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Week of May 6, 2002

    Question:   My son was born with aplasia cutis congenita on his head. It was a small case that is healing very well and has caused no other defects. It's scary because I know this can be a lot worse than what we have experienced. This is our first child and I was wondering if this is something that may happen with our next child? Is it genetic or hereditary or just a thing that happens?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   I am a 20-year-old male. I am regularly involved in vigorous physical activities. I have been working out (weight lifting) for several years and still have the unwanted fat around the lower stomach and the thighs. I was thinking of taking the fat burner pill "stacker 2" and I was wondering, with my physical activeness, will there be any increased health risks that I should be concerned with? Also is okay to to take other supplements with this as well, such as a protein supplement?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   I am a research assistant at Baylor Medical University in Dallas, Texas. My friend has a perplexing problem. She is a 22-year-old female in good shape and on a well-rounded diet, but has upper gastroenterology problems. She has never burped or released gas orally. This has come to some what of a problem at times with upper chest burning and the feeling of vomiting. Would that be a hiatal sphincter problem?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer