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By Dr. Simeon Margolis | December 10, 1991
Q: I have been constipated for many years. My husband tells me not to worry, but I would like to be normal and have a bowel movement every day. What can I do?A: For starters, you should consider listening to your husband's advice, at least with regard to this matter. A daily bowel movement is not necessary and there is no danger if your bowels do not move every day.The frequency of bowel movements in normal men and women of all ages varies widely from as many as three daily to as few as three per week.
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By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | April 17, 2013
Constipation hits everybody at some point. The uncomfortable condition can be caused by many things, including a bad diet and dehydration. Dr. Vaibhav A. Parekh, director of Medstar Harbor Primary Care, talks about how to prevent and treat constipation, and how to tell if it's a sign of more serious health problems. What are signs that you are constipated? What is a normal number of bowel movements? Common signs of constipation include straining during a bowel movement, hard bowel movement and a sensation of incomplete emptying after a bowel movement.
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By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | April 17, 2013
Constipation hits everybody at some point. The uncomfortable condition can be caused by many things, including a bad diet and dehydration. Dr. Vaibhav A. Parekh, director of Medstar Harbor Primary Care, talks about how to prevent and treat constipation, and how to tell if it's a sign of more serious health problems. What are signs that you are constipated? What is a normal number of bowel movements? Common signs of constipation include straining during a bowel movement, hard bowel movement and a sensation of incomplete emptying after a bowel movement.
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By JOE AND TERESA GRAEDON and JOE AND TERESA GRAEDON,peoplespharmacy.com | November 24, 2008
I appreciate you writing about home remedies for children when they come down with colds, but I am alarmed that you suggested lemon and honey for coughs. I feel this needs an urgent disclaimer! Honey can be dangerous for a child under age 2. A friend's 6-month-old baby nearly died from infant botulism. Honey can cause this in infants. Even honey jars have a warning that it is not for small children. Thanks for the reminder. Young children 1-year-old and younger should never be given honey.
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By Joe Graedon and Dr. Teresa Graedon and Joe Graedon and Dr. Teresa Graedon,King Features Syndicate | October 12, 1993
Constipation doesn't capture headlines like AIDS, cancer or heart disease. Although commercials on television play up the importance of "regularity," physicians may dismiss constipation as a minor complaint. But for millions of Americans it can be a major health problem.Almost 100,000 people are hospitalized each year for constipation-related problems and roughly 900 die.Paul wrote to tell us that constipation is a constant battle. Because he has a bowel movement almost every day, his doctor does not consider this problem worth treating.
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By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon and Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | August 23, 1998
Q. Can constipation cause cancer? My mother is convinced that a daily bowel movement is essential for good health. She insists that constipation leads to colon cancer. I worry that she is hooked on laxatives. Haven't I read in your column that regular use is harmful?A. Researchers have repeatedly found an association between constipation and colon cancer. Constipation could be a symptom rather than a cause, however. A diet low in fiber (lacking in fruits, vegetables and whole grains) may not have enough of the nutrients that protect against cancer.
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By BEVERLY MILLS | May 21, 1995
Q: My 6-year-old daughter on occasion will have a bowel movement in her underpants. I don't know what triggers it. It happens in different places. She is very bright and understands right from wrong. I need to know how to make her stop.-- C.P.S., El Paso, TexasA: Experts call this the hidden problem. It's so embarrassing and unpleasant that many parents hesitate to mention it -- even to their child's doctor. They may think the soiling is done on purpose, or they fear the child could be harboring some deep psychological problem.
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By JOE GRAEDON AND TERESA GRAEDON | June 30, 2006
I heard a radio show caller say that an old-timer had told him to pick two small, new, reddish poison ivy leaves each spring, roll them inside a dough ball and swallow them to be immune from poison ivy for a whole season. This is an intriguing and terrifying suggestion. What is your opinion? We have heard this folk remedy from others, but we, too, are terrified by the idea. One reader related the following: "My father had me eat some poison ivy leaves when I was a child. I was always getting into it and breaking out in a bad rash.
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By Joe Graedon, and Teresa Graedon and Joe Graedon, and Teresa Graedon,Special to the Sun; King Features Syndicate | March 5, 2000
Don't forget: There are many ways to fight against memory loss Q. My husband's memory has been getting hazy, and I am concerned. He was tested by a neurologist who found that his vitamin B12 level was low. Shots were recommended, but that was difficult for us, and our internist suggested Nascobal nose drops as an alternative. We've had some trouble with this product. To my way of thinking, the dropper is hard to use. Is there any other way for him to get this vitamin? A. Vitamin B12 deficiency can lead to neurological symptoms such as moodiness, difficulty concentrating, memory loss, unsteadiness, numbness and tingling in hands and feet.
