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Americans are becoming addicted to a drug long popular in Southeast Asia and Latin America. Millions are now seeking out a regular "hit" of this chemical. Some people are so dependent upon it that the thought of not having access... (Read More)
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An old drug called ketamine (Ketalar), FDA-approved as an anesthetic, may turn out to be a fast-acting emergency treatment to reverse acute suicidal thoughts. It might become a lifeline for severely depressed patients. When people become severely depressed it is... (Read More)
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Dietary dogmas die a slow, sometimes drawn-out death. This seems to be especially true for sodium, largely because such respected organizations as the CDC, FDA and AHA (American Heart Association) have circled the wagons on salt restriction. Despite growing evidence... (Read More)
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Q. I am totally confused about the shingles vaccine. I was immunized three years ago at a cost of $220. Since I did not have insurance at the time I had to pay for the shot out of pocket. Now... (Read More)
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Q. My 82-year-old mother has had Alzheimer's for eight years. She sat all day and didn't feed or bathe herself. Although she smiled pleasantly, she couldn't retain working memory for more than two minutes. She repeated statements or questions over... (Read More)
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People who have trouble sleeping are caught in a terrible double bind. On the one hand they are told that sleep is essential for good health. Without it, people are prone to obesity, hypertension, diabetes, depression and cognitive difficulties. On... (Read More)
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When Sylvia was put on a heartburn medicine called metoclopramide (Reglan), she never expected to experience a psychotic breakdown. After all, how could something for your stomach affect your brain? Yet Sylvia was in and out of a mental hospital... (Read More)
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Q. What is a good home remedy for yellow, ugly toenails? Yuck! A. Just when we thought everyone in the known universe had become sick and tired of reading about remedies for nail fungus, along comes this question from Pat... (Read More)
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The headlines this week reassured millions of women that hormone replacement therapy poses no risk to the heart. This contradicts a prior study that found HRT increased the risk for heart attacks and strokes. What gives? Women have every right... (Read More)
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Leg cramps can strike out of the blue. One minute you are enjoying a bike ride or a hike and the next you are in excruciating pain. Just ask Lebron James about Game 1 of the 2014 NBA Basketball Finals.... (Read More)
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When Pradaxa (dabigatran) was approved by the FDA in 2010 it was hailed as a "major milestone" in reducing the risk of strokes for patients with the irregular heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation (A-fib). Prior to Pradaxa, doctors relied primarily... (Read More)
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Lisinopril (Prinivil, Zestril) is one of the most commonly prescribed blood pressured medications in the world. It belongs to a class of drugs called ACEis (angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors) that includes: Benazepril (Lotensin)
 Captopril (Capoten)
 Enalapril (Vasotec)
 Fosinopril (Monopril) Lisinopril... (Read More)
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For decades doctors have been telling patients to get their "bad" LDL cholesterol levels down and to boost their "good" HDL cholesterol. Cardiologists have been prescribing niacin to do both for more than 50 years. Niacin lowers LDL cholesterol levels... (Read More)
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Caraco, a division of the huge Indian drug company Sun Pharmaceutical Industries, Ltd, has had to recall 41,127 bottles of the antidepressant venlafaxine (Effexor XR). According to our calculations, that equals 2,109,630 pills that must be pulled off pharmacy shelves... (Read More)
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Q. I read about the person who thought she suffered from heartburn, self-treated with antacids, and died in her sleep of a heart attack.  I can't tell you how close I came to being such a victim. I also thought... (Read More)
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Want to watch Joe & Terry's appearance on "A Healthy You & Carol Alt"? This show aired on the Fox network on July 5th to great acclaim. In case you don't follow such things, Carol Alt was one of the... (Read More)
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When North Carolina pharmacist Lunsford Richardson set out to formulate a vaporizing cold salve for his family over 100 years ago, he had no idea he would create an American icon. His children had come down with bad chest colds... (Read More)
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Here we go again: another generic metoprolol recall from an Indian drug company. The FDA announced problems with Dr. Reddy's metoprolol succinate 25 mg extended release tablets and the company is in the process of recalling 1,356,000 pills. What is... (Read More)
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There's nothing nicer than getting together with friends and family to cook your favorite foods over a grill. This is a primal ritual than goes back thousands of years across all cultures. But most people don't know that grilling meat... (Read More)
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Drugs that shut down acid production in the stomach are among the most popular pills in the pharmacy. The FDA considers them so safe that you can buy Prilosec (omeprazole) and Prevacid (lansoprazole) without a doctor's prescription or supervision. Now... (Read More)
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Statin enthusiasts have half jokingly suggested that statins are such marvelous medications that they should be introduced into the water supply, almost like fluoride. Their argument goes that if everyone got a daily dose of statins, they could dramatically reduce... (Read More)
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Americans love antibiotics. We tend to think of them as magic bullets, protecting us from life-threatening infections with almost no downside. But one kind of antibiotic called fluoroquinolones (FQ, quinolones or quins for short) has left many patients permanently impaired.... (Read More)
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The FDA has just announced that a maker of generic Toprol XL will have to recall 109,744 bottles of metoprolol succinate. That could represent a substantial number of pills. Wockhardt is a large Indian drug maker and it has supplied... (Read More)
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Strokes kill. Nearly 130,000 Americans die from one each year. Maybe even worse, strokes can cause terrible disability and depression. Almost 800,000 people suffer a stroke annually. As a result many will never walk independently again. Others will have trouble... (Read More)
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When I was a kid I was allergic to lots of stuff--ragweed, cat dander, grass pollens, mold and fungi (Alternaria). I would sneeze continuously every morning in the spring and fall. It was nothing for me to sneeze 30 or... (Read More)
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"I took Allegra for years, and then switched to Zyrtec (cetirizine) about seven years ago. Over the years, when I tried to stop Zyrtec, I experienced intense itching EVERYWHERE -- feet, palms of hands, inside ears, throat, private areas, scalp,... (Read More)
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Let's get one thing straight. I (Joe) am not a germaphobe. Yes, I do wash my hands before eating, but I do not sterilize everything in sight. What I don't understand is why so many visitors to this website seem... (Read More)
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A friend recently asked us the question: "I would love to find out what you think about the thought-provoking article regarding a breakthrough against Alzheimer's disease." It's hardly any wonder people are intrigued. The headlines have been tantalizing. Forbes offered... (Read More)
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Every day millions of people swallow pain relievers such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, etc), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn, etc) or prescription medications such as celecoxib (Celebrex), diclofenac (Cataflam, Voltaren) or meloxicam (Mobic). The National Ambulatory Care Survey showed that 95% of... (Read More)
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For decades public health officials have been preaching a low-salt diet. Ask the experts at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and they would probably say that you can't have too low a golf score or salt intake.... (Read More)