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With cancer looming large in the causes of death in America, it is little wonder that a cancer diagnosis is frightening. While conventional cancer therapies such as surgery, radiation and chemotherapy are critical, many people would like additional ways to... (Read More)
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Are you unknowingly putting your child at risk of an overdose? Every day dozens of children end up in emergency rooms because they have received too much medicine. Some die. These tragedies involve both over-the-counter and prescription medicine and most... (Read More)
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Cancer is a dreaded disease, and with good reason. It will soon overtake heart disease as the number one killer in the U.S., and the rest of the world is not far behind. Conventional cancer treatments such as chemotherapy or... (Read More)
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Imagine slamming your fingers in a car door. After you scream and remove your smashed hand, you will have excruciating pain for several hours. Eventually it will turn into a dull ache. Within a week or two the pain... (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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Americans love to vacation abroad during the summer. They also love to complain about food, travel hassles and body odor on crowded trains or buses. They have a perception that people elsewhere are less devoted to antiperspirants and daily showers.... (Read More)
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Imagine running a cooking school but not teaching the student chefs anything about dessert. You might well argue that sweets are not good for people, but your graduates would have a hard time finding work. Restaurants know that people eat... (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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The heat and humidity are bad but over the next few weeks you are likely to suffer even more. The "polar invasion" may cool off some parts of the country for a few days, but then the hot weather will... (Read More)
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Imagine waking up in the middle of the night with itchy hives all over your body. You might also find you were having trouble breathing. A trip to the ER could safe your life, but the cause of your mysterious... (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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Would you like a great book for your summer vacation? We are proud to offer our daughter's new novel at a 40% discount. BookRiot recently listed it as one of the Best Books of 2014 So Far: Earlier this year... (Read More)
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There are lots of things in this world that are sacred and sacrosanct. What a person tells his priest in the confessional isn't to be shared with anyone. A lawyer-client relationship can never be violated. And doctor-patient communication should always... (Read More)
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Even in our tell-all society there are some topics that people don't talk about. Women rarely discuss a problem that seems to be surprisingly common, especially at this time of year. There isn't even a convenient name for it. When... (Read More)
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Vitamin deficiencies are supposed to be a thing of the past. But a lack of vitamin B12 may be surprisingly common. Most people don't think twice about this nutrient, also known as cobalamin. Vitamins B, C and D are sexier... (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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Over a million people are harmed every year by reactions to prescription drugs. Many of these are caused by interactions between incompatible medications. Unfortunately, physicians are not always aware of these potential hazards. One study found that prescribers did poorly... (Read More)
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Are you following us on Facebook? If not, here's what you could be missing: In addition to important health news updates and links to health research and news you can use, you too can be a part of the conversation.... (Read More)
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Statin drugs are prescribed to protect the heart, but could they be unexpectedly undermining this objective? Millions of Americans take drugs like atorvastatin, lovastatin and simvastatin to lower cholesterol, which has long been considered a prime risk factor for heart... (Read More)
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We really messed up last week when we offered The People's Pharmacy Roll-On Deodorant "start-summer smelling-sweet sale." Readers of our newsletter were given a 15% discount off our aluminum-free deodorant using the code MOM15. Ooops! Due to a technical glitch... (Read More)
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We invite you to tune in to our award-winning radio show. It is heard by more than 200,000 other listeners on over 125 radio stations around the country. Each week you can hear the latest expert opinions on cutting edge... (Read More)
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Henry's kitchen table is littered with drug paraphernalia. There are syringes, bottles, vials, nebulizers and a pill cutter. Henry is not a drug abuser...rather he is a senior citizen with a pill problem. Like many older people, Henry has been... (Read More)
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As the heat and humidity prove that summer is really here, it's time to think of those around you. You do not want to offend family, friends or co-workers. Most people turn to commercial antiperspirants to solve this problem, but... (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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Summertime offers wonderful opportunities for exercise and adventure. Getting outside with family and friends for a picnic or cookout is a wonderful tradition. Hiking, biking, swimming and playing tennis or golf are great warm-weather activities. Being active, however, increases the... (Read More)
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The People's Pharmacy is your trusted resource for information on medicines, herbs and home remedies. Through our award-winning public radio program, nationally syndicated weekly newspaper column and bestselling books, we strive to give you the information you need to make... (Read More)
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Have you ever been awakened from a delightful dream by sudden excruciating pain in your leg? In an instant, your sleep is interrupted and you are desperate for relief. It is not entirely clear why some people are so susceptible... (Read More)
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Our award winning radio show is heard on 128 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)