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Week of October 22, 2001

    Question:   My two-month-old daughter has spherocytosis. Is there any special danger for her in receiving vaccinations (since her immune system is already compromised by this disorder)? Also, is there any solid evidence to lend credence to the persistent rumor that certain vaccinations may cause autism?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer


    Question:   I am a 30-year-old male and I have a speech problem since childhood. I cannot pronounce the "R". It makes a "V" sound. Can you help?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer


    Question:   How can I flush excess uric acid from my body? I also have gout. How can I avoid build up?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer