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Listen To Our Podcast: 880 How Safe Are Sweeteners?


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: Millions of people drink diet soda or consume artificial sweeteners in chewing gum,...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2012/11/10/880-how-safe-are-sweeteners/

Asthma Drug Alters Voice


Q. I've been taking Symbicort for years and now my voice has been affected. Is there another medication in pill form that would be the same as Symbicort? A. People with asthma or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) are frequently...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2012/11/12/asthma-drug-alters-voice/

Speed Healing of Cracked Fingertips


Q. Every year during the winter months, I have a problem with my thumbs cracking at the edge of my thumbnails. It takes weeks for them to heal, and the cracks are very painful. They do not respond to any...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2012/11/12/speed-healing-of-cracked-fingertips/

Why Does Soap Prevent Leg Cramps?


Q. I was troubled with severe leg cramps an hour or two after going to bed on the days when I'd exercised on the rowing machine. Then I read that people get relief by placing a bar of soap under...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2012/11/12/why-does-soap-prevent-leg-cramps/

Rapid Aspirin for Heart Attack


Q. You recently wrote about how to get aspirin into the system quickly in the event of a heart attack. Years ago my mother would give me Aspergum. Wouldn't that work? A. You are right that Aspergum was once a...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2012/11/12/rapid-aspirin-for-heart-attack/

Vodka Fights Underarm Odor


Q. I use milk of magnesia as a deodorant but first I apply a spray of vodka under my arms. Using vodka to fight body odor is no recent discovery. Theatrical wardrobe professionals going back to vaudeville days have used...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2012/11/12/vodka-fights-underarm-odor/

Vitamin D Solved Sleep Problem


Q. A few years ago I was plagued with insomnia. I was exhausted, anxious and barely functional but never sleepy. Only sleeping pills knocked me out, but I hated the side effects. I read about vitamin D in your column....

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2012/11/12/vitamin-d-solved-sleep-problem/

Learning About Lactose in Pills


Q. I am extremely sensitive to lactose (milk sugar). My insurance company wants me to switch from Lipitor (which I take with a Lactaid pill) to a generic version, but the generic manufacturer refuses to tell me how much lactose...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2012/11/12/learning-about-lactose-in-pills/


How Good Are Generic Drugs?


There was a time when most of the prescriptions filled in America were for branded drugs. Valium, Prozac and Lipitor were household names. Now, the vast majority of prescriptions are filled with generic equivalents. The names are frequently tongue twisters....

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2012/11/11/how-good-are-generic-drugs-1/


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