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Q: My toenails are getting really thick and yellow. Are there any non-prescription products that can help? Fungus infection of the toenails, called onychomycosis, often starts small, with little white spots on one toenail. As it takes hold, it changes how your nail grows out. It’s common to have...
A cup of coffee gives me a pleasant lift in the afternoon, but if my husband drinks it after 1 p.m., he can’t sleep at night. While he can enjoy a couple of beers with no trouble, if I have more than one, I’m looking for the nearest flat surface for a nap. One of my co-workers at the 200-bed...
Keith is an active 88-year-old former college basketball player and retired physical education teacher. "When I started getting up 3-4 times a night to go to the bathroom, my urologist started me on this medicine." He showed me a sample bottle of Vesicare® (Solifenacin), a drug marketed for...
Keith is an active 88-year-old former college basketball player and retired physical education teacher. "When I started getting up 3-4 times a night to go to the bathroom, my urologist started me on this medicine." He showed me a sample bottle of Vesicare® (Solifenacin), a drug marketed for...
Q: My doctor wants me to start taking a particular medication once a week to strengthen my bones. How long do I have to take it? May is National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month. Osteoporosis is a disease that causes your bones to become thinner and more likely to break. If you have...
Over 50% of elderly Americans may be deficient in vitamin D. You are more likely to be low in vitamin D if you are older, are obese, have dark skin, are homebound, or live in an institution like a nursing home. We call vitamin D the “Sunshine Vitamin” because our skin generates vitamin D from the...
Last week, 66-year-old Betty confided, “This year, my allergies are really bad. I have a nose spray, Flonase® to take care of my stuffy nose and sneezing, but this year, it isn’t helping. What else I can try? Do you think I need to see my doctor?” A new prescription nose spray will soon be...
Q: What is the best way to get rid of my annoying dandruff?  One of the most common skin conditions globally, nearly one-half of adults will experience the frustration and embarrassment of dandruff.  Dandruff happens when the skin cells on the skin of your scalp build up into thickened...
When my daughter Maureen was a toddler, we would visit my mother-in-law’s house. Having over a dozen grandchildren under the age of 8, she kept a giant toy box in the corner of her living room. It contained building blocks, crayons and coloring books, and empty prescription bottles with child-...

Earthrise. Mike Maltais/QCH
In our house we have a place we call the Blue Room named for its sky-blue painted walls. My writing desk is there, and a large bay window facing the eastern sunrise fills the space with light. The other day the clouds were oriented such that a shaft of light slanted through the window and when I...

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