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Week of July 8, 2002

    Question:   Is it common for gynecomastia to be genetic? My boyfriend claims the only reason he doesn't want to have children is because he's afraid if he has a son, his son will develop gynecomastia (based on the fact that his dad has it too). My boyfriend doesn't want a son to go through the pain and embarrassment that he went through as a teenager (he eventually had surgery to correct this problem). Do you have any advice on this?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   I am a 54-year-old woman, an ex-smoker, am on hormone replacement therapy, and I find numerous bruises on my body. I bruise very easily. I had a CBC and it came back normal. Can you explain the different reasons why a person can easily bruise?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   I've read about the benefits of coenzyme q 10. How do I obtain this naturally, i.e., not through vitamins. What types of food contain it? What are the side effects or risks?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer