NORRISTOWN, Pa. — When a 6-foot-5, 270-pound man with a history of violence broke out of a mental health ward near Philadelphia and tried to withdraw money from a bank, a confrontation with police seemed likely.
DEAR DOCTOR K: My daughter will be starting middle school this year. How can I protect her from cyberbullying?
DEAR DOCTOR K: As I’ve entered my 50s, I find myself reaching for Tylenol more often for my aches and pains. Should I be aware of any safety precautions?
Since at least August 2012, a “mystery pipe” has been dumping extremely high levels of human waste into Mill Creek, and officials so far cannot find its source, despite extensive efforts.
DEAR DOCTOR K: My son plays a lot of video games. What do I need to know about them? And how can I make sure they don’t become a problem?
DEAR DOCTOR K: I'm in my 60s and already have a lot of wrinkles. What can a dermatologist do for me that will make a difference but not be hugely expensive?
DEAR DOCTOR K: Do the germs that live on or in us affect our health?
WASHINGTON — New research is boosting hopes that weight-loss surgery can put some patients’ diabetes into remission for years and perhaps in some cases, for good.
DEAR DOCTOR K: Are all germs dangerous to our health?
DEAR DOCTOR K: As I get older, I’ve noticed that I have more trouble remembering certain types of information. But other types of memory are as strong as ever. Is this true, or just wishful thinking on my part?
DEAR DOCTOR K: Is drinking tea good for my health? Which type has the most health benefits?
DEAR DOCTOR K: What are the risks of taking a daily aspirin to reduce the risk of a heart attack or stroke?
DEAR DOCTOR K: I’m a longtime smoker. Do I need to be screened for lung cancer even if I don’t have any symptoms?
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — As the happy hour crowd poured in on a recent weeknight, the kitchen and bar staff at Hock Farm restaurant scrambled to meet the incoming orders.
DEAR DOCTOR K: I’m having cataract surgery in a few weeks. There are so many options for replacement lenses. Which one should I choose?
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