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942 The Exercise Prescription for Good Health 7/5/14
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Exercise is more powerful than any medication we could take to keep us healthy. How can we find the motivation to get moving, and once we are, how can we prevent or recover from injury? Sports medicine expert Jordan Metzl, MD, gives us the low-down. His books are The Athlete's Book of Home Remedies and The Exercise Cure. Learn More

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941 How Toxins in Your Food Could Change Your Children's (and Grandchildren's) Health 3/29/14
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Although we usually think of inherited health conditions as based in the genes, that understanding is now being challenged by research into epigenetic effects. Some exposures at critical developmental time periods can result in changes in gene expression, although the genes themselves are unchanged. These epigenetic alterations can be passed down to our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. How can we best protect them from negative health consequences? Learn More

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940 Patient Safety Lessons from the Skies 3/22/14
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The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight 370 underscores how rarely things go seriously awry in commercial aviation. That was not always the case. How did the airlines develop a culture of safety that protects passengers and crew, and what could health care learn from aviation?

Saturated fat has long been vilified as a driver of heart disease, but a large analysis shows no association between how much sat fat people eat and their risk of heart attacks. What other dietary dogma is ripe for re-examination? Are there evidence-based guidelines for healthy eating?

We take live calls and questions from listeners. Learn More

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939 Health Benefits of Chocolate 3/15/14
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Chocolate, delicious as it is, may appear to be nothing more than empty calories. That is certainly how it has been seen by many nutrition experts over the years. Research has shown, however, that chocolate has very real health benefits, so long as the cocoa flavonoid compounds are not overwhelmed by the sugar found in chocolate candy. We discuss the benefits, including a charming analysis suggesting that chocolate consumption can promote Nobel Prize-winning thinking. Learn More

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938 FDA to Begin Monitoring Generic Drug Quality 3/8/14
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Do you wonder whether your medicine was manufactured under good quality control? The FDA has at last decided that it should test some of the drugs, especially generic drugs, that Americans take. We speak with Dr. Janet Woodcock, head of FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, about the new program.

A new study suggests that stethoscopes could spread germs as easily as doctors' hands, but unlike hands stethoscopes are rarely cleaned between patients. Should they be?

We chat with People's Pharmacy Pediatrician Alan Greene about whether young children should be drinking skim milk. And we take calls and questions about home remedies from our listeners. Learn More

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937 Paying Attention to Bladder Cancer 3/1/14
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Bladder cancer is rarely discussed and is not top of mind for most people. Yet it is the fourth most common cancer in American men and contributes to overall cancer mortality.

Detecting bladder cancer as early as possible helps improve the outcome, but the primary symptom, blood in the urine, can be caused by many other conditions. We discuss the diagnosis and treatment of bladder cancer with a patient and a physician.

We also discuss the value of patient support groups. Learn More

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936 Hazards of Screening: How the Hunt for Disease Leads to Overtreatment 2/22/14
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Many people embrace screening with the mindset that "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." But the problems that screening may turn up in healthy people don't always need to be found. An abnormality will trigger further investigation, which may be invasive and will certainly be unsettling. In many cases, people end up being treated for conditions that would never have caused them harm. We explore the hazards of screening and the dilemma of overtreatment in situations where many people must be treated for just one to derive benefit. Learn More

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935 Forget the Ick Factor: Stool Transplants Can Save Lives 2/15/14
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Clostridium difficile infections, also referred to as C diff, are a possible complication that can follow antibiotic treatment. The primary symptom is diarrhea that can be unrelenting and even dangerous.

C diff has become increasingly resistant to the antibiotics used to treat it and does not always respond to such treatment. In some cases, the best approach is to replace the patient's intestinal flora with a bacterial ecosystem derived from a healthy donor.

Such a stool transplant has a high "ick" factor, but it can be surprisingly effective. We talk to a woman whose life was saved by such a procedure, and to a physician who carries them out. Learn More

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934 What Are Hospitals Trying to Hide? 2/8/14
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For patients to have an impact on health care prices, they need to be able to find out what their prescribed procedures will cost so they can shop comparatively. Hospitals make this difficult. The Bernstein father-daughter investigative team found that hospitals are happy to divulge parking prices, but reluctant to tell what they charge for procedures.

Journalist Steven Brill discusses his in-depth investigation of healthcare pricing and explains the Chargemaster list that codes the hospitals' "rack rate."

