From infancy to 109 years old, The Doctors answers 50 questions from 50 different ages!
Katie, 17, hiccups loudly every day, usually once an hour! She asks why this happens and how to get rid of them.
Hiccups occur when a spasm contracts the diaphragm, the large sheet of muscle that separates the chest cavity from the abdominal cavity. The spasm causes an intake of breath that is stopped by the closure of the vocal cords, causing the hiccup sound. Hiccups can be caused by eating too quickly, drinking too much alcohol, swallowing air, smoking, a sudden change in stomach temperature and emotional stress or excitement. Drinking a capful of apple cider vinegar may help alleviate your hiccups.
"I read about this [remedy], and a lot of our producers do this, and they say that if you take a glass of water and you drink it upside down, it's supposed to get rid of hiccups," ER physician Dr. Travis Stork says. "I'm not even sure how you're supposed to do this!"
• Pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears offers another technique to get rid of hiccups.
Aspirin for Breast Cancer
Miranda, a 42-year-old Facebook fan of The Doctors asks if taking an aspirin a day can prevent breast cancer.
A study by the American Association for Cancer Research suggests that taking aspirin regularly may decrease the risk of breast cancer in women. "We don't really know what this means," Dr. Travis says. "It's potentially important, but as [of now], an unproven benefit."
Even infants have pressing questions for The Doctors.
Cure for Menstrual Cramps
Tim, 22, asks a question both men and women want to know the answer to: Is there a cure for menstrual cramps?
OB-GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson explains that menstrual cramps are contractions of the uterus that are caused by an increase in the hormone vasopressin.
Currently, there are remedies, such as painkillers and birth control pills, but they only alleviate the symptoms, not the cause, of menstrual cramps. Dr. Lisa says that there's a new drug that may cure cramps.
"There is actually a medication, a compound called VA111913, which is a compound that is supposed to block the hormone vasopressin, which causes those uterine contractions," Dr. Lisa says. "It's passed initial lab tests, but it's only in trials. It should be on the market in years to come."
Have you ever been tempted to buy the little packets of vitamins that are sold at many mini-marts? Jared, 25, asks if they are safe, and if they are worth purchasing.
Eating a well-balanced diet that includes fruits and vegetables should provide you with all of the individual nutrients you need. "The thing with these [vitamin packets] is that they probably have other things added to them," Dr. Lisa says. "They're not FDA approved, they're not regulated. You don't know what else is in these."
"If people take nothing else from this show today, I want everyone to take note," Dr. Travis says emphatically, "if you're [taking vitamin packet supplements], you have to be doing it under the supervision of your doctor. Don't just go to these stores and think that if you buy these, they are doing good things for your health. Supplements are just like medicines, except they're not FDA approved. You've got to be doubly careful."