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Police taught to spot psychiatric crisis

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.

Ask Dr. K: Talk to your kids early about cyber-bullying

DEAR DOCTOR K: My daughter will be starting middle school this year. How can I protect her from cyberbullying?

Ask Dr. K: Use precautions when taking acetaminophen

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?

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"Mystery pipe" dumps human waste in Mill Creek

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.

Ask Dr. K: Limit time your kids spend playing video games

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?

Ask Dr. K: Protect your skin to prevent future sun damage

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?

Ask Dr. K: Our ‘microbiome’ may affect our health

DEAR DOCTOR K: Do the germs that live on or in us affect our health?

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Surgery gives long-term help for obese diabetics

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.

Ask Dr. K: ‘Good’ germs can be beneficial to our health

DEAR DOCTOR K: Are all germs dangerous to our health?

Ask Dr. K: Mental exercises may help slow age related memory loss

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?

Ask Dr. K: Studies show that drinking tea is healthy

DEAR DOCTOR K: Is drinking tea good for my health? Which type has the most health benefits?

Ask Dr. K: Daily aspirin offers protection against heart disease

DEAR DOCTOR K: What are the risks of taking a daily aspirin to reduce the risk of a heart attack or stroke?

Ask Dr. K: Lung cancer screening recommended for people at high risk

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?

In California, chefs fight for bare-hand food contact

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.

Ask Dr. K: Review your lens options for cataract surgery

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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