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May 6

What's the most effective way to do pushups?

Sets of 10 or "feel the burn" marathons? [more inside]
posted by crazylegs at 2:12 PM - 6 answers

Should I get tested for strep throat?

My boyfriend just got diagnosed with Strep throat. His symptoms showed up Tuesday-Wednesday and I last saw him on Sunday. Now my throat hurts, but I'm also hungover. Should I get tested for strep? I'm paranoid because my tonsils are extremely reactive so when I get a throat infection it can get really really bad.
posted by bengalibelle at 9:45 AM - 12 answers

Infliximab (Remicade) or Adalimumab (Humira)?

I was diagnosed with Crohn's colitis about five years ago. I've been on Asacol and Mercaptopurine for most of that time, with a few courses of prednisone for flares. There's now a prospect of my moving on to either Infliximab (Remicade) or Adalimumab (Humira); has anyone got experiences which shed light on the question of which I should choose? I understand that the former requires hospital visits for infusion, while the latter can be done by subcutaneous injection at home. I'm not needle phobic. This is the UK NHS so cost is not a factor.
posted by Segundus at 5:49 AM - 10 answers

Alcohol intolerance: seriously? Has anyone experienced this?

I have been on a journey since October to figure out what the hell is wrong with my body. [more inside]
posted by uncannyslacks at 3:56 AM - 19 answers

May 5

Should I donate my eggs to my cousin?

My cousin has been trying to conceive for three years. Recently she and her husband underwent IVF treatment, which didn't pan out. They then ran a panel of genetic tests to see what could be causing the issue. It turns out that she is a Fragile X carrier. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:34 PM - 13 answers

The mysterious case of the non-allergic allergies

I have had "allergies" my entire life that seemed to culminate in a gasping cough last year, which sent me to an allergist (among other doctors), which found that I don't have allergies. All of the testing was negative. Except I frequently get bouts of what seems like severe allergies--nonstop sneezing, nonstop headaches, exhaustion, bad post-nasal drop--and nothing helps. Now it's worse than ever and I don't know what to do. [more inside]
posted by Amy93 at 6:29 PM - 25 answers

Strabismus? Doctor's visit required?

My 5-year-old sometimes makes a face with her eyes crossed, just to look silly. Last night I noticed one eye moves more to the corner/center than the other when she does it. [more inside]
posted by kitcat at 9:01 AM - 9 answers

Recharging the Battery

What activities or pursuits do you find more rejuvenating and relaxing than sitting idly in front of the computer or watching TV? I'm looking for things that I can do on a regular basis that will leave my mental and physical batteries feeling recharged rather than drained.
posted by sleepy psychonaut at 8:16 AM - 23 answers

perpetual sore throat

I've had this sore throat for the past month. [more inside]
posted by quadrilaterals at 6:55 AM - 15 answers

New Multiple sclerosis diagnosis what is next?

Asking for my friend. My 42 year old friend was just diagnosed with very early stage MS. She wants a second opinion. How do you go about finding somebody? Original diagnosis at Cleveland MS Clinic. Willing to travel to MD, DC, PA, or about 6 hours from Cleveland. Ignore insurance issues. TIA!
posted by Coffee Bean at 6:25 AM - 4 answers

May 4

How to address ongoing stomach issues with doctor

I have a doctor's appointment tomorrow, and I'd like to go in with some way to talk intelligently about my symptoms and perhaps an idea of what I should be tested for. Symptoms within... [more inside]
posted by Forty-eight at 9:39 PM - 9 answers

Dealing w/ a gifted 11 year old's Sensory Processing Disorder meltdowns

My 11-year old daughter is an incredibly smart, straight-A student. She's in the gifted program, she scores in the 99th percentile on pretty much every standardized test, she reads at a 12th grade level. She has a gift for coding and she makes her own apps. She also has sensory processing disorder, which results in hide-in-a-corner-and-cry meltdowns. [more inside]
posted by Ostara at 12:52 PM - 33 answers

What do I do about this ingrown toenail?

I read the top search results for ingrown toenails, but mine is a little different. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:38 PM - 10 answers

up in the ear

How do I know when it's safe to fly after having an ear infection? [more inside]
posted by roger ackroyd at 12:15 PM - 9 answers

How did you become a morning person?

Night person here...Hello! Wanting to hear from people who actually successfully switched from being night people to being morning people. [more inside]
posted by Toddles at 10:06 AM - 47 answers

Best new books on obesity research (that are not weight-loss guides)?

I really enjoyed Gina Kolata's Rethinking Thin and Ellen Ruppel Shell's The Hungry Gene, but they were published in 2008 and 2003, respectively. Presumably quite a bit of research has been done on obesity in the last decade+, and I'm wondering what the best books are that cover it broadly. I'm definitely not looking for how-to diet guides, but also not necessarily interested in authors with a pointed agenda (HAES, anti-sugar, etc).
posted by brozek at 8:36 AM - 5 answers

May 3

How to stop getting frequent colds

I get colds a lot. How can I stop getting them so frequently? Also, how can I make the duration of them shorter? [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 at 10:21 PM - 31 answers

Dental implants failed - keep trying?

My mom, who's pushing 80, had several dental implants procedure done (for a full upper denture support). Each time after the procedure, everything looked ok and at the follow up check up, the bone seemed to be healing properly and implant was a success. However after a year or two, some would start to become loose and when another x-ray was done, there was bone loss around them. She's thinking of doing another round of implants with another doctor - should she do it? [more inside]
posted by 7life at 8:40 AM - 4 answers

Cranberry Juice and Seltzer vs. Soda

Is mixing this cranberry juice with equal parts seltzer genuinely healthier than drinking something like ginger ale (Canada Dry, nothing fancy) or just healthier on paper? Assume that at the most I am drinking no more than 16-24 oz per day of either the cranberry/seltzer mix or straight ginger ale.
posted by griphus at 8:22 AM - 15 answers

Hiring a personal trainer/nutritionist while sick?

I've suffered from a chronic illness for many years. I've come to the conclusion that I need to jump off the endless doctor visit merry-go-round and focus on pain management and quality of life instead. I think a personal trainer would help with that, but I don't know anything about them. [more inside]
posted by backwards compatible at 4:20 AM - 12 answers

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