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When Should I Quit Smoking?
I have a friend who has been smoking for more than 20 years. She claims a doctor told her that if she quits before age 40, she should be fine. Is that true? Also, is there an increased risk factor if a close relative died from lung cancer?
Do Heart Palpitations and Dizzy Spells Require Treatment?
I’m having heart palpitations and dizzy spells with increased frequency. I’m female (27) who smokes and has a previous history of illegal drug use (but "clean" since 2003). As a child I had a benign irregular heart beat. Do I need medical treatment?
Lung Nodules Sign of Cancer?
I had a CT scan and they found a 4mm nodule in one lung and a 5mm one in the other (rescan in 4 months). I’m 42 and a smoker. I have no symptoms of cancer but read bilateral multiple nodules are usually metastasis from a primary elsewhere. True?
Opioid Pain Medication Dependence vs. Addiction
I’ve been taking Vicoden for a number of years because of chronic back pain. My concern is that I’ve become dependent on them. Is there a difference between physical dependence and addiction?
Alcohol Abuse vs. Alcohol Dependence
I only drink a glass or two of wine a day, but I have a very hard time giving this up. Does that mean I'm an alcoholic?
Alcohol Consumption and Addiction
Is drinking hard alcohol more likely to contribute to addiction than wine or beer?
Over-the-Counter Sleep Aids Addiction?
Can you become addicted to over the counter sleep aids like Tylenol PM?
Prescription Drug Use in Teens
My daughter is about to enter high school, and I hear that kids are dabbling in prescription drugs more than old stand-bys like pot and alcohol. What are signs of prescription drug use in teens?
Pain Medication Withdrawals
I've been taking Norco for post surgery pain. I'm feeling much better now and wonder how long I should take to go off of it? I've been taking three a day and I'm afraid of withdrawals.
Sugar Addiction and Alcoholism Link
I am a 49 year old recovering alcoholic and have three years of sobriety. Since I got sober I have not been able to control my sugar cravings. Is there any thing I can do?
Alcohol Consumption and High Cholesterol
How much does alcohol contribute to high cholesterol, and can I drink while taking Lipitor?
Lung Cancer Causes: Reason for increase?
I read that lung cancer is on the rise, but smoking is on a decline. What is causing this increase?
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