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Young, blond girl on a playground carousel, sweating in the heat.

Fun in the sun. (Photo: Flickr/David Lytle)

What are the symptoms of heat stroke?

Heat stroke is caused by excessive and prolonged exposure to high temperatures or by physical activity in hot weather. The definition of heat stroke is when your body temperature reaches 104 degrees F or higher. High humidity, health issues, and some medications may increase your risk of heat...

Woman using a foam roller to massage her legs in a field before running in a race.

Leg massage with a foam roller. (Photo: Flickr/Roger Mommaerts)

How can I stop my calf and thigh cramps?

Q: What can I do to get a cramp in my calf and thigh to subside? I'm a 74-year-old woman and can't get an appointment with my provider for another week. Is there something to give me relief?

A: The first thing you want to do is to STRETCH the affected muscles and massage...

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Can you get HIV from accidentally swallowing a fly?

Q: Is it possible to become infected after accidentally swallowing a black fly that might be carrying HIV+ blood? I was camping with my neighbor who has been HV+ for 9 years and two black flies were in my orange juice at the campsite. I took a drink and swallowed them before I realized....

Assorted pills and supplements in varying colors.

What vitamins should I take before major surgery?

Q: I am going in for major surgery (hysterectomy repair and abdominal hernia) soon. What vitamins can I take?

A:  You are supposed to stop all supplements, including vitamins and fish oil, at least two weeks prior to the surgery.

The reason is because some...

Boxes of Ensure under a "Live Well" banner at health food store.

(Photo: Flickr/Syed Hussein)

Is it possible to live off Ensure Plus for 2 weeks?

Q: Is it possible to live off Ensure Plus for two weeks? I have some food allergies and am going to be traveling abroad so I was planning to drink Ensure most of the time if not all the time. Would I need to supplement my diet with anything else?

A: Yes, you can spend a...

Woman's feet in ankle socks, resting at the end of a blue cushion.

Giving the tootsies a rest. (Photo: Flickr/Eric Lewis)

7 treatment tips to get rid of plantar fasciitis

Q: I am a 55-year-old woman currently experiencing pain in the soles of my feet, specifically my heels. No pain when I am not putting pressure on them (such as when I'm sitting), but painful when I walk. The pain has been off-and-on for 2 months, some days more intense than others....

Closeup on faces of mother holding her red-headed baby boy.

(Photo: Flickr/Tanya Little)

Should I take prenatal vitamins after giving birth?

Q: How long should a mother continue to take prenatal vitamins after their child is born? I am the mother of an 11-month-old girl and am still taking prenatal vitamins. Is this necessary?

A: Many women will take prenatal vitamins through breast feeding to ensure they are...

Side of a woman's ear with a small gold hoop earring.

(Photo: Flickr/suchitra)

Remedies that will unclog an inner-ear blockage

Q: I awoke during the night to what feels like a partially blocked left ear, similar to water in ear, along with a gurgling or bubbling sensation and a slight itch. The symptoms continue this morning, with no issue in my right ear. What is this?

A: You most likely have a...

Yellow fine-toothed comb pulled through strands of long hair.

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The best way to rid lice from your hair

Q: I'm a 30-year-old woman, and I've had a problem with head lice for over a year now. I have long, thick hair that is full of nits, mostly in the back of my hair. I comb every day with a lice comb, and I get 100s of nits out every time I comb! It never seems to end. What's the best way...

Several different brands of energy drinks on a shelf.

(Photo: Flickr/Matteo Paciotti)

How safe is drinking many sugar-free energy drinks?

Q: Is it safe if I drink a lot of sugar-free Red Bulls?

A: No, it is not safe, even if you are drinking sugar-free.

The caffeine and other ingredients can cause symptoms, and I have personally seen a number of people come to the Emergency Room with rapid heart...