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  • Am I taking too much ibuprofen?

    Q: I've been taking a couple of over-the-counter ibuprofen tablets two or three times per day to ease pain and inflammation in my knees. Could it be harmful to do this for an extended period of time, say a year? A: Ibuprofen is one of the nonsteroidal...
  • Following a D&C, go slowly as you resume normal sex life

    Q: How soon can I resume sexual intercourse after a miscarriage and D and C? Can I get pregnant right away? A: All of the tissue that develops in an early pregnancy may not be passed from the uterus after a miscarriage. A procedure known as a D and C may...
  • Get back pain relief with new exercises and old drugs

    Q: My husband is getting severe spasms in his lower back, possibly as a result of twisting wrong while doing sit-ups. He's getting no relief from ibuprofen. Is there an over-the-counter alternative? A: If your husband's back pain developed after doing...
  • Why are my nails splitting?

    Q: I'm 70-year-old woman, and for the last two or three years my fingernails have begun to split in a lateral manner. I take calcium, so I'm wondering what's causing this. Can you help? A: There are a number of reasons why nails may peel, such as:...
  • Treatment varies depending on the cause of ear congestion

    Q: I have recurrent ear congestion. What causes it? How can I treat it? A: The middle ear -- found behind the ear drum -- contains air. This air is normally able to enter and exit through the eustacean tube. This is a small canal between the middle ear...
  • Without other symptoms, rapid heartbeat when you're not exercising is rarely serious

    Q: Other than anxiety, what can cause your heart rate to increase when you're not exercising? A: Rather than just listing the causes, here's my approach to investigating a rapid heartbeat. First, I'd like to know if you have any other symptoms. That...
  • Fight worries over food additives with a healthy diet

    Q: Do synthetic dyes, flavors and preservatives make the symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) worse? A: There is little agreement on how such additives might contribute to ADHD symptoms in children. Many studies on this issue are...
  • Itchy skin can have several sources, but dryness tops the list

    Q: I've been itching more over the past couple of months. At first, there's no rash. But my skin does turn red in areas where I've scratched. What might be causing this? A: Scratching your skin will cause it to become red, no matter what the reason for...
  • A dog could be your heart's best friend

    Harvard Health Blog My twice-daily walks with my border collie, Clair DeNoon, are the highlights of my day. A new report from the American Heart Association will put an extra spring in my steps on these walks. It turns out that having a canine...
  • The right diagnosis is key to effectively treating foot pain after walking

    Q: After walking about 1 kilometer, the balls on both feet are really sore. And I find it hard to walk around for about 2 hours after. What could this be? A: Pain in the balls of the feet is a common problem. The medical term is metatarsalgia. Some...
  • Importance of expiration date depends on the specific drug

    Q: I have several medications that are well beyond their expiration dates. Does that mean that they won't work -- or are dangerous? A: The manufacturer's expiration date on most medications is 2-3 years from when the pills were made. This assumes they're...
  • What is bacterial "colonization"?

    Q: I recently visited a friend in the hospital. He had internal bleeding. He was put in a private room called "isolation." I asked the nurse if he had an infection. She said, "No, he is colonized with MRSA." What does that mean? A: All of us are...