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home : columns : ask the doctors May 27, 2017

Teen's love of animals compels her to consider vegetarianism
DEAR DOCTOR: I've always loved animals, and now I want to stop eating meat. But I'm 15 years old, and my parents think that's too young to make such a big decision. What can I tell them about being a vegetarian? I'm hoping I can persuade them.
Saturday, May 27, 2017


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Aging skin loses elasticity and bruises more easily
DEAR DOCTOR: I'm 75 years old and have bruising on my hands, seemingly when anything touches them. I do not take blood thinners or aspirin. Occasionally I take an Aleve, which seems to make it worse.
Friday, May 26, 2017

Reader feedback sparks further discussion on health topics
DEAR READERS: We've been reading your letters. Thank you for your interest in our thoughts, the humor with which you evaluate -- and sometimes chide -- us, and the passion you continue to show for health sciences and research. Your thoughts and questions are always interesting, often touching and never fail to make us think. 
Thursday, May 25, 2017

Kava's risks outweigh any potential benefits
DEAR DOCTOR: What are the benefits and risks of taking kava?
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The perceived benefits of cold water swimming
DEAR DOCTOR: Our family visits a lake in the mountains every summer where the water almost never gets above 60 degrees. I dislike swimming in cold water, but my husband and dad insist that it's good for you. It won't get me into the water, but I just want to know -- are they right? 
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Factors to consider before getting treated with PPIS
DEAR DOCTOR: Because of the potential risks of proton pump inhibitors, should I have an H. pylori breath or stool test to make sure I have this bacterium before committing to long-term treatment with a PPI?
Monday, May 22, 2017

Rare muscle inflammation the focus of various clinical trials

DEAR DOCTOR: My brother, who is 65, was diagnosed with inclusion body myositis about five years ago, and the muscles in his arms, legs and hands are deteriorating rapidly. He's someone who loves life, so this is very hard to watch. His physician says there's no cure. What can you tell me about the disease? Is it being studied anywhere? 



Saturday, May 20, 2017

The benefits of taking zinc to lessen a cold's severity
DEAR DOCTOR: Does zinc help with colds?
Friday, May 19, 2017

Husband's lack of sleep worries wife
Thursday, May 18, 2017

Woman's melasma makes her feel self-conscious
DEAR DOCTOR: I am 60-year-old female who suffers from darkening of my face. A doctor did a biopsy and it was determined that I suffer from melasma, which began as soon as I hit menopause. Dermatologists seem unable to help. What can I do? 
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Extremely rare disease has parents worried for daughter
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Understanding the risk factors for macular degeneration
Monday, May 15, 2017

Early exposure to pets may offer kids protection from allergies
Saturday, May 13, 2017

No matter the acidity, water is best drink choice
Friday, May 12, 2017

Choose a diet rich in anti-inflammatory foods
Thursday, May 11, 2017

Comparing surgical procedures to clear carotid artery plaque
DEAR DOCTOR: My cardiovascular surgeon tells me medicine has mostly abandoned shunt and stent placements as a solution to carotid artery plaques. Instead, doctors are returning to the older "Roto-Rooter" procedure because patient outcomes have proven less problematic. What's your take on this? 
Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Inflammation is part of body's healing process
DEAR DOCTOR: It seems as though we're hearing more and more about inflammation and how it causes disease. What is inflammation and how does it work? And is it really possible that what you eat makes a difference? 
Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Meloxicam can be effective when used on limited basis
Monday, May 8, 2017

Techniques to reduce stress may extend to cardiovascular health
DEAR DOCTOR: I've been hearing on the news that researchers have discovered that when stress causes a heart attack, it all begins in the brain. How does this work? And is it even possible to control the way our brain responds?  
Saturday, May 6, 2017

Risk of developing meningitis is low
DEAR DOCTOR: One of the schools in my area has been the focus of news reports about a bacterial meningitis case. How contagious is this disease? 
Friday, May 5, 2017

Be cautious when applying insect repellent to children
Thursday, May 4, 2017

Acupuncture may provide some relief for tennis elbow
Wednesday, May 3, 2017

High doses of pain relievers should be taken infrequently
DEAR DOCTOR: Which pain reliever is safer -- acetaminophen, ibuprofen, celecoxib or naproxen? It seems as if they all carry some risks. 
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Weight-loss options exist for the wheelchair-bound
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Memory training can create new pathways in the brain
Saturday, April 29, 2017

Apple cider vinegar's benefits still not fully known
Friday, April 28, 2017

Apple cider vinegar's benefits still not fully known
Thursday, April 27, 2017

Large dose of vitamin b12 can provide quick burst of energy

DEAR DOCTOR: I'm almost 90 years old and always tired. I took two capsules of 2,000 mcg vitamin B12 the other night, and felt stronger and not as tired. Is it safe? 

