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Ask Dr. K: Take note of these risk factors for suicide

DEAR DOCTOR K: My husband suffers from severe depression, and I’m worried he might take his own life. How do I know if my fears are warranted?

Scientists urge delay in destroying smallpox

WASHINGTON — More than three decades after the eradication of smallpox, U.S. officials say it’s still not time to destroy the last known stockpiles of the virus behind one of history’s deadliest diseases.

Ask Dr. K: Straight-across cut can prevent ingrown toenails

DEAR DOCTOR K: I have a very painful ingrown toenail. What can I do?

CDC confirms first MERS case in America

Virus has sickened hundreds in Middle East; represents low risk to general U.S. public.

Ask Dr. K: Guidelines suggest how women can prevent a stroke

DEAR DOCTOR K: Do women need to take special precautions to prevent a stroke?

Ask Dr. K: Did you know mild scoliosis usually requires little treatment?

DEAR DOCTOR K: My granddaughter has scoliosis. What is the best treatment option for this condition?

Ask Dr. K: Therapy and medication can relieve panic attacks

DEAR DOCTOR K: I think I might be having panic attacks, but I’m not sure. What does a panic attack feel like?

Ask Dr. K: During heart attack, restoring blood flow is critical

DEAR DOCTOR K: My husband recently had a heart attack. Fortunately, he’s doing well. But I’d like to understand better what happens to the heart during a heart attack.

Ask Dr. K: Time-out must be enforced to be effective

DEAR DOCTOR K: You’ve mentioned time-outs as an appropriate way to discipline young children. But they don’t work for my son, at least the way I’m doing them. What can I do differently?

Ask Dr. K: Drooping eyelid is rarely the result of serious problem

DEAR DOCTOR K: My right eyelid droops and interferes with my vision. What can I do about this?

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?

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