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Week of May 13, 2002

    Question:   My nephrologist suggested that one beer per day would decrease my stones (medullary sponge kidney disorder). Is there any current research to support this? If indeed this is helpful prevention, is it the alcohol, hops, or another component of the beer that prevents it? Would an alcohol-free beer produce the same results?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   What is the difference between an M.D. and a D.O.?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   I had a nerve in my neck cut during surgery over 5 years ago. It has taken over 5 years to get a correct diagnosis of the condition. I am considering a nerve transplant that involves a nerve in my shoulder and is affecting the use of my shoulder. Do you think it is too late or risky?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer