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Researchers studying Adenovirus and Pediatric Hepatitis link

Dear Doctors: My friend works for a pediatrician. He said the staff have been told to look out for a liver disease that’s getting kids sick. What are the symptoms? Is this related to COVID-19? Our kids are back in school, and, needless to say, after the last few years, we’re on edge about their…

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New booster guidelines for adults over 50

Hello again, dear readers, and welcome back to the monthly letters column. Virus-related mail, which once required a column of its own, has slowed down. That means we can once again fold those questions in with the general letters. Speaking of which … –Recommendations regarding COVID-19 booster shots have caused some confusion, including for a…

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Latent Tuberculosis requires simmediate medical care

Ask the Doctors by Eve Glazier, M.D. & Elizabeth Ko, M.D. Dear Doctors: I was surprised when I had to have a TB test for a new job and was shocked that it came back positive. I have no symptoms, and I feel fine. How do you get it? Could I have infected my family?…

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NUTRITION MUST BE PRIORITY DURING CHEMOTHERAPY

Ask the Doctors by Eve Glazier, M.D. & Elizabeth Ko, M.D. Dear Doctors: I’m getting chemotherapy for breast cancer. I expected the nausea and exhaustion, but I didn’t know food would start to taste metallic and just plain weird. Some days all I want are potato chips, which still taste OK to me. I’m never…

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A1C test helps determine diabetes risk

Eve Glazier, M.D. & Elizabeth Ko, M.D. Dear Doctors: I switched to a new doctor, and she wants me to get a bunch of blood tests. One is a blood test called an A1C. She says it’s for diabetes, but I already know I’m not diabetic. I don’t need insulin, and sugar doesn’t bother me.…

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Hip Resurfacing is another king of hip replacement surgery

Dear Doctors: My older brother worked construction his whole life, and now he has bad arthritis in his left hip. He was in enough pain that he finally saw his doctor about it. Instead of a hip replacement, they want to do hip resurfacing. What is that? Will it be as effective as a hip…

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Pancreatic cancer is almost impossible to detect early

Dear Doctors: My uncle had been feeling nauseous, so he saw his doctor. He figured it was a stomach bug. After getting an MRI, he was diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer. He died just two months later. Needless to say, our family is in shock. Is this cancer always so dangerous? Why is it so…

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Rat bite fever usually effectively treated by antibiotics

Dear Doctors: Can you please talk about rat bite fever? Our son got bitten by a baby rat while he was cleaning out his garage, and he didn’t see a doctor. It turned out that he was OK, but I’m worried about what could have happened. What should he have done? Dear Reader: Close contact…

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SIBO similar to IBS, but in small intestine

Dear Doctors: I’ve been seeing a lot of news stories lately about people who thought they had irritable bowel syndrome, but then it turned out to be something called “SIBO.” I’ve never heard of that before. Can you please explain what it is? How do you know if you have it? Can it be cured?…

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Ask the Doctors by Eve Glazier, M.D. & Elizabeth Ko, M.D.

Norovirus notoriously easy to spread, difficult to kill Dear Doctors: When my family tried to visit my parents at their assisted living facility, we were turned away at the door. I thought COVID-19 was going to be the reason, but we were told it was because of a norovirus outbreak. What is that? Is it…

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