesterol, but they can cause a range of side effects from muscle and nerve pain to cognitive impairment. A new study suggests that fatigue is a common but unrecognized complication of statins. The study included roughly 1,000... (Read More)
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Plavix, also known generically as clopidogrel, is prescribed to prevent blood clots. People who have stents placed in their coronary arteries are often at high risk for clots that would obstruct blood flow through to the heart. That's why doctors... (Read More)
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Research on vitamin D and its importance to health has convinced many doctors to order blood tests for this vitamin. It is now one of the most frequently ordered tests in the US. Unfortunately, a new study shows that the... (Read More)
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Q. I have enjoyed excellent health all my life, but last year my doctor diagnosed high blood pressure (170/90). He prescribed triamterene/HCTZ and atenolol. I also take vitamins and a half aspirin daily. The medicine has brought my blood pressure... (Read More)
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Although women have recently been told that vitamin D and calcium supplements won't help them avoid fractures, a new analysis from Denmark suggests these supplements are associated with a longer life. Eight clinical trials including 70,000 volunteers were included in... (Read More)
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Q. I am going crazy looking for nits. My eight-year-old daughter caught lice at summer day camp and we are having an awful time getting rid of them. The camp has a no-nit policy, which means I have to search... (Read More)