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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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(Photo: Flickr/Rupert Taylor-Price)

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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See a possible sty forming? (Photo: Flickr/SuperFantastic)

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...

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Model demonstrates the e-cigarette. (Photo: Flickr/planetc1)

What are the health risks of electronic cigarettes?

Q: I quit smoking a year ago, and I'm using the electronic cigarette now. Are there any specific risks to my health because of the electronic cigarette?

A: There is no question in my mind that the e-cigarette, while not a paragon of healthy living by any means, is far...

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(Source: National Cancer Institute)

The best treatment for getting rid of balanitis

Q: What is the fastest treatment to cure balanitis?

A: Balanitis is usually caused by a fungal infection. I would recommend a combination of oral Diflucan and topical Nystatin to be sure this goes away most quickly.

It is most commonly cause by Candida-type fungus...

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HIV research scientist (Photo: Flickr/US Army Africa)

Can you have HIV for 20 years and no symptoms?

Q: Can you have HIV for 20 years without any symptoms? If so, would there be any abnormalities in the CBC blood test or elevated red/white blood cell counts?

A: Yes, it is possible but very rare. Some persons are known to be immune to HIV and it does not cause any...

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(Photo: Flickr/Kelly Sue)

How to care for your skin after a bad sunburn

Q: I went to the beach last week and got really bad sunburn. It eventually turned into a tan but now my skin in peeling from every limb on my body. My shoulders, arms and legs are literally halfway peeled off. I'm very prone to scarring, and I really do not want to develop scars from...

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Treatment options for getting rid of cellulite

Q: I have cellulite and want to know how to get rid of it. What is the best treatment or advice for it?

A: Cellulite refers to the dimpled appearance of the skin that some people have on their hips, thighs, and buttocks. The causes of cellulite are not well understood....

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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...