• Caring for Diabetes-Related Nerve Disorders (Neuropathy)

    Caring for Diabetes-Related Nerve Disorders (Neuropathy)

    It depends what kind of neuropathy you have, but symptoms often include pain, increased sensitivity, numbness, tingling, and decreased sensation in your feet.

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  • Nail Biting, Ages 1 to 3

    Nail Biting, Ages 1 to 3

    Why does my child bite her nails? Nail biting is one of the somewhat misnamed “nervous habits,” which also include thumb sucking, nose picking, hair twisting or tugging, and tooth grinding. But anxiety is only one reason children bite their nails; your child might be doing so for a number of other reasons — out

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  • Nail Biting, Ages 3 to 6

    Nail Biting, Ages 3 to 6

    Why does my child bite her nails? Your child may bite her nails for many reasons — out of curiosity or boredom, to relieve stress, to pass the time, or from force of habit. Nail biting is the most common of the so-called “nervous habits,” which include thumb sucking, nose picking, hair twisting or tugging,

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  • Nail Biting, Ages 6 to 12

    Nail Biting, Ages 6 to 12

    Why does my child bite his nails? Children bite their nails for many reasons — out of curiosity or boredom, to relieve stress, to pass the time, or from force of habit. Nail biting is the most common of the so-called “nervous habits,” which include thumb sucking, nose picking, hair twisting or tugging, and tooth

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  • Naps and Your Toddler

    Naps and Your Toddler

    Why does my toddler need a nap? Most 2- to 3-year-olds need 12 to 13 hours of sleep a day — and it’s a rare child who will stack them all together. Trying to adjust a child’s schedule so she does may cause nighttime sleep problems, since being overtired can cause her to become hyperactive.

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  • Narcotics

    Narcotics

    Dorothy and Toto slipped into a deep sleep when they traipsed through a field of red poppies in the Wizard of Oz. Those who wander into the realm of opium-derived drugs outside of Oz, however, are likely to face demons much more dangerous than sleepiness and the Wicked Witch of the West. When used for

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  • New Year’s Resolutions for People with Diabetes

    New Year’s Resolutions for People with Diabetes

    Keep moving. Regular, moderate exercise can turn your body into a sugar burning machine. Start slowly — even a leisurely walk around the block is a step in the right direction.

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  • Nonalcoholic Cirrhosis

    Nonalcoholic Cirrhosis

    The liver is a tough, resilient organ. We can flood it with toxins and expose it to nasty germs, and it still goes about its jobs of purifying blood, manufacturing bile, and keeping us alive. But even the liver has its limits. If it suffers too much damage over too many years, some of the

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  • Nonstress Test (Fetal)

    Nonstress Test (Fetal)

    What is a nonstress test? A nonstress test is a simple, noninvasive procedure that involves monitoring your baby’s heartbeat to make sure your baby is getting the oxygen he needs through the placenta. This test helps your doctor determine if your baby is distressed and make plans for delivery if he is. When is a

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  • Nosebleed (Children)

    Nosebleed (Children)

    How do I stop a nosebleed? First, have your child sit or stand up to reduce the blood pressure in the veins of the nose so that bleeding slows. Have him lean forward and spit out any blood. For a young child, gently pinch the nose shut near the tip with a tissue or clean

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