DEAR DOCTOR K: I just found out I'm pregnant with twins. How will this pregnancy be different from my last one?
DEAR DOCTOR K: I’m often bothered by neck pain. What can I do to manage the pain when it strikes?
DEAR DOCTOR K: I was recently diagnosed with relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis. Can you tell me about my treatment options?
Residents living in and around the The Dalles can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke or bone fracture.
DEAR DOCTOR K: I’ve been playing tennis for years, but lately I’ve been sidelined by elbow pain. What can I do? DEAR READER: Elbow pain is the bane of tennis players. It has kept me off the courts for several months at a time. Let’s talk about how to get you back on the court — and prevent a repeat injury.
DEAR DOCTOR K: What is the difference between a food allergy and a food intolerance?
CHICAGO — The detached dad, turning up his nose at diapering and too busy to bathe, dress and play with his kids, is mostly a myth, a big government survey suggests. Most American fathers say they are heavily involved in hands-on parenting, the researchers found.
DEAR DOCTOR K: I recently discovered that my teenage son is smoking. How can I help him quit?
SAN ANTONIO — Exercise might help women beat breast cancer. Researchers found it can ease the achy joints and muscle pain that lead many patients to quit taking medicines that treat the disease and lower the risk of a recurrence.
DEAR DOCTOR K: I worry a lot. Should I be worried that I worry too much?
DEAR DOCTOR K: I’m drawing up a living will, but I don’t understand many of the medical terms I’m encountering. Can you help? DEAR READER: Many people, certainly including me, have asked themselves how they would want to be cared for if they became very sick and unable to speak for themselves.
DEAR DOCTOR K: My doctor saw something suspicious on my mammogram and wants to do a breast biopsy. I understand there are several biopsy techniques. Can you tell me what they involve?
DEAR DOCTOR K: I have to start taking insulin for my Type 2 diabetes. It sounds complicated. What do I need to know before I start?
DEAR DOCTOR K: I’ve been taking levodopa for years to treat my Parkinson’s disease. Lately, though, it hasn’t been as effective. Are there any other treatment options?
It can be exhausting for parents during the winter months keeping our kids warm, safe and entertained while inside. It can be difficult to come up with fun activities, but it is important that we keep kids busy so that the winter blues don’t kick in.
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