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Week of May 20, 2002

    Question:   My 9-year-old grandson has been diagnosed with Osteochondritis juvenilis. This started when he complained of severe pain in his heel. The hospital said that it was rare, but it appeared that he had broken it. Upon further investigation, the above disease was diagnosed as being probable. After 6 weeks and no signs of healing, this diagnosis was confirmed.    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   Can you provide information about adult chicken pox? What is the risk of contagiousness for people who already had chicken pox? How long are people contagious and when? Is there any risk for someone who has already had it? Is there any risk to be around an elderly person who had chicken pox when they were younger?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   My left lower eye lid has a constant spasm (twitch) that is very noticeable. Is there any medication that I can take to stop this?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer