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Lozenges

When you have a sore throat or a cough, you may reach for a lozenge. But is it actually helping you? The Doctors reveal which are effective and which are merely like candy.

Lips
Cory, 31, has always disliked her thin lips. "When I smile, they pretty much disappear," she says. "My boyfriend even calls me 'Little Lips.'"

She asks The Doctors how she can enhance her lips.

Plastic surgeons Dr. Drew Ordon and Dr. Ritu Chopra perform a lip augmentation by injecting fat taken from Cory's abdomen. Dr. Ordon explains the procedure, as Cory shows off her freshly plumped lips just three days after the injections.

"What stands out with this procedure is that it's different from other fillers [because] it's an all-natural filler. It's using your own tissue," Dr. Ordon says. "It is permanent, so her lips will definitely stay bigger."

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Legs
Roller derby player Lindsey, aka "Diesel," does not like her muscular-looking legs and asks if there is a procedure to help them look slimmer. Dr. Ordon explains that liposculpture, a laser-based fat-reduction treatment, can help Lindsey achieve the look she desires. 

Labor
Monika, 29, is a first-time mom-to-be, and is nervous about giving birth. She asks The Doctors if there are any exercises she can do to prepare her body for labor. To help her get ready for delivery, The Doctors send Monica to personal trainer Mel Heuser, who specializes in prenatal exercise.

Another fun way to get your body ready for labor is by belly dancing. Instructor Heather Shoopman teaches OB-GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson, Monika and mothers-to-be Charon and Caryn prenatal belly dancing moves.

"[The] belly dance movements will help them strengthen the areas needed for labor to make the whole process easier," Heather says.


Lupus
Lupus is an autoimmune disease that commonly affects women in their 20s and 30s. The disease causes the body to produce autoantibodies that attack normal, healthy tissue and causes cell injury, inflammation, pain and can affect your skin, brain, kidneys and other vital organs. 

"Your body literally is attacking itself," ER physician Dr. Travis Stork says. "Lupus can be very serious."

The most common form of the disease is systemic lupus erythematosus. Symptoms include:

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• Fatigue
Fever
Hair loss
Pain
Nausea
Butterfly rash on the face

Dr. Travis uses an animation to show how lupus affects the body.

"Especially since this problem happens in young women, a lot of times, as gynecologists, we pick it up because it can cause miscarriage," Dr. Lisa says. "Also, there are certain ways you have to treat women who have lupus. There are certain contraception that they can't take. There are a lot of complications that can arise in pregnancy with lupus, so sometimes the contraception is extremely important, if they are on steroids or things like that."

A blood test can confirm the diagnosis of the disease. Prescription medications, such as corticosteroid creams, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory and anti-malarial drugs are available as treatment options. Benlysta, a promising experimental drug, is a potential breakthrough medication for the disease.

"The way you treat lupus is you try to shut your immune system down," Dr. Travis says. "Your immune system is attacking your own healthy tissue."


Lethargy
Amy says she is tired all the time, despite sleeping six to seven hours a night, and she drinks coffee all day just to stay awake. She is a fan of The Doctors on Facebook and asks them how she can get more energy.

"Anytime you have ongoing fatigue, you need to talk to your physician," Dr. Travis says. "There are a lot of health [problems] that cause fatigue: diabetes, low blood counts and thyroid problems. But, one of the most common causes is when people are feeling tired all the time, they do the exact wrong thing. All day long, [they] depend on things like caffeine to make [their] way through the day. Then [they] try to go to sleep at night, and it messes up [their] sleep cycle."

Recent studies claim that eating an apple gives you the same perk as drinking a cup of coffee and won't interfere with a good night's sleep.
 
Quick Tips to Boost Energy:
Limit caffeine intake
Drink more water
Keep a consistent sleep schedule
Make your bedroom as dark and quiet as possible at night
• Doing yoga, meditating and exercising will help you sleep better and naturally enhance your body's energy level

If you constantly feel lethargic and tired, contact your doctor to make sure it is not caused by a physical problem or depression.

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