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NOTHING BUT THE TOOTH — When things just get worse

Q. On a routine visit to my dentist, I mentioned that I had a gap between two molars that often trapped food and was not painful but somewhat annoying. He told me it was due to some gum receding and recommended I have the filling of one of the teeth …

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WHAT’S UP DOC? What is porphyria and how is it treated?

Q: What is porphyria and how is it treated?A: The types of porphyria (cutaneous or acute) occur because of a defect in one of the heme synthesizing enzymes. The protein heme is made in essentially all body tissues, but primarily in the bone marrow (accounting for about 80%, and used …

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WHAT’S UP DOC? Porphyria 2019

Q: What is porphyria and how is it treated?A: The types of porphyria (cutaneous or acute) occur because of a defect in one of the heme synthesizing enzymes. The protein heme is made in essentially all body tissues, but primarily in the bone marrow (accounting for about 80%, and used …

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NOTHING BUT THE TOOTH: When a root canal goes wrong

Q. I am a mid-70s woman with a lot of dental work over the years. I do not have dental insurance; I feel the cost, deductibles, wait periods and benefits are not worth it.My current problem involves a molar root canal that cracked a few days after treatment, necessitating an …

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WHAT’S UP DOC? What causes mountain sickness?

Q: What is mountain sickness, and what causes it?A: Although oxygen remains at about 21% of the air we breathe even at high altitudes, the air is “thinner” (less molecules per volume), so the total amount of oxygen we inhale is lower. This means the body becomes relatively oxygen deprived …

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WHAT’S UP DOC? Mountain sickness 2019

By Dr. Jeff Hersh/Daily News CorrespondentQ: What is mountain sickness, and what causes it?A: Although oxygen remains at about 21% of the air we breathe even at high altitudes, the air is “thinner” (less molecules per volume), so the total amount of oxygen we inhale is lower. This means the …

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OVER THE COUNTER: CBD needs more research

You see the three letters a lot these days: CBD. But many people are not familiar with exactly what it is. So we thought we would use the column to provide more information about these products, which are fairly new to the market, but have existed in one form or …

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Mass. health officials alert public of possible measles exposure

Locations include Plymouth, Hyannis, Waltham, Framingham and Braintree. Those exposed or developing symptoms are urged to contact their healthcare provider.

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Parents, experts share stories of addiction

Marblehead’s 3 Voices asks: ‘Can You Spot the Signs?’

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NOTHING BUT THE TOOTH — Comments on ethics in modern dentistry

This week, I have an apology to one of you who asked if I could be of any help in recommending a dentist for her. I accidentally deleted her question, so I will have to answer by memory.My reason to not recommend any individual dental practitioner is based on my …

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WHAT’S UP DOC? My big sister

A few weeks ago my sister, a middle school teacher for 30 years who positively impacted thousands of kids’ lives, became very ill. My nephew called me to say the clinical staff thought she would die soon, so I flew to Georgia to be with her, our family and friends. …

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Ehrlich, Lovely legislation seeks to remove lead from water in schools

“This bill goes step by step to remove lead from school drinking water while providing clear guidance for schools and child-care centers describing what is required of them,” Ehrlich said.

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Movie review: Jordan Peele’s freaky horror flick will scare you silly

Blame Jordan Peele if you’re unable to sleep peacefully again. In “Us,” Peele’s follow-up to his Oscar-winning horror satire, “Get Out,” the writer-producer-director has crafted a haunting scenario compelling audiences to identify with not only the victims but the forces of evil in American society. It’s a deliciously sinister fable …

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Theater: Plymouth dancer brings ‘Phantom of the Opera’ home

South Shore dancer Charlotte Hovey made her debut on a big-city stage at age 8, when she was cast as young mouse in Boston Ballet’s “The Nutcracker.” Sixteen years later, Hovey is dancing on the biggest stages in North America in her “dream show” – the national tour of “The …

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‘SmartLane’ technology to expand interstate’s capacity in Ohio, relieve traffic congestion

When traffic gets too heavy between downtown Columbus and Interstate 270, a person working in the Ohio Department of Transportation’s traffic-management center will decide whether to open that relief valve on the left shoulder of I-670 and reduce the speed limit on the route.

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After 7 years, South Carolina family reunited with dog thought dead

Bridget Scott and her family spent seven years believing their beloved miniature schnauzer Shelby had died one rainy morning after being hit by a car near their Laurens County home.

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Daytona Motor Mouths: Team colors would help NASCAR

This week’s episode of Daytona Motor Mouths features a true rant, plus a bonus round of bluster, from News-Journal sports columnist Ken Willis.