August 2012

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The People's Pharmacy has been your trusted healthcare advocate and adviser for more than three decades. Through our award-winning public radio program, nationally syndicated weekly newspaper column, and bestselling books, we strive to give you the information you need to... (Read More)
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This Week's Radio Show: 835 Ancient Moves for Joint Relief (Archive)
Save Money at The People's Pharmacy Store!
Stopping Paroxetine or Cymbalta (Duloxetine) Is Challenging
Stomach Medicine (Tagamet) Zaps Warts
Does Fat Fuel Breast Cancer?
Wide Waists Threaten Heart
Pig Parasites for Better Health
Missed Diagnoses in the ICU (Read More)
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Obesity is bad news for breast cancer. Previous research has shown that heavier women are more vulnerable to breast cancer. Now scientists report that obese women are more likely to experience a recurrence of breast cancer. They're also more likely... (Read More)
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Even people who are not overweight may be at higher risk of heart disease and other serious health problems if they suffer from abdominal adiposity, also known as central obesity or a pot belly. People with a normal body mass... (Read More)

Workouts Work for Quitting

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Quitting smoking is hard. Compared to other compounds, nicotine is one of the most addictive drugs on the market. But a good hard physical workout may help smokers overcome their nicotine cravings. Researchers reviewed the results of 19 clinical trials... (Read More)
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Modern medicine has struggled mightily over the last 100 years to help humans rid their bodies of parasites. Now some researchers believe we may have gone too far. Without parasites our immune systems may sometimes attack our own tissues. That's... (Read More)
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Q. I have attempted to stop taking Paxil. The sickness and body reactions experienced after 3 days were horrible, however. I cannot afford to take that much time off work and I had no idea how long the effects would... (Read More)
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Very sick patients often land in the intensive care unit of a hospital so they can be carefully monitored minute by minute by highly specialized health care providers. A study from Johns Hopkins now estimates that more than one fourth... (Read More)
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Q. I want to thank you for writing about warts on teenagers. My son had been battling warts for years, but burning, cutting and immune response methods had not worked. One wart on the back of his Achilles tendon was... (Read More)
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Listen To Our Podcast: 870 The Underbelly of Health Care
Beware Dangerous Dietary Supplement!
YouTube Video May Help Reverse Vertigo
Pros and Cons of Coffee
Different Diet Diminished Migraines
Trouble with Generic Bupropion
Sauerkraut Helped Cold Sore Heal
Lactose in Pills Caused Distress
Bad Bellyache Could Be Deadly Drug Reaction (Read More)
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Many folks assume that so-called "natural" dietary supplements are a great way to bolster their health or treat an annoying problem without a pricey prescription drug. It is imperative to be informed about any supplement before taking it, however. The... (Read More)
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Q. Three nights ago I was awakened by a feeling of the room whirling around. Ever since then, I cannot bend down or turn my head without vertigo and I have vomited as well. I have taken Bonine but it... (Read More)
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Q. Years ago I heard you on the radio praising the benefits of coffee. You made an exception for French press coffee, though. I never understood why this would pose a problem when regular coffee doesn't. I really like French... (Read More)
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Q. I suffered from migraine headaches for nearly 27 years. I would have one or two a week this entire time, sometimes more. The longest I ever went without one was about two weeks. They were usually so bad that... (Read More)
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Q. Three times I have been forced by my insurance company to switch from Wellbutrin XL to generic bupropion. Each time depression reared its ugly, gloomy head and darkness descended again. Wellbutrin XL works but the generic is a disaster... (Read More)
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Q. For about 15 years, I've gotten an ugly cold sore on my upper lip at the end of the summer. It is always painful, and it takes at least a month to heal. The remedies I tried didn't help... (Read More)
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Q. I have had stomach pain and diarrhea for years, but over the last few months it reached a crisis. The pain was so bad I couldn't get comfortable sitting or even lying down. My stomach swelled up like a... (Read More)
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Stomachaches are part of the human condition. Few symptoms are more common, though abdominal pain may be more complicated than it seems. Discomfort can range from mild to excruciating. As many as one in 10 visits to an emergency department... (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: Cancer is a terrifying diagnosis, and people with cancer deserve compassion as well... (Read More)
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This Week's Radio Show: 870 The Underbelly of Health Care
The Screwing Of Senior Citizens
Testosterone May Boost Woman's Libido
Vinegar Vanquishes Body Odor
Metabolic Risk Linked to Mental Decline
Toothbrush Wielders Keep Wits Sharp
Exercise Boosts Bone Strength
Strong Cholesterol Drugs Linked to Muscle Problems
Calcium in Arteries Is Telltale Risk Factor (Read More)
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It is one of the worst scandals in medicine and yet it has been ignored for decades. Millions of older people are prescribed medications that are totally inappropriate. Many of these drugs are likely to do more harm than good.... (Read More)
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Q. I have read that testosterone helps revive a woman's sex drive. How do you find a doctor to prescribe it? I've discussed this with my physician, a nurse practitioner, a urologist and a psychiatrist. The only person who responded... (Read More)
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Q. I recently saw on the Dr. Oz show that vinegar can be used to control underarm odor. They said it changes the Ph of the skin which the odor-causing bacteria cannot thrive on. The vinegar dissipates so you will... (Read More)
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There's one more reason to lose that spare tire: overweight people may be at greater risk for memory problems. French researchers recruited more than 6,000 middle-aged people for a decade-long study. Nearly 600 were obese with metabolic risk factors such... (Read More)
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Another way to improve our chances of staying sharp as we age is good dental hygiene. Researchers at the University of California studied more than 5,000 elderly individuals for 18 years. Those who brushed their teeth less than once a... (Read More)
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The benefits of exercise are well recognized for the heart, but now scientists have evidence that physical activity can also benefit bones. Approximately 1,200 premenopausal women were included in the study that looked at bone mineral density, bone turnover and... (Read More)
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Statin-type cholesterol-lowering medications have been linked to muscle pain and weakness. A new study from the University of California at San Diego suggests that the more powerful the statin, the more likely it is to affect the muscles. This was... (Read More)
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For years, doctors have been devising ways to predict who is most likely to develop heart disease. This allows them to treat patients at the highest risk more aggressively. One accepted way of assessing the likelihood of heart disease is... (Read More)
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Q. Can a dental night guard contain BPA? Instead of getting a new dental night guard after three months or so, I continue to use it until it doesn't work. Sometimes they last a few years. I haven't noticed any... (Read More)