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  • TUESDAY, NOV. 17, 2009

    How good is the flu vaccine?

    People are desperate for protection against pandemic H1N1 influenza. That’s understandable given the media reports of deaths among otherwise healthy children and young adults. TV news cameras have focused on …

  • TUESDAY, NOV. 10, 2009

    Vaporub soothes swollen breast

    Q. As a registered nurse, I am often skeptical of herbs and home remedies. When I had a baby, I wanted to breast-feed, but I had a lot of problems …

  • TUESDAY, OCT. 27, 2009

    Cinnamon toothpaste linked to sore mouth

    Q. The inside of my mouth became very sensitive to salt, acid and anything spicy. When my wife looked, she said it looked like thrush. I went to my dentist …

  • TUESDAY, OCT. 20, 2009

    Vicks rub subdues persistent cough

    Q. I am a research scientist, so I like evidence. My husband is an architect who is a critical thinker and not about to fall prey to nonsense. He came …

  • TUESDAY, OCT. 13, 2009

    Soy sauce soothes pain of wasp sting

    Q. I was adjusting my sprinkler timer and did not realize my arm was bumping against a wasp nest. That’s how I got stung on the elbow by four or …

  • TUESDAY, OCT. 6, 2009

    Oxygen aided suicidal reader

    Q. I have suffered with “The Monster” for more than 20 years. That’s what I call my headaches. It took five years and trips to five different teaching hospitals to …

  • TUESDAY, SEPT. 29, 2009

    Doctor disagrees with stance on statins

    Q. As a doctor who treats heart patients, I am thwarted by your unbalanced reporting about cholesterol-lowering drugs. In your column, you repeatedly emphasize the negative perceptions people have of …

  • TUESDAY, SEPT. 22, 2009

    Arthritis relief comes at high price

    Rheumatoid arthritis is a devastating disease. Besides crippling joints, it can leave the victim exhausted and in excruciating pain. During the past several decades, drug companies have offered patients a …

  • TUESDAY, SEPT. 8, 2009

    People’s Pharmacy: Propofol doesn’t deserve bad rap

    Before Michael Jackson’s tragic death, most people had never heard of the drug propofol (Diprivan). It’s not the kind of medication that anyone would ever seek out on the street. …

  • TUESDAY, SEPT. 1, 2009

    People’s Pharmacy: Cholesterol drugs and Lou Gehrig’s disease

    Q. My husband started on lovastatin for high cholesterol and soon began to notice weakness in his right arm. This weakness progressed, so he saw his doctor, thinking he had …

  • TUESDAY, AUG. 18, 2009

    Studies contradict vitamin E lore

    Dermatologists insist that putting vitamin E on a burn or a wound will do nothing to prevent scarring and may even do harm. The People’s Pharmacy readers, on the other …

  • TUESDAY, AUG. 11, 2009

    Heartburn medication shows addictive qualities

    Last year, more than 80 million prescriptions were dispensed for powerful acid-suppressing drugs such as Aciphex, Nexium, omeprazole, Prevacid and Protonix. That doesn’t even count the millions of doses of …

  • TUESDAY, AUG. 4, 2009

    Some drugs can cause serious digestive upset

    Diarrhea is your gut’s way of defending itself against invaders. Sometimes they’re germs like E. coli or salmonella. Other times they’re drugs. An astonishing number of medications can cause digestive-tract …

  • TUESDAY, JULY 28, 2009

    Excessive sweating makes teenage girl self-conscious

    Q. Is there any remedy for underarm sweating? Our 14-year-old granddaughter refuses to wear anything but black, as she feels the sweat does not show up as much. She has …

  • TUESDAY, JULY 21, 2009

    Listerine, hair spray work as bug repellents

    Q.I read your column on killing mosquitoes with isopropyl alcohol spray. I have a remedy that works better and is fireproof, unlike alcohol. Try Listerine. It kills them DEAD. I …

  • TUESDAY, JULY 14, 2009

    Gin-raisin remedy eases arthritis pain

    Q. I read about the gin-raisin method for dealing with arthritis and decided to give it a try. None of the many medicines I had tried worked even the slightest …

  • TUESDAY, JULY 7, 2009

    Dermatologist defends poison-ivy treatment for wart

    Q. Several weeks ago, you had a question from someone about using poison-ivy extract to get rid of warts. You suggested that this is a bad idea and not very …

  • TUESDAY, JUNE 30, 2009

    Arthritis drugs trigger headaches

    Q. I get terrible rebound headaches from anti-inflammatory drugs (both prescription and OTC). My doctors seem to not believe me; instead, they insist that anti-inflammatories are just what I need …

  • TUESDAY, JUNE 23, 2009

    Novel weapon against mosquitoes

    Q. What’s a safe way to kill mosquitoes? We have a cabin on a pond, and the mosquitoes are ferocious. Some always manage to sneak in, and there is nothing …

  • TUESDAY, JUNE 16, 2009

    Cinnamon, ginkgo may improve man’s sex life

    Q. You recently ran a letter from a fellow who was disappointed in the herbal sex pills he bought. I, too, am an older gentleman who has faced challenges in …

  • TUESDAY, JUNE 9, 2009

    Onions have history of easing bite of stings

    Q. You recently wrote about rubbing a cut onion on a bee sting to ease the pain. Swiss farmers have practiced this for centuries. In 1949, when I was stung …

  • TUESDAY, JUNE 2, 2009

    Pricey sex pills don’t live up to advertising

    Q. My wife and I are active, healthy seniors, but we would like to add zest to our slowed-down and lagging sex lives. Initially, I spoke with our family doctor, …

  • TUESDAY, MAY 26, 2009

    People’s Pharmacy: Eyedrops can cause rebound redness

    Q. I’ve heard about becoming addicted to nasal sprays, but I wonder if one can become addicted to eyedrops. I have severe dry eyes along with allergies, and I need …

  • TUESDAY, MAY 19, 2009

    Inspector finds problems with Chinese product

    Q. I once worked for a pharmaceutical company that ordered a raw ingredient, diphenhydramine, from China. I was a quality-assurance inspector and had to inspect incoming material. That ingredient was …

  • TUESDAY, APRIL 28, 2009

    Credible research finds blueberries beneficial

    Q. I’ve heard that blueberries have a beneficial effect on the brain. Can you tell me more about this? Is the research recent and credible? A. James Joseph, Ph.D., at …

  • TUESDAY, APRIL 21, 2009

    People’s Pharmacy: Frankincense oil offers aid for cysts

    Q. Do you have any information on natural treatments for a sore ganglion cyst on the wrist? I have been using a wrap-around brace on my wrist and would prefer …

  • TUESDAY, APRIL 7, 2009

    Wash those lice right out of your hair

    Q. We are lice-free at last with Listerine, alcohol, vinegar and Denorex! We sprayed four heads every night with Listerine before bed, then combed and combed every inch with a …

  • TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 2009

    Sex-drive disparity strains relationship

    Q. I have a problem, and I don’t know where to turn. My partner and I don’t have sex very often anymore. We have been together for more than five …

  • TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 2009

    People’s Pharmacy: Will supplement offer escape from pain?

    Q. I have been on so many cholesterol-lowering drugs I have nearly lost count. Crestor, Lipitor, Zetia and Zocor all give me terrible pains in my shoulders, back and arms. …

  • TUESDAY, MARCH 10, 2009

    People’s Pharmacy: Vitamin eases reader’s chronic migraines

    Q. Thank you for writing about taking vitamin B-2 on a daily basis to prevent migraine headaches. I have suffered from them for 17 years and have been to many …



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