Hospital secrecy can be even more damaging when it hides medical errors. Dr. Marty Makary describes the problem and how more transparency could help overcome it.
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933 Healthy Minds in Healthy Bodies for Today's Kids 2/1/14
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Are too many kids being diagnosed with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder? Over the last decade the number of children diagnosed with ADHD has risen to one in seven. Prescriptions for stimulant medications such as Ritalin, Adderall or Concerta have skyrocketed. But some kids may be treated for challenging behavior rather than a true disorder. What’s the difference between normal childhood behavior and ADHD?

How can parents overcome the pressures of today's society that push children towards inactivity and junk food? Pediatrician Alan Greene offers sound advice on raising youngsters to have healthy mind in healthy bodies.
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932 Get the Straight Dope on Medical Marijuana 1/25/14
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Twenty states and the District of Columbia permit the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. What should we know about its effects and adverse reactions?

Foods can have a profound impact on our health. New research from the UK shows that women who consume diets rich in reddish compounds called anthocyanins (found in berries, wine, and chocolate) are less likely to develop type 2 diabetes.

Sleeping problems are common but they can be extra serious for men who develop prostate cancer. An Icelandic study found complications more common among the wide-awake.

Calls and questions from listeners are welcome on Health News Updates Learn More

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931 How to Stay Healthy at Home with Simple Herbal Remedies 1/18/14
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As we begin to appreciate the problems that arise when prescription medicines are overused--antibiotic resistance, nutritional deficiencies, and other complications--the importance of using simple, short-term remedies at home for common ailments becomes ever clearer. Many people lack the knowledge of how and when to treat a cough, fever or tummy ache themselves, however, since we no longer grow up in extended families with the wisdom of prior generations guiding us. Dr. Tieraona Low Dog has great respect for herbal traditions, but in addition, she is solidly grounded in the scientific evidence of what herbs do and how. She brings her medical expertise to bear on helping us discern what can be handled with self care, and what actually requires medical attention. Learn More

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930 Why Vitamin E Is Not a Waste of Time, but Beta Blockers Are and Ear Tubes Might Be 1/11/14
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A recent editorial declaring "Enough Is Enough" and exhorting us to quit wasting time on vitamins may have been a bit premature. A recent study just showed that vitamin E supplements work better at delaying the progression of mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease than the pricey prescription drug Namenda.

How long will it take for your doctor to start following the new guidelines on treating high blood pressure? The committee warns that no evidence supports the use of beta blockers like atenolol or metoprolol for first-line treatment. We talk with an expert who has been telling his colleagues about this for a long time.

A review of the evidence also finds that ear tubes don't improve long-term learning or other desirable outcomes in children, perhaps because most kids do just fine with or without them.

The FDA calls for some information on its MedWatch form for reporting drug problems that isn't generally available on prescription bottles. Why not? Learn More

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929 Can You Become Disease Proof? 1/4/14
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Lifestyle changes can lower the risk of chronic disease by 80 percent. That is much better than any medicine your doctor might prescribe. So why do so many of us have trouble making the changes we need to stay healthy?

David Katz, MD, says willpower is not enough. We need skillpower too. He tells us how to develop the skills that will reinforce our willpower to integrate healthful behaviors into our lives. Learn the remarkable truth about what makes us well. Learn More

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927 Grain Brain: How Gluten Could Be Harming Your Brain 12/14/13
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With rates of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias rising, many of us would like to know how to maximize our brain function for as long as possible. Dr. David Perlmutter is a neurologist and nutrition scientist who has sought the answers to that problem. It is hardly surprising that the cornerstones of prevention are regular exercise, adequate sleep and the right diet. But the optimal diet to preserve brain power has plenty of cholesterol and saturated fat, and very few if any grains, even whole grains. Find out why gluten seems to be a bad actor, and what you should be eating instead. Learn More

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928 Vitamin Backlash, New Blood Pressure Rules and Cancer Overdiagnosis 12/21/13
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Acid-suppressing drugs like omeprazole (Prilosec) or esomeprazole (Nexium) are great for treating symptoms of acid reflux. But long-term use may result in vitamin B12 deficiency. Find out about the research at Kaiser Permanente that demonstrates this is more of a problem than most doctors imagined.

Some people turn to turmeric or curcumin supplements as an alternative to medications for easing joint pain or psoriasis. But can you trust the turmeric supplements on the market? Dr. Tod Cooperman of ConsumerLab.com tells us what his investigation found.

