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Ask A Doctor | Your family's health questions answered

It can interfere with your sleep but it is a quite common condition.

By Sally Wadyka Oct 18, 2013 11:59AM
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The answer really depends mostly on how old you are. “When you’re young, it’s normal to get up zero to one times a night,” says Tobias S. Kohler, MD, MPH, a urologist and associate professor at Southern Illinois University school of medicine. “But as you age, it’s not uncommon to find yourself getting up to go to the bathroom more often.”
 

Good oral hygiene can help keep this holiday from being a health hazard.

By Sally Wadyka Oct 17, 2013 10:41AM

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First of all, relax a little. Even if your children go completely candy crazy once a year, it’s probably not going to wreck their dental health forever.

 

You may be capable of spreading your germs for longer than you think.

By Sally Wadyka Oct 16, 2013 12:29PM

This probably isn’t what parents wanting to get their kids back to school want to hear, but as long as there are still symptoms present—congestion, runny nose, sneezing, coughing—you’re still contagious.

 

You don’t have to worry about passing these sores along to others.

By Sally Wadyka Oct 15, 2013 2:19PM

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Those little mouth ulcers can definitely be painful, but the good news is that they are not contagious. “Unlike cold sores, which appear on the surface of the lips, canker sores are found inside the mouth and can occur for a variety of reasons,” says Jennifer Jablow, DDS, a New York City dentist.

 

How to stop tossing and turning and get some rest

By Sally Wadyka Oct 14, 2013 9:05PM
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Not being able to fall asleep is more than frustrating. For the 30 to 40 percent of adults who report suffering some symptoms of insomnia it can mean less productive work days, dangerous driving conditions and an overall lack of energy.
 

Washing your hands thoroughly with plain old soap is good enough

By Sally Wadyka Oct 11, 2013 1:55PM

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“In my opinion, yes,” says Jeremy Fine, MD, a board-certified internal medicine doctor with a concierge practice in Los Angeles. There are two reasons why Fine feels most people should skip the antibacterial soap.

 

Both can add extra sugar to your daily diet.

By Sally Wadyka Oct 10, 2013 2:40PM

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That depends to some extent on when you drink them and how much you consume. While both contain sugar (sometimes in high amounts), soda is basically just sugar and water, while sports drinks also contain electrolytes such as potassium and sodium.

 

This is one case when popping a pill can substitute for the real thing.

By Sally Wadyka Oct 9, 2013 2:08PM

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“Yes, you can get a lot of the benefits of fish by taking fish oil supplements,” says Tara Gidus, MS, RD, team dietitian for the Orlando Magic and co-host of the TV show Emotional Mojo. “In fact, supplements can help you get higher doses of the beneficial omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA than you would probably get through your diet alone.”

 
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