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Week of September 2, 2002

    Question:   I am a 32-year-old female. Two years ago I was diagnosed with type I diabetes. Since then, I've noticed that my short-term memory isn't as good as it used to be. I forget things all the time. Has there been any research on memory impairment and diabetes or insulin injections?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer


    Question:   I developed gynecomastia during the summer of 1997, when I was 12 years old while I was starting to go through puberty. At first, I didn't pay much attention to my enlarging breasts, although I could feel the lump under the nipple. At that time, the lumps were so big that the areola was stretched around the entire lump. Now I'm 17 years old, and the lumps seem to have gone down a little over the years, but they still remain. I would like to know what symptoms I should look for, to know if my gynecomastia us finally going away...    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer


    Question:   I am currently a gout sufferer who is trying to lose weight to reduce the impact of this health issue. My doctor currently has me on 500 mg of allupurinol and 75 mg of indomethecin daily to help control. She just raised me to 500 mg. I still get acute attacks all the time. I have had this for a long time and it seems to keep getting worse every year. What else can I do to help alleviate the attacks and reduce the uric acid in my blood?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer