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MONDAY, MAY 30, 2016

Zorba Paster: Smile, and you just might be healthier

If you follow my Facebook page from Wisconsin Public Radio (facebook.com/ OnYourHealth), you can see that I have a new granddaughter – the most beautiful grandchild in the world ever-ever-ever. They don’t live in Wisconsin, they live in Washington, D.C., ...

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MONDAY, MAY 23, 2016

TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2016

Ask Doctor K: Parents must take their children’s dental health seriously

DEAR DOCTOR K: I just took my 4-year old to the dentist, and she has three cavities! How can I better care for her teeth? And what can I do for my infant son so he doesn’t end up with cavities, too? DEAR READER: Our mouths are home to many bacteria. They live there pretty much all of our lives, taking advantage of one convenient fact: When we put food in our mouth, that’s food for bacteria, too. And while we have to work to put food in our mouths, they just sit there. Doesn’t seem fair.

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MONDAY, MAY 16, 2016


Cannabis for back pain puts him in a pickle

Dear Dr. Zorba: I enjoy your radio show. I’m a 56-year motorcycle guy. I had an accident when I was much much younger, and the result has been years of back pain every day — some days good, some days bad. I don’t like prescription pain killers because of side effects. That’s why I’m using cannabis. It doesn’t fog me up; it doesn’t constipate me. But it’s illegal in my state. What to do? — RK from Milwaukee

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MONDAY, MAY 9, 2016

In a series of trial runs, the Smart Tissue Autonomous Robot (STAR) sutured incisions, manipulated tissue and sewed it up well enough to withstand hydraulic pressure from within. (Handout / TNS)

Dr. Robot scrubs in, and suturing may never be the same

In a series of trial runs, the new robotic system sutured incisions with deft, even strokes that surpassed those of experienced surgeons and an existing robotic system. Without any human oversight, the STAR system manipulated tissue that can stretch, twist and retract unpredictably, and sewed it up well enough to withstand a surge of hydraulic pressure from within. And by all accounts, it never complained about its hours or pay.

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TUESDAY, MAY 3, 2016

Ask Doctor K: Pain specialist can find right combination of therapies

DEAR DOCTOR K: I have been in pain since a car accident a few years ago. My doctor is very conservative in prescribing pain medication. Why not just give me what I need to feel better? DEAR READER: I don’t know the particulars of your case, but I think you are talking about narcotic (opioid) pain medicines. And your doctor probably is reluctant to prescribe opioid medicines for chronic pain – the kind I assume you now have if your accident was a few years ago.

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MONDAY, MAY 2, 2016


Jury is out on taking testosterone

Life is good, except for one thing: sex. My wife and I love each other, there’s no hanky-panky going on, but still I have trouble. I’ve used Viagra, and it works. But I’d rather do something more natural.

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MONDAY, APRIL 25, 2016


Follow prescriptions for better health

Do you wonder why your health care provider and pharmacist stress that you take your medication as prescribed? It may seem like a small thing to not finish off antibiotics or to double up on a medication, but in reality, there can be serious consequences if you do not take your medication as prescribed.

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Mall walkers Ann Morales and Flora Yang walk together at Mazza Gallerie in Washington, D.C.; Yang walks twice a week at the mall and says mall walking keeps her young and fit. Photo by Heidi de Marco, Kaiser Health News. (Heidi de Marco / Heidi de Marco)

Experts’ new Rx for health: Walk the malls

Flora Yang is small, spry and not afraid to tell you her age: “90-something.” She walks twice a week at the Mazza Gallerie mall in Northwest Washington and says mall walking keeps her young and fit. Health officials are starting ...

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