• Head Injuries

    Head Injuries

    The bones of the skull are designed to withstand some hard knocks. Most of the time, a blow to the head causes nothing more serious than a swollen bump, or “goose egg.” But some injuries to the head can be serious, even life-threatening. The brain is a delicate organ, and head injuries are dangerous when

  • Hernia


    What’s a hernia? If you have a hernia, a piece of intestine, fat, or other tissue is bulging through a torn or weakened abdominal muscle. Hernias can develop painlessly over time, or occur suddenly — all it takes is increased pressure in the abdominal cavity. They commonly result from age-related wear and tear, heavy lifting,

  • Heart-Healthy Cooking with Recipe Substitutions

    Heart-Healthy Cooking with Recipe Substitutions

    Think about some of your favorite recipes. Do they include heavy cream by the cupful? Butter by the stick? Those meals may be tasty, but they aren’t doing your heart any favors. Fortunately, you don’t have to throw out your recipe books — or sacrifice flavor — to make your meals more heart healthy. All

  • 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

  • Obesity and Heart Disease

    Obesity and Heart Disease

    Want to know your vulnerability to heart disease? Like it or not, one of the best ways to know is to get on the scale. If you’re unhappy with what the scale tells you, you’re not alone. Despite our national obsession with thinness, Americans are heavier and less active than ever before. Over half of

  • Heartburn


    Symptoms and treatment

  • Herbs and Diabetes: Buyer Beware

    Herbs and Diabetes: Buyer Beware

    Someday, there may be a safe, effective, and proven herbal treatment for diabetes.

  • Diabetes: Building Blocks of a Healthy Diet

    Diabetes: Building Blocks of a Healthy Diet

    Good sources of protein include soy, meat, poultry, beans, eggs, and dairy products. The proteins found in nuts, grains, and vegetables aren’t quite as useful for the body.

  • Overcoming Depression After a Heart Attack: The Keys to Recovery

    Overcoming Depression After a Heart Attack: The Keys to Recovery

    A heart attack, like any other brush with death, can unleash intense waves of emotion. Many survivors feel scared and nervous, even though they’re grateful to be alive. And unfortunately, many also slip into depression. Though feeling bleak may seem like a perfectly natural reaction to heart trouble, depression shouldn’t be taken lightly. Left untreated,

  • Hemorrhoids


    What are hemorrhoids? Hemorrhoids, sometimes called piles, are inflamed or swollen veins (think varicose veins) either on the outside of the anus or inside it. They are often painless, but they may bleed, hurt, or itch when irritated. Sometimes hemorrhoids can become inflamed and engorged with blood, causing them to become quite painful. Occasionally, a