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How to: Help a Choking Pregnant Woman

ER physician Dr. Travis Stork demonstrates how to safely perform the Heimlich manuever on a choking pregnant woman.

Artificial Sweeteners
The Doctors Health Investigator, Liz Vaccariello, is digging through research, questioning the experts and gathering data on important health issues.

First up: Liz gets to the bottom of the artificial sweetener controversy

Check out when it’s OK to use artificial sweeteners.

Hair Removal
When it comes to home hair removal, which products work best? Liz conducts an onstage demonstration.

Do you have a question or topic for Liz to investigate? Tell us!


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Sweetener and Obesity Link?


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Over-the-Counter Pain Relievers
The Doctors explain the difference between pain relievers and which ones are best to use for varying conditions.

Acetaminophen
Acetaminophen is in a class of medications called analgesics, or pain relievers, and antipyretics, or fever reducers. It is not an anti-inflammatory agent.

A dose of acetaminophen works by changing the way the body senses pain. It is used to relieve mild to moderate pain and reduce fever.

Acetaminophen is processed through the liver, and should not be taken with alcohol or by people who consume more than three alcoholic drinks a day.

Uses
• Pain relief from minor to moderate aches and pains
• Best for headaches
• Fever reducer
• Does not cause stomach irritation
• Best pain reliever for children
• Can be used in all stages of pregnancy

Risks
• Acetaminophen overdose is the leading cause of acute liver failure in the United States.
• It should not be taken with alcohol or by people who consume more than three alcoholic drinks a day.
• It should not be given to babies younger than 3 months old.

Ask Dr. Lisa

OB-GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson answers viewer and audience questions, and no question is off limits! Check out:

When it comes to permanent birth control, who should go under the knife: the man or the woman?
Part I   Part II     

Aspirin
Aspirin is derived from tree bark and is classified as a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It is often used to help prevent heart attacks because it blocks the formation of blood clots. Aspirin is an effective treatment for inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and minor aches and pains.

Use
• Inflammatory conditions
• Aches and pains
• Reduce the formation of blood clots

Risks
• Can cause stomach irritation
• Can cause stomach bleeding
• Should not be given to children and teens because it can cause Reyes Syndrome, a potentially fatal disease that can affect the brain and liver.
• Large doses can cause tinnitus
• Pregnant and breastfeeding women should not take aspirin
• Should not be used to treat asthma

Ibuprofen
Ibuprofen is classified as a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It works by interrupting the body's production of a substance that causes pain, fever and inflammation. Ibuprofen is usually considered more effective than acetaminophen.
 

How to: Get Your Picky
Eater to Eat!

Pediatricians Dr. Jim Sears and his father, Dr. Bill Sears, offer easy tips to get picky eaters to eat.

Uses
• Relieve mild to moderate pain from body and muscle aches
• Reduce fever
• Reduce inflammation and swelling
• Relieve menstrual cramps
• Safe for use in children

Risks
• Stomach irritation
• Can cause ulcers
• Not advised for pregnancy

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