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By JOE AND TERESA GRAEDON and JOE AND TERESA GRAEDON,peoplespharmacy.com | November 24, 2008
I appreciate you writing about home remedies for children when they come down with colds, but I am alarmed that you suggested lemon and honey for coughs. I feel this needs an urgent disclaimer! Honey can be dangerous for a child under age 2. A friend's 6-month-old baby nearly died from infant botulism. Honey can cause this in infants. Even honey jars have a warning that it is not for small children. Thanks for the reminder. Young children 1-year-old and younger should never be given honey.
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By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon and Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon,PeoplesPharmacy.com | June 1, 2007
Some time ago, I read in your column about someone who had success removing skin tags with a liquid bandage. I have several of these growths around my neck and have been considering having them removed by a dermatologist, but would like to try this remedy first. We have heard from many readers who tell us New-Skin Liquid Bandage works: "I used it twice a day for three days, and the skin tags came off!" Others tell us it may take a few weeks. Another approach some readers have tried involves a wart remedy: "I found Compound W works just as well for getting rid of skin tags."
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By LEONARD PITTS JR | March 12, 2006
WASHINGTON -- An open letter to Donna Reddick: I'm writing this for Desiree. She's a student at Miami Sunset Senior High, where you teach business technology. A few days ago, she sent me an e-mail recounting an incident that recently happened on campus. It seems that on three successive days, the morning announcements, which are televised throughout the school, featured student-produced segments on the subject of gay rights. On the first day came comments from students who took the "pro" position.
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By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon and Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 17, 2002
Q. My daughter recently gave me a product containing black cohosh that is supposed to help hot flashes. I used to take Premarin and Provera, but after I was diagnosed with breast cancer, my surgeon urged me to drop these hormones. I am now taking tamoxifen to block the estrogen produced by my own body, and this is responsible for my hot flashes. I am reluctant to take this herb without knowing more about it. My oncologist has never heard of black cohosh, so I need your help. A. Black cohosh is a native North American herb that was widely used for "women's problems" in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
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December 21, 2001
As Jimmy Neutron says, "What good is being a genius if you can't even go out on a school night?" Grade-school particle physicist Jimmy has the ability to communicate with advanced civilizations but not the wherewithal. His mom says, "If your father and I haven't met them first, they're strangers." But Jimmy Neutron has his ion the prize, so he figures out how to get out of his room long enough to save the world when aliens begin stealing parents from Jimmy's hometown, Retroland. Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius, (starring the voices of Martin Short and Andrea Martin)
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By Joe Graedon, and Teresa Graedon and Joe Graedon, and Teresa Graedon,Special to the Sun; King Features Syndicate | March 5, 2000
Don't forget: There are many ways to fight against memory loss Q. My husband's memory has been getting hazy, and I am concerned. He was tested by a neurologist who found that his vitamin B12 level was low. Shots were recommended, but that was difficult for us, and our internist suggested Nascobal nose drops as an alternative. We've had some trouble with this product. To my way of thinking, the dropper is hard to use. Is there any other way for him to get this vitamin? A. Vitamin B12 deficiency can lead to neurological symptoms such as moodiness, difficulty concentrating, memory loss, unsteadiness, numbness and tingling in hands and feet.
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By Shari Roan and Shari Roan,Los Angeles Times | March 28, 1999
Adult diapers may be a $16 billion industry, but aging baby boomers are looking for better ways to address the very common problem of incontinence.And medicine isn't letting them down. With simple exercises, medication and surgery, many people are overcoming incontinence.More than 15 million Americans have incontinence. About 85 percent are women -- and not just elderly women. In younger women, incontinence can be a problem after childbirth. Men tend to have incontinence associated with prostate problems.
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By Gina Spadafori and Gina Spadafori,McClatchy News Service | April 3, 1993
QUESTION: Our cat now has to take pills every day, and we're having a very difficult time getting them down her. We tried the vet's "force" method, but she's starting to avoid us. Is there a better way?ANSWER: There are three basic ways to give pills to a pet, and since every animal is different, you should do a little experimenting to find out what works best with your cat.The first approach, as you noted, is the straightforward one. Hold your pet in your lap, petting and praising her until she's relaxed and happy.
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By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon and Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 17, 2002
Q. My daughter recently gave me a product containing black cohosh that is supposed to help hot flashes. I used to take Premarin and Provera, but after I was diagnosed with breast cancer, my surgeon urged me to drop these hormones. I am now taking tamoxifen to block the estrogen produced by my own body, and this is responsible for my hot flashes. I am reluctant to take this herb without knowing more about it. My oncologist has never heard of black cohosh, so I need your help. A. Black cohosh is a native North American herb that was widely used for "women's problems" in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
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