DEAR DOCTOR K: I have peripheral neuropathy. I know that people with diabetes often get neuropathy, but I’m not diabetic. What else can cause this condition? And what can I do about it?
WASHINGTON — Stressing that improvements are happening daily, the senior Obama official closest to the administration’s malfunctioning health care website apologized Tuesday for problems that have kept Americans from successfully signing up for coverage.
DEAR DOCTOR K: I’ve always worried a lot. I saw a psychologist, but she said I didn’t have anxiety disorder, so she couldn’t help. I can’t believe there’s nothing to do. Can you help?
Mid-Columbia Health Foundation has named Kristi McCavic as the newest member of its board of directors.
DEAR DOCTOR K: Recently I’ve been feeling sad and tired. My doctor doesn’t think I’m depressed, but I know something’s not right. What could it be?
Paul Freeman drove 600 miles last year to save himself — and his employer — thousands of dollars on his surgery.
DEAR DOCTOR K: In a recent column about abdominal fat, you talked about two kinds of fat — brown fat and white fat. I’d like to hear more about them.
Duane Francis, Mid-Columbia Medical Center chief executive officer, reacted to the judgment rendered in the almost four-week-long trial.
MCMC administrators not liable
DEAR DOCTOR K: This isn’t a medical question — I’m just curious. How do we see?
Jury deliberations have concluded, and MCMC is to pay $2.4 million in compensatory damages to three plaintiffs. Duane Francis and and Diane Storby not guilty of wrongdoing.
DEAR DOCTOR K: You’ve written that abdominal fat is particularly bad for your health. What are the best ways to get rid of it?
DEAR DOCTOR K: I injured my PCL playing football. How long will my recovery take? DEAR READER: Let’s start with some knee anatomy. The posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) and the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) are two tough bands of fibrous tissue. The ACL is injured more often than the PCL, which is why many people have heard of the ACL but not the PCL. The ACL and PCL connect the thighbone (femur) and the large bone of the lower leg (tibia) at the knee joint. The ACL and PCL form an “X” pattern that stabilizes the knee against front-to-back and back-to-front forces. (I’ve put a detailed illustration of the knee joint on my website, AskDoctorK.com.)
CORVALLIS — In an analysis of 446 compounds for their ability to boost the innate immune system in humans, researchers in the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University discovered just two that stood out from the crowd — the resveratrol found in red grapes and a compound called pterostilbene from blueberries.
CHICAGO nter at a Chicago marketing agency, a small team of social media experts hunkers down to monitor online chatter about President Barack Obama’s health care law, answer questions on Facebook from discouraged consumers and post information and advice on Twitter.
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