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Week of July 21, 2003

    Question:   My 6 year old comes home from school and has body odor mostly under her arm pits. Could you help me find more information on this?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   I am a nursing student and would like to know what the lab value RDW stands for? All I know is that it stands for Red Blood Cell Distribution Width. What is it's significance? What are the nursing interventions for a patient who has an elevated RDW? Can it be corrected/curable? Is it linked to any particular cancers or diseases?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   Is there a connection between extrapyramidal (coarse tremor) and dermatomyositis? If so what is the connection?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer