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When can my child start playing sports again after a concussion?

Q: My 9-year-old son suffered a mild concussion while skiing last Sunday. He had headaches for a few days but felt 100% better by Wednesday. We were told he needs to wait a full week post-symptoms before resuming sports activities, however, can he play in a soccer game this Saturday that...

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How often should I take my ADHD medication?

October 30, 2013

Q: I’ve been diagnosed with Adult ADHD and my doctor prescribed me Ritalin. I’m wondering if I need to take my medication every day or just on my “bad” days?

A: It’s extremely important to take the Ritalin prescribed to you by your doctor every day and not just on the...

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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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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...

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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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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...