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February 06, 2018

Dear Doctor: I've been feeling a bit down lately, and I read that even one hour a week of exercise could reduce depression. How much exercise is optimal to reduce the likelihood of depression?

Dear Reader: We're very sorry to hear that you're struggling, but we are glad that you're open to the idea…

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January 30, 2018

Dear Doctor: I recently heard a radio report that said Tylenol could ease the pain of hurt feelings. That seems hard to believe. If it's true, how does it work?

Dear Reader: When you consider the language we use to express how it feels when someone is unkind, it's filled with pain. Their words…

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January 23, 2018

Dear Doctor: I'm contemplating a cochlear implant for my right ear. How do they work, and what is the success rate of such procedures?

Dear Reader: Unlike a hearing aid, which is a mechanical apparatus that amplifies sound, a cochlear implant is a medical device that delivers electrical stimuli…

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January 16, 2018

Dear Doctor: Every now and then I read about a death related to "flesh-eating bacteria" that was contracted in water of some sort. The most recent one was in the floodwaters of Hurricane Harvey, near Houston. How does this happen? Is there anything we can do to stay safe?

Dear Reader: When we talk…

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January 09, 2018

Dear Doctor: I feel better when I eat less sugar. Because I love having a soda with my snacks and meals, I drink a few diet colas every day. Is it true that diet sodas can increase the risk of developing diabetes?

Dear Reader: Kudos to you for working to cut sugar out of your diet. It's a lifestyle…

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January 02, 2018

Welcome to part two of our discussion about high blood pressure. For those who missed it, a previous column examined new blood pressure guidelines released by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology, in which normal is now a range below 120/80. It's a conservative…

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December 26, 2017

Hello again, dear readers! Your letters continue to pour in, and we are impressed by and grateful for your curiosity, kindness and your thirst for knowledge. We, too, are lifelong students and love learning from you.

-- Lawrence, a nurse anesthetist from Suffolk, Virginia, expands on the column…

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December 19, 2017

Dear Doctor: I just had my first baby, and I'm breastfeeding him. I really enjoy the experience, and our pediatrician says he's hitting his weight milestones. But my mother-in-law is afraid he's not getting enough nutrients and is pressuring me to switch to formula. How do I know if my newborn is…

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December 12, 2017

Dear Doctor: My husband, who has been diagnosed with a sleep disorder, acts out all his dreams. He recently tore his rotator cuff and dislocated his shoulder when he fell out of bed during a dream about playing basketball. We're worried this might happen again. Are there any new treatments or…

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December 05, 2017

Dear Doctor: I just read about a study that says exercise cancels out alcohol's higher risk of death from cancer. Is it possible that I can walk off the cancer risk of the cocktail I have each night after dinner? (For the record, my husband is sure that you're going to say no.)

Dear Reader: While…

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