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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...
Aspirin is the most widely used medicine in the world, the Greatest medicine of All Time.  It started out as a tea made of willow or poplar bark, which contains a natural form of salicylic acid. Starting in 1838, salicylic acid was used as a powder dissolved in water to ease fever and discomfort...
I can’t stand fried chicken. I never go to KFC, and I’ll avoid fried chicken at potlucks unless there’s nothing else available. Then, I peel off the fried coating until there's just plain chicken on my paper plate. My grandparents retired and moved from Arizona to Washington State when  I was in...
 Last month, I received a letter in the mail from my local gastroenterology clinic, reminding me I was due for a screening colonoscopy and to please call them at my earliest convenience. When I called, the scheduler asked me to call back again in a few weeks, when they hoped to resume scheduling...
Last month, at age 71, Diane had 3 stents placed into her heart. As I looked over her medication list, I asked her, “Any medication changes?” “My heart doctor changed my Lisinopril to another medicine. Oh, and I’m not taking those big potassium pills anymore.” “Hmm… Here’s the record of your visit...

Dr. Louise
Have you ever gone to bed and, just as you were falling asleep, a task left undone jumped out at you? It was over 20 years ago, but I still remember it because of what happened afterward. I had forgotten to take the last dose of an antibiotic given to me to prevent infection after an outpatient...
Last month, my husband came home, complaining, “I can’t find Nyquil® at the store. They’ve got everything except plain Nyquil® on the shelf. There’s Nyquil® this and Nyquil® that. I just want the stuff I’ve always used!” My hairdresser grumbled, “I went to the grocery to get some Theraflu®, but...
1.Acetaminophen (Tylenol®) PLUS ibuprofen (Advil®). Taking acetaminophen and ibuprofen AT THE SAME TIME seems to boost the pain relieving effect of each. I love how adding acetaminophen seems to make ibuprofen more effective. Because my stomach hurts whenever I take more than one tablet of over-...

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