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Week of September 1, 2003

    Question:   As an aerobatic pilot I experience repeated positive and negative Gs while practicing maneuvers. What are the short- and long-term effects on the vascular system (also lymphatic, hormonal, internal organs, etc.) What more can I do (other than my already strenuous diet/exercise/weight training routine) to ensure peak health over time?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   I am a 14-year-old male and I can't fully retract my foreskin. I saw my doctor about it and she told me to work on it and I may not need any surgical treatment. The last time I was trying to retract it I found large deposits of smegma. Should I worry about penile cancer? What other health issues should I worry about involving this? Should I consult my doctor about this?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   I do concrete work for a living. I have this tingle in my right arm. It starts at the shoulder and goes all the way to my fingers. It comes and goes about every 5 to 10 minutes. If I fall asleep and put my hands and arms above my head, I'll wake with terrible pain and have to use my left hand to reach over and pick it up to move it. I also get very sharp pains in my wrist that feels like a jolt of electricity. Can you help?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer