• Acne


    First of all, don’t pick or pop your pimples. Although it may be tempting, you can cause redness and swelling, and possibly an infection or scarring. Squeezing a zit can force the infection deeper into the skin, making the problem worse.

  • Acupuncture


    Before any needles go anywhere, you can expect your acupuncturist to ask about your current health and your medical history, including anything that might have contributed to your current problem.

  • Adult Allergies

    Adult Allergies

    Your head feels like someone stuffed it full of old socks. Your eyes are so red and itchy you’re afraid to leave the house without eye drops. The ache in your cheeks lets you know that your sinuses are involved, too. But you hang on for yet another week without calling your doctor, thinking that

  • Adult Immunizations

    Adult Immunizations

    Do adults really need immunizations? That’s right, immunizations aren’t just for kids. In fact, it may be time for you to catch up on some vaccines that weren’t available when you were younger, or get boosters for vaccines you had ages ago. Also, you might want to get an annual flu shot. Recommendations change all

  • Alcoholism FAQ

    Alcoholism FAQ

    Casual drinking is a common ritual in our culture — from campus keg parties, to a “beer and a dog” at the ballgame, to a nice bottle of wine on the dinner table. In countless advertisements, fun-loving youth frolic on the beach with beer cans in hand: To drink is to be happy, the tantalizing

  • Allergic Reaction: Severe

    Allergic Reaction: Severe

    What is anaphylactic shock? Anaphylactic shock, or anaphylaxis, is one of the scariest health emergencies a parent can face; it occurs when your child has a severe allergic reaction. When that happens, your child’s immune system mistakenly responds to a harmless substance as if it were a serious threat, triggering the release of histamine and

  • Allergies

    Allergies are a highly individualized form of misery. Some people turn into an itchy, drippy wreck whenever they’re around cats, while others can’t get within 100 yards of ragweed in the spring. Still others have allergies to food so severe that a peanut or other substance can send them to the emergency room with a

  • Alzheimer’s Disease

    Alzheimer’s Disease

    Questions for You and Your Doctor

  • Amebiasis


    In the United States, returning travelers and recent immigrants from developing countries account for the vast majority of amebiasis cases.

  • Amniocentesis

    Every mom-to-be hopes to give birth to a healthy baby. However, some women, due to age or genetic makeup, are at greater risk of having a baby with a birth defect. Amniocentesis — or amnio for short — is a prenatal diagnostic test that uses a sample of the amniotic fluid that surrounds your baby