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What can ease pain, aid sleep for people with shingles?

Q: My husband, 79, was recently diagnosed with shingles, and the doctor prescribed Acyclovir. Calamine lotion seems to be helping with the discomfort of the rash and blisters. The ibuprofen helps a little for pain during the day but not at night. The pain is so bad he doesn't get any...

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Which dental crowns have the best quality and price?

March 19, 2013

Q: What are the best crowns and prices?

A: The best crowns that you can have made should have a precious metal core and be covered with porcelain. All-gold crowns are also at the top of the list. These two types of crowns will last longer and give more protection than any...

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The best medications for a cancer-related cough

Q: What is the best medication on the market for chronic coughing associated with lung cancer? We have tried over-the-counter Delsym, but we need something stronger for my dad's cough.

A: There are many prescription medicines to try. You can try codeine-based cough...

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Stress-management tips that improve your health

Is stress hurting your health?

For most American adults, the answer is "yes." A 2012 survey from the American Psychological Association found that 77% of people regularly experience physical symptoms caused by stress.

The most common sources of stress include jobs, money, and...

Can you have fibromyalgia without tender points?

Q: Is it possible to fibromyalgia and not have tender points?

A: It is very possible to have fibromyalgia without any of the usual 18 tender points because there are atypical forms of the condition in which tender points may not be present.

See this Mayo Clinic...

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Are vision problems a known side effect of Zantac?

Q: Could Zantac 150 cause eyesight problems? (I'm an 86-year-old female, if that helps.)

A: Zantac can cause blurring of vision in patients with glaucoma, which involves increased pressure in the eye.

If your eyesight problems have started after you began taking...

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Doctors share allergy relief secrets for spring

Spring is near -- are you sneezing more?

Sometimes the most noticeable change from winter to spring is the onset of allergy symptoms, including sneezing, nasal congestion, and watery eyes. Seeking relief becomes a major preoccupation of the season.

If you're looking for ways to...

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My crown fell out. Should I glue it with Fixodent?

Q: I have just lost a crown. It appears intact, just no longer where it should be. I have a dental appointment for three days from now. Should I reseat the crown with a bit of Fixodent for the time being, or keep it safely contained until my appointment?

A: If you are not...

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4 activities to nourish and refresh your brain

In this age of information, we have become so inundated with material it can be difficult to find quality in the quantity. Our minds are even more sensitive to how they are fed than our bodies. When our mind and soul are under stress and a barrage of negativity, the physical body in turn holds...

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Your best plan to fight high blood pressure: DASH diet

High blood pressure is perhaps the biggest factor for heart disease in the United States, affecting nearly 1 in 3 adults. But it's also a condition you can control with specific diet and lifestyle changes.

Who is at risk

Do you know your blood pressure numbers? A...