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Week of January 21, 2002

    Question:   Within the past ten years I have experienced an anaphylactic reaction to both penicillin and erythromycin. In the event an antibiotic medication is required in the future, what is the recommended drug of choice?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer


    Question:   I know that you can get a blood test to detect cancer cells, called the C125 test. I would like to know if there is a newer or more positive blood test you can take?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer


    Question:   I had been suffering the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, but I suspected that, because these symptoms were irregular, that something in my diet may be causing them. By noting what foods affected me mostly, I discovered that milk products were the cause. When I excluded these from my diet, the symptoms disappeared. What can I take to alleviate this problem? Are there any medicines which will counteract against these symptoms, so that I may return to a normal diet?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer