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“It’s remarkable that, during a pandemic with massive job losses, the share of Americans uninsured did not go up,” said Larry Levitt, executive vice president for health policy at KFF. “This is likely a testament to what is now a much more protective health insurance safety net.”
Dear Doctor: I'm 52 years old and going through menopause. I knew about the insomnia, night sweats and hot flashes, which get talked about a lot. What's upsetting is that I'm also becoming mentally less sharp than I used to be. Is this part of menopause, too? Would hormone replacement therapy help?
Dear Doctor: My wife and I had to go back to our offices, so our 4-year-old son is back in day care. About six weeks in, he got an itchy rash that drove him nuts. His pediatrician says it's scabies. What is that? She says it's likely he got it at day care, and we're worried it will happen again.
Question: Why join a men’s cancer discussion group?
Dear Doctor: I'm 65 years old, and I've been diagnosed with a-fib, and also atrial flutter. It used to come and go, but now it's staying with me. I have a patch from an atrial septal defect repair as a child, so ablation may not be an option. If not, can I live with these and still have a good life?
Dear Doctor: What are flavonoids? All of a sudden, they're in the news, and it sounds like if you get enough of them, you'll have normal blood pressure. Can you get them in regular food?
Question: What is new with prostate cancer screenings?
Dear Doctor: I'm a 74-year-old male with a stubborn case of jock itch. I've tried every over-the-counter ointment, powder and soap, with no success. A prescription cream keeps it from getting worse, but it doesn't stop the problem. Do you have any other recommendations on how to treat this?
Question: How do you transition to a healthy lifestyle after cancer treatment?
Dear Doctor: I recently fainted in my kitchen and later learned it was because I was dehydrated, something I knew nothing about. I'm well into my 80s and in good health, but I never seem to get thirsty. How much should I drink? Can other liquids take the place of water?