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Week of January 29, 2001

    Question:   My boyfriend and I both contracted a skin condition that we noticed shortly after returning from a Mexican holiday. We both had (and still do, 2 months later) itchy red bumps under and around our belly buttons. We assumed they were flea bites from our dog, so we treated the dog. The rash remained. It seems to come and go in waves. For a couple weeks, it will be intensely itchy, then it will pass, convincing us it's healed. The rash is usually the most itchy at night. Can you help out?    Dr. Shiller's Answer

    Question:   A friend is having a brain biopsy this week and may have cerebral fasciculatus. I cant find any info on this. Can you help me?    Dr. Shiller's Answer

    Question:   Are there web sites that contain information relative to the incidence of people faking strokes and attributing the causes to events immediately prior or more distantly removed in time? I know a school counselor who has a mild case of MS and is grieving the district for causing him stress on the job (which he has not performed as specified from day one)...    Dr. Shiller's Answer