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How to remove a tick after it bites you

Dear Doctors: Ticks are a big problem where we live in Pennsylvania. Our family loves being outdoors, so staying away from tick territory isn’t an option. One thing I really want to know is the right way to remove a tick when you get bitten. Dear Reader: We’re glad to get this question because, as…

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It’s safe to use Neti Pot for COVID-19 congestion

Hello, dear readers, and welcome to this midsummer letters column. We hope you’re in the habit of protecting yourselves from heat, bugs and sunburn. You’ve kept our inboxes busy, so onward to your mail. — Regarding a column about nasal irrigation, a reader had a question: “Early on in the COVID-19 pandemic, medical advice was…

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New study shows promising research about cause of SIDS

Dear Doctors: Is it true that a new study figured out what causes SIDS? My sister lost her baby daughter that way, and even though it was almost eight years ago, our family is still struggling. It would help if we could understand what actually happened. Dear Reader: Sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS, is…

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Natural Redheads may need more anesthesia

Ask the Doctors by Eve Glazier, M.D. & Elizabeth Ko, M.D. Dear Doctors: When I told my dentist that I’m having knee surgery this summer, she said to be sure the surgeon knows that my hair is naturally red and not dyed. She said redheads respond to pain drugs differently, and that she actually has…

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Enjoy that morning cup of Joe – and it’s health benefits

Ask the Doctors by Eve Glazier, M.D. & Elizabeth Ko, M.D. Dear Doctors: Where do we stand on coffee these days? It seems like there’s always a new study that says either coffee is healthy or that it’s bad for you. I’ve even read that coffee helps your brain stay sharp. I love my daily…

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Monkeypox a less severe cousin to Small Pox

Ask the Doctors by Eve Glazier, M.D. & Elizabeth Ko, M.D. Dear Doctors: We are from Boston, and someone who lives very near here has tested positive for monkeypox. I have never heard of this disease before, but now it’s all over the news. What is monkeypox? How did it get here, and what are…

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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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