Ask Our Docs: On Location
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From the sky to the sea, The Doctors goes on location to answer your health questions.


Why do I get headaches when I swim?


Why can't people with health problems ride roller coasters?


Commander Chuck Street asks, "How can I eat healthy on the go?"

Loud Music
Debra, 27, loves going to loud rock concerts but is concerned about the effects on her hearing. Rock icon and lead singer and songwriter of the band KISS, Paul Stanley, joins The Doctors and opens up about being born deaf in one ear. He explains how frequenting loud concerts without taking the appropriate precautions can permanently affect your hearing.

Paul Stanley has teamed up with the House Research Institute for "Sound Rules! A Sound & Hearing Celebration." The after-school events are designed to encourage healthy hearing practices among teenagers. The New York event is on May 4 and Los Angeles event is on May 12. Teens can register for the free events at http://soundrules.org/.  

Tight Pants
Grammy-winning recording artist Romeo wants to know how wearing a tight costume on ABC's Dancing With the Stars will affect his circulation.

Wearing tight pants for a long period of time can compress blood vessels and cause meralgia parasthetica, damage to the nerves. The condition is common in pregnant women and obese people, and symptoms  include tingling and burning of the outer thigh. In men, tight pants can increase the temperature surrounding the scrotum and decrease sperm production.

ER physician Dr. Travis Stork advises Romeo not to worry if he's only wearing these costumes during his dance routines and not for prolonged spans of time.

Everyday Health:
Healthy Heart Quiz

The Doctors and Everyday Health test the audience members on their cardio know-how. How much do you know about heart health? Take the quiz!


Sleep Schedule

Vinny Guadagnino, cast member of the MTV show Jersey Shore, often parties until 2 a.m. on weekdays and 4 a.m. on the weekends, and sleeps until noon. "As long as we get eight hours of sleep, does it matter when it happens?" he asks.

Humans have a natural circadian rhythm that operates on a 24-hour schedule based on daylight and darkness. Sunlight is the brain's natural alarm clock and decreases melatonin, a chemical in the brain that is heightened during sleep. In general, we are most alert at noon and sleepiest between midnight and 6 a.m. Using black-out curtains to sleep when the sun is out fools the circadian rhythm and decreases sleep quality, no matter how many hours of rest you get.

Sleeping during the day can lead to shift work sleep disorder (SWSD), which is most common in people who work night shifts. Symptoms of SWSD include sleepiness, insomnia, problems concentrating, lack of energy and headaches. If Vinny continues his irregular sleep patterns, he could develop SWSD, which can lead to depression, heart disease and diabetes.

Dr. Travis has worked many night shifts in the emergency room and advises Vinny to avoid caffeine and alcohol and try to limit late nights, as one good night's sleep can make all the difference.

Tips for a good night's sleep

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Manicure Dangers

Thirty-two-year-old Stacy enjoys getting weekly manicures and always makes sure the tools are disinfected, but wonders if sharing nail polish is sanitary.

OB-GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson says that while the ethyl acetate in nail polish usually kills fungus, it can sometimes spread to other nails. If you notice an infection on a nail, be careful not to spread it to your other nails and talk to your doctor about treatment.

Motion Sickness
Rimarria, 23, wants to know why she gets carsick when she rides in the backseat. Motion sickness can occur on an airplane, a boat or any situation where you are moving. Motion is sensed through the inner ear, the eyes and deep body tissue, and when there is a conflict between these three receptors, you may start to feel nauseous and disoriented.

Tips to Prevent Motion Sickness
• Sit in the front seat and look straight ahead
• Wear an acupressure motion band
• Take an over-the-counter pill containing antihistamine

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