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Is my teenager depressed? - Ask Doctor K, Harvard Medical School www.askdoctork.com 4 TWEETS

DEAR DOCTOR K: My daughter is a high school senior. In the last year she's become extremely sad and uncharacteristically moody. Is she just a "normal" teenager, or could this be more serious?DEAR READER: A few weeks ago I was talking with a frie

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What would cause numbness and tingling in my little finger? - Ask Doctor K, Harvard Medical School www.askdoctork.com 7 TWEETS

DEAR DOCTOR K: I'm bothered by numbness and tingling in my little finger and general weakness in my right hand. Could I have carpal tunnel syndrome?DEAR READER: Based on your description, I'd say you have cubital (not carpal) tunnel syndrome. Another name

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List of glycemic index and glycemic load for common foods - Ask Doctor K, Harvard Medical School www.askdoctork.com 6 TWEETS

Glycemic index and glycemic load offer information about how foods affect blood sugar and insulin. The lower a food's glycemic index or glycemic load, the less it affects blood sugar and insulin levels. Below is a list of the glycemic index and glycemic l

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List of glycemic index and glycemic load for common foods - Ask Doctor K, Harvard Medical School www.askdoctork.com 1 TWEETS

Glycemic index and glycemic load offer information about how foods affect blood sugar and insulin. The lower a food's glycemic index or glycemic load, the less it affects blood sugar and insulin levels. Below is a list of the glycemic index and glycemic l

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What treatments are available for restless leg syndrome? - Ask Doctor K, Harvard Medical School www.askdoctork.com 36 TWEETS

DEAR DOCTOR K: I'm a 55-year-old man with restless legs syndrome for the past several months. The condition is making it impossible for me to get a good night's sleep. What can I do? DEAR READER: Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a neurological condition th

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What are the symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder? - Ask Doctor K, Harvard Medical School www.askdoctork.com 1 TWEETS

DEAR DOCTOR K: The term OCD is used so casually these days. How can you identify someone who truly has obsessive-compulsive disorder?DEAR READER: There's a little bit of what is called "psychiatric illness" in most of us. For example, at one tim

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What screening tests do I need as a 60-year-old woman? - Ask Doctor K, Harvard Medical School www.askdoctork.com 42 TWEETS

DEAR DOCTOR K: I'm a healthy, 60-year-old woman. What screening tests do I need, and how often?DEAR READER: Too many people wait until something is wrong before visiting their doctor. Keeping up with screening tests can help you identify and nip a problem

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Can coenzyme Q10 help with side effects from statins? - Ask Doctor K, Harvard Medical School www.askdoctork.com 36 TWEETS

DEAR DOCTOR K: I'm a 61-year-old man. My doctor wants me to take a statin to lower my cholesterol, but I'm worried about muscle damage. I found a website that claimed coenzyme Q10 would help. Is that right?DEAR READER: It might be, but coenzyme Q10 has no

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What causes yawning, and why do yawns seem contagious? - Ask Doctor K, Harvard Medical School www.askdoctork.com 2 TWEETS

DEAR DOCTOR K: I've been yawning a lot lately, and it got me thinking about what causes this phenomenon. Does anyone know why we yawn, and do you have any idea why yawns seem to be contagious?DEAR READER: Most people yawn several times per day, sometimes

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Can a cochlear implant help severe hearing loss? - Ask Doctor K, Harvard Medical School www.askdoctork.com 6 TWEETS

DEAR DOCTOR K: I have severe hearing loss that hasn't been helped by hearing aids. Could I be a candidate for a cochlear implant?DEAR READER: You sure could be. Cochlear implants are a relatively new technology; they weren't available when I graduated fro

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What is pernicious anemia and how is it treated? - Ask Doctor K, Harvard Medical School www.askdoctork.com 21 TWEETS

DEAR DOCTOR K: For years, my pernicious anemia was misdiagnosed as depression. Now that I have an accurate diagnosis, I'd like to learn more about my condition.DEAR READER: The cause and treatment of pernicious anemia were discovered more than 80 years ag

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When should I start giving my baby solid foods? - Ask Doctor K, Harvard Medical School www.askdoctork.com 41 TWEETS

DEAR DOCTOR K: When should I start giving my baby solid foods? Will starting solids too early increase her risk of food allergies?DEAR READER: Breast milk or iron-fortified infant formula provides all the nutrients your baby needs for the first 6 months.

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Is it possible to reverse signs of sun damage? - Ask Doctor K, Harvard Medical School www.askdoctork.com 6 TWEETS

DEAR DOCTOR K: I was a sun worshipper in my teens. Now, in my 60s, my skin is paying for it. Is it possible to reverse signs of sun damage?DEAR READER: The answer is yes. That's not only good news for you; it's also good news for me. I was raised in Los A

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How likely are severe reactions to anesthesia? - Ask Doctor K, Harvard Medical School www.askdoctork.com 28 TWEETS

DEAR DOCTOR K: I'm scheduled to have surgery soon, and I have never been under general anesthesia. How can I be sure I won't have a severe reaction to the anesthesia?DEAR READER: Severe reactions to anesthesia, fortunately, are extremely rare. You may be

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How does stress affect cardiovascular health? - Ask Doctor K, Harvard Medical School www.askdoctork.com 77 TWEETS

DEAR DOCTOR K: I'm under a lot of stress at work. My doctor warned me that if I don't get my stress under control, it could affect my cardiovascular health. Is this true?DEAR READER: Yes, it's true. Long-term, constant stress can harm many aspects of your

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Questions and answers about low testosterone - Ask Doctor K, Harvard Medical School www.askdoctork.com 13 TWEETS

The following Q&A is excerpted from "Testosterone for Life," written by my colleague Abraham Morgentaler, M.D., and published by Harvard Medical School. For more on low testosterone, read my column from October 10, 2012, "Could I have l

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Is there a link between autism and genetics? - Ask Doctor K, Harvard Medical School www.askdoctork.com 15 TWEETS

DEAR DOCTOR K: I've heard that scientists have discovered genes that cause autism. Could this lead to a cure?DEAR READER: Autism is a disorder of child development. Kids with autism have difficulty communicating and forming social relationships. The studi

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Are sports and energy drinks okay for teens? - Ask Doctor K, Harvard Medical School www.askdoctork.com 92 TWEETS

DEAR DOCTOR K: My son thinks sports and energy drinks will help his athletic performance. But are these drinks safe for teens?DEAR READER: I don't think children and teens should drink either sports or energy drinks -- and neither does the American Academ

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Will improving my diet help me get pregnant? - Ask Doctor K, Harvard Medical School www.askdoctork.com 6 TWEETS

DEAR DOCTOR K: My husband and I have been trying to get pregnant for a few months without success. Could changing my diet help?DEAR READER: Yes, diet could be a factor. With one surprising exception, foods that are healthy for most people also seem to imp

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What is an "almost psychopath"? — A case study - Ask Doctor K, Harvard Medical School www.askdoctork.com 1 TWEETS

If women can be psychopaths, then they can certainly be almost psychopaths. Consider this: growing up, did you know any girls who might be considered bullies, girls who made your life miserable in school and who seemed to lack empathy? The idea of “mean g

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