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Week of July 1, 2002

    Question:   I am 68 years old and have had several surgeries on both ears since I was 27 years old. I have a condition called cholesteatoma. I've had prolonged exposure to jet engine noise through work. I come from a family of twelve and no one in the family has ever had it or worked around jet engines except me. Have there been any studies conducted relating the disease to prolonged exposure to loud noise?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   I have been taking estrogen and progesterin for 12 years to treat menopausal symptoms and am contemplating getting off of them. I have maintained a good head of hair and am concerned about hair loss if I were to stop the hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Can you give me more information about this?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   Can you tell me what type of drugs (not specific drugs, but maybe drug classes) are least likely to cross the placental barrier and affect the developing fetus? Do all drugs affect the fetus?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer