By: Joe Graedon May 12, 2003 1 Comments
    Testing Coated Aspirin At Home

    Q. I take 81 mg enteric-coated aspirin daily to protect my heart. I put one of the tablets in a vase to keep some cut flowers fresh and noticed that in two days the coated aspirin did not dissolve. Do…

    By: Joe Graedon May 12, 2003 0 Comments
    New Allergy Medicines Offer Relief & Confus…

    Decades ago, treating allergies was hard. First, you had to go to the doctor, since most allergy medicine was only available by prescription. Antihistamines such as Benadryl and Chlortrimeton were rea…

    By: Joe Graedon May 5, 2003 0 Comments
    Can Fatty Acids Cure Cocker Spaniel’s Itch…

    Q. I know you mostly answer questions about human problems but I have three pedigree cocker spaniels with dry skin. They scratch all the time but have no fleas. I have tried conditioner and baby oil o…

    By: Joe Graedon May 5, 2003 0 Comments
    B Vitamins Protect Against Breast Cancer

    Q. I read that taking vitamin B6 and folic acid can protect against breast cancer if you drink wine. What is an adequate amount of each vitamin per day? A. Researchers have found that women who consum…

    By: Joe Graedon May 5, 2003 1 Comments
    Finding Solutions To Vaginal Dryness

    Women have come a long way. Topics like PMS, breast cancer and overactive bladder that were once taboo are now discussed openly. But there is still one big issue that women rarely talk about. Millions…

    By: Joe Graedon May 3, 2003 0 Comments
    #430 Clarifying the Controversies in Women’…

    Susan Love, MD is one of the country's most knowledgeable physicians on women's health issues. She will discuss the pros and cons of HRT and mammograms and help us understand why the Women's Health In…

    By: Joe Graedon April 28, 2003 0 Comments
    Kissing Could Be Lethal

    Q. My girlfriend is very allergic to shrimp and crab and, I suspect, lobster as well. I love them but have avoided eating them since we have been together. This summer we shall have our vacation at th…

    By: Joe Graedon April 28, 2003 0 Comments
    Mango Reaction Mimics Poison Ivy Rash

    Q. I've got a bad reaction on my hand between my thumb and forefinger that I think resulted from pulling an unknown weed. It isn't responding to my usual treatment, a concoction of tea tree oil, witch…

    By: Joe Graedon April 28, 2003 0 Comments
    Cough Syrup Doesn’t Mix With Antidepressan…

    Q. You have warned against taking cough syrup containing dextromethorphan while taking Paxil, Zoloft or similar antidepressants. My pharmacist sister insists that dextromethorphan is dangerous only wh…

    By: Joe Graedon April 28, 2003 0 Comments
    Drug-Drug Interactions Can Be Deadly

    The woman was experiencing headaches and anxiety after the death of her husband. Her doctor prescribed the antidepressant Paxil together with an older drug called amitriptyline to help her sleep. She …

    By: Joe Graedon April 26, 2003 0 Comments
    #428 The Healing Power of Sound

    Dr. Mitch Gaynor's newest book is titled "The Healing Power of Sound: Recovery from Life-Threatening Illness Using Sound, Voice, and Music." We will explore how healing sounds can lower blood pressure…

    By: Joe Graedon April 21, 2003 0 Comments
    Did Cold Remedy Cause Sex-Headache

    Q. I'm relieved to learn that I am not the only one who gets headaches from sex. Over a ten-year period I had SEVERE, pounding, headaches during three separate vacations (great times for making love),…

    By: Joe Graedon April 21, 2003 0 Comments
    Trapped Into Taking Hormone Therapy

    Millions of women are feeling deceived and dismayed. For decades they were told that hormone replacement therapy was good for them. Not only did it relieve hot flashes, but doctors insisted that HRT w…

    By: Joe Graedon April 14, 2003 0 Comments
    Evidence Grows On Pomegranate Benefits

    Q. I have read that pomegranate juice has health benefits, but I haven't been able to find any. Would you get the same benefits by eating pomegranates, which I love? A. You may get some benefit from e…

    By: Joe Graedon April 14, 2003 0 Comments
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    Q. I have suffered from chronic diarrhea for the past several years. In fact, Imodium has been a constant companion. During a recent 15-hour road trip, though, I did not drink any coffee. I noticed I …

