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WHAT’S UP DOC? Statistics and Medical Studies: Part 2

Q: I don’t understand why doctors can’t just tell patients the statistical conclusions of research studies to help decide what treatment is best for them.A: Mark Twain famously said “there are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics.” He was trying to point out that statistics can be …

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NOTHING BUT THE TOOTH — Take your time with a root canal

Q. I recently had a root canal on an upper molar and am in the middle of restoration. My dentist has placed a temporary on it that will be replaced by a crown in a few weeks.The temp feels rough and a little bulky but not too bad, just not like …

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FLEXIBLE FITNESS: Physical therapy can help with constipation

Have you experienced constipation? Constipation is the most common digestive complaint in the United States. It is estimated that close to 2.5 million doctor visits are for people suffering from constipation. Medications to treat constipation cost Americans hundreds of millions of dollars. Constipation can cause a lot of anxiety and …

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WHAT’S UP DOC? Statistics don’t tell the whole story

Q: I don’t understand why doctors can’t just tell patients the statistical conclusions of research studies to help decide what treatment is best for them.A: Mark Twain famously said “there are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics.” He was trying to point out that statistics can be …

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OVER THE COUNTER: Feeling off? Your thyroid might be to blame

When we think of health, we often think of our heart, body weight, and how we feel.We rarely think of our thyroid.Yet, this small, butterfly-shaped, gland in our neck is one of the key drivers of our body’s many systems. Its function is intimately intertwined with all those things we’re …

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WHAT’S UP DOC? Medical myths: True or false?

Q: You have not written a medical myths column in a while, and I thought they were fun. Please write another one.A: You are right, medical “myths” are fun to explore. So here we go….1. Vitamin C can cure a cold (some slight truth to it): The question of the …

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Health care agent role can be difficult

Q: My brother has Parkinson’s disease and I have asked him several times if  he would want to be resuscitated if he were to suffer a heart attack or other medical emergency. He has continually answered yes. We only have each other, there is no other family. I feel like …

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NOTHING BUT THE TOOTH: Get all the answers before going for braces

Q. My children, ages 9 and 11, are about to return to their dentist for a regular checkup. At the last visit, I was told that we were going to discuss orthodontia. Why? Are braces needed for cosmetic purpose only? My friends have told me that there is a chance …

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WHAT’S UP DOC? Can you contract dengue fever in the U.S.?

Q: What is dengue fever, and can you get it in the U.S.?A: Dengue fever is an infectious disease caused by the dengue virus (there are four different “strains”) which is transmitted by an Aedes mosquito bite (this mosquito lives in warm climates in the tropics and subtropics). After someone …

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NOTHING BUT THE TOOTH — A second opinion is never a bad idea

Q. I have been going to the same dentist for a number of years and trust the office completely.I recently went and saw a new younger associate who said that a number of my fillings are breaking at the edges and should be replaced. It was also said that on …

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WHAT’S UP DOC? There’s hope with new treatments for sickle cell disease

Q: I read your article about gene therapy a few weeks back, and recently saw an article that said it is being used to treat sickle cell disease now. Does that mean that sickle cell disease is cured?A: We all have two copies of each gene, one inherited from our …

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WHAT’S UP DOC? Hemochromatosis can damage organs and tissues

Q: My uncle was diagnosed with too much iron in his liver, and said I should get checked. What is this?A: Some of the body’s total stores of iron are lost in the cells of desquamated skin, secretions in the gastrointestinal tract and skin, a small amount in the urine …

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Marblehead Kind Lab offers relief without the high

New business brings CBD trend to the North Shore

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Chuck Norris is hosting a 5K where participants dress up like . . . Chuck Norris

If you thought Chuck Norris jokes were so 2000-and-late, you’re wrong. And you should start stretching.The man himself is hosting a 5K race in College Station, Texas  in May, and participants are encouraged to dress up as one of his many iconic characters.Reasons why this race is the best thing …

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NOTHING BUT THE TOOTH — Understanding the teeth-whitening process

Q. I recently saw a home whitening method touted online. It has gotten many favorable reviews and is quite reasonably priced at $45. The process involves a bulb accelerator light that helps “speed up the process” and is supposed to be the equivalent of 20 treatments. You use a one-size-fits-all …

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WHAT’S UP DOC? Global warming medical issues

Q: Are there really medical issues because of global warming, or is that a lot of hype?A: It is important to note that global warming is a climate issue (climate meaning weather conditions in a region over a long period of time), not a weather issue (weather meaning the state …