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Week of February 3, 2003

    Question:   I'm an 18-year-old, athletic female rower. About 4 times a day, I "crack" my back. I place my hands posteriorly just below my lower back then I lean backwards. At this time, I usually hear a popping noise, and it almost feels as if things shift a bit around my tail bone area. It feels good. I almost wonder if I'm popping something back in place. It relieves a lot of tension...    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   I always have bad breath and I think that it is from post-nasal drip. What can be done to remedy it?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   Can you tell me if any danger exists for other family members, especially children, after someone has received a large dose of radioactive iodine for thyroid cancer treatment and has just come home from the hospital? Would it be advisable to stay out of the home for a period of time and what specifically are the risks to others who might be exposed? Can you help?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer