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Week of December 16, 2002

    Question:   I would like know what the cost difference is between nursing homes and a companion service where someone comes in the home, cooks, cleans and helps with other things around the house. I work for "Home a Better Place", a non-medical in-home companion service and every time I see a report, it seems the cost of nursing homes continue to rise. Could you help me out with any information?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   Three months ago our second child was born. He is a healthy, active and friendly baby. Several days after his birth we have noticed a bump under his eyebrow. We were very concerned and discussed this with our pediatrician. He told us that the bump is a cyst and it is not dangerous and can be removed surgically if it starts getting bigger...    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   My mother is 80 years old and has started her period again. She's had an ultra sound and it indicated a thickening of the uterus which is of course in atrophy at her age and there was no indication of any masses or growths. She has had 10 live births, never an abnormal pap or any kind of difficulty regarding her reproductive organs...    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer