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Dear Dr. Cory:

People pickon me, but I don't know Why. What should I do? Please write Back in your truly superb magazine. You are the most awesome doctor I have Ever gotten advise from. Thank you!

A Friend

Hawaii

Dear Hawaiian friend:

Thank you for your kind words! We are sorry to hear about others picking on you. Being picked on can make you feel really bad. Discuss what's happening with your parents and teacher or school counselor if you haven't already. Your family doctor or a professional therapist can also help you with how to handle these situations.

Sometimes people pick on others who are smarter or different from them because it makes them feel powerful or in control. But, if they just took the time to get to know that person, they may become friends!

Try not to show anger towards kids who are being mean to you. Standing up tall and walking away can work really well. Not getting a reaction from you takes away the fun for them. They may stop if they see that the teasing doesn't bother you. If kids continue to be mean, try to talk with them. Be calm and firm but nice. It is hard to be mean to someone who is being nice. However, if you ever feel threatened or in danger, tell an adult right away.

Sometimes the best defense against being picked on is having a group of friends. Look for a club or group that does things you're interested in. It's a great way to find and make new friends!

Dear Dr. Cory:

What causes hiccups? Me they from Something going on in your heart?

Libby

Oregon

Dear Libby:

Hiccups don't really have anything to do with your heart. Instead, they often happen when people eat or drink too fast or too much. Being excited or tired can cause hiccups, too. Under your lungs there is a large, flat muscle called the diaphragm (DIE-a-fram). It is controlled by the phrenic (FREN-ik) nerve. This nerve tightens and relaxes the diaphragm as you breathe in and out.

But the phrenic nerve sometimes gets jumpy. Then it can make the diaphragm jerk and draw in a rapid gulp of air. When this happens, your vocal cords snap shut and start to vibrate, causing the "hic" sound.

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Do you have a cure for the hiccups? If so, we'd like to know. Please send us your suggestions and we might print them in the magazine or on our website!

Dr. Dr. Cory:

What is bronchitis And how do you get It?

Kiri

Arizona

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Dear Kiri:

Bronchitis is an infection that makes the linings of the two large air tubes to your lungs--the bronchial tubes--become swollen and irritated. It is often caused by the same viruses that cause colds and flu. And like colds and flu, bronchitis can be spread by coughing or sneezing, or by touching droplets from an infected person and then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes. Breathing in tobacco smoke and dry indoor air can also irritate the bronchial tubes and put you at risk for bronchitis.

Usually the best treatment for bronchitis is to rest, drink lots of fluids, and use a vaporizer or cool-mist humidifier. Just remember that humidifiers need regular cleaning to prevent bacteria and fungus growth.

Frequent hand washing, making good food choices, getting a yearly flu vaccine, staying away from cigarette smoke, and getting plenty of sleep and regular exercise will all help you to stay strong.

Smoke alarm! Not only does second-hand smoke put you at risk for bronchitis, but also pneumonia, asthma, sore throats, ear infections, colds, coughing, wheezing, sniffling, sneezing, cancer, and heart disease!

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