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Week of January 1, 2001

    Question:   Approximately how long does it take for one broken rib to heal in a fifty-year-old healthy woman? Also how many ribs do we have in the human body?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   I am 29 weeks pregnant and have a bad cold. Twice I've taken Dristan (Oxymetazoline Hydrochloride 0.05%) for congestion. I've since learned from the nurse I should not take this. What is the potential harm to my child from what I've taken? I am also on Brethene for pre-term labor.    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   My friend has a benign astrocytoma and the doctor recommends a lobotomy. He tried radiation and the tumor grew. I have checked the information on lobotomy and could only find it in relation to mental illness. Could you please tell me how this would help him?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer