• Bone, Muscle, and Joint Trauma

    Bone, Muscle, and Joint Trauma

    What should I do if my child breaks a bone or dislocates a joint? A broken bone or dislocated joint is a serious injury that requires a doctor’s immediate attention. The best thing you can do is protect the injured area, making sure your child doesn’t worsen the damage. Fractures are breaks, cracks, or chips

  • Can a measles outbreak tell us anything about vaccinations?

    Can a measles outbreak tell us anything about vaccinations?

    There’s a lot of information out there on what does and doesn’t work. With the pervasive amounts of seeming contradictory information, it can feel overwhelming.

  • Children’s Medicine Safety

    Children’s Medicine Safety

    Anyone can make mistakes taking medication, but kids are especially vulnerable. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, half of all kids don’t take their medicines properly. Of course, no one should expect a 6-year-old to read and follow the instructions on a box of cough syrup or pain reliever. It’s up to parents and

  • Depression and Exercise

    Depression and Exercise

    Can exercise really fight depression? A gym membership and a new pair of walking shoes aren’t magic bullets against depression, but there’s no doubt that your mood is closely tied to your exercise habits. Many studies have found that people who exercise regularly tend to be less anxious and depressed than people who rarely work

  • Diabetes, Men, and Sex

    Diabetes, Men, and Sex

    Diabetes doesn’t have to be a deathblow to your sex life. You can protect your sexual functioning by keeping your diabetes under control.

  • Macrobiotics


    In the standard macrobiotic diet, just over half your calories should come from whole grains, up to 25 percent from vegetables, and the rest from beans, seaweed, soy, and a small amount of fish.

  • Macular Degeneration

    Macular Degeneration

    What is macular degeneration? Most people have heard about glaucoma and cataracts, but there’s another eye disease that senior citizens should know about, especially those of European descent. This is macular degeneration, or damage to the macula, an ultrasensitive part of your retina that gives you sharp focus in the center of your vision. If

  • Mad Cow Disease

    Mad Cow Disease

    What is this illness called ‘mad cow’ disease? The illness got its name because cows afflicted with it stumble around as if they’ve lost their balance. They act demented (or “mad,” as the British say) and quickly die of the disease. The cows actually have a fast-moving, irreversible brain disease. They are infected with bovine

  • Malaria


    Anopheles mosquitoes feed on blood. Depending on the region, they may feed exclusively on human blood, or they may include other animals in the mix. If a carrier mosquito bites a person, the parasite can enter the bloodstream. Mosquitoes can also pick up the parasite by biting infected humans, allowing the disease to spread from person to person.

  • Male Breast Cancer

    Male Breast Cancer

    Anne Hofstadter is a breast cancer survivor. Her sister and mother have also had breast cancer. So Anne worries that her 46-year-old daughter may eventually be diagnosed with the disease — especially since her daughter’s paternal grandmother also suffered from it. But it never occurred to her to fret about her 44-year-old son. “I guess