Tag Archives: Health

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 it, a finding which has important implications for how infections are treated in the emergency department and elsewhere. “Penicillin is […] ... More
Food For Thought

Food For Thought

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 Health Policy Research confirms that good dietary habits start at home. “If parents are eating poorly,” says center research scientist and coauthor of the policy brief, Susan H. Babey, “chances […] ... More
A Heartfelt Thank You

A Heartfelt Thank You

Dear Dr. SerVaas, In your November/December 2008 issue I happened to read that leg and hand spasms could be caused by the cholesterol medicines. I had been having such severe pains that I would have to pull over in traffic because I was afraid to drive with them. I tried eating bananas and all the […] ... More
Keep a List

Keep a List

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 of action increases the risk of side effects. It is unlikely, however, that the combination caused the health conditions you mentioned. Other cholesterol-lowering drugs work in different ways and are […] ... More
Rid Audible Heartbeat

Rid Audible Heartbeat

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, I had a chiropractor appointment the second day after I woke up with the condition. The chiropractor adjusted my neck (for me, C3) and I was rid of the condition. […] ... 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 I relax in my recliner for a short period of time, I get short of breath and feel very much as I did with atrial fibrillation. When I sit on […] ... 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 you like my column, and that you plan to subscribe to the Post to read it. Thank you. Porcine heart valves (made from pig hearts) have been used to replace […] ... More

The Unforgettable Natalie Cole

Twenty-five years ago she overcame a drug addiction that put her career on hold and her life in jeopardy. Now she’s back on top, relying on her faith as she battles new threats to her health. In her book, Angel on my Shoulder, Natalie Cole tells the story of her parents’ move to a posh, […] ... More
Heart Weak But Stable

Heart Weak But Stable

In 2000, a cardiologist said that I needed a heart transplant due to heart failure. My left ventricle ejection fraction was about 20 percent. I resisted this advice since I felt fine, did not display signs of heart failure, and could ride the exercise bike at least 30 minutes a day with no problems. Since […] ... More

What Men with Diabetes Need to Know

A new campaign addresses often-overlooked issues affecting men with diabetes. Dealing with the day-to-day aspects of diabetes—blood glucose, nutri­tion, and lifestyle management—is a formidable challenge for all people with the disease. However, American men living with diabetes also grapple with unique physi­cal, emotional, and sexual health issues, according to recent survey findings from the American […] ... More
A Real Eye-Opener

A Real Eye-Opener

Blame it on growing up with four brothers. Or just a dismally low beauty IQ. Whatever the reason, I always seem to be in the dark about skin creams, hair gels, and makeup tips. I’ve never colored my hair and still wash my face with soap and water each morning. But now, thanks to my […] ... More
What’s for breakfast?

What’s for breakfast?

The days are short and the weather is cold. It may be tough to find enough energy to get through the day, but the International Food Information Council (IFIC) says there’s one solution that’s too often forgotten: breakfast. “Many consumers are looking for ways to be healthy and gain more energy throughout their day, yet […] ... More
FDA Approves Kapidex for Treatment of GERD

FDA Approves Kapidex for Treatment of GERD

The FDA has approved a long-acting proton pump inhibitor (PPI) for once-daily treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, according to an announcement by the drugmaker. Kapidex (generic name: dexlansoprazole) was approved for healing all grades of erosive esophagitis for up to eight weeks, for maintaining healing of erosive esophagitis for up to six months, […] ... More
Trains Equipped to Save Lives

Trains Equipped to Save Lives

It is a tragic case of being at the wrong place at the very wrong time. In 2002, Dr. James R. Allen died after suffering a heart attack on a commuter train that lacked an automated portable defibrillator, or AED, a device used to jump-start the heart after cardiac arrest. Today’s riders may avoid a […] ... More
Therapies for Systolic Hypertension

Therapies for Systolic Hypertension

Dear Dr. SerVaas, I’m diabetic and have systolic hypertension. My systolic pressure runs from 115 to 120 in the morning and 120 to 170 in the evening. I’ve included a list of the medicines I have tried. Is there anything in the pipeline for my condition? Hal Post cardiology consultant Dr. Douglas Zipes replies: “You […] ... More
Treating Pernicious Anemia

Treating Pernicious Anemia

Dear Dr. SerVaas, I was diagnosed with pernicious anemia in 1982 and prescribed 1000-microgram shots of B12 (cyanocobalamin) every month for the rest of my life. I have since moved, and my current doctor advises that 100 micrograms a month is sufficient, a dose I have been taking for more than two years. I have […] ... More
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