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Week of January 21, 2003

    Question: My daughter Jenny, who is 12, has Mitochondrial Disease and Tourette's Syndrome. At times her tics get so bad in her throat that she has problems breathing. Her doctor has never had a patient with this kind of compromise and neither has her partner who specializes in tics disorders...    Dr. Pies' Answer


    Question: My two 1/2 year old nephew has just been diagnosed with ADD. When he was just a couple of days old he contracted meningitis. The doctors/specialists have said that he has ADD because of the meningitis. Is this possible? How does that work?   Dr. Pies' Answer


    Question: I am a veteran Kindergarten teacher with 30 years of experience. I have, however, never seen as many children, as I have this year, with separation anxiety. I think perhaps it is because of 9/11. Whatever the cause, how do I best help them cope?    Dr. Pies' Answer