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Published: Mon, 07 Jan 2013 16:13:33 GMT


Ask Dr. H: Fitting exercise into daily routines
Question: I work 45 hours a week at a very sedentary desk job. My busy work and family life leaves me no time for exercise and I would like to know whether there are any exercises I can do at the desk.

Ask Dr. H: Not all type 2 diabetics obese
Question: I read so much about type 2 (adult-onset) diabetes being associated with obesity. About 10 years ago, I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. However, I weigh just 98 pounds and am five feet tall with a small frame. My age is 80 and I'm still very active. Can you explain why I developed type 2 diabetes?

Ask Dr. H: Echocardiogram contradicts EKGs
Question: I had an EKG done in 2009 that said I had possible left atrial enlargement. Another EKG done at a different hospital in the same month said I had left atrial abnormality. I saw a cardiologist who did an echocardiogram of my heart and said I did not have left atrial enlargement. I'm completely puzzled! Can you help?

Ask Dr. H: Mysterious cure for cold sores
Question: In your recent article about cold sores, it was very noticeable that you did not address the use of lysine, which I hear is pooh-poohed by medical professionals. I use it at the earliest onset of a cold sore, and it works great.

Ask Dr. H: Testosterone gel preferred to pill
Question: I have low testosterone treated with Androgel applied once a day to my shoulder and upper chest area. It does seem to help, but I find the gel pretty messy. I know this is the most popular way low testosterone is treated, but why couldn't I just take testosterone pills instead?

Ask Dr. H: Tamiflu evidence lacking; is it still worth taking?
Question: I was reading a story in the newspaper that the British Medical Journal has accused Roche Pharmaceuticals of failing to provide full access to the research data on Tamiflu. The article said there's really no evidence that Tamiflu can actually stop the flu. Do you agree? Do you recommend that people still take it if they have the flu?

Ask Dr. H: 'Actively watching' prostate cancer
Question: I recently had a prostate biopsy, which showed a small area of cancer. My urologist discussed the option of close surveillance, with periodic biopsies and regular PSA blood testing. I'm 65 years old and otherwise in great health. Do you think it's better to treat the cancer or just watch it?

Ask Dr. H: Is DNA passed from a blood donor
Question: I've been taking Nexium for several years to treat Barrett's esophagus. I have heard that long-term use of acid-blocking drugs like Nexium can increase the risk of pneumonia. Why would it cause that? How much of a risk is it for me?

Ask Dr. H: Sleep apnea is also common in women
Question: At the insistence of my husband (because of my loud snoring), I had a sleep study, which found that I have sleep apnea. I must admit I'm better rested in the morning using a CPAP mask. I always thought sleep apnea was a man's condition. How common is it in women?

Ask Dr. H: Drugs lengthening lives in HIV cases
Question: I remember when Magic Johnson was diagnosed with HIV in the early 1990s. I thought it was his death sentence. Two decades later, he is healthy and the virus is completely under control with the medication he takes. Have we reached a point where people living with HIV can have normal life expectancies?