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Tuesday Q & A: Mildly low level of testosterone typically doesn’t require treatment

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I am a 52-year-old man. I recently had blood work done that showed my testosterone levels are slightly low, falling just below the “normal” range. Should I talk to my doctor about getting treatment even if I don’t have any symptoms? What are the side effects of prescription [...]

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TUESDAY Q &A : Children diagnosed with ADHD may continue to have symptoms into adulthood

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: Our son was diagnosed at the age of 9 with ADHD. He is now 13 and doing well but is still on medication. Will he need to continue taking the medication until adulthood, or do children usually outgrow the condition as they mature? ANSWER: Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), [...]

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TUESDAY Q & A: Both too much and too little iron have potential to lead to health concerns

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I'm a 40-year old woman, and I’ve noticed that many multivitamins for women contain iron. Should all women take extra iron? Is it safe to do so? What are the side effects of taking a daily iron supplement? ANSWER: Not having enough iron in your body — a condition [...]

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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: Timing of surgery to repair cleft lip can’t be determined until baby is born

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I am 30 weeks pregnant with our first baby. After an ultrasound last week, our doctor informed us our baby will likely have a cleft lip. How soon after he is born do you recommend surgery? Will I still be able to breastfeed him? ANSWER: Learning that your baby [...]

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TUESDAY Q & A: Probiotics may have health benefits, but talk to your doctor first

  DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I keep hearing about all of the health benefits of probiotics. Are there any negative side effects? Do I need to talk to my doctor before I take them? ANSWER: Some research has shown that taking probiotics may have health benefits. They appear to be especially useful in [...]

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TUESDAY Q & A: Healthy lifestyle choices, timely medical care important in treating COPD

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I am 51 and was recently diagnosed with COPD. It was caught early, and I don’t have many symptoms. Is there anything I can do to keep it from getting worse? What treatments are available for someone in the early stages of the disease? ANSWER: There are definitely [...]

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TUESDAY Q & A: Treatment for kidney stones depends on type and cause of stones

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I continue to get kidney stones despite drinking plenty of water. They are quite small and I haven’t had to be treated yet. But my doctor said if my symptoms get worse, I will need treatment. What would that involve? ANSWER: Treatment for kidney stones depends on [...]

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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: Several choices available to treat degenerative hip disease in a younger patient

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I am 36 years old and have had constant pain in my right hip for two years. Last year I was diagnosed with moderate degenerative hip disease. Medication managed my pain initially but is no longer effective. My doctor says the next step is a steroid shot or [...]

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TUESDAY Q & A: Palliative care focuses on providing relief from symptoms, pain and stress of serious illness

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My husband was diagnosed with cancer six months ago and just completed chemotherapy treatments. He’s not feeling great right now, and he may need more cancer treatments at some point. But we’ve been told his long-term outlook is good. At a recent appointment, though, his oncologist suggested he [...]

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TUESDAY Q & A: Lifestyle choices may help treat mild case of obstructive sleep apnea

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: How does having sleep apnea affect my health? Are there treatments that I can try for sleep apnea other than a CPAP machine? ANSWER: People who have sleep apnea repeatedly stop and start breathing when they sleep. There are two main types of sleep apnea. The more common form is [...]

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TUESDAY Q & A: Successful pancreas transplant can restore body’s ability to secrete insulin

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My wife is 31 and was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 7. She had a baby three months ago, and her blood sugar levels were never really controlled. Doctors tested her kidney function and said there is “a little damage” but nothing to worry about. They [...]

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TUESDAY Q & A: Taking blood pressure medication at night may keep you awake

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I was recently put on medication for high blood pressure. Does it matter what time I take it? I thought I was supposed to take it before I go to bed. But when I do, I’m up all night using the bathroom. Also, is this medication something I [...]

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TUESDAY Q & A: Early treatment following stroke dramatically decreases risk of permanent brain damage

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: If you get to the hospital quickly after having a stroke and get treatment right away, does that mean there won’t be any of the typical after-effects of a stroke? ANSWER: Although early treatment does not guarantee that there won’t be any lasting effects from a stroke, it can [...]

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TUESDAY Q & A: Treatment plan should be based on specific type of breast cancer

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: Why is it that some breast cancers have higher survival rates than others? ANSWER: The main reason for the difference in survival rates is that breast cancer is not just one disease. It is well accepted that there are four distinct molecular categories of breast cancer. However, new data [...]

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