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NOTHING BUT THE TOOTH: Temporary dentures provide a nice smile for less money

Q. I lived in Jamaica for the first 18 years of my life. While I was there I had very little dental treatment. If a tooth hurt it was pulled out. I live in the United States now, have two children, am 27 years old and am trying to better …

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OVER THE COUNTER: Resolve to live a better life

It’s January, and we have to ask, have you kept your New Year’s resolution? If you’re like most people, your resolution is related to staying healthy – eating better, exercising more, losing weight and getting more sleep.But being like most people also means you probably are not keeping your resolution. …

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WHAT’S UP DOC? Potential of gene therapy still to be realized

Q: I have read about gene therapy on and off for years, but not much has seemed to happen lately. What is the future of gene therapy?A: First, a bit of a disclaimer: some of my earliest research in medicine was in the field of gene therapy (for example, I …

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SENIOR Q&A: Plan for winter power outages at mom’s house

Q: I am worried about my mother and the inside temperature of her house. She likes to keep the heat up to at least 78 degrees. As we approach the coldest temperatures in winter I worry that if the power goes out or her furnace stops working she will get …

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OVER THE COUNTER: Genetic testing can open new windows to health

One of medicine’s most quickly advancing specialties, genetic testing, can mean many things to many people.For some of us, when we think of genetic testing, we think of discovering our ancestry, possibly as far back as the Neanderthals. For others, the testing is equated with spotting chromosomes that could cause …

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New Year’s baby tradition special for families, hospitals

On average, there are roughly 200 babies born each day in Massachusetts, keeping doctors and nurses constantly busy across the commonwealth.Each delivery comes with its own set of routines, challenges, joys and sometimes sorrows, but New Year’s Day babies come with unique significance.”New Year’s is fun because we get couples …

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WHAT’S UP DOC? New Year’s safety

It’s almost the New Year, and I thought I would dedicate today’s column to quoting some sobering statistics.More Americans have been killed in alcohol/other substance abuse related car accidents than in all the wars our country has ever fought in.Over a million people are arrested each year for driving under …

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FLEXIBLE FITNESS: Managing tendon troubles in the hand

When a person uses their hands in repetitive ways, either at work or during leisure activities, several injuries can occur. Two of the most common injuries include Trigger Finger and DeQuervain’s Tenosynovitis. Both injuries have some similarities in that they are more common in women than men, often occur between …

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WHAT’S UP DOC? Fire safety for the holidays

The holidays are coming up, and so I thought some general holiday safety tips to ensure a safe and happy holiday for all would be in order. Today I will discuss fire safety for the holidays.The holiday season is an especially dangerous time of year and is usually marred by …

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NOTHING BUT THE TOOTH: Oral cancer screenings should be routine

Q. My simple request is that you please educate readers through your column about the OralID tool and test and the importance of asking for it once a year since it’s so inexpensive for the patient. Thank you. — Ms. E. W.A. I am very happy to comment on your …

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WHAT’S UP DOC? Strange rash may be ‘golfer’s vasculitis’

Q: Over Thanksgiving my family and I went to Disney World. I developed a rash on my legs, and the clinic I went to in Orlando, Florida, said it was “Disney Rash” from walking so much in the heat. Is this a real thing?A: Yes! I have heard of this …

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SENIOR Q&A: Stay positive if holiday visit isn’t in the cards

Q: My brother lives in an assisted living facility, and I will not be able to visit him this year for Christmas. I am feeling guilty about leaving him alone. What can I do to make his holiday pleasant for him?A: There are many people who live in assisted living …

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WHAT’S UP DOC? Golfer’s vasculitis

Q: Over Thanksgiving my family and I went to Disney World. I developed a rash on my legs, and the clinic I went to in Orlando said it was “Disney Rash” from walking so much in the heat. Is this a real thing?A: Yes! I have heard of this being …

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NOTHING BUT THE TOOTH: Silver fillings don’t really expand

I have heard dentists say that silver fillings can expand and crack teeth but it is just not true. I do not know where they get that idea as there has never been anything in the scientific literature to support that thinking.

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OVER THE COUNTER: Slim down, shape up to prevent diabetes

As if we needed another reason to keep our body weight at a healthy level, here’s one more: It may help prevent us from becoming diabetic.In fact, being overweight is a major risk factor for type 2 diabetes.Newly published numbers show that, unfortunately, we’re not following the advice of our …

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NOTHING BUT THE TOOTH — Silver fillings can last a lifetime

Q. I have been to my new dentist three times for cleaning only. I am 62 years old and have no problems that I am aware of. Every time I go, he wants to take out three silver fillings that were done when I was in college. He says they …

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NOTHING BUT THE TOOTH: How sugar causes tooth decay

Q. Please, may you discuss simple sugars? I was a biology major and I understand simple sugars, and yet I didn’t consider the impact of lactose on feeding acid-producing germs. I simply thought I should avoid foods with sweet forms of simple sugars. And, what about the impact of artificial …