• B Vitamins: Folate, B-6 and B-12

    B Vitamins: Folate, B-6 and B-12

    Why do I need B vitamins? B vitamins are an important class of vitamins that help support your red blood cells and your nervous system. Some of the benefits are already well known. Women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant need plenty of folic acid — also known as vitamin B-9, or folate

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  • Babies and Dogs

    Babies and Dogs

    Little kids love dogs. Even babies want to crawl on the furry member of the family. Unfortunately, the warm feelings aren’t always mutual. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 400,000 kids in the United States get medical care for dog bites each year. (And lots of other nips and bites

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  • Baby First Aid Essentials

    Baby First Aid Essentials

    As a new parent, you can look forward to plenty of thrilling firsts and inspiring photo opportunities as your baby grows and develops over the coming months and years. You can also look forward to treating numerous stuffy noses, stomach upsets, and all sorts of bumps and bruises. Having a well-stocked first aid kit at

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  • Back Exercises During Pregnancy

    Back Exercises During Pregnancy

    It’s a tough call, but no one would dispute that back pain ranks in the Top 10 list of a pregnant woman’s gripes. According to the North American Spine Society, at least half of all women experience back pain at some point in pregnancy. An aching back is usually caused by your shifting center of

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  • Bacterial Endocarditis

    Bacterial Endocarditis

    After years of dodging bullets and taking on bad guys, the fictitious NYPD Blue character Detective Bobby Simone finally died — after a visit to his dentist. He caught a bacterial infection from an oral treatment in the dentist’s chair, and the germ went straight to his heart. Within a few episodes, Andy Sipowicz had

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  • Bed Rest During Pregnancy

    Bed Rest During Pregnancy

    Bed rest. On the face of it, it sounds so relaxing, almost like a vacation. Lie in bed or on the couch … read or watch television … take a little break from “real” life. But these are two words that no pregnant woman wants to hear — whether the doctor’s order comes at 16,

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  • Bee Stings

    Bee Stings

    What should I do if my child is stung by a bee or wasp? A bee’s stinger works like an automatic pump — the longer it stays in, the more venom it releases — so get it out as quickly as you can. Look for a little black dot in the center of the bite,

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  • Benign Breast Lumps

    Benign Breast Lumps

    If you find a lump in your breast, don’t delay — see your doctor as soon as possible. Anything you notice that’s different from your normal breast tissue should be investigated. The good news is that more than 80 percent of breast lumps turn out to be benign tumors or cysts. How can my doctor

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  • Bilberry

    Bilberry

    Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus ), the European blueberry, first caught the attention of the medical community during World War II, when British Royal Air Force pilots who snacked on bread and bilberry jam before their night missions started hitting their targets more often. Today, the fruit is widely used in Europe to relieve eyestrain. What is

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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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