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Week of October 30, 2000

    Question:  My mother is extremely obese. We have tried every possible way to convince her to lose weight. She does agree and tries different weight loss plans, but she does not have the will power to continue. I saw her recently and she is to the point that even breathing is hard for her. What can we do to convince her? What medical options are recommended. Something must be done before we lose her.    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:  Breast cancer runs in my family. Both my mother and 45-year-old sister have had breast cancer. I am 38 years old and for the past couple of months I have been experiencing pain in my right nipple. It is a shooting pain and the nipple will become hard and painful even with a light touch such as rubbing against my bra or clothing. It will last for several minutes then subside, but returns frequently throughout the day. Is this anything to be concerned about?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:  My aunt had a stroke today. She is at the hospital and her left side is paralyzed. The doctors say they will wait and see. Will she get better? Is it common for a stroke victim to have only temporary paralysis?   Dr. McLaughlin's Answer