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Q: I just read your column about a daily aspirin regimen, which raised these questions for me: If someone appears to be in the middle of a heart attack, should you try to give them an aspirin? Also, does it pay to keep aspirin in the house just for … more
Many people have expressed to me their desire for a dignified death for themselves and their loved ones. This is a challenge in a death-phobic culture where life at all costs (physically, emotionally and financially) is the norm. Too many of us know … more
Chemicals that have been associated with cancer and other health problems have been found in some fast-food packaging, according to a new study. Researchers found the substances, which can leach into food, in sandwich and dessert wrappers and … more
I was recently invited to speak at a Death Cafe in Kingston, N.Y., about grief and the holidays. The Death Cafe is a movement throughout the country where people come together of their own free will to talk about death, loss, end-of-life care, etc. … more
Dear Readers: Welcome to the launch of a new column - "Ask the Doctors." Together with a colleague, we take over for "Ask Doctor K," in which Dr. Anthony Komaroff dispensed timely advice and guidance to readers. We plan to continue in this same … more
CHICAGO — Americans in certain struggling parts of the country are dying from cancer at rising rates, even as the cancer death rate nationwide continues to fall, an exhaustive new analysis has found.In parts of the country that are relatively … more
Q: Will eating nuts really reduce my risk of heart disease, cancer and other diseases, which a new study has suggested? If so, how many should I be eating?A: Nuts are fruits. They consist of a hard shell and an edible seed. To answer your question, … more
I've got to get my priorities straight.I teach exercise for a living to cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation patients. I'm surrounded all day, every day by state-of- the-art exercise equipment. I'm constantly coaching people of all ages and … more
There are several paths to facilitate wellness for those with mental illness. Seeing a psychiatrist for medication is often part of the process toward improved health and well being. You do better when you're prepared for the visit.Have you ever had … more
Q: A news report recently said that statins are under-used. I'm 50 with normal cholesterol. Should I take one just in case?A: Statins, which are a type of cholesterol-lowering medication, have consistently shown benefit in reducing the risk of heart … more
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