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TUESDAY Q & A: Teen’s hair loss likely result of genetics, but treatment options available

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My son, 19, has been losing his hair for about a year. He has been using a hair growth foam for about 6 months without much difference. He is healthy otherwise and exercises daily. He is a baseball player and wears a cap often, but it seems like a [...]

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TUESDAY Q & A: Treatment for bone disorders focuses on strengthening bones, slowing bone loss

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: What’s the difference between osteoporosis and osteopenia? Are they treated differently? ANSWER: Osteoporosis and osteopenia are related conditions connected to bone health. Osteopenia can be a precursor to osteoporosis, but that is not always the case. Treatment for these disorders is similar because the treatment goals for both are [...]

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TUESDAY Q & A: Surgery can usually treat urinary incontinence, but less invasive options are available

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I am 43 and have had trouble with urinary incontinence since having my fourth child at 41. It seemed manageable until about 6 months ago when I started to notice it happening more frequently. At what point should I consider surgery? ANSWER: Urinary incontinence is a common problem for [...]

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TUESDAY Q & A: Comprehensive eye exam can help detect glaucoma in early stages

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I am 53 and have never had trouble with my eyesight, but my mother has glaucoma, which I know increases my risk of getting it. Is there anything I can do to prevent glaucoma? How often should I have an eye exam? ANSWER: You are correct that a family [...]

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TUESDAY Q & A: Vitamin B-12 deficiency more common with increasing age

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I recently read that being deficient in vitamin B-12 is common. Should I take a supplement? I am 78 and in good health. ANSWER: Vitamin B-12 deficiency is more common with increasing age and affects 5 to 15 percent of adults. Some of this is early deficiency and not [...]

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Tuesday Q & A: Stomach pain common in children, but exact source not always easy to identify

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: Is it possible for children to have irritable bowel syndrome? My 9-year-old son often complains of stomach pain, but we can’t seem to find a cause or pattern. ANSWER: Although irritable bowel syndrome is possible in a 9-year-old, it is very rare. Stomach pain, on the other hand, is [...]

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TUESDAY Q & A: Variety of factors can raise risk for deep vein thrombosis (DVT)

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My mother has had deep vein thrombosis twice. I’ve heard this condition can run in families. I’m a 38-year-old woman in good health. I exercise regularly and eat well. What can I do to lower my risk of developing DVT? ANSWER: Deep vein thrombosis (DVT), happens when a blood [...]

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TUESDAY Q & A: “Frozen shoulder” develops slowly and can take months to heal

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I’ve had pain in my right shoulder for a few weeks that has been getting worse rather than better, even though I’m letting it rest. I have read the term “frozen shoulder” – could that be what I have? What causes it? Should I see my doctor, or [...]

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