Q. My husband and I are planning a trip to the Caribbean in a few weeks to get away from the cold. But we're concerned about the risk of stomach problems and diarrhea. A. The bad news is that so-called traveler's diarrhea is relatively common; the good news is that usually it is self-limited and mild. There is an increased risk when traveling to most of the world; low-risk countries include the United States and Canada, much of western Europe, Israel, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.
Q. I have diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, and my medications are managed by a nurse. She is terrific, but am I getting the best possible care? Should I have my doctor manage my medicines instead? A. For most chronic stable conditions like yours, nurse-management of medications and related issues usually works quite well.