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What is this lump growing under skin of my thumb?

Q: I have a small lump under my skin on the inside of my left thumb. It's not movable and is my normal skin color. It's located on the inside, where the knuckle is. What is it?

A: It doesn't sound very serious. If it's near a joint, it is probably a ganglion cyst -- a...

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(Photo: Flickr/Tony Alter)

Best ways to deal with autistic boy's erratic behavior

May 13, 2013

Q: I have a 4-year-old grandson with autism whose behavior is difficult. He snatches toys from his 2-year-old sister and doesn't respond to time-outs. He doesn't respond well to instructions and does what he pleases, sometimes overturning small chairs and tables. He is healthy and eats a...

Pregnant woman sitting on couch, looking out the window.

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Is it OK to get a Botox treatment while pregnant?

Q: I am in my second trimester of pregnancy. Is it OK for me to get Botox?

A: Botox is classified as category C drug/medication. It includes these characteristics:

1. Use with caution if benefits outweigh risks.
2. Animal studies show risk, and human studies...

Skillet with dozens of cooked mussels.

Deliciously prepared mussels to pass by.

Foods to avoid if you have gout

Q: I am a 60-year-old woman with gout. What foods should I stay away from?

A: Basically you want to avoid items that are high in purines, the amino acids that are metabolized into uric acid.

Here is a list of foods that people with gout should avoid:

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Enjoying a restful flight.

4 sleeping aids to reduce jet lag on long flights

Q: What is a great over-the-counter sleeping aid for intercontinental flights? I have found it useful to force myself to sleep as if I were already in the new time zone to overcome jet lag faster. I find that difficult to do and wonder if sleeping aids will help.

A: You...

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Can I reduce excess, flabby skin without surgery?

Q: Is there a non-surgical way to reduce excess skin? I had lipo and also lost weight, and there remains excess skin on my abdomen and back. (I'm a 56-year-old female.)

A: No, the amount of skin that is left loose after a liposuction cannot be reduced without surgery. You...

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What is the treatment to cure toenail fungus?

Q: Some of my toenails are discolored. Is it some sort of fungus? What is the best way to treat it? It doesn't hurt; it just looks bad.
A: Fungal infection is the most common cause of toenail discoloration. This is usually treated by oral antifungal medications...

Woman holding up large coffee cup, ready to take a sip.

(Photo: Flickr/John Millar)

Why you should drink coffee (and how to brew it best)

In an effort to lose weight (or eliminate sugar, dairy or artificial sweeteners) many people are giving up coffee.  However, with a few easy tips, this hot beverage could be key to a successful weight-loss journey.

Finding the perfect cup of coffee, without added sweeteners and milk, can...

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(Photo: Flickr/Kyle May)

How can I get rid of my 'man boobs'?

Q: I'm 65 and have "man boobs," and I would like to get rid of them. What can I do, and how much should I expect to spend on the procedure?

A: The condition you are describing which you have breasts is a condition caused by either large amounts of breast tissue in males...

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How common are flu symptoms after getting Botox?

April 05, 2013

Q: I had Botox for the first time a week ago, and I feel like I have the flu. Is this normal, and how long will it last?

A: Flu-like symptoms are known adverse effects of Botox. Please see...