• Irritable Bowel Syndrome

    Irritable Bowel Syndrome

    Do you have frequent bouts of constipation alternating with diarrhea? Have you periodically experienced abdominal pain, gas, painful cramping, bloating, nausea, and loss of appetite for no apparent reason? If so, you may have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Doctors describe IBS as a functional disorder, meaning that there’s a problem in bowel function that appears

  • 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,

  • Infections


    Germs have gotten a bad rap. Some of them are actually good for us, like the ones in our intestines that help us break down food. But we’re also surrounded by potentially harmful germs. They lurk everywhere, from the surface of public phones to bottles of unrefrigerated garlic paste. Disease-causing germs, in fact, are always

  • Infant Care

    Infant Care

    Long before you take your new baby home, you need to think about a crucial issue: Who will take care of her at times when parents are otherwise occupied? Whether you’re staying at home or quickly going back to work, you can make sure your baby spends all day, every day, in a safe, nurturing

  • Male Infertility

    Male Infertility

    From a man’s point of view, starting a family is easy. While women are on the job for nine months, men can often complete the task in a single evening. When it comes time to try for a pregnancy, they just naturally assume that it will happen. But among the couples who try unsuccessfully for

  • Infertility and Stress

    Infertility and Stress

    For couples struggling with infertility, “just relax” may be the most aggravating two-word phrase in the English language. “Those are fighting words,” says infertility expert Sandra Berga, MD, chair of the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at Emory University in Atlanta. Couples don’t need or appreciate any suggestion that infertility is “all in their head,”

  • Heartburn and Indigestion During Pregnancy

    Heartburn and Indigestion During Pregnancy

    Once the nausea of early pregnancy wanes, many women look forward to enjoying their meals again. However, around the middle of pregnancy, heartburn and indigestion may spoil the party. These discomforts can happen at any time, but are more common in the second and third trimesters. Fortunately, they’re rarely serious and are easily treatable. What



    What’s an intrauterine device? The intrauterine device, or IUD, is a T-shaped plastic stick that’s wrapped in copper or filled with a synthetic form of the hormone progesterone and inserted into your uterus. It’s better than 99 percent effective in preventing pregnancy. How does it work? The copper IUD interferes with fertilization by keeping sperm

  • Interrupting, Ages 6 to 12

    Interrupting, Ages 6 to 12

    Why does my child interrupt all the time? Interrupting comes naturally to children because they tend to forget that other people have needs that are as important (or almost, at least) as theirs. Even if your child knows that she’s supposed to wait for a pause in the conversation and say, “Excuse me,” the protocol

  • Interrupting, Ages 3 to 6

    Interrupting, Ages 3 to 6

    Why does my child constantly interrupt me? Until they reach the age of 3 or 4, children think that the world and everything in it (including their parents) exist for their benefit. Not only that but their short-term memory isn’t well developed, which means your child’s impulse to say things right now before she forgets