Memory Problems in a Grieving Friend

  Dear Dr. Eva, My best friend lost his lover of many years last September. Since then I’ve noticed he has become increasingly forgetful. What are the early signs of dementia? And what can I do to help my friend? MC Dear MC, Although physical problems should be considered, memory loss in a person who is grieving is most often a sign of depression, not of mental deterioration (dementia) like Alzheimer’s disease. Memory loss as the main feature of depression is common enough that there is a specific term for it, “pseudo-dementia.” Depression is not always seen as sadness or […]

Mold-Related Illness

  Dear Dr. Eva, We finally decided to get a couple of bedrooms painted. They had wallpaper, and when it was stripped off we saw big patches of black and red mold. Looked like it must have been growing for years, and it smelled musty. The painters say they can use anti-mold paint, but will that be enough? One of my kids has asthma, and I wonder if this could be the cause of it. Moldy Home Dear Moldy, A mold investigation can be as deep as you are willing to go. The most important thing to know is that […]

Is Throat Gonorrhea Real?

Dear Dr. Eva, A friend says that he was treated for gonorrhea in the throat and was told he didn’t need a follow-up test to make sure it was gone. Does this make sense? Is there such a thing as gonorrhea in the throat? And if a person has an STD, don’t they always need to a follow-up test to make sure it’s gone? Dubious Dear Dubious, Yes, there definitely is such a thing as gonorrhea infection of the throat. Throat gonorrhea is picked up when a person gives oral sex to a man who has gonorrhea of the penis. […]

Simple, Healthy Changes for 2018

New year, new you Dear Readers, Lots of people make New Year’s resolutions. When a person can’t stick with the changes they planned – which is what usually happens – they may feel like a double failure. Not only are they continuing the behavior they meant to change, they also have been unable to keep their commitment. Considering this, my first thought was that maybe we should swear off the whole idea of New Year’s resolutions. But on second thought, it would be a shame not to make good use of the motivation for positive change that many people feel […]

Piercing Questions Top to Bottom

Dear Dr Eva, I’ve been thinking for a while about getting my nipples pierced. I like the idea of having them pierced, but at the same time I wonder what will happen if I have a baby and decide to breastfeed. Could the nipples get damaged from piercing in a way that could interfere with feeding a baby? Thanks, Cat Please follow and like us:

Could it be Seasonal Affective Disorder?

If your doctor can’t prescribe a beach vacation, then instead you can… Dear Dr. Eva, Every year, as the days get shorter in the fall, I have a major loss of energy. I want to sleep longer and eat more. It starts in October or November. After the time change, with sunset now at 5 pm and earlier, it gets harder and harder to get out of bed. I feel unable to deal with people even in minor normal day-to-day interactions. At work, I’m struggling to keep up even with routine stuff. A lot of people I know also seem […]

How Do Women Urinate?

Inquiring minds want to know! Dear Dr. Eva, Please don’t laugh at me, this is a serious question. I’m a straight woman. I was in a women’s internet chat room where we were discussing whether women have “one hole or two” – that is, does urine drain through the vagina, or from a separate opening? Some people thought urine comes out through the vagina; others said women have a separate hole to drain urine. I always thought that in women urine drains through the vagina, the same way that sperm and urine come out through the same opening in men. […]

Are Weight-Loss Mints for Real?

Beware diet hucksterism! Dear Dr. Eva, I get emails all the time for “amazing” weight loss cures. Somehow the Internet knows I’m overweight. I have tried some of these “cures” with no real success. I wanted to see if you would check this ad out as a doctor and let OUTloud readers know the truth, if it works or if it is BS like I think? Size 3x Please follow and like us: