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September 26, 2017

Dear Doctor: I've been having trouble with my handwriting, not being able to control the letters. I have also had an occasional tremor in my little finger, and have an ongoing a problem with a "frozen shoulder." Do you think a neurological evaluation would be appropriate?

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Random chance, lifestyle choices often to blame for cancer

September 19, 2017

Dear Doctor: My best friend, who never smoked, died of lung cancer last spring. My father, who has been a smoker since high school, is fine. What puts you at greater risk of getting cancer -- your genes, your habits, the environment, or is it just random chance?

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Readers offer feedback on recent columns

September 12, 2017

Hello again, dear readers. We hope you've been having an enjoyable summer and that our recent columns about sunscreen, ticks and mosquitos have come in handy. We've been hearing from a lot of you and, as always, you've given us great information to share, as well as a few things to clarify.

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Meditation might alleviate back pain for some

August 29, 2017

Dear Doctor: I've had back pain since my 20s and have gotten to the point where I can't use aspirin or other pain relievers because they tear up my stomach. My sister-in-law wants me to try meditation, which sounds a little nutty. Do you think it can help?

Dear Reader: The power of the mind over…