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  • Weight-loss surgery succeeds only with strong commitment Jul 29, 2013 6:24 AM
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's announcement about his weight-loss surgery got me thinking. Can you tell me more about this surgery and who might be a good candidate for it?

     
  • Both walking and running offer heart protection Jul 22, 2013 5:00 AM
    My doctor wants me to start exercising to lower my risk of heart disease. I'm considering walking or running. Is one better than the other for heart health?

     
  • Torn meniscus doesn’t always require treatment Jul 15, 2013 5:50 AM
    I’m 72 years old. I’ve had left knee pain on and off for several months. My doctor sent me for an MRI of both knees. It showed “mild to moderate osteoarthritis” in both knees and a torn meniscus in my right knee, which feels fine. Do I need to do anything about the torn meniscus in my “good” knee?

     
  • ‘Almost anorexia’ requires intervention now Jul 8, 2013 6:54 AM
    My teenage daughter is obsessed with her weight. She doesn’t eat enough, and although she’s thin, she believes she’s fat. Could she be anorexic?

     
  • Afraid of the dentist? These strategies can help Jul 1, 2013 6:42 AM
    I’m a rational person, but I have a deep fear of the dentist that I just can’t overcome. Any suggestions?

     
  • Men with higher resting heart rates may be at risk Jun 24, 2013 5:00 AM
    I'm a man in my 50s. I'm in good shape and I exercise regularly, but I have a high resting heart rate. Is this cause for concern?

     
  • Many questions remain about new flu virus in China Jun 17, 2013 5:00 AM
    I heard that a dangerous new kind of “bird flu” was recently discovered in China. Should we in the United States be worried?

     
  • Treating blood pressure requires finding right medication Jun 10, 2013 5:00 AM
    There are many different drugs for blood pressure and they work in different ways. Finding which one will work best for you may involve a process of trial-and-error. But in the end, you'll be rewarded with a medication that offers the best blood pressure control with the fewest side effects.

     
  • Early treatment helps dyslexic children succeed in school Jun 3, 2013 6:30 AM
    My first-grader was just diagnosed with dyslexia. Can you tell me more about it? Will my daughter outgrow it, or will she always struggle with it?

     
  • Eating disorders are not limited to teens May 27, 2013 5:30 AM
    I'm a woman in my 50s. Ever since my divorce last year, I've developed an unhealthy pattern of eating and purging. A friend suggested I might have an eating disorder. Could she be right?

     
  • PMR symptoms respond well to prednisone regimen May 20, 2013 5:30 AM
    I have polymyalgia rheumatica. My doctor has prescribed prednisone, but I'm worried about the long-term effects of this treatment. How long will I need to take it?

     
  • All of us yawn, and no one knows why May 13, 2013 5:30 AM
    Most of us yawn more often in the early morning and late evening. Does it mean you're tired? Bored? Not getting enough oxygen? It turns out that we actually know very little about why we yawn.

     
  • Low back pain can have many causes, treatments May 6, 2013 5:30 AM
    There are many different causes of low back pain, and therefore many different treatments. So the first step is to diagnose the cause. A primary care doctor probably will be able to do that, just based on symptoms and the physical examination.

     
  • Eliminate excess fluids to bring incontinenece under control Apr 29, 2013 6:00 AM
    I have mild urinary incontinence. I've heard that something called "fluid management" can help.

     
  • Effective weight-loss program combines exercise and diet Apr 22, 2013 6:00 AM
    Please settle a long-running argument between me and my sister. What's more effective for weight loss, diet or exercise?

     
  • Stress management, night guard help relieve bruxism Apr 15, 2013 6:00 AM
    My wife tells me I grind my teeth at night. Could this explain why I often wake up with a headache?

     
  • Adults with ADHD need structure and accountability Apr 8, 2013 6:00 AM
    I am a man in my 20s and was just diagnosed with ADHD. Is it possible to be successful with this condition?

     
  • Product claims of boosting immunity are marketing ploys Apr 1, 2013 6:00 AM
    Even if it were a good thing, attempting to boost the immune system is especially complicated. That's because the immune system is precisely that — a system, not a single entity.

     
  • Chronic fatigue is often a sign of depression Mar 25, 2013 6:00 AM
    Everybody experiences fatigue now and then. Yet some people suffer from constant fatigue. There are literally hundreds of different diseases that cause a chronic state of fatigue. According to published studies, as many as 20 percent to 40 percent of people who seek a doctor's help for fatigue are suffering from depression. Unfortunately, there is also a lot of evidence that doctors don't always recognize depression — particularly when a patient does not express sadness, just fatigue.

     
  • Painful urination can have multiple causes Mar 18, 2013 10:42 AM
    I'm a 45-year-old woman. Now and then, I suddenly feel pain every time I urinate. It lasts for a week or so and then goes away. My doctor said I don't have a urinary infection and didn't prescribe any treatment. What else might be causing my symptoms?

     
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