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New studies on Long COVID provide no definitive answers

Ask the Doctors by Eve Glazier, M.D. & Elizabeth Ko, M.D. Dear Doctors: I get why people are totally over dealing with COVID-19, but I don’t have that luxury. I’m 31 years old, and I thought I was lucky when my case of COVID-19 only felt like a bad cold. But it’s been six months…

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Many people become more flatulent as they age

Ask the Doctors by Eve Glazier, M.D. & Elizabeth Ko, M.D. Dear Doctors: As I move into my 80s, I often pass gas in public. It happens unexpectedly, and it’s something I cannot control. I know about gas-causing foods, but this seems different. I do eat grains as part of my healthy diet, and I…

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Sunny summer weather requires skin shading

Ask the Doctors by Eve Glazier, M.D. & Elizabeth Ko, M.D. Hello again, dear readers, and welcome back to the monthly letters column. It’s almost summer, which means it’s time to break out the hats, sunscreen and beach umbrellas, because a sunburn is a sign of skin damage. Unfortunately, that damage adds up with each…

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Eating healthy fats has many benefits

Ask the Doctors by Eve Glazier, M.D. & Elizabeth Ko, M.D. Dear Doctors: Whenever I hear about how we’re supposed to eat better and improve our diet, there’s always something about “healthy fats.” But no one ever explains what that means. What are these healthy fats that we’re supposed to be eating, and what makes…

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Friend doesn’t share money troubles

Harriette Cole DEAR HARRIETTE: My friend is struggling in life, but she didn’t bother to tell me. I recently met up with her for lunch and found out that she had been evicted from her home. When I asked her why she didn’t tell me that she couldn’t afford to pay her rent, she said…

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Shy bladder syndrome can be debilitating

Ask the Doctors by Eve Glazier, M.D. & Elizabeth Ko, M.D. Dear Doctors: Would you please devote a column to shy bladder syndrome? This embarrassing condition is a significant inconvenience to many men. In severe cases, it’s a life-altering disability. I suspect there are more sufferers out there than one would imagine, but shame keeps…

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Ask the Doctors by Eve Glazier, M.D. & Elizabeth Ko, M.D. Dear Doctors: What happens in macular degeneration? My eye doctor found something called drusen in my eye, and now I’m supposed to take these special vitamins. He didn’t say anything about macular degeneration, but a co-worker scared me by saying drusen are the first…

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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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