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How can I get my kids to eat less candy on Halloween?

October 29, 2013

Q: Halloween is coming up and I don’t want my kids to overeat. How can I get them to eat less candy?

A: Halloween is an awesome time in a child's life because it...

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What should I do if my dog eats Halloween candy?

October 24, 2013

Q: Help! I returned home to discover my 60-pound dog had eaten close to 50 ounces of Halloween candy (a combination of Twix, Butterfinger, Almond Joy and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups). It’s been about 3 hours since she’s eaten the candy, but I’m wondering if there is anything I should do...

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How does a BI-RAD score affect my mammogram?

October 21, 2013

Q: I received my mammogram results back and although it was categorized as a BI-RAD category 0, my doctor found an oval-shaped density in my left breast tissue. Does this mean I have breast cancer?

A: First off, a BI-RAD score of 0 means the study is incomplete. If your...

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How does the Affordable Care Act affect my small business?

Q: I have a small business in Texas. How will the Affordable Care Act affect my business and employees?

A: Starting in 2015, the Affordable Care Act (aka "ObamaCare") requires that employers with 50 or more full-time employees provide healthcare coverage as part of...

Mother and daughter laugh while bathing a tan pug.

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What's the best odor-reducing shampoo for dogs?

September 24, 2013

Q: What is the strongest odor reduction shampoo for a dog?

A: I would get a medicated shampoo from your vet. Perhaps something with benzoyl peroxide, which is a good degreasing type of shampoo and deep follicular flushing action.

I would also consider a shampoo...

Man's leg below the knee, encased in a orange-and-blue cast.

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Can I still sue over an injury from 4 years ago?

Q: I live in New Jersey. I fell on ice in December 2009 at a township-owned building and broke my leg. I needed surgery on Christmas Eve to have 7 screws and a metal plate in my leg. I am still having pain. Do I still have the option to sue?

A: Yes, you can, but it is...

Woman showing the top of her head, where dark roots are visible at the part in her reddish hair.

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Are there risks to dying your hair while pregnant?

Q: I am 22 weeks pregnant and held off on getting my hair dyed during the first trimester. Are there any proven facts that hair dye is detrimental to the fetus if applied in the second or third trimester at a hair salon?

A: Hair dye is safe during all three trimesters of...

Beagle puppy sitting on a fluffy white bedspread.

Liking a soft surface for now. (Photo: Flickr/Thomas McMahon)

How can I treat the sores under my puppy's paws?

September 24, 2013

Q: My beagle puppy has sores on the bottom of her toes and is limping around. The sores are on the bottom of her toes that touch as she walks. It began last night with one sore on her left paw, and now there are 2 on her right paw. I do not know of anything she might have gotten into....

Research doctor in green scrubs talking to an off-camera group.

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What is 'pixie dust' and can it help bladder cancer?

Q: My husband, 87, has bladder cancer. I heard something about "pixie dust" that has to do with refrigeration, stem cells, and pig tissue. Can you help me find some literature on this?

A: The pixie dust is called extra cellular matrix, and you can...

Beige Buick Century in a residential intersection.

Why does my car tick after I turn it off?

Q: My 2002 Buick Century makes a steady ticking sound after I've been driving and stop the car. It seems to be coming from underneath the car, but also might be coming from the right side of the engine. What could be the problem?

A: If the ticking is metallic and from...