    By: Joe Graedon April 14, 2003 0 Comments
    Generics May Not Meet Expectations

    If you've paid for a prescription drug lately you probably winced. Prices are high and show no signs of coming down. That's why those who pay the bills favor generic drugs: insurance companies…

    By: Joe Graedon April 12, 2003 0 Comments
    #449 Comfort Food in Times of Stress

    Marian Burros is a food writer for the New York Times. She has also written numerous cook books. Her latest work provides recipes for old-fashioned comfort foods. In uncertain times people often turn …

    By: Joe Graedon April 7, 2003 0 Comments
    B Vitamins Lower Cancer Risk From Wine

    Q. I love a glass of wine with dinner now and again. My doctor has said this is fine and may even reduce my risk of heart disease. What has me concerned, however, is a report that I read about alcohol…

    By: Joe Graedon April 7, 2003 1 Comments
    Beware Salad Bars With Sulfites

    Q. I like to eat out at restaurants but often I get stomach cramps about an hour after eating salad, especially if it is from a salad bar. I must rush to a bathroom to avoid an embarrassing incident o…

    By: Joe Graedon April 7, 2003 0 Comments
    FDA Cracking Down On Drug Imports

    When you think of drug smugglers, what comes to mind? South Americans who swallow condoms filled with cocaine sneaking past customs agents? Sleazy-looking guys with gold chains and fast cars hiding he…

    By: Joe Graedon March 31, 2003 0 Comments
    St. John’s Wort Does Not Mix Well With Sun…

    Q. I tried taking St. John's wort some time ago to relieve anxiety. After several months I found I had become sensitive to sunlight. Not only was it difficult to look at things in bright light, but I …

    By: Joe Graedon March 31, 2003 0 Comments
    Sex Headache May Signal Danger

    Q. Several weeks ago you answered a question from a woman who suffered an excruciating headache whenever she had an orgasm. Although her neurologist had done a CT scan and told her nothing was wrong, …

    By: Joe Graedon March 31, 2003 0 Comments
    Drug Side Effects A Leading Killer

    Imagine a condition that causes millions of hospitalizations and hundreds of thousands of deaths each year. By some accounts, it is the third leading cause of mortality in this country, right after he…

    By: Joe Graedon March 24, 2003 0 Comments
    Cactus May Help Control Blood Sugar

    Q. I am a family practitioner and want to share an herbal remedy with you. A 60-year-old male Hispanic diabetic patient has had trouble controlling his blood sugar. Despite intensive diet changes and …

    By: Joe Graedon March 23, 2003 0 Comments
    Fish Oil May Work When Antidepressants Fail

    Q. I have taken Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft, each for an extended time (not together). Although I was taking the recommended dosage, I did not benefit from any of them. Is there anything else on the mark…

    By: Joe Graedon March 23, 2003 0 Comments
    Aspirin Has Anti-Cancer Action

    Ask people what disease scares them the most, and chances are cancer tops the list. Although some progress has been made, cancer is still a major killer. There aren't many things that people can do to…

    By: Joe Graedon March 17, 2003 0 Comments
    Vinegar Victorious Over Dandruff

    Q: I have heard using vinegar on my scalp could help. Now I rub vinegar on my head for a few minutes before I shampoo. I have not been troubled since. A. You are not the first to share the vinegar app…

    By: Joe Graedon March 17, 2003 6 Comments
    Hospital Errors Have Tragic Consequences

    Mistakes happen. That's because humans are not infallible. People write illegibly or mumble unintelligibly. This leads to "little" errors, like mistaking one drug for another. Pharmacists tell us that…

    By: Joe Graedon March 16, 2003 0 Comments
    Celebrex May Cause Breast Reaction

    Q. I need a past article from you about Celebrex. Someone had complained that it made her nipples hard or something like that. I had a similar problem so I cut my dose from 200 to 100 and my nipples h…

    By: Joe Graedon March 14, 2003 0 Comments
    #A-77 Health Benefits of Vitamins

    Do you really need to take vitamins or are you just wasting your money? A new study suggest that there are measurable effects from a daily multi-vitamin. But should you be taking more? Can you overdos…