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Seven Ways To Get the Most From Your Health Care Dollar
Drug therapy has become a significant part of health care costs for all of us. Here is how to minimize the cost of prescription drugs.
Combating The Fungus Among Us
Fungal infections of the fingernails and toenails (called onychomycosis) are relatively common, with about 3 percent to 5 percent of Americans afflicted. Nail fungal infections are usually nothing more than an embarrassment for most people. But they can be quite painful and can cause big problems for people with diabetes.
Leeches: An Ancient Therapy Is Revived
In the classic film The African Queen, Humphrey Bogart noted, "If there's anything in the world I hate, it's leeches — filthy little devils!" Why then did the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approve the use of these lowly and much maligned creatures?
Hidden Dangers of Over-the-Counter Cold and Allergy Medications
Most of us assume that nonprescription items, also known as over-the-counter medications, are safe and have almost no risk of serious side effects. And when taken as directed, the vast majority of over-the-counter drugs are indeed safe. But they are not safe for everyone and clearly not safe when taken in doses above the doses or duration recommended on the label.
Stocking Your Medicine Cabinet (Part 3)
Choosing among the dozens of brands and types of medicine on drug-store shelves can be confusing and frustrating. In this series I am giving you my recommendations for what belongs in a properly stocked medicine cabinet.
Human Growth Hormone And The Search For The Fountain Of Youth
Although growth hormone does increase muscle and decrease fat, we don’t know enough about using it for long periods of time to recommend it. The products that are sold that either contain human growth hormone or are said to stimulate growth-hormone secretion are expensive, and there is no evidence that they work.
Return Of The Maggots
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has recently approved the medical use of the larval form of the common housefly, also known as maggots, to remove dead tissue from wounds. Gross but true.
Clinical Trials: What Are They, and Are They Right for You? (Part 2)
Last month Harvard pharmacist Harold J. DeMonaco wrote about clinical trials — what they are and how they are run. In this column he discusses making the decision to participate in a trial and what you should know going in
Drug Therapy and Your Genes (Part 2 of 2)
Last month I discussed the benefits being discovered by pharmacogenetics researchers. In this column I will talk about the social and ethical concerns surrounding pharmacogenetics.
Getting the Best Value for Hypertension Medications
Controlling your blood pressure is one of the best ways to insure yourself a long and productive life.


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