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Are you worried that the word flu could scramble your speech so that you can't make yourself understood? This is the terrifying idea at the heart of Alena Graedon's novel, The Word Exchange.  The People's Pharmacy has made an exception... (Read More)
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Q. My home town is in extreme drought and about the only thing growing now are weeds. They were getting pretty tall, so I decided to mow. When I stopped to pick up a limb, I felt hot stinging and... (Read More)
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Q. Doctors rarely if ever tell patients about sexual side effects of medication. A case in point is the prostate shrinking medication finasteride. This is how it works on your sex life over a period of time. It's like attaching... (Read More)
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Q. What is your opinion on red yeast rice for lowering cholesterol? I have tried statins and cannot take them. A. Red yeast rice contains natural statins at a low dose and can lower cholesterol (Annals of Internal Medicine, June... (Read More)
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Once upon a time physicians used Latin to communicate with each other and with pharmacists. It was a handy way of having a secret language that patients could not penetrate. Vestiges of this code persist to this day. For example,... (Read More)
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Q. I have had a couple of episodes with sores on my ankles that take forever to heal. My doctors say they are venous stasis ulcers and that the only prevention is to walk. But when I come down with... (Read More)
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Q. You had a question from a reader about plantar warts. From the age of 14, through about 30, I was plagued with them. Doctors used cryosurgery [freezing] and scraping, but the warts kept coming back and multiplying. Finally, a... (Read More)
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Q. I know PPIs have tons of side effects, but the trouble is I've taken them for years. Now I am stuck with them. I've tried to get off of them several times, and each time it ended in failure.... (Read More)
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by Derek H. Page For ten years or so, there have been claims that nocturnal leg cramps can be alleviated by introducing a bar of soap into the bed. The evidence supporting these claims, while voluminous, is almost completely anecdotal.... (Read More)
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Q. My husband has been on a low-fat regimen for over a decade, ever since his doctor said that this was a possible way to avoid taking statins. Although my husband likes cream in his coffee, he now uses skim... (Read More)
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Our award winning radio show is heard on 120 public radio stations nationwide. Each week you can tune in to learn about everything from home remedies to the latest breakthroughs in medicine. You can find a list of public radio... (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: How does our exposure to the environment affect our health? Medicine is beginning... (Read More)
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Do you love a thoughtful thriller? How about a touch of science fiction and medical mystery for good measure? We are proud to announce the launch of our daughter's new novel, The Word Exchange. Alena Graedon has been working on... (Read More)
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When you follow The People's Pharmacy on Twitter, you'll be among the first to know when we post new information to our website.  Tell at a glance if there is a story you want to know more about. And get... (Read More)
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Q. My wife and I have found that papaya enzyme is a quick solution for heartburn and upset stomach and calms the effects of niacin. I have been in a heart study for the past 13 years. I started with... (Read More)