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Lifestyle choices can help prevent fatty liver disease

Ask the Doctors by Eve Glazier, M.D. & Elizabeth Ko, M.D. Dear Doctors: My father passed away due to unexplained liver problems that we only now know was fatty liver disease. It’s 20 years later, and a CT scan shows some fat in my own liver. My liver readings are normal, but I’m the same…

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Therapy dogs offer comfort to young hospital patients

Dear Doctors: My 8-year-old nephew is in the hospital with kidney problems. He wants to see the therapy dog who visits the kids on his floor, but my sister says no. How do I reassure her that it’s safe? I worry about interfering, but I’ve read that therapy dogs can help kids in the hospital…

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Ask the Doctors by Eve Glazier, M.D. & Elizabeth Ko, M.D. Hello, dear readers, and welcome to the bonus letters column we promised you. We are delighted that you’re keeping our mailboxes full, and we will continue to do our best to stay abreast of your letters. — A reader from Oklahoma had a question…

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Caffeine sensitivity grows as people age

Ask the Doctors by Eve Glazier, M.D., and Elizabeth Ko, M.D. Dear Doctors: I think that as I get older, I may be developing a sensitivity to caffeine. If that’s actually something that can happen, it will make me very sad. I have always loved my cup of coffee in the morning, but now I…

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Pinworms common in kids under age 10

Ask the Doctors by Eve Glazier, M.D. & Elizabeth Ko, M.D. Dear Doctors: How on Earth did my son get pinworms? I didn’t even realize something was wrong until he started scratching his butt in his sleep. The minute we told his pediatrician about the scratching, she suspected pinworms. Does this mean the rest of…

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Myasthenia Gravis causes skeletal muscles to weaken

Ask the Doctors by Eve Glazier, M.D. & Elizabeth Ko, M.D. Dear Doctors: Can you please talk about myasthenia gravis? Our oldest daughter has been diagnosed with it. She’s 33 and lives with her family in another state, but we want to understand what she’s dealing with. I just read about Chinese herbs that can…

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Eating better and moving more help reduce diabetes risk

Ask the Doctors by Eve Glazier, M.D. & Elizabeth Ko, M.D. Dear Doctors: Does Type 2 diabetes run in the family? My dad and sister both have it, and I’m worried I’m next. We are a meat-and-potatoes family, and I’ve got a sweet tooth. I want to lose weight and eat healthier. Would a more…

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Balance begins to decline as early as age 50

Ask the Doctors by Eve Glazier, M.D. & Elizabeth Ko, M.D. Dear Doctors: Can you help with a debate my wife and I are having about good balance? I say it’s about staying strong and flexible. She thinks it has to do with your inner ear. We’re arguing about this because her dad, who is…

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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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