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Adding antifreeze – Parkinson’s Disease, part 1

Adding antifreeze – Parkinson’s Disease, part 1 – includes related article Harriet Washington In Awakenings neurologist Oliver Sacks plays Pygmalion to a ward full of human statues, shepherding them from the rigid purgatory of their frozen bodies into the world of life and laughter, only to watch them slip back. On Guam a real-life “invasion […]

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Drying out waterlogged legs

Drying out waterlogged legs – peripheral edema: includes the answer to a question on simple healthy exercises for the older person Elizabeth S. Smoots After a long day at work, a middle-aged, slightly overweight woman shifts uncomfortably at the bus stop, ankles bulging over the tops of her sensible pumps. She is exhausted and her […]

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By the way, doctor… – use of dental floss

By the way, doctor… – use of dental floss – Brief Article Q I’ve been using the same kind of dental floss for years. Are the newer ones better for my teeth? A “There’s no universal recommendation for floss; you should use what works best for you,” says David Wolf, director of clinical affairs at […]

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Staying dry

Staying dry – treating incontinence Neil M. Resnick More than 10 million Americans regularly experience urine leakage, and the vast majority of them aren’t in nursing homes. The typical person with incontinence is a 48-year-old woman who leaks when she coughs. Only one out of four people with incontinence asks for help, even though treatment […]

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Cosmetic surgery: laser resurfacing slows the hands of time

Cosmetic surgery: laser resurfacing slows the hands of time Kenneth A. Arndt Although most people hope to live to a ripe old age, no one is enthusiastic about looking the part. Hence the popularity of facial rejuvenation procedures that remove some of the wrinkles, roughness, and discolorations that testify to a long life on a […]

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Take tea? – relieving eczema with Chinese herbs

Take tea? – relieving eczema with Chinese herbs – Health Beat Take Tea? Traditional Chinese herbs can relieve the inflammation and itchiness of eczema (atopic dermatitis), a skin disorder that is notoriously hard to heal in adults. Researchers in London took a cue from a local traditional Chinese medical practitioner who was having much more […]

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Suicide: should the doctor ever help?

Suicide: should the doctor ever help? – includes interview with Daniel D. Federman There is an uncomfortable ambiguity in the question, “Should doctors help their patients to die?” Clearly doctors are obligated to provide every possible support during the process of dying. But whether physicians have any right or obligation to hasten the process, when […]

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Whan a Fluttering Heart Needs Attention

Atrial Fibrillation: Whan a Fluttering Heart Needs Attention Over the past several years, atrial fibrillation, the most common type of irregular heartbeat, has been increasingly recognized as a potentially serious condition. Physicians used to think it was a relatively harmless cardiac arrhythmia that didn’t need to be treated unless it caused symptoms or was associated […]

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Prunes and constipation

Prunes and constipation – Follow-Up and Feedback Stephen E. Goldfinger Several readers who rely on prunes to maintain regularity have asked about this standby, which was not mentioned in our March article on remedies for constipation. The common belief about prunes has some, but limited, scientific support. Over half a century ago, Dr. George Emerson […]

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Amazing grain, how sweet it is

Amazing grain, how sweet it is – nutritional and health aspects of whole grains Kristine Napier They’re milled, scraped, refined, and heat extracted, after which they may be extruded, puffed, flaked, or otherwise altered. No wonder refined grains look naked next to whole grains: barely a trace of the fiber and original nutrients is left […]