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Dear Dr. Roach: About three months ago, I had an attack of gout. I believe it was my first, but I may have had one a few months earlier that w…

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As people get older, their pillbox often gets larger. Many people take multiple pills each day, some of them prescribed many years ago. This raises the risk of not only harmful drug interactions but also dangerous side effects. Prescriptions need to be updated regularly, because your body may react differently to drugs if your weight or your metabolism changes.

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An easy way to stay active is by walking. You don’t need to hit 10,000 steps a day to stay healthy — as many as 7,500 can do the trick, says Dr. Salamon.

Parents' fears about starting school in mid-August were realized when a kindergartner at Spotsylvania Elementary School arrived home on Aug. 12 suffering from heat exhaustion after a long ride in a hot bus on a day when the temperature hit the high 90s and the heat index topped 100 degrees.

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