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Dear Doctor: My wife's uncle, who lives with us, is 76 and obese. I have noticed he sleeps an awful lot -- to me, anyway. He sleeps approximately five or six hours a night and then later while sitting on the couch. He frequently takes afternoon naps or will fall [...]

By Ask the Doctors • March 10, 2018

Dear Doctors: When it's our turn to bring team snacks to the kids' weekend soccer games, the most challenging part is accommodating so many allergies, especially to peanuts. Is it true that there's now a way to keep children from getting a peanut allergy in the first place?

By Ask the Doctors • March 8, 2018

Dear Doctor: Is walking or running on a treadmill as good as walking or running on concrete streets or sidewalks? Dear Reader: This is an interesting question, because the definition of "as good as" is quite ambiguous. Good can be defined [...]

By Ask the Doctors • March 8, 2018

Dear Doctors: Our neighbor's kids, who don't have access to computers, video games or other technology, spend a lot of time playing together outdoors. How can we wean our own kids from their screens without causing a family rebellion? Dr. Elizabeth Ko and Dr. Eve [...]

By Ask the Doctors • March 8, 2018

Dear Doctor: Because I had an ulcer, three years ago a doctor wrote me a prescription for Prilosec and told me I had to take it for the rest of my life. But lately, articles in the newspaper have seemed to contradict his thinking, suggesting that Prilosec and similar medicines [...]

By Ask the Doctors • March 7, 2018

Dear Doctors: I'm just about to turn 60, which -- from what I've read -- is when balance begins to become an issue. What can I do to stay steady on my feet? Although good balance is [...]

By Ask the Doctors • March 6, 2018

Dear Doctor: Many doctors in my area recommend CoQ10 in conjunction with statin drugs to reduce or eliminate muscle pain. It has worked for my wife, and we have heard lots of anecdotal evidence from friends who use it. What's the evidence behind the use of CoQ10 with statins? [...]

By Ask the Doctors • March 5, 2018

Dear Doctor: Does outlook really matter when it comes to lifespan, as a recent study suggested? I'm not a wet blanket, but I don't have a relentlessly sunny disposition either. Dear Reader: Let's say it's a gray, cloudy Monday morning. You're [...]

By Ask the Doctors • March 3, 2018

Dear Doctors: I've been reading about a new illness that's a lot like polio and is making children in parts of the country very sick. What is it, and should my family and I be worried? You're [...]

By Ask the Doctors • March 2, 2018

Dear Doctor: I read your recent response to a question about alcohol consumption and its correlation to breast cancer. But what about the risk once you've been diagnosed? I was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and have completed radiation. I am on medication and have a very positive prognosis. I [...]

By Ask the Doctors • March 1, 2018