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Q. I must be especially tasty to mosquitos, since they attack me and leave other folks alone. I have read in your column about hot water to stop itching. I've got a different solution: warm a spoon in hot water... (Read More)
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Q. I am a retired dental hygienist with years of infection control experience. I know of evidence that health care workers must wash their hands between patients to prevent the spread of infection. I am dismayed when doctors fail to... (Read More)
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Q. My sweetheart developed type 2 diabetes a few years ago after decades of being overweight. Metformin caused severe diarrhea and other drugs the doctor tried were very expensive and caused nausea. In desperation, she started exercising every day and... (Read More)
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Americans love to vacation abroad during the summer. They also love to complain about food, travel hassles and body odor on crowded trains or buses. They have a perception that people elsewhere are less devoted to antiperspirants and daily showers.... (Read More)
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Q. I cannot tolerate oral antidepressant medications because of unacceptable side effects. My doctor has prescribed EMSAM, a skin patch, but it is very expensive. Does this medicine work for depression and can I buy it safely from Canada? A.... (Read More)
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Q. My mother sent me one of your newspaper columns over 20 years ago. It had a recipe for plant food that I have used successfully for years. Now I cannot find a key ingredient, saltpeter, except as a tree... (Read More)
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Q. My husband was on Xarelto for about a year and a half because he had atrial fibrillation. When he had a hernia operation he stopped taking it for three days but had major internal bleeding afterward. Despite this, his... (Read More)
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Tune in to our radio show on your local public radio station, or sign up for the podcast and listen at your leisure. Here's what it's about: Getting a diagnosis of cancer is an extremely stressful experience. What if, when... (Read More)
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Imagine running a cooking school but not teaching the student chefs anything about dessert. You might well argue that sweets are not good for people, but your graduates would have a hard time finding work. Restaurants know that people eat... (Read More)
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Q. My wife loves chocolate, but she read that it can trigger headaches. Now she won't eat it, even on special occasions. I used to buy her great chocolate for Valentine's day and her birthday and she really enjoyed it.... (Read More)
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For decades doctors have been telling patients to get their "bad" LDL cholesterol levels down and to boost their "good" HDL cholesterol. Cardiologists have been prescribing niacin to do both for more than 50 years. Niacin lowers LDL cholesterol levels... (Read More)
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Q. If I work hard in the hot sun for a couple of hours I get serious muscle cramps. Last week I worked for nine hours at 90 plus degrees scraping, sanding, caulking and painting my house. Later I had... (Read More)
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Q. I'm an avid canoe paddler. Back in the 1970s when I got started canoeing I learned that wearing denim cut-offs on the river was a very bad idea. I developed terrible jock itch, probably because my shorts stayed damp... (Read More)
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Q. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism a long time ago and prescribed Synthroid (levothyroxine). It improved my lab numbers (TSH) but never got them to normal. As an aside, I have been under treatment for depression for decades. A new... (Read More)
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The heat and humidity are bad but over the next few weeks you are likely to suffer even more. The "polar invasion" may cool off some parts of the country for a few days, but then the hot weather will... (Read More)