 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Visit the eye doctor instead of buying drugstore readers
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Long-term use of antihistamines to treat insomnia is not advised
DEAR DOCTOR: I'm leery of sleep drugs, so I've been taking Benadryl to help me sleep. Now I read that it should be taken only for a limited time. What's the story on this drug? 
Monday, April 24, 2017

Multivitamins can't replace a healthy, balanced diet
DEAR DOCTOR: Do I really need to take a multivitamin? My sisters are convinced that you can't get all the nutrients that you need without one, but it seems to me that as long you're eating right, you're covered. 
Saturday, April 22, 2017

Shingles pain can linger long after rash disappears
DEAR DOCTOR: I'm a 78-year-old woman who developed shingles in December 2014. The rash settled in the nerves on my left side, from under the breast, to the waist and around the middle of my back. Is there anything I can take to ease the pain? Would the vaccine help? 
Friday, April 21, 2017

Source of recurrent headaches frustrates patients and doctors
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Low levels of vitamin d linked to upper respiratory infection
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Healthy foods and exercise keep glucose levels steady
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Hand-foot-and-mouth disease exposure common in schools
Monday, April 17, 2017

The Doctor: Advance directives imperative to patients, doctors and families
DEAR DOCTOR: I am a 60-year-old man who exercises regularly and takes no medicines. At my last physical exam, my doctor gave me an advance directive form. Do I really need to fill one out? 
Friday, April 14, 2017

Exercise and diet help reduce risk for vascular dementia
Thursday, April 13, 2017

Cured meats are tied to greater risk of asthma
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Readers' curiosity inspires future columns
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

High-intensity exercise can affect men's libido
Monday, April 10, 2017

Healthy lifestyle reduces risk of prostate cancer
DEAR DOCTOR: Is there anything I can do to reduce my risk of prostate cancer? No one in my family has had cancer, but I just turned 55 and want to do whatever I can to stay healthy. 
Friday, April 7, 2017

Connection between cellphone use and cancer is tenuous
DEAR DOCTOR: I've heard that cellphones increase the risk of brain tumors -- and also that they don't. Which is true? 
Friday, April 7, 2017

Hard contact on the soccer pitch can lead to concussion
Thursday, April 6, 2017

Studies show surprising link between diabetes and pollution
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Rest, icing and anti-inflammatories will ease bursitis pain
Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Benefits from calorie restriction not yet proven long term

DEAR DOCTOR: Doctor: Some studies suggest that long-term calorie restriction can lengthen lifespan; others say it won't. Which should we believe? 

 

Monday, April 3, 2017

Tips on staying active and refreshed after 60
Saturday, April 1, 2017

Whether with or without meds, blood pressure must be controlled
Friday, March 31, 2017

Manage mind-heart connection with exercise and stress reduction
Thursday, March 30, 2017

Soda consumption tied to obesity and low bone density
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Annual exam important to understanding patients' overall health
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Blockage of eustachian tubes can cause host of problems
Monday, March 27, 2017

Carbon monoxide is easy to detect in home with proper equipment
Saturday, March 25, 2017

Healthy patients do not need to take glutathione
DEAR DOCTOR: I've been seeing advertisements for glutathione, saying the supplement enhances the body's cells. The ads also say the claims haven't been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. What can you tell me about it? 
Friday, March 24, 2017

Pneumonia often diagnosed in late-stage Alzheimer's patients
Thursday, March 23, 2017

Carpal tunnel syndrome usually easily treatable
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Tinnitus common among people who work in loud settings
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Bladder pain's origins remain a mystery
Monday, March 20, 2017

How personal fitness technology can help you get moving
Saturday, March 18, 2017

Hair loss could be caused by multitude of issues
Friday, March 17, 2017

Dietary fiber an integral part of a healthy diet
Thursday, March 16, 2017

Improve sleep hygiene before considering taking medications
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Glycemic index is useful for monitoring blood sugar
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Niacin has proven effective in lowering cholesterol
Monday, March 13, 2017

Drowsy infant's sleep patterns worry new parents
DEAR DOCTOR: We brought our first baby home from the hospital, and it seems as though all he does is sleep. Is this normal? How much sleep should a newborn be getting?  
Saturday, March 11, 2017

Coconut oil may be a good saturated fat alternative
DEAR DOCTOR: I'm 75, healthy, and want to stay that way -- despite a bad family history regarding hearts and arteries. I have taken 10 milligrams of Lipitor daily for several years, but am wondering if I should try coconut oil to lower my cholesterol? 
Friday, March 10, 2017

Family questions dad's plans for end-of-life care
DEAR DOCTOR: Our dad insists that he doesn't want any heroic or extraordinary measures taken if he gets really sick, and he wants one of us children to relay this message to his medical team. Should he have a living will? 
Thursday, March 9, 2017

Natural remedies available for nagging arthritis pain
Wednesday, March 8, 2017

It's never too late to start an exercise regimen
Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Hepatitis C testing unnecessary for most patients
Monday, March 6, 2017

Depression common among heart attack survivors
Saturday, March 4, 2017

Evidence of olive oil's healing properties is thin
Friday, March 3, 2017

You can prevent nosebleeds in cold, dry climates
Thursday, March 2, 2017

Son's astigmatism can be corrected with contacts
Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Fibrates may be better option than statins for some
Monday, February 27, 2017










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