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Week of May 27, 2002

    Question:   I was just diagnosed with osteochondritis dessicans. My doctor told me the only way to treat it is with surgery to remove the loose bone and cartilage fragments. Is this true? Will go away on its own?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   I am a legal assistant in Missouri. I have a client who was given 40 mg of Prednisone for swelling in his wrist. He started noticing harsh side effects immediately Five days later he was diagnosed with Diabetes type 1. One of Prednisone's side effects is diabetes, but it doesn't state what type of diabetes it can cause. Have you heard of anyone having this same case?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   My 4 -year-old gets canker sores in inside of her mouth all the time. It has been going on for at least 6 months. She brushes her teeth every day. Does she need to be doing something different? No one else in my family gets them like she does. I am concerned because it bothers her and hurts sometimes when we are eat supper. They seem to go away, but keep coming back! Can you offer any advice?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer