January 2013

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Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) are among the most popular drugs in the pharmacy. Millions of people swallow ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, etc) and naproxen (Aleve) that they buy without a prescription. Doctors also prescribe NSAIDs in large quantities. Some of... (Read More)
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Speedup can cause plenty of stress on a factory assembly line, but it can also cause problems in healthcare. It may even put patients' lives in danger. That's the conclusion from a scientific survey conducted by Johns Hopkins researchers. More... (Read More)
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Women might be surprised to learn that a less invasive treatment offers a better outcome for early-stage breast cancer. The study included 112,000 women in a cancer registry who were followed for an average of nearly 10 years. The small... (Read More)
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Men with prostate cancer have difficult choices to make about their therapy. The two most common options are surgical removal of the prostate or radiation. Until now, radiation has been perceived to have fewer complications that interfere with quality of... (Read More)
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The Food and Drug Administration has announced that it has approved over-the-counter sale of a medication for overactive bladder. The ingredient in the patch, which will be sold as Oxytrol, is oxybutynin. It has long been available by prescription under... (Read More)
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We have been collecting some amazing soap stories over the last few years, but the ones below are more impressive than most: "For several years now I have been putting a bar of soap in my bed under the top... (Read More)
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A Mississippi teenager has achieved amazing success with her online campaign to get the brominated vegetable oil out of popular beverages. Sarah Kavanagh launched a petition in November; this week Pepsi announced it will be reformulating citrus-flavored Gatorade to get... (Read More)
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At this time of year, people renew their gym memberships to shed excess holiday pounds. But old-fashioned work might be just about as good. A study from Bellarmine University and the Oregon State University included 6,000 Americans. It found that... (Read More)
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Listen To Our Podcast: 890 Do Antidepressants Really Work?
Urine Therapy for Hands, Feet & Nails
Yellow Mustard for Kitchen Burn
Cilantro May Counteract Coumadin Effect
Getting Off Diabetes Pills with Cinnamon in Coffee
Unbearable Itching from Stopping Cetirizine
Buttermilk to Prevent Cold Sores
Daughter Traumatized by Driving Zombie
Celery Seed Extract for Gout
Why Hospitals Should Study Airlines (Read More)
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Q. I had problems with cracked, calloused soles and toenail fungus. I had medicine but it did not go very far. One of the items in the medicine was urea, which I believe is a by-product of urine. I started... (Read More)
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Q. You have written several times about putting yellow mustard on a burn for relief. Thank goodness I have known about this emergency approach for more than 30 years. About eight years ago, when my twin girls were three years... (Read More)
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Q. You recently published a letter from somebody eating a lot of cilantro to control psoriasis. Before others try this approach I want to offer a caution. My brother enjoyed using lots of cilantro in his salsa until he realized... (Read More)
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Q. I want to pass along a tip that I've been using for 20 years. I put about 2 teaspoons of cinnamon in my coffee filter and then put coffee grounds on top. I get the benefits of the cinnamon... (Read More)
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Q. When I stopped taking the antihistamine Zyrtec, I started itching like crazy! My scalp, my arms, my neck, my legs all itch. I just want to cry. This awful reaction happened once before after stopping this allergy medicine. When... (Read More)
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Q. I am plagued with ugly cold sores. You wrote once that buttermilk might help. Do you drink it as a preventive measure? Or do you apply it topically on the cold sore to make it heal faster? I know... (Read More)
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Q. A few years ago I started taking Ambien for a sleep disorder. One day I drove my seven-year-old daughter to school in the morning after taking Ambien the night before. Luckily the school was only a half mile from... (Read More)
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Q. I read your column about gout and tart cherries. Celery seed extract works better and quicker. I take two capsules a day, morning and evening with food. If my gout flares up I double the dose. The active ingredient... (Read More)
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The airline industry is in turmoil about the grounding of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The Federal Aviation Administration took pre-emptive action because of fears that the lithium batteries could overheat and cause fires. Although no plane has crashed and no... (Read More)
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There are many home remedies for headaches. In this sound clip, a listener to our radio show tells of a traditional West Indies headache remedy: the white pith from the inside of an orange peel. Click on the blue arrow... (Read More)
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Heartburn is a consequence of stomach acid splashing back into the lower part of the esophagus, where it causes damage and pain. Many people have shared their unusual home remedies for heartburn, from grated apple or a handful of almonds... (Read More)
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Conventional wisdom has it that people who suffer migraine headaches should avoid chocolate. But a trucker tells us that, for him, a chocolate milk shake eases the pain of a migraine as well as Imitrex does. It works even though... (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: For more than two decades, antidepressants like Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil or Effexor have... (Read More)
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This Week's Radio Show: 890 Do Antidepressants Really Work?
Does Low Cholesterol Lead to Strokes?
How Soap in the Bed Eases Leg Cramps--A Hypothesis
Will Your Aspirin Lead to Blindness?
Aspirin Use Linked to Macular Degeneration
Crisis Checklist Means Life or Death in Surgical Emergency
Wrinkle Reliever Eases Bladder Problems
New Drug Offers Hope for Difficult Skin Condition
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Q. I am a 70 year old woman. My cholesterol has always been between 206 and 220 with high HDLs and a good ratio. Last summer, my doctor said 214 is no longer acceptable and put me on simvastatin. My... (Read More)
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by Derek H. Page There is far too much anecdotal evidence to dispute the fact that soap at the bottom of the bed can relieve nocturnal leg cramps. But contributors to this column have been pleading for a scientific explanation... (Read More)
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Australian researchers have found a link between regular aspirin use and the risk of macular degeneration. This age-related eye disease is a leading cause of blindness among senior citizens. In the Blue Mountain Eye Study, investigators followed more than 2000... (Read More)
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In case you missed it, an article was published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine (formerly the Archives of Internal Medicine) on January 21st titled "The Association of Aspirin Use with Age-Related Macular Degeneration [AMD]." We felt it was newsworthy... (Read More)
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When something bad happens during surgery, doctors must make life and death decisions on the spur of the moment. In the chaos following a cardiac arrest, major bleed or life-threatening allergic reaction, surgeons and anesthesiologists may overlook crucial procedures. A... (Read More)
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Botox has been available for more than 20 years. During that time it has become a household word, associated with cosmetic injections to smooth facial wrinkles. Now the FDA has approved it for treating overactive bladder. A Botox injection into... (Read More)
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Until now, there has been no successful treatment for a relatively rare skin condition called vitiligo. For reasons that remain mysterious, some people develop depigmentation of portions of their skin. It can occur on hands, feet and face. Dermatologists have... (Read More)