• Adult Immunizations

    Adult Immunizations

    Do adults really need immunizations? That’s right, immunizations aren’t just for kids. In fact, it may be time for you to catch up on some vaccines that weren’t available when you were younger, or get boosters for vaccines you had ages ago. Also, you might want to get an annual flu shot. Recommendations change all

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  • 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

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  • Immunizations Explained

    Immunizations Explained

    If you’ve ever looked over the list of recommended vaccines — DTaP, Hib, MMR — you might have felt like you were looking at the rough draft of an eye chart. Rest assured, there are some import medicines behind that jumble of letters. It’s worth knowing what those letters mean and what each vaccine can

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  • Impotence: Causes and Treatment

    Impotence: Causes and Treatment

    What is erectile dysfunction? At some time in his life, almost every man finds himself with an aroused mind, a willing partner, and a penis that refuses to cooperate. The inability to get an erection may be disappointing or even devastating at the time, but it’s nothing to worry about — unless it becomes a

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  • 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

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  • Infections

    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

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  • 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,”

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  • Ingrown Toenail

    Ingrown Toenail

    If my child has an ingrown toenail, how do I recognize it? You’ll usually notice a toenail that’s pressing or growing into the skin. Big toes are most likely to develop ingrown toenails, but the problem can show up on any toe. A typical early sign is redness or swelling in the skin at the

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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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  • Interrupting, Ages 1 to 3

    Interrupting, Ages 1 to 3

    Why does my child interrupt me so often? Small children think that the world and everything in it (including their parents) exists 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 he forgets actually has a physiological basis. Therefore the

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