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How do I control my blood sugar but still enjoy my Thanksgiving meal?

Tuesday, November 26, 2013, 11:48 AM
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... Read more

I'm having trouble balancing my checkbook. Is it dementia, Alzheimer's, or just a "senior moment"?

Thursday, November 21, 2013, 11:07 AM
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... Read more

I think my partner cheated. Should I be tested for STDs?

Monday, November 11, 2013, 10:08 AM
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... Read more

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?

Monday, November 4, 2013, 1:08 PM
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... Read more

I'm just not in the mood. How can I improve my libido?

Monday, October 28, 2013, 11:16 AM
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. Libido can be influenced by genetics, environment... Read more

It hurts when I have intercourse. What can I do?

Friday, October 18, 2013, 10:14 AM
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... Read more

Is it normal to leak urine when I cough or sneeze, or when I think about going to the bathroom?

Monday, October 14, 2013, 2:19 PM
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)... Read more

My ring finger bends in towards my palm, and I can't extend it fully. Is this condition common, and will it go away on its own?

Monday, August 26, 2013, 9:38 AM
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... Read more

My father was diagnosed with Parkinson's last year. His medication controls the tremors, but when he forgets his pills, he shuffles and suffers. Would deep brain stimulation zap his disease?

Monday, August 19, 2013, 12:07 PM
My father was diagnosed with Parkinson's last year. His medication controls the tremors, but when he forgets his pills, he shuffles and suffers. Would deep brain stimulation zap his disease? Dr. Meredith Spindler is a professor of neurology at the Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center... Read more

My girlfriend wants me to get tested for HIV before we go to the "next level." Can I just lie to her? What about other sexually transmitted infections?

Friday, August 9, 2013, 10:01 AM
My girlfriend wants me to get tested for HIV before we go to the "next level." Can I just lie to her? What about other sexually transmitted infections? Ronda Goldfein is executive director of the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania (www.aidslawpa.org). A: Whether you should share private health information... Read more
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