• Detecting Ovulation

    Detecting Ovulation

    What is ovulation? Ovulation is the fertile time of your menstrual cycle, which occurs when a mature egg — or ovum — is released from one of your ovaries. After the egg is released, it travels down the fallopian tube, where it can be fertilized if sperm are present. How do I know when I’m

  • Diet and Osteoporosis: How to Strengthen Weak Bones

    Diet and Osteoporosis: How to Strengthen Weak Bones

    There’s nothing in your refrigerator or cupboard that can cure osteoporosis. And no matter what vitamins or supplements you take, there are also no guarantees against broken bones. But if your bones have lost some of their strength, you’ll need to pay extra attention to nutrition. Along with prescription medications and regular exercise, proper nutrition

  • Exercise and Osteoporosis: How to Strengthen Weak Bones

    Exercise and Osteoporosis: How to Strengthen Weak Bones

    No matter how well you stick to your exercise program, you’ll still need to take your medicine. But medications are no substitute for exercise, either. If you’re not staying active, you’re simply not giving your bones the best protection possible.

  • 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

  • Object Lodged in Nose or Ear

    Object Lodged in Nose or Ear

    What should I do if my child gets something stuck in her ear or nose? Stay calm, and reassure her that it’s no big deal. If the object is clearly visible and soft or flexible enough to be removed easily, grasp it with a pair of tweezers and gently pull it out. Never attempt to

  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder

    Oppositional Defiant Disorder

    Consider the standards used to diagnose oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), and you may think they could describe any kid on a bad day — and almost any teenager almost every day: They argue with adults, deliberately annoy people, defy rules, and have high fits of temper. All these activities are all-too-familiar to parents. The distinction

  • Osteoarthritis


    The most obvious symptom of osteoarthritis is joint pain during or after use of the joint. In severe cases, the joints still ache while at rest or during the night. The joint may become swollen and stiff, limiting range of motion.

  • Osteoarthritis Basics

    Osteoarthritis Basics

    What is osteoarthritis? Osteoarthritis, by far the most common form of arthritis among older people, is a condition brought on partly by aging and long-term wear-and-tear in the joints. After years of use, the cartilage that cushions the joints can break down until bone rubs against bone. Spurs often grow on the sides of the

  • Osteoporosis Medicines

    Osteoporosis Medicines

    As anyone who has seen commercials during the evening news already knows, osteoporosis medications are a big business. Doctors and patients have several options to choose from, each with their own pros and cons. All of them are intended to prevent fractures by increasing the density of the bones.

  • Osteoporosis: Not Just a Women’s Disease

    Osteoporosis: Not Just a Women’s Disease

    The gold standard for diagnosing osteoporosis is a special form of x-ray that measures bone density.