Harvard doctors answer intriguing questions from readers in the May Harvard Health Letter

This month, the Harvard Health Letter presents its second annual all-Q&A issue, in which Harvard Medical School doctors answer readers' questions. This is a departure from the regular issues, which feature just one or two questions from readers that are answered by members of the Harvard Health Letter's editorial board—and occasionally other Harvard-affiliated doctors—in the newsletter's back-page "By the Way, Doctor" feature.

No matter what the topic, these Q&As are among the best-read articles in the newsletter. The questions addressed in the May issue reflect a broad range of interests, ranging from diabetes treatment to a recent study of ginkgo biloba for prevention of dementia.

The issue answers the following questions:

  • Is it safe for children to drink soy milk?
  • Why don't we have a screening test for pancreatic cancer?
  • Are PET-CT scans as reliable as a mammogram for detecting breast cancer?
  • Should my diabetes treatment be more aggressive given my elevated hemoglobin A1c?
  • Are there risks from eating too much fish?
  • How do I handle the pain and idiosyncrasies of my hammertoes?
  • How do I unplug my ear?
  • What conditions cause tremors in adults?
  • Does ginkgo biloba help slow down dementia?

Read a full-length sample Q&A: "Is it safe for children to drink soy milk?"

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