Editorial: March 2012

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Physicians assess treatment success by looking at numbers. Blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and thyroid function are all tracked with numbers. The goal is usually to get these measurements into a normal range. It's too bad there is no simple... (Read More)
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Drug companies are great at creating new diseases or problems that many people never knew existed. Several years ago we learned about "social anxiety disorder." Not surprisingly, there was a drug to treat this problem. Back when we were kids,... (Read More)
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For most people maggots and leeches are gross and disgusting. Even though they were once used medically, most modern practitioners are put off by these creatures as much as their patients are. But the loathsome leech and the lowly maggot... (Read More)
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Are you dying for a good night's sleep? If you rely on sleeping pills, you might literally be putting yourself at risk of premature death. That's the conclusion from a careful analysis of the records of more than 30,000 people... (Read More)
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Doctors know better than to prescribe certain dangerous drugs to pregnant women. Medications like thalidomide (Thalomid) or isotretinon (Accutane) can cause tragic birth defects. The ulcer medicine misoprostol (Cytotec) can trigger premature labor. Packaging and prescribing instructions for these drugs... (Read More)
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Thanks to all who subscribed to our email newsletter during the month of February. Each week 10 of you were chosen at random to receive our book, Favorite Foods from The People's Pharmacy. Last week's winners included Donna P. from... (Read More)
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Ask any hospital pharmacist in America about current drug shortages and you are likely to hear a tale of woe and intrigue. Most have never seen anything like this crisis during their professional careers. The latest disaster was triggered by... (Read More)