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January 16, 2018

Dear Doctor: Every now and then I read about a death related to "flesh-eating bacteria" that was contracted in water of some sort. The most recent one was in the floodwaters of Hurricane Harvey, near Houston. How does this happen? Is there anything we can do to stay safe?

Dear Reader: When we talk…


Increased diet soda intake linked to host of health problems

January 09, 2018

Dear Doctor: I feel better when I eat less sugar. Because I love having a soda with my snacks and meals, I drink a few diet colas every day. Is it true that diet sodas can increase the risk of developing diabetes?

Dear Reader: Kudos to you for working to cut sugar out of your diet. It's a lifestyle…


Exercise, lessen stress, improve diet to lower blood pressure

January 02, 2018

Welcome to part two of our discussion about high blood pressure. For those who missed it, a previous column examined new blood pressure guidelines released by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology, in which normal is now a range below 120/80. It's a conservative…


Readers offer advice on doctor's visits and treating rashes

December 26, 2017

Hello again, dear readers! Your letters continue to pour in, and we are impressed by and grateful for your curiosity, kindness and your thirst for knowledge. We, too, are lifelong students and love learning from you.

-- Lawrence, a nurse anesthetist from Suffolk, Virginia, expands on the column…