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  • Animal Bites

    Animal Bites

    What should I do if my child is bitten by an animal? Treatment depends on how bad the wound is. If it’s clearly minor — nothing more than a superficial scratch — carefully wash the area with soap and water. Apply an antibiotic ointment twice a day. Cover the wound with an adhesive bandage if

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  • Appendicitis

    Appendicitis

    As far as anyone can tell, the appendix serves no particular purpose in the body. While your other organs are busy keeping you alive, this small, pinkish, finger-length abdominal sac seems content to just take up space. But every once in awhile, the appendix can be a matter of life and death. If the organ

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  • Anorexia Nervosa

    Anorexia Nervosa

    What is anorexia nervosa? Anorexia nervosa, or simply anorexia, is a psychiatric and physical illness in which the sufferer basically starves herself. Clinically, a person is anorexic if she has 85 percent or less of the normal body weight for someone of her age and height, yet continues to fast or diet. An estimated 1

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  • Amebiasis

    Amebiasis

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

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  • Artificial Sweeteners and Pregnancy

    Artificial Sweeteners and Pregnancy

    Now that you’re pregnant, a healthy diet is doubly important. Whether you’re sitting down for a meal or grabbing a snack from a vending machine, you have to think about how your choices will affect your baby. If you develop gestational diabetes, you’ll have still more choices to make. Your doctor may advise you, for

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  • Diabetes and Alcohol

    Diabetes and Alcohol

    Too much alcohol can make your disease harder to control and put your health at risk. If you don’t drink now, it’s best not to start.

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  • Amniocentesis

    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

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  • Anemia and Pregnancy

    Anemia and Pregnancy

    It takes strong building materials to make a healthy baby, and few things are stronger than iron. Iron forms the core of red blood cells, the vehicles that carry oxygen to every part of your body, including to your growing baby. If you don’t have enough iron — a common problem in pregnancy — these

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  • Absentmindedness and Pregnancy

    Absentmindedness and Pregnancy

    Soon into your pregnancy, don’t be surprised if you feel foggy-brained and forgetful. You may find yourself misplacing your purse, forgetting to return phone calls, or going off to fetch something only to discover you’ve forgotten what you are looking for. At work, you may catch yourself daydreaming through meetings or staring out the window

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  • Assisted Reproductive Technology

    Assisted Reproductive Technology

    If you’re old enough, you may remember all the hoopla about “test-tube babies” when the first child was conceived outside a woman’s body in 1978. That original experimental procedure, called in vitro fertilization (IVF), is now just one of several fertility treatments available. IVF has since been joined by a host of additional procedures which

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