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TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2016

Palpitations of heart worth visit

DEAR DOCTOR K: I often experience heart palpitations – almost every time I’m excited, angry or scared. Is this dangerous to my health? DEAR READER: The word “palpitations” is used differently by different people. To me, palpitations are simply an awareness of your heart beating. People aren’t usually aware of their heart beating. But when it beats unusually forcefully, irregularly or rapidly, you notice the heartbeat.

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MONDAY, JULY 25, 2016

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Birth control options for women over 40 – other than the pill

Almost one quarter of women in the United States between ages 15 and 44 use the birth control pill to prevent pregnancy. Some doctors advise against continuing its use after age 40, but women need to protect themselves against unwanted pregnancy until one year after menopause, which on average occurs at the age of 51-52.

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SUNDAY, JULY 24, 2016

Behavior changes offer clues that dementia could be brewing

WASHINGTON – Memory loss may not always be the first warning sign that dementia is brewing – changes in behavior or personality might be an early clue. Researchers on Sunday outlined a syndrome called “mild behavioral impairment” that may be a harbinger of Alzheimer’s or other dementias, and proposed a checklist of symptoms to alert doctors and families.

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TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2016

MONDAY, JULY 18, 2016

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A genetic link between red hair, freckles and skin cancer

Scientists are beginning to uncover why redheads – and probably the non-gingers who carry a genetic variant common to redheads – may be so vulnerable: For those who carry an allele, or gene variant, associated with red hair and freckles, cancer-causing genetic mutations occur at a rate 42 percent greater than they do for people who don’t carry that gene variant.

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MONDAY, JULY 11, 2016


Ask Doctor K: Nasal discharge not automatic call for antibiotics

Dear Doctor K: I’ve been under the weather for a few days. This morning I blew my nose and saw greenish mucus, so I called my doctor and requested antibiotics. He refused. Why? Dear reader: Your doctor is correct not to prescribe antibiotics based on the color of your mucus alone. Despite what many people think, you cannot rely on the color or consistency of nasal discharge to distinguish viral from bacterial sinus infections. That’s an important distinction because only bacterial infections respond to antibiotics.

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MONDAY, JULY 4, 2016


Political geeks may love new elections website

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Weekend Wild Card — 7.30-31.16

I scratched another back yard honey-do off my list this weekend already by finishing another one of those projects that had been on the waiting list for years. It involved ...

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