September 2012

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Allergy season has blown in with a vengeance this year. People who have never suffered allergies before, even those in their 80s and 90s, are sneezing, sniffling and rubbing their itchy eyes. Climatic conditions may have conspired to produce a... (Read More)

A Big Thank You to Our Fans!

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To celebrate our 3,000th follower on Twitter, we'd like to take this opportunity to give back to our online community. This weekend as a special thank you, look for a limited-time discount code in our Twitter feed, good for 20%... (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: As many as five million youngsters, or about 7% of school children, have... (Read More)
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This Week's Radio Show: 874 The Ritalin Controversy
A Big Thank You to Our Fans!
Will Urine Cure Nail Fungus & Athlete's Foot?
Is St. John's Wort Safe & Effective For Hot Flashes?
Unnecessary Antibiotics Put Seniors at Risk
Don't Rush the Pharmacist
Topical NSAIDs Ease Joint Pain
Drugs That Impair Driving
Banishing Blemishes with Viruses (Read More)
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Can medications you take to get a good night's sleep or ease anxiety increase your risk for Alzheimer's disease or dementia? That is the question being raised as a result of a new study published in the BMJ (formery the... (Read More)
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Q. Two months ago I instituted a quasi-experiment for a home remedy to treat my toenail fungus, which is on both feet. Each morning I treat only the right foot, using urine (heard on your syndicated public radio program). In... (Read More)
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Q. I have been reading about the problems of hormone replacement therapy on your website. Since discontinuing HRT I have been using St. John's wort and it has relieved many symptoms, including sleeplessness, stress and fits of temper. I don't... (Read More)
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Significant variation in patterns of antibiotic use from one part of the country to another may indicate that older people are being needlessly exposed to risks. The researchers reviewed data on antibiotic prescriptions from Medicare between 2007 and 2009. They... (Read More)

Don't Rush the Pharmacist

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Pharmacy mistakes are surprisingly common, but it should come as no surprise that speed contributes to errors. A survey of almost 700 pharmacists by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices found that many pharmacy chains offer time guarantees. That is... (Read More)
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Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs are extremely popular for easing a variety of aches and pains. Drugs like ibuprofen and naproxen are huge best sellers in the pharmacy. But such medications, whether prescription or over the counter, come with a... (Read More)

Drugs That Impair Driving

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There are strict laws in every state about driving under the influence of alcohol. That's because legislators realize that alcohol impairs reaction time and judgment and increases the risk of accidents. People are much less aware that some prescription medications... (Read More)
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Acne is common and can be difficult to manage. The usual treatment involves antibiotics, either topically or orally. These drugs help control bacteria that are responsible for skin blemishes. Using broad-spectrum antibiotics for long periods of time has many disadvantages.... (Read More)
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Listen To Our Podcast: 873 Are There Hidden Hazards in Your Environment?
Diovan (Valsartan) Side Effects & Mild Hypertension
Statin Interaction Proved Fatal
Turmeric Overcame Stubborn Wart
How to Get Off Cymbalta
Vinegar Erases Embarrassment
Medication Can Trigger Gout
Crushed Ice Craving Could Signal Deficiency
Patients Afraid to Disagree with Doctors (Read More)
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One of the most popular blood pressure pills in the pharmacy these days is Diovan (valsartan). It belongs to a class of medications called ARBs (angiotensin receptor blockers). Other drugs in the class include: ANGIOTENSIN RECEPTOR BLOCKERS (ARBs): • Candesartan... (Read More)
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One of the most popular blood pressure pills in the pharmacy these days is Diovan (valsartan). It belongs to a class of medications called ARBs (angiotensin receptor blockers). Other drugs in the class include: ANGIOTENSIN RECEPTOR BLOCKERS (ARBs): • Candesartan... (Read More)
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Overview Cetirizine is an antihistamine used to treat allergies such as hay fever. It alleviates symptoms of runny nose, itchy, red, watery eyes, and sneezing. Zyrtec has also been found to be helpful against hives and itching of the skin.... (Read More)
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Q. At age 71, my mother was taking medicine for diabetes, high cholesterol and a few other conditions. Her doctor changed her statin drug but didn't modify the dose. Within a few months she lost the ability to move from... (Read More)
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Q. Turmeric is magical! I tried duct tape on my plantar wart, but I got another one next to the first one. I tried OTC salicylic acid, but the wart just spread. Freezing didn't work. The podiatrist "beetle-juiced" me four... (Read More)

How to Get Off Cymbalta

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Q. Getting off Cymbalta is challenging but not impossible. I experienced light-headedness, dizziness, and "brain zaps." These felt like being able to hear my eyes move. It sounded like the light sabers on Star Wars--very strange and disconcerting. The key... (Read More)
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Q. I've had underarm odor for four years and it's been the most embarrassing thing. I'm 16 and in high school. I wore sweatshirts and tried not to get close to people because I was so embarrassed. I wouldn't even... (Read More)
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Q. My husband has had several gout attacks over the last few years. The last one caused terrible pain in his knee and immobilized him for days. I am pretty sure his blood pressure medications have caused this. Is there... (Read More)
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Q. I have developed an addiction to crushed ice in the last year. I crave it and consume three to four huge cups of ice a day. One of my friends said my body must be missing something it needs,... (Read More)
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No sensible person would buy a new car based on the salesman's say-so alone. Most people do some homework, check ratings and mileage and look under the hood. When the time comes to do the deal, buyers know that they... (Read More)
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Consumer Reports (CR, November 2012) has ignited a firestorm of controversy with its report "Arsenic in Your Food." Testing by this consumer organization reveals that there is arsenic "in more than 60 rices and rice products." This follows on the... (Read More)
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Miners used to take a canary with them into the coal mine because if the bird died, the air had gone bad and it was time to get out of the mine. Heart attack patients are like those canaries. They... (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: Dr. Linda Birnbaum is director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences... (Read More)
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This Week's Radio Show: 873 Healthy Environment
Vodka for Controlling Underarm Odor!
Can Cookies Defeat Disastrous Diarrhea?
Furosemide (Lasix) Side Effects & Generic Troubles
Crestor (Rosuvastatin) Side Effects: Real Life Stories
Lasting Benefits from Weight Loss Surgery
Swedes Did Well with Weight Loss Surgery
BPA Higher in Overweight Youngsters
Sweet Drinks Connect with Fat Genes
Tattoos Are Hard to Erase (Read More)
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Q. I tried milk of magnesia for a while and it worked fairly well to control underarm odor but was messy and I didn't like the feel of it. Lately I've tried rubbing alcohol which kills bacteria and it worked... (Read More)
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Q. I am in terrible trouble. My friends sometimes complain about constipation but I have the opposite problem. Diarrhea is ruining my life. Imodium AD has become by best friend, but it only works part of the time. I cannot... (Read More)
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Gastric bypass surgery can have lasting benefits for weight, metabolism, and overall health, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. There were approximately 1,100 patients in the study that lasted 6 years. Around 400... (Read More)