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Week of August 13, 2001

    Question:   I recently heard about Methyl Sulfonyl Methane (MSM) as a treatment for arthritis. What is it and where can I get it? Is it safe to take even if liver problems exist? What treatments do you recommend?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   My 21-year-old son has been getting these painless lumps on his body. It first showed on his arm, then his leg and upper thigh. He says he has more. He has been to several doctors and has two of them removed. They don't hurt but seem to get larger. His doctor told him these lumps are like fatty tissues or lumps and there is nothing to worry about. Now as his mother, I would like to know more about it. Is this harmless; what causes it and can it be prevented from multiplying and growing? The last one he had removed was large and he needed about 12 stitches after removal!    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   My 15-year-old son has duchenne muscular dystrophy. Do you recommend getting a pneumonia vaccine? What conditions warrant a flu or pneumonia vaccine?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer