Saturday, August 23, 2014
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Mitchell Hecht

Dr. Mitchell W. Hecht is the physician-author of "Ask Dr. H," a weekly Q&A medical column distributed by McClatchy-Tribune News Service. Dr. Hecht's goal is to present medical information that is clear and interesting to non-medical people. Send questions to him at: "Ask Dr. H," P.O. Box 767787, Atlanta, GA 30076. Due to the large volume of mail received, personal replies are not possible.
Question: What causes osteoarthritis? Answer: Osteoarthritis, the progressive wearing down of the cartilage in joints, is generally thought to occur because of wear and tear of the joint - especially the joints in the knees, hips, and low back.
Question: My 41-year-old daughter was diagnosed with breast cancer at an early stage. She opted for a bilateral mastectomy and chemotherapy. There was some lymph-node involvement.

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