November 2012

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This Week's Radio Show: 882 Unexpected Side Effects
Scary Side Effects From Steroid Shots
Where Did Contaminated Atorvastatin Come From?
Bounce Houses Pose Risk
Is High-Fructose Corn Syrup Linked to Diabetes?
Beans Are Good for the Heart
Many Drugs Interact with Grapefruit
Yoga for Neck Pain (Read More)
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Q. I have stenosis in my spine, degenerative back disease and arthritis. Some days I can walk for awhile but most of the time walking and normal activities are very painful. I hate steroid shots. The benefit seems short lived... (Read More)

Bounce Houses Pose Risk

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Inflatable play equipment such as bounce houses or moon walks are popular but may be far riskier than parents imagine. What could be more fun than jumping high on a bouncy surface? It sure beats jumping on a bed. Many... (Read More)
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High-fructose corn syrup has come in for criticism, though not everyone agrees that it is a health hazard. A new analysis in the journal Global Health shows that rates of type 2 diabetes are higher in countries where processed foods... (Read More)
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The best diet for people with diabetes has been controversial for decades. Many organizations recommend that people with diabetes limit their consumption of fat. As a result, the diet tends to be rather high in carbohydrates. Some experts believe that... (Read More)
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Two decades ago, Canadian researchers reported an interaction between grapefruit juice and a blood pressure pill called felodipine. Many health professionals are still unaware of the serious nature of this interaction. The number of drugs known to interact with the... (Read More)

Yoga for Neck Pain

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Yoga may provide relief from chronic neck pain. The usual treatment for this condition is nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen, naproxen or diclofenac, but such drugs can cause serious side effects. German researchers conducted a small, randomized and... (Read More)
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It seemed like a good idea at the time. California required furniture makers to put flame retardants in their upholstery to delay combustion and give people extra time to escape a fire. What's not to like about this idea? Well,... (Read More)
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By now you no doubt know that a generic formulation of Lipitor (atorvastatin) made by the Indian company Ranbaxy was contaminated with small glass particles. The company announced its recall last week and we were among the first to report... (Read More)
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Listen To Our Podcast: 881 The Art of Diagnosis
Winter Dries Skin and Lips
Long-Lasting Sexual Side Effects from Prostate Pill
Dangers of Too Much Water and Too Little Salt
Finding Safe Solutions for Breast Rash
Lowering Cholesterol Without Muscle Pain
Cherry Juice for Knee Pain
Yoga Headstand Soothes Shoulder Pain
Easing Kids' Coughs and Colds
Will Green Coffee Beans Promote Weight Loss? (Read More)
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Whether the culprit is cold, dry air, frequent handwashing (to avoid catching colds) or dry heated air indoors, winter is tough on skin and lips. Many of us struggle at this time of year with chapped hands or chapped lips... (Read More)
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Q. I have been taking Avodart for several years for an enlarged prostate. For the last year and a half I have been suffering from depression. I read that finasteride can cause depression. Since Avodart is similar to finasteride, I... (Read More)
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Q. I was rushed to the emergency department a few weeks ago because of low sodium. I have always been careful to eat a healthy diet low in salt. I've also made it a habit to drink a lot of... (Read More)
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Q. I have had a chronic rash under my breasts that has been quite troublesome. By chance I started rubbing my antiperspirant stick on that area after every shower, and it works like a miracle for me. I have not... (Read More)
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Q. I have read about side effects of simvastatin and told my doctor about the muscle and joint pain I've been experiencing on this cholesterol-lowering drug. I even pointed out that this is listed in the info that comes with... (Read More)
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Q. Ten months ago, I started having knee pain. I was given Tylenol, steroid shots, heat, cold, rest, and got no relief. I finally had knee surgery but that didn't help either. The pain and stiffness traveled to my other... (Read More)
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"I have had increasing pain in both rotator cuffs for the past week.This morning I could barely lift my right arm and nearly cried from the pain. I'm a chef and the physical/mental stress of Thanksgiving was taking it's toll.... (Read More)
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Ask a pediatrician how to treat a child's cold, and you'll probably learn that there are few, if any, medicines that speed recovery or even ease symptoms. Dextromethorphan (abbreviated DM) is the main ingredient in most OTC cough remedies. Despite... (Read More)
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Q. How good is green coffee bean extract for weight loss? A. A meta-analysis of research on green coffee bean extract as a weight loss aid suggests that it helps people lose about two pounds a month (Gastroenterology Research and... (Read More)

881 The Art of Diagnosis

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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: Diagnosis is the very foundation of medical care. Without an accurate diagnosis, doctors... (Read More)
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This Week's Radio Show: 881 The Art of Diagnosis
Black Friday Savings at The People's Pharmacy
Is Chocolate Bad For Arthritis?
Abilify (aripiprazole) Side Effects & Terrible TD Complications
The FDA & the Board of Pharmacy Failed Us
MAMMOGRAMS: The Broken Promise?
Low Vitamin D Increases Risk of Atherosclerosis in Diabetes
Low Vitamin D Raises Risk of Multiple Sclerosis
Vitamin D May Protect Against Type 1 Diabetes
Citrus Pectin May Protect Arteries
Fish Oil Fails to Stop Heart Rhythm Disruption
Will Fish Oil Fight Postpartum Depression?
Diabetes on the Rise (Read More)
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Lipitor has been the most successful drug in the history of the pharmaceutical industry. Nothing else even gets close. Sales of Lipitor exceeded more than $130 billion. In its heyday millions of people took this brand name medication and insurance... (Read More)
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On this Thanksgiving day, we are grateful for the many readers, listeners and web visitors who appreciate our opinions and let us know what they think, too. Be it through our popular public radio program, our column in your local... (Read More)
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Q. I was eating a piece of chocolate when a friend said, "That's not good for your arthritis." Since then, another friend told me to avoid tomatoes. All this advice is confusing me. Are there really foods I should avoid... (Read More)
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Q. A good friend got tardive dyskinesia (TD) from taking the combination of Prozac and Abilify. This led to abnormal facial expressions and uncontrollable tongue movements. This person was always tired and showed no emotion. Even after stopping the Abilify... (Read More)
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This sad story just won't go away because the numbers just keep climbing. At the time of this writing almost 500 people have been sickened by contaminated shots of the steroid methylprednisolone. Over 30 have died. It is a black... (Read More)
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People with type 2 diabetes are at higher risk for atherosclerosis. A new study published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry shows that low levels of vitamin D may contribute to this problem. The research included 43 people with type... (Read More)
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Higher blood levels of vitamin D appear to offer some protection from multiple sclerosis. Swedish investigators analyzed blood samples from 1975 that had been collected from healthy people in northern Sweden. Most of the frozen samples were from pregnant women.... (Read More)
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Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, have found that low levels of vitamin D in the bloodstream are linked to a higher risk of developing insulin-dependent type 1 diabetes. The research made use of 2,000 frozen blood samples.... (Read More)
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The plaque that causes atherosclerosis results from an inflammatory reaction that results in the formation of scar tissue inside blood vessels, a process known as vascular fibrosis. Researchers have now discovered that a compound derived from citrus pectin can interrupt... (Read More)