Monthly Archives: September 2012

I’m a smoker who worries about lung cancer. How long will it take for my lungs to heal after I quit?

For an answer, we turned to Tom Lynch, M.D., director of Yale Cancer Center and physician-in-chief of Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven. Dr. Lynch is a world-renowned expert in lung cancer and the development of novel therapies. He writes: … Continue reading

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I have seasonal allergies and take over-the-counter medication. Is it necessary to take it every day to build up its effectiveness, or can I just take it on days when my allergies are really bad?

Our answer comes from Mark Bianchi, M.D., ear, nose and throat specialist at Yale Medical Group.  “There are three categories of allergy pills; antihistamines, decongestants, and leukotriene inhibitors. They all work fairly rapidly. I don’t continue the first two for … Continue reading

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What causes lower back pain, and why does it sometimes seem to radiate to other parts of the back and hip area?

We turned to Peter Whang, M.D., spine expert at the Yale School of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics. He writes: “Low back pain is, unfortunately, a ubiquitous problem in our society. Approximately 80% of individuals will have an episode of low … Continue reading

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Are people with particular blood types more susceptible to infectious diseases such as malaria?

Madhav Dhodapkar, M.B.B.S., is the chief of hematology at Yale School of Medicine, and also a professor of immunobiology. He answers:  “Yes. There is some suggestion that the nature of blood type may impact the susceptibility to malaria. The findings … Continue reading

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What are the warning signs of pancreatic cancer? Is there a test that can diagnose it before symptoms appear? And, is there any way to prevent it?

We turned to Yale pancreatic cancer expert Ronald Salem, M.D., professor of surgery and section chief of surgical oncology at Yale School of Medicine.  He writes:  “Despite the many advances in cancer therapy, pancreas cancer remains one of the most … Continue reading

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What causes bad breath, and how can I cure it?

We turned to Mark Bianchi, M.D., ear, nose and throat specialist at Yale Medical Group. He writes:  “Bad breath or halitosis can come from chronic tonsillitis, acid reflux (GERD), allergies, smoking, diet, and lack of adequate dental care and oral … Continue reading

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