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Are You Allergic to Penicillin?

Are You Allergic to Penicillin?

Probably not, suggests results of skin tests reported in the Annals of Emergency Medicine. The new study shows that more than 90 percent of patients who report a penicillin allergy in fact test negative for... More

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March 8: Spring Forward
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Springing forward to daylight saving time can really pack a punch for some people. University of Michigan experts suggest the following options to help you... More

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Researchers in the United Kingdom have discovered that older smokers are 79 percent more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than nonsmokers of the same age.... More

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Parents looking for reasons to shape up personal eating habits need look no further than their own children. New research from the UCLA Center for... More

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To M.G., Two or more medicines may be taken at once unless the labels state otherwise. If you find it difficult to swallow multiple pills,... More

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More About Lactulose

To A.M., Lactulose (a combination of sugars not readily absorbed by the body) draws water into the bowel where it softens the stool and stimulates... More

Peripheral Artery Disease
Peripheral Artery Disease

I am nearly recovered from a mild stroke that my medical reports say was due to peripheral artery disease (PAD). I changed my diet, had... More

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To J.B., Lipitor and Lescol work in nearly the same way to help decrease cholesterol levels in the body. Taking two medicines with similar mechanisms... More

Review the Options
Review the Options

A cardiac catheterization revealed that one artery is blocked and two others are partially closed. I was told that nothing could be done because of... More

Rid Audible Heartbeat
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Regarding the lady who could hear her heartbeat in her ear upon reclining: I know exactly what she means, and it’s nasty! Lucky for me,... More

Lisinopril is Good for the Heart
Lisinopril is Good for the Heart

To E.H., Lisinopril is a generic drug that is FDA approved for two brand name products—Prinivil and Zestril. It may be prescribed alone or with... More

Artificial Heart Valves
Artificial Heart Valves

How long are porcine aortic valves expected to last? I’m going to subscribe to the magazine because of your answers. Thank you. I am glad... More

Ablation Helps Flutter, Too
Ablation Helps Flutter, Too

I had ablation of the atrioventricular (AV) node in 2001 that apparently took care of my atrial fibrillation but left me with heart flutter. When... More

Statins and Heart Health
Statins and Heart Health

I’ve read people with heart problems should not use statin drugs. I’m diabetic and on my second pacemaker. Our medical insurance is suggesting that I... More

Systolic Hypertension
Systolic Hypertension

I’m diabetic and have systolic hypertension. My blood pressure runs 115/120 in the morning and 120/170 in the evening. I’ve included a list of the... More

Get Your ZZZs
Get Your ZZZs

Research data published in The Archives of Internal Medicine suggest that people with elevated blood pressure readings during the nighttime hours who get too little... More

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