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Q: A friend suggested I try MSM crystals for arthritis. What are they, and do they work? If they do, where can I find them?A: Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) is an organic sulfur-containing compound naturally found in plants such as Brussels sprouts, … more
The National Weather Service recently officially adjusted heat indexes in New England to more accurately portray the risk to residents, who are used to lower average temperatures year round than in other areas of the country. Heat index, also known … more
Q I'm a 77-year-old woman, and I'm a hoarder. Well, maybe I'm a hoarder. Or maybe I'm just lazy or even a procrastinator. Regardless, how can I get myself in gear?A Hoarding behavior has only recently been recognized as a disorder. According to the … more
PITTSFIELD — My editor must have been clairvoyant when she asked me to write about allergies associated with this year's unusually high pollen count across the region. That's because half my face had ballooned to near-softball-size as a … more
Q: A new study said that prolonged antibiotic use is tied to colon polyps. But "prolonged" meant "two weeks or more." I had a couple of bacterial infections in a six-month timespan. How worried should I be?A: Antibiotics have undoubtedly … more
Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and the number-one cause of serious long-term disability in the United States. Every 40 seconds in this country, someone has a stroke. Every three to four minutes, someone dies from stroke. While the … more
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