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  • Am I taking too much ibuprofen?

    Q: I've been taking a couple of over-the-counter ibuprofen tablets two or three times per day to ease pain and inflammation in my knees. Could it be harmful to do this for an extended period of time, say a year? A: Ibuprofen is one of the nonsteroidal...
  • Stretching exercises, shoe inserts may ease pain of fallen arches

    Q: What exactly are "flat feet" and "fallen arches?" Are they the same thing? What causes them and how should they be treated? A: "Flat feet" and "fallen arches" refer to the same thing. It's a downward sagging of the inside edge of the foot during...
  • The right diagnosis is key to effectively treating foot pain after walking

    Q: After walking about 1 kilometer, the balls on both feet are really sore. And I find it hard to walk around for about 2 hours after. What could this be? A: Pain in the balls of the feet is a common problem. The medical term is metatarsalgia. Some...
  • Close relationships help you live longer -- and enjoy life more

    Q: Is it true that having good relationships increases your chance of living longer? A: Since the late 1980s, studies have suggested that this is true. People who enjoy close relationships with family and friends are more likely to live longer than...
  • Neanderthal genes helped modern humans evolve, studies suggest

    Mating between Neanderthals and the ancestors of Europeans and East Asians gave our forebears important evolutionary advantages but may have created a lot of sterile males, wiping out much of that primitive DNA, new genetic studies suggest.  The...
  • Neanderthal DNA lives on in modern humans, research shows

    The ancestors of most modern humans mated with Neanderthals and made off with important swaths of DNA that helped them adapt to new environments, scientists reported Wednesday. Some of the genes gained from these trysts linger in people of European...
  • Following a D&C, go slowly as you resume normal sex life

    Q: How soon can I resume sexual intercourse after a miscarriage and D and C? Can I get pregnant right away? A: All of the tissue that develops in an early pregnancy may not be passed from the uterus after a miscarriage. A procedure known as a D and C may...
  • Get back pain relief with new exercises and old drugs

    Q: My husband is getting severe spasms in his lower back, possibly as a result of twisting wrong while doing sit-ups. He's getting no relief from ibuprofen. Is there an over-the-counter alternative? A: If your husband's back pain developed after doing...
  • Auditory processing disorder can be difficult to diagnose

    Q: My 7-year-old son was recently diagnosed with auditory processing disorder. What can you tell me about this problem, and is this something he will outgrow? A: Here's what being diagnosed with auditory processing disorder means: While your son's...
  • Treatment varies depending on the cause of ear congestion

    Q: I have recurrent ear congestion. What causes it? How can I treat it? A: The middle ear -- found behind the ear drum -- contains air. This air is normally able to enter and exit through the eustacean tube. This is a small canal between the middle ear...
  • Without other symptoms, rapid heartbeat when you're not exercising is rarely serious

    Q: Other than anxiety, what can cause your heart rate to increase when you're not exercising? A: Rather than just listing the causes, here's my approach to investigating a rapid heartbeat. First, I'd like to know if you have any other symptoms. That...