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Week of August 27, 2001

    Question:  Are there effective treatments for breast enlargement without surgery? People advertise pills creams etc. and I don't see how they could work. Are any of them for real?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   I have a lump in my neck that I just noticed. Its on the right side of my chin under my jaw. Its scaring me, what are the early signs of lymphoma?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   I am a 52-year-old female with the following lab results: Cholesterol, Total 70; Triglycerides 77; HDL 38; VLDL 15; LDL 16, Ratio 0.4. Do you feel that these readings are too low? My total cholesterol has been near 70 for over 20 years. Should I be concerned? It seems that cholesterol isn't an exact science and I remember them revising the guidelines for what is high cholesterol. How important are these numbers? Thanks!    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer