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Week of June 24, 2002

    Question:   Our 3-year-old daughter had chicken pox a couple of weeks ago and my husband and I both found ourselves with what seems to be a mild case of it since. Is it possible for my husband and I, both who've had chicken pox as children, to have contracted it again?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   My 10-year-old son has been having severe abdominal pain for 3 months. I have taken him to the doctor and the emergency room countless times. His pediatrician now has referred us to a pediatric gastroenterologist and thinks my son has a condition called megacolon. Can you explain to me what this is and how it is treated?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   I am afraid that my 19-year-old male friend has alopecia. A few months ago he shaved his head bald because he was losing chunks of his hair. Recently all of his facial hair has turned white, his eyelashes have fallen out, and now his arm hair is falling out. He says he feels fine physically. If it is not alopecia, what else might it be?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer