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  • Inflamed skin and muscles may require more than steroids

    Q: My 70-year old sister has had dermatomyositis for more than a year. Her muscles, joints, skin and lungs have been affected. She has not responded well to treatment with steroids. Are there any alternatives? I read somewhere about transfusions of immune...
  • Get rid of cracking skin at mouth corners

    Q: My skin cracks at the corners of my mouth. It gets better, and then returns for no apparent reason. This has been going on for more than a year. What could be causing this condition? A: It sounds like you have a condition called angular cheilitis. It'...
  • Stinging sensation in urethra could have several possible causes

    Q: I'm a 52-year-old man. When I finish urinating, I drip much more then I used to. And I have a stinging sensation in my urethra. I've had the same partner for 32 years, so I don't think it's a sexually transmitted disease (STD). What might cause this?...
  • You can reduce your risk of recurrent bladder infections

    Q: I'm a young woman with frequent urinary tract infections. The good news is that they've always been just bladder infections; my kidneys are never involved. What treatment do you suggest? A: Women are much more likely than men to have urinary tract...
  • Will a heel spur prevent me from doing yoga?

    Q: I have a heel spur and I'm on medicine for the pain from my doctor. I want to start exercising again. I especially like yoga. Any suggestions? A: I think you should be able to exercise now despite having a heel spur. But you may need to adjust some of...
  • Seek help if your Internet use is causing conflict, distress or loss

    Q: Is Internet addiction a mental disorder? A: "Internet addiction" is not a defined mental disorder. The evidence does not yet support its being included in diagnostic manuals. Several behaviors can be acted out through the Internet. Some popular ones,...
  • Not everyone with thinning bones will develop osteoporosis

    Q: My doctor just told me I have thin bones. She calls the problem "osteopenia." Does this mean I'll definitely develop osteoporosis? A: Osteopenia means "too little bone." Osteoporosis, on the other hand, is an advanced form of osteopenia in which the...
  • Why is my blood pressure highest in the morning?

    Q: I have high blood pressure. I'm taking pills to reduce the pressure and they keep it pretty well under control during the day. However, I wake up in the morning with much higher pressure. Is this normal? Is there anything I can do to lower my early...
  • Risk of alcohol abuse increases after weight-loss surgery

    Q: I'm considering gastric bypass surgery. I really enjoy my nightly glass of wine. Will I still be able to drink after the surgery? A: It might be best to avoid alcohol for a while right after the surgery. A recent study highlighted why you need to be...
  • 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:...
  • What can I do for a fatty liver?

    Q: A recent blood test revealed abnormally high liver enzymes. My doctor says I have fatty liver disease. I've started eating artichokes (after reading these were good for your liver), as well as cutting back on my food intake. I'm also eating lots of...
  • Simple changes can usually ease swelling, discomfort of venous insufficiency

    Q: My doctor says I have venous insufficiency. What does that mean? Does it require treatment? A: Venous insufficiency means that the veins don't work properly. Most people develop this condition in their legs. The veins are responsible for draining...