New guidelines for treating blood pressure have just been issued. Will they be as controversial as the recent guidelines on statin use? Dr. Sidney Smith tells us why it is important to treat blood pressure properly and how the guidelines can help.

New technology used to screen for lung cancer is far more sensitive at picking up abnormalities. Do these CT scans result in overdiagnosis? Learn More

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926 From Nuts to Chicken Soup: Staying Healthy This Winter 12/7/13
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New guidelines to help doctors prescribe statins appropriately were hailed at first, then sharply criticized. What is the controversy, and how can doctors and patients make sense of it?

Although people were once warned not to eat nuts because of their high fat and caloric content, an analysis of long-term data indicates that nut eaters live longer. We talk with nutrition expert Dr. Christopher Gardner about how to bring sense to dietary advice.

We also consider home remedies for coughs and colds and welcome listener input. Did you know that dark chocolate makes a superb cough remedy? Learn More

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872 Fermented Foods for Flavor and Health Archive 11/30/2013
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Perceiving bacteria as "bad" and trying to banish them may have negative effects on our digestion and our immune systems, not to mention the flavor of our food. Adding some fermented foods, transformed by the power of microbes, to our diets can have health benefits and expand our flavor horizons. Find out what cheese, beer, bread, yogurt, pickles and sauerkraut have to offer. Learn More

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925 Will the New Statin Guidelines Help Your Heart? 11/16/13
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The new guidelines from the nation's major cardiology organizations will change the way doctors prescribe the cholesterol-lowering drugs we call statins: drugs such as atorvastatin (Lipitor), rosuvastatin (Crestor) and simvastatin (Zocor). Some experts estimate that many more people will be taking these medicines if doctors follow the new guidelines. Should you be one of them? Learn More

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661 Apitherapy and Acupuncture
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Apitherapy, particularly the use of bee venom, has a history that stretches back thousands of years. It may sound flaky, but some medical doctors are reporting excellent results for the relief of pain from arthritis, tennis elbow or even post-herpetic neuralgia (excruciating pain lingering after shingles). Learn More

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924 Smart Ways to Watch Your Weight 11/2/13
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Trying to keep weight stable over the holidays can be a challenge. Which eating plans have worked best for you? We talk with Dr. Michelle Harvie, developer of The 2-Day Diet, about why following a low-carb diet just two days a week works so well. And we talk with listeners about their success stories. We also discuss unforeseen hazards of cell phones. Why should women not tuck their cellphones into their bras? Learn More

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923 Surviving Pharmageddon 10/26/13
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When the pharmaceutical industry began to focus on medicines that people would have to take every day to treat risk factors, physicians were seduced into overdiagnosing and overprescribing. Some of the most troubling medications that are being overused are drugs for psychiatric disorders, such as antidepressants and antipsychotics. While these are certainly useful for some people, others with only mild symptoms may be exposed to side effects without experiencing the benefits. How can we approach medication use thoughtfully and survive Pharmageddon? Learn More

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922 Eating Right for Clear Skin 10/19/13
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Acne is often considered an inevitable consequence of hormone surges during adolescence. Evidence is growing, however, that popular foods like pizza, fries and milkshakes may have an impact on complexion. The same diet that contributes to zits in teenagers can also encourage wrinkles and brown spots in their elders. Find out how a diet low in sugar and easily-digested carbohydrates and rich in vegetables and some fruits can benefit your skin. Learn More

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921 Pushing the Envelope on Prostate Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment 10/12/13
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Prostate cancer is very common but it varies greatly in the danger it poses. In some men, the discovery of cancerous cells in the prostate gland leads to treatment for a condition that would never have caused them harm. The treatment, however, does carry risks. Find out how active surveillance can be used with new approaches to imaging and focal treatment to provide men with appropriate treatment for their prostate tumors. Learn More

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920 Scandals and Screwups That Affect Your Health 10/5/13
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Medical guidelines tell doctors what to prescribe and when. They are supposed to be based on scientific evidence, but conflicts of interest may interfere with them offering the best advice. We talk with two doctors about guidelines for cholesterol and blood pressure.

Tylenol has always been promoted as an extremely safe drug, but its active ingredient, acetaminophen, is not nearly as safe as most people think. What should you know?

Drug commercials on television are often misleading. How do you feel about them?

We take calls and questions from listeners. Learn More

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