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Week of May 19, 2003

    Question:   Can a physician allow a student of a medical assisting school (not a medical school for doctors) to examine a patient during the student's internship at the physician's clinic? If so, does the physician have to examine the patient again?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   My husband is overweight and his family has a history of diabetes. He just received news that he has elevated liver enzymes and the doctor wants to run more tests on him. Of course, we will get the tests run, but we just want to know what are the possibilities since we don't know anything about this condition. What are the possible causes for elevated liver enzymes?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   I am a Client Service Worker, and one of my clients has developed a staph infection. Here in our small town, little has been disclosed to us on the above-mentioned topic. What causes staph infection? How is it treated? Is it a killer? What are the symptoms? How is it contracted? Where can I find information on the web about it?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer