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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...

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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...

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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...

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Electric toothbrush in action. (Photo: Flickr/pau.artigas)

Are electric toothbrushes better for my dental health?

Q: Is it really better to brush your teeth with an electric toothbrush? Or does a normal toothbrush work just fine? Are there scientifically documented studies that prove electric toothbrushes keep your teeth cleaner and prevent cavities better?

A: Although there are some...

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I have shingles; should I still get the vaccine?

September 23, 2013

Q: I am going through my first case of shingles. It has been a month since I was diagnosed, even  before the rash appeared. Will the shingles vaccine help prevent any future outbreaks in my case (I'm a 75-year-old woman)?

A: The vaccine for shingles, Zostavax, will not...

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What is the best toothpaste to keep teeth healthy?

Toothpastes are really a matter of personal preference.

Almost all of the toothpastes today contain fluoride for cavity prevention and many have some type of peroxide compound included for whitening. The important thing really is getting the toothbrush in your mouth and not so much the...

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The classic symptom of gallbladder trouble

Q: My wife is having symptoms that lead us to believe she's having gallbladder trouble. She's been dieting for 6-8 months, most recently on Weight Watchers.  This is the second time in two weeks for pain in the bread basket area and in the shoulder blade area. She's on the floor in the...

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An easy, homemade remedy to whiten teeth

Q: What are some good teeth whitening products that I can purchase at the drugstore? I want to whiten my teeth, but I'm not interested in getting them whitened at the dentist because I'm on a budget.

A: I often advise the following: Make a paste with some baking soda and...

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Young man participating in a concussion study. (Photo: Flickr/UFV)

Can internal bleeding start weeks after a head injury?

Q: Three weeks ago I had a serious fall with head injury; a CT scan done 3 hours after the injury was negative. I still have dizziness and headache. Does the negative CT scan mean no bleeding, or can bleeding occur and evolve over time and be causing my continued symptoms?

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Simple steps for treating a sty in your eye

September 11, 2013

Q: My eye has a sty and it's badly swollen. How should it be treated?

A: I'm sorry you have this problem. Usually it can be treated with a warm compress.

However, if it is really swollen and painful and is obstructing your vision, then it will need to be drained...