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Q: I was recently diagnosed with chondrocalcinosis, which is quite painful. I know it's similar to gout, though it is due to calcium crystals rather than urea. What treatments can help with pain? I … more
Hello again, dear readers, and thank you for joining us for this month's letters column. It's a difficult and challenging time, and we're more grateful than ever for the community that has sprung up … more
Q: Now that it's harder see a doctor or go to the emergency room, I want to beef up our first-aid kit. What should we have on hand? A: We're big fans of maintaining a well-stocked first-aid kit … more
Q: I just read that a coronavirus vaccine won't be ready until at least next year. How do vaccines work? And why do they take so long to make? A: When measured against the catastrophe of the … more
Q: Everybody is talking about the coronavirus right now, but I still don't really know what a virus is. How do they work? Why don't antibiotics kill them? A: You're far from alone in your … more
The isolation and fear all of us are experiencing these days is all too familiar to the millions of people struggling with a substance use disorder. The difference is that while we readily empathize … more
While the masses hunt for toilet paper, Caroline Gregory and other people with diabetes are on a different mission: scouring stores for the rubbing alcohol or alcohol swabs needed to manage their … more
BOSTON — Neil Diamond posts a fireside rendition of "Sweet Caroline" with its familiar lyrics tweaked to say, "Hands ... washing hands." A news anchor asks when social distancing will end … more
Working from home during the coronavirus pandemic — and generally hunkering down amid stay-at-home orders — mixes multiple aspects of life. That can be a recipe for stress. For those … more
Q: Why do you have to wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds? Are they not getting clean if you've only got cold water? And why is 20 seconds the magic number? What about … more

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