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Readers Favor Both Classic and Unusual Hiccup Remedies
We’ve heard of numerous hiccup remedies over the years. A wedge of lemon or lime with Angostura bitters is a bartenders’ favorite. A spoonful of granulated sugar is another old-fashioned option for getting rid of hiccups. More recently we have heard from people who favor chocolate for hiccups.
Coconut Cookies and Peppermint Oil Ease Irritable Bowel
Enteric-coated peppermint oil can calm digestive tract spasms, while coconut helps discourage diarrhea.
Skeptical Aussie Embraces Vicks VapoRub on the Soles of the Feet for Cough
Smearing Vicks VapoRub on the soles of the feet may be able to calm a troublesome nighttime cough and allow the sufferer to get some sleep.
Marseille Soap For Leg Cramps Thanks to French Grandmothers
What did French grandmothers know about putting soap in bed to ease leg cramps? Find out the secret behind Marseille soap and why it is popular in France.
How to Get Rid of Persistent Lice
Suffocating persistent lice instead of killing them with pesticides may get around the problem of resistance.
Are TV Commercials Pushing People To Take Too Many Pills?
Americans are exposed to a stream of prescription drug commercials for everything from ED and arthritis to cancer and psoriasis. Have you had enough?
Does Your Drug Contain Lactose?
DailyMed is an online database that lists active and inactive ingredients of pills; it is a good way to learn if a medicine contains lactose as a filler.
What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About the Statin and Diabetes Connection
It came as a shock to many cardiologists to learn statins could raise blood sugar or cause diabetes. Many still don't warn patients about this side effect.
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