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  • Smoking study yields a surprise

    By Dr. Anthony Komaroff
    Medical Columnist | February 22, 2016 - 3:18pm

    Dear Dr. Komaroff: I’ve decided to quit smoking.

  • Treatment eases cycle disorder

    By Dr. Anthony Komaroff
    Medical Columnist | February 15, 2016 - 6:26pm

    Dear Dr. Komaroff: I always assumed my premenstrual mood swings were normal.

  • Hypnotherapy leads body's response

    By Dr. Anthony Komaroff
    Medical Columnist | February 8, 2016 - 6:52pm

    Dear Dr. Komaroff: I am in near-constant pain because of arthritis. My doctor suggested that I try hypnotherapy.

  • Booster shot gives wide protection

    By Dr. Anthony Komaroff
    Medical Columnist | February 1, 2016 - 6:21pm

    Dear Dr. Komaroff: My son says if I get a booster shot for pertussis, it will help protect his kids from getting whooping cough.

  • Value of tDCS therapy is unproven

    By Dr. Anthony Komaroff
    Medical Columnist | January 25, 2016 - 6:15pm

    Dear Dr. Komaroff: I saw an ad for something called a “tDCS brain-stimulating device.” It supposedly helps improve memory and thinking.

  • Breathing technique provides relief

    By Dr. Anthony Komaroff
    Medical Columnist | January 18, 2016 - 6:29pm

    Dear Dr. Komaroff: A friend recommended a technique called “breath focus” to help me deal with stress. Does this help?

  • Aneurysms often found by chance

    By Dr. Anthony Komaroff
    Medical Columnist | January 11, 2016 - 4:23pm

    Dear Doctor Komaroff: I had pain in my abdomen, so my doctor did an ultrasound to check for gallstones.

  • Several steps can relieve arthritis pain

    By Dr. Anthony Komaroff
    Medical Columnist | January 4, 2016 - 7:36pm

    Dear Dr. Komaroff: I have osteoarthritis in my hands. Are any treatments particularly effective for this condition?

  • TBI effort reveals problem

    By Dr. Anthony Komaroff
    Medical Columnist | December 28, 2015 - 4:02pm

    Dear Dr. Komaroff: My children play contact sports.

  • Exercise protects health

    By Dr. Anthony Komaroff
    Medical Columnist | December 21, 2015 - 5:28pm

    Dear Dr. Komaroff: My wife saw something on the news about a man who died of sudden cardiac arrest while jogging.

  • Secondary effect comes with stroke

    By Dr. Anthony Komaroff
    Medical Columnist | December 14, 2015 - 6:57pm

    Dear Dr. Komaroff: I’ve been in pain ever since I had a stroke about six months ago. What will relieve it?

  • Dysthymia differs from depression in its extent

    By Dr. Anthony Komaroff
    Medical Columnist | December 7, 2015 - 4:21pm

    Dear Dr. Komaroff: My doctor said I suffer from dysthymia. A friend said this is just a nice word for depression. What is dysthymia?

  • Gene tool has great promise

    By Dr. Anthony Komaroff
    Medical Columnist | November 30, 2015 - 6:56pm

    Dear Dr. Komaroff: My son said he learned in school about a powerful new technique for editing genes that could possibly cure diseases.

  • Puberty changes boy’s voice

    By Dr. Anthony Komaroff
    Medical Columnist | November 23, 2015 - 4:12pm

    Dear Dr. Komaroff: My son is 14, and his voice has started to change. Why does this happen? Dear Reader: Your son is going through puberty.

  • Melatonin may help adjustment to new time zone

    By Dr. Anthony Komaroff
    Medical Columnist | November 16, 2015 - 7:48pm

    Dear Dr. Komaroff: My wife and I are traveling to Europe in a few weeks, and we’re already dreading the jet lag.

  • Surgery's value outweighs the risks

    By Dr. Anthony Komaroff
    Medical Columnist | November 9, 2015 - 2:03pm

    Dear Dr. Komaroff: My doctor says I need hip replacement surgery. She says it will help my pain. But I’m worried about complications.

  • Treatments ease ringing in ears

    By Dr. Anthony Komaroff
    Medical Columnist | November 2, 2015 - 5:02pm

    Dear Dr. Komaroff: I have a constant ringing or buzzing sound in my ears. It’s been going on for months. What can I do?

  • Immunization can ward off painful virus

    By Dr. Anthony Komaroff
    Medical Columnist | October 26, 2015 - 9:51am

    Dear Dr. Komaroff: I’m a healthy 55-year-old man. Should I get the shingles vaccine? And while you’re at it, what exactly is shingles?

  • Several factors dictate anesthesia choice

    By Dr. Anthony Komaroff
    Medical Columnist | October 19, 2015 - 5:11pm

    Dear Dr. Komaroff: I have a minor surgical procedure coming up. Will I have any say in the type of anesthesia the doctor uses?

  • Passing gas is not unusual

    By Dr. Anthony Komaroff
    Medical Columnist | October 12, 2015 - 4:12pm

    Dear Dr. Komaroff: All my adult life I’ve had a tendency to pass a lot of gas. It’s unpleasant for me and for others.

  • Suicide exacts high toll on families

    By Dr. Anthony Komaroff
    Medical Columnist | October 5, 2015 - 3:22pm

    Dear Dr. Komaroff: My friend’s son recently committed suicide. What can I do to support her during this awful time?

  • Bacteria wage war on teeth

    By Dr. Anthony Komaroff
    Medical Columnist | September 28, 2015 - 2:59pm

    Dear Dr. Komaroff: What is tooth decay, and how does it happen?

  • Eating fish offers health benefits

    By Dr. Anthony Komaroff
    Medical Columnist | September 21, 2015 - 3:18pm

    Dear Dr. Komaroff: Heart disease runs in my family. Should I eat fish or take fish oil supplements?

  • Headache diary helps track pain's cause

    By Dr. Anthony Komaroff
    Medical Columnist | September 14, 2015 - 2:15pm

    Dear Dr. Komaroff: I’ve made an appointment to see a doctor because of my frequent headaches. What is likely to happen at the appointment?

  • In motion sickness, brain misreads body’s signals

    By Dr. Anthony Komaroff
    Medical Columnist | August 31, 2015 - 3:02pm

    Dear Dr. Komaroff: I have a lot of travel coming up for work.