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BOOKS

A look at what we're reading.

THE COUPLE'S DISEASE: FINDING A CURE FOR YOUR "LOST" LOVE LIFE, by Dr. Lawrence S. Hakim with Donald Michael Platt (DHP Publishers, 2002, paperback). An estimated 70-million Americans suffer sexual dysfunction, and almost none of them are talking about it, according to Hakim, of the Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston. Beyond insisting couples communicate, Hakim provides information on what can go wrong physically, saying about 80 percent of all dysfunction has physiological causes. His 8-step plan begins with talking, yes, but a trip to the doctor as well.

101 TIPS FOR SIMPLIFYING DIABETES, University of New Mexico Diabetes Care Team (American Diabetes Association, 2001, paperback). A quick reference for the newly diagnosed or the medically mystified, 101 Tips is organized with a question at the top of each page: Does pizza fit into my meal plan? How often should I have my eyes examined? Will being in a clinical trial help me? Diabetes is a do-it-yourself disease, the authors say: One's choices often make the difference between deteriorating and good health.

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