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Behind all of the grim headlines about the burgeoning epidemic of opioid addiction and its tragic death toll — claiming some 78 lives each day or nearly 30,000 lives annually in the U.S. alone — efforts are gaining ground to manage both … more
Q: What can be done about interstitial cystitis, or bladder pain syndrome? I'm told there's no cause or cure, and that some doctors don't even believe it exists. more
As winter drags on, so does the season for colds, stomach viruses, strep and the flu.Many illnesses occur most frequently in the winter months. And peak season can last through May.It's not clear why winter brings so many health woes, says Pritish … more
Whether it's New Year's Eve or any other time of year, and whether you consider yourself a "social drinker," a potential "problem drinker" or a self-acknowledged recovering alcoholic, you may want to do some serious thinking before heading out to … more
Q: If I received the flu shot in September, will I still be protected from the flu in March? A: That's a very good question — and the answer depends, in part, on your current health.The flu season normally lasts from November to March, but it … more
WASHINGTON — Don't cut that umbilical cord too soon: A brief pause after birth could benefit most newborns by delivering them a surge of oxygen-rich blood.New recommendations for U.S. obstetricians, the latest in a debate over how quick to … more
Q: We live near a freeway with a lot of traffic. Do I need to be worried about my kids developing asthma?A: This is a valid question. Cars release a number of small particles into the air that can irritate the lungs. This particulate matter, in … more
CHICAGO — A decline in melanoma cases and deaths in Northeast states bucks a national trend for the deadliest skin cancer and may reflect benefits of strong prevention programs, a study suggests.In the years included in the study, the Melanoma … more
Q: I just read your column about a daily aspirin regimen, which raised these questions for me: If someone appears to be in the middle of a heart attack, should you try to give them an aspirin? Also, does it pay to keep aspirin in the house just for … more
Many people have expressed to me their desire for a dignified death for themselves and their loved ones. This is a challenge in a death-phobic culture where life at all costs (physically, emotionally and financially) is the norm. Too many of us know … more
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