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Embarrassing Questions

POSTED: Tuesday, November 26, 2013, 11:48 AM
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Q: How do I control my blood sugar but still enjoy my Thanksgiving meal?

Melissa Barry is the clinical nutrition manager and a registered dietitian at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby.

The traditional Thanksgiving dinner can contain 105 to 135 grams of carbohydrate (seven to nine carbohydrate choices), more than double the recommended amounts, (45 to 60 grams per meal with three to four choices). Here are tips for enjoying your meal and maintaining good glucose control.

POSTED: Thursday, November 21, 2013, 11:07 AM
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I'm having trouble balancing my checkbook. Is it dementia, Alzheimer's, or just a "senior moment"?

Donna Raziano is chief medical officer of Mercy Home Health and Mercy LIFE, which promotes care in the home and community settings.

A: Many people experience lapses in memory, especially as they age. But neither dementia nor Alzheimer's disease is a normal part of getting old.

POSTED: Monday, November 11, 2013, 10:08 AM
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I think my partner cheated. Should I be tested for STDs?

Diane Robinson is a gynecologist with Mercy Women's Health Care at Nazareth Hospital, Northeast Philadelphia.

A: If you think your partner has had oral, vaginal, or anal sex with another person, it's a good idea for you to be tested for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

POSTED: Monday, November 4, 2013, 1:08 PM
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In his book Serve to Win, Novak Djokovic describes how a gluten- free diet helped make him the world's No. 1 tennis player. Can this diet help me?

Stephanie Moleski is a gastroenterologist at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

A: Serve to Win describes how, in 2010, Djokovic met with fellow Serb and nutritionist Igor Cetojevic, who believed that Djokovic's recurrent shortness of breath and near collapse in matches were from his diet. To make the point, Cetojevic asked Djokovic to hold a piece of bread in his left hand against his stomach while he pressed down on the outstretched right arm. Djokovic was much weaker while holding the bread. This unproven test is cited as evidence that he is sensitive to gluten.

POSTED: Monday, October 28, 2013, 11:16 AM
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I'm just not in the mood. How can I improve my libido?

Diane Robinson is a gynecologist with Mercy Women's Health Care at Nazareth Hospital, Northeast Philadelphia.

A: Millions of people suffer from a low libido - or an inhibited sex drive - at some point.

POSTED: Friday, October 18, 2013, 10:14 AM
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It hurts when I have intercourse. What can I do?

Diane Robinson is a gynecologist with Mercy Women's Health Care at Nazareth Hospital, Northeast Philadelphia.

A: Pain during intercourse is very common. For some women, the pain is only temporary. In many cases, a woman can experience painful sex if there is not sufficient vaginal lubrication.

POSTED: Monday, October 14, 2013, 2:19 PM
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Is it normal to leak urine when I cough or sneeze, or when I think about going to the bathroom?

Dr. Diane Robinson is a gynecologist with Mercy Women's Health Care at Nazareth Hospital, Northeast Philadelphia.

Millions of women experience involuntary loss of urine called urinary incontinence (UI). The most common causes are stress, urge, or mixed incontinence.

POSTED: Monday, August 26, 2013, 9:38 AM
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My ring finger bends in towards my palm, and I can't extend it fully. It now looks like the crooked hand of a witch - too bad it isn't Halloween. Is this condition common, and will it go away on its own?

Dr. L. Scott Levin, with Inquirer staff writer Leila Haghighat

The bending of a finger or thumb toward the palm may be caused by a condition called Dupuytren's contracture, which occurs when tissue surrounding hand muscles tightens. It's often a hereditary disease and is common in patients whose family origins are in the British Isles.

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