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Week of June 26, 2000

    Question:   I am a 20-year-old female who has been experiencing frequent breakouts in the recent months. Previously I have not had trouble with acne. I am in a profession in which I rely heavily on my appearance, and these frequent breakouts are affecting my work. I need information on the latest treatments. I am looking for something that REALLY works, no matter what the cost. Any suggestions?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   I've been working out since January and have been on nutritional supplements as well. Over the past four days, I have been experiencing this strange "cramping" feeling in my upper abdomen. It usually only aches if I fully inhale. Also, if i don't hold in my gut, it tends to pull on whatever muscles are aching. I think it might be the millions of crunches I've been doing... Or I've also theorized, that since I've been adding so much protein (through supplement protein shakes), my kidneys might be the problem...any theories?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   My uncle is a 41-year-old male who has suffered from severe uncontrollable headaches for at least 25 years. He has seen several specialists but nothing seems to help. Medication does nothing and it gets to the point that he physically gets sick to his stomach. The pain is located behind his eyes and in his temples. No one knows what's wrong with him and he is beginning to give up. It scares his family because he just wants to die. We need to find out what's wrong with him. What would you recommend?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   What do you think of stomach stapling for morbidly obese people? What options are available? What are some good web sites for information on stomach stapling procedures?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   I am 16 and I recently found a small bump on my breast. I have heard that teenagers rarely get breast cancer, but I am curious to know about the bump. If it's not cancer, then what could it be? Should I see a doctor?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer