I broke my ankle about 18 months ago. Now, in the area just above the break, the skin on my leg has turned a dark color, like a bruise. It doesn’t seem to be going away. Is there anything I can do to lighten this up? Do you think that laser therapy could help?
While stationed in Alaska more than 35 years ago, I experienced the tips of my fingers turning white in the cold weather. A doctor said it’s probably Raynaud’s syndrome. Does this condition slow down healing? I ask because a deep scratch on my shin still hasn’t healed after four weeks.
I’m a healthy 69-year-old woman who ended up in the ER with painful cramps in my lower abdomen. I was diagnosed with diverticulitis and treated with antibiotics. A registered dietitian said I need more good bacteria in my gut. She suggests kombucha, kefir and yogurt. Can you suggest other foods to eat or avoid? Can diverticulitis be cured?
I have been reading about how collagen peptides can be helpful to prevent menopausal bone loss. My own doctor has only recommended calcium, vitamin D and exercise. I would like to know more about what collagen peptides are and what they do. Do they really work?
We had to throw away some sliced turkey from the deli because of a listeria recall. We had used some of it to make sandwiches, but fortunately no one in the family got sick. What is listeria? What happens when someone gets sick from it?
‘The first thing that a caregiver is going to experience in our group is that someone gets them, someone understands them,’ says interfaith chaplain Mark Buchanan
‘When we sit down with a patient, we tailor support specifically for them,’ says Dr. Elizabeth Cleary, a staff psychologist with the Simms/Mann Center
Ask the Doctors answers a few of your most-asked questions this month
I was happy when I saw on the news that tomatoes help your gut microbiome. I love tomatoes, but my wife keeps them out of our diet. She says they’re a nightshade plant and thinks they make arthritis worse. I’d like to know more about this new pro-tomato research.