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  • Bipolar Disorder

    Bipolar Disorder

    We all have times when we feel euphoric or despondent. A death in the family can cause profound sadness. Winning a sports competition can lead to elation. But some people have severe, dramatic shifts in mood that can take them by surprise. Through no fault of their own, their brains can shift from deep depression

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  • Insect and Spider Bites and Stings

    Insect and Spider Bites and Stings

    Insect bites and stings are a fact of life if you spend time outdoors. Fortunately, although they may be painful, they usually aren’t serious. Unfortunately, some bites and stings are poisonous or can cause serious allergic reactions or infections. Most sting reactions are caused by five types of insect: yellow jackets, honey bees, wasps, hornets,

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  • Bruises (Children)

    Bruises (Children)

    What’s the best way to treat a bruise? If your child’s bruise is relatively minor, you can treat it at home. Apply ice packs for 15-minute periods at least several times a day during the first 48 hours to reduce swelling. A zip-lock bag filled with ice cubes and water or a partially thawed package

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  • Spider and Scorpion Bites

    Spider and Scorpion Bites

    What should I do if my child is bitten by a spider or scorpion? Most spider bites are harmless, causing redness and swelling at the site but no serious risk, so you can probably relax. The only spiders that pose a real danger are black widow and brown recluse spiders. Scorpions are also potentially dangerous.

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  • Chemical Burns

    Chemical Burns

    Many people associate chemical burns with factories, but they can happen at home, too: Contact with strong chemicals found around the house, the garage, or at work can burn your skin or eyes. Examples of dangerous substances are battery acid, bleach, paint strippers, drain cleaners, and even everyday household cleaning supplies like ammonia. Just being

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  • Human Bites

    Human Bites

    What should I do if another child bites my child? The first step is to wash the wound carefully with soap and water, since human bites are even more likely to become infected than animal bites. If the skin is broken, call your doctor to see if she wants you to bring your child in

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  • Electric Shock and Burns

    Electric Shock and Burns

    A person with an electrical burn should get immediate medical attention, even if the skin doesn’t seem injured or if the wound does not appear deep. Electrical burns often cause serious injury inside the body that may not be apparent on the skin.

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  • Bruises

    Bruises

    From childhood falls or biking accidents, most of us are familiar with bruises. Bruises occur when small blood vessels under the skin rupture and blood seeps into the surrounding tissue, which causes the familiar black and blue color of a bruise. Bruises, which are also called contusions, can be the result of falling, bumping into

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  • Burns

    Burns

    The first step in treating a burn properly is to assess the severity and extent of the injury. Burns are divided into four categories: first, second, third, and fourth degree. If you have to treat a burn, you need to know how to determine whether it is mild, moderate, or severe. If it is severe,

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  • Bulimia Nervosa

    Bulimia Nervosa

    What is bulimia nervosa? Although this eating disorder is less well-known than anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa is actually more common among American teenage and young women — and just as serious. Bulimia nervosa, or simply “bulimia,” is often referred to as “bingeing and purging.” In other words, people with this eating disorder go on wild

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