5 Surprising Ways You Can Use Soda

Learn all of the unsuspecting ways to use soda around your home!

5 Surprising Ways You Can Use Soda

Kick your cola habit, but don’t toss those cans out quite yet. There are many surprising ways you can use the carbonated drink around the home. Find out the ways soda can help you clean, style your hair, beat the cold weather and more!

Remove Stains

Using cola as a stain remover may seem counterintuitive, but it works! Spot clean a stain as you normally would before putting it in the washing machine. Next, add a can of cola to a wash and let the machine run as normal. When you take the stained item out of the washer, it should be as good as new.

Your Parent Has Dementia: What to Talk to Their Doctor About

Make sure all their doctors are aware of all the medications she is taking.

Q: My mom is 94 and has dementia. She is taking a whole medicine cabinet-full of medications and I think they actually make her fuzzier. How should I talk to her various doctors about what she is taking and if she can get off some of the meds? — Gary R., Denver, Colorado

A: Many dementia patients are taking what docs call a "polypharmacy" — three or more medications that affect their central nervous system. And we really don't know how that mixture truly affects each individual person.

A new study in JAMA Network that looked at more than 1 million Medicare patients found almost 14% of them were taking a potentially harmful mix of antidepressants, antipsychotics, antiepileptics, benzodiazepines such as Valium and Ativan, nonbenzodiazepine benzodiazepine receptor agonist hypnotics such as Ambien or Sonata, and opioids. And almost a third of those folks were taking five or more such medications. The most common medication combination included an antidepressant, an antiepileptic, and an antipsychotic. Gabapentin was the most common medication — often for off-label uses, such as to ease chronic pain or treat psychiatric disorders, according to the researchers from the University of Michigan.

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