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March 27, 2018

Dear Doctor: I'm 84 and live in a big city. I try to walk as many places as I can, but I've read that air pollution may shorten the lifespan of seniors. Should I stay inside instead?

Dear Reader: As we enter our later years, we become increasingly vulnerable to health issues like chronic illness…


Hookworm larvae infect humans by burrowing into their skin

March 20, 2018

Dear Doctor: I read a terrible story about a couple who went to the Caribbean and got hookworms by going barefoot. Is that only possible in the tropics, or should I be worried here in the United States? I hate wearing shoes in the summer.

Dear Reader: Let's start with a recap of the story. A couple…


Be careful when storing meds and supplements together

March 13, 2018

Dear Doctor: I take about nine different medications and dietary supplements per day. I use a pill container with slots for morning and evening, and it covers a two-week period. Can these meds and supplements be safely stored together? Do they lose potency being stored if they're in the container…


A healthy diet can usually provide all the nutrients you need

March 06, 2018

Dear Doctor: Doctors and nutritionists are now saying that taking vitamin and mineral supplements is worthless. But many of the foods we eat are fortified with vitamins and minerals. Are those additives worthless? If not, how are they different than taking a multivitamin?

Dear Reader: While it's…