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  • Acetaminophen in Rx drugs: For liver's sake, lower the dose, says FDA

    Acetaminophen in Rx drugs: For liver's sake, lower the dose, says FDA
    Apparently, a Food and Drug Administration warning four months ago was missed by many physicians, pharmacists and patients, so the agency, in an unusual move, saw fit Monday to remind us: Stop writing prescriptions for, stop dispensing prescriptions for,...
  • U. of I. issues critical report on controversial doctors' ad

    U. of I. issues critical report on controversial doctors' ad
    The University of Illinois needs to clarify rules, improve training and strengthen the way it polices employees’ potential conflicts of interest, a top administrator said in a report released Tuesday. The recommendations stem from a...
  • David H. Hubel dies at 87; Nobel winner unlocked secrets of sight

    David H. Hubel dies at 87; Nobel winner unlocked secrets of sight
    When neurobiologist David H. Hubel accepted his Nobel Prize in 1981, it had only been a couple of decades since he and his research partner danced in front of an anesthetized cat. Hubel and Torsten N. Wiesel were measuring electrical activity in...
  • You can find help for arthritis when you've had an ulcer

    Q: I had a peptic ulcer seven years ago. I haven't had any symptoms since, so I suppose it has healed. I now have arthritis and want to take Aleve. Is that OK? A: You are correct in worrying about causing a new ulcer when taking naproxen (Aleve) or...
  • After breast cancer, high-fat dairy foods raise risk of death

    After breast cancer, high-fat dairy foods raise risk of death
    Women who have ever had breast cancer might want to back away from the brie, the butter and the black cherry (and every other flavor) ice cream. According to a study of 1,893 women, breast cancer survivors who average as little as one serving per day of...
  • You can reduce your risk of recurrent bladder infections

    Q: I'm a young woman with frequent urinary tract infections. The good news is that they've always been just bladder infections; my kidneys are never involved. What treatment do you suggest? A: Women are much more likely than men to have urinary tract...
  • Even diabetics with 'normal' blood sugar should carefully monitor their glucose level

    Q: I've had type 1 diabetes for 23 years. I have read that ideal blood glucose levels should be between 80 and 120. Why do I feel the symptoms of low blood sugar at 80 to 90 when this is the normal range for a non-diabetic? A: Some people with diabetes...
  • Why does the sun make me sneeze?

    Q: I have sneezing fits whenever I step out into the sunlight. I can sneeze five times in a row. Am I allergic to the sun? A: What you have is called the photic sneeze reflex. It's not an allergy. The sneezing is a response to sudden bright light....
  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: Generalized anxiety disorder may require specialized treatment

    Q: What exactly is a panic attack? It feels like I'm uncomfortable and scared of everything. I need to return to work. Any helpful advice? A: A panic attack is a wave of intense fear. Added to the fear are uncomfortable physical symptoms, such as: A...
  • Taking too much acetaminophen can be hazardous

    Cold and flu season is a good time to review the risks of acetaminophen -- the pain and fever reliever in Tylenol and many other over-the-counter medications. Billions of doses of acetaminophen are consumed safely every year, but deaths still occur from...
  • The Medicine Cabinet: There's no magic formula for finding the "best" bed to ease back pain

    Q: What kind of bed is best for back problems? A: Unfortunately, there is no single type of bed known to be best for back problems. For one thing, there are many types of back problems. What works well for one type of problem may not work well for...
  • Regular exercise pumps up memory, too

    Q: Does exercise really help you keep your memory? A: Regular exercise may protect against the "normal" memory decline of aging. I'm reluctant to think of any memory loss as normal, but by age 65, more than half of adults say they're concerned about...