• Diabetes: What to Eat When You’re Sick

    Diabetes: What to Eat When You’re Sick

    When a diabetic comes down with the flu or a bad cold, diabetes care often takes a backseat. Who can be bothered to check blood sugar when just getting out of bed seems like a chore? And who wants to follow a meal plan when it’s hard to keep food down? As difficult as it

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Diabetes: The Exercise Prescription

    Diabetes: The Exercise Prescription

    The American Diabetes Association recommends at least 150 minutes a week of moderate exercise

  • Diabetes: Safety Alerts and Emergencies

    Diabetes: Safety Alerts and Emergencies

    Recognizing the warning signs can help you avoid an emergency, but only if you’re prepared.

  • Early Signs of Pregnancy

    Early Signs of Pregnancy

    Those colored lines on home tests aren’t the only signs of early pregnancy. Many women start noticing changes in their bodies very soon after they conceive. If pregnancy is a possibility for you, you should watch out for the early symptoms. The sooner you realize you might be pregnant, the sooner you can take a

  • Emergency Birth

    Emergency Birth

    It doesn’t just happen in the movies: Sometimes babies really are born in taxis or on trains — even in the hospital parking lot. Rapid labor is most common in women who have given birth quickly in the past, have given birth several times before, or have previously gone into labor prematurely. But you never

  • Episiotomy


    What is an episiotomy? An episiotomy is a surgical cut to widen the vaginal opening during delivery. Doctors sometimes make an incision in the perineum — the area between the vagina and the anus — to help the baby come out. Your doctor will likely numb the area with a local anesthetic before making the

  • Exercise During Pregnancy: Pace Yourself

    Exercise During Pregnancy: Pace Yourself

    There are a dozen good reasons to exercise during pregnancy. Lowering your risk of developing gestational diabetes and high blood pressure, and keeping your body fit so you can endure the challenges of labor and childbirth are just two of them. Still, you do have some special considerations, and you should discuss your exercise regimen

  • Exercises to Build Strength During Pregnancy

    Exercises to Build Strength During Pregnancy

    If you’re having a normal, healthy pregnancy, you may want to add some low-intensity strength training and daily exercise to your regimen. Pregnancy isn’t the time to take up new or strenuous sports, but with your health provider’s okay, you can begin strengthening the muscles in your upper and lower body — you’re going to