The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will take a closer look at whether “antibacterial” soaps and washes are safe and more effective than plain soap and water.
Sitting down at your desk to enjoy a quick snack? Little did you know you’ll have millions of friends with you. I’m not talking about others in your office, I’m talking about bacteria.
Millions take a low dose aspirin every day as a way to help their heart. But it may be time to put “an aspirin a day” to bed.
Morning sickness. The two words bring nauseating memories to almost every mom. However, a prescription anti-nausea medication appears to be a safe and effective treatment according to a huge study.
Eat more fiber. You’ve probably heard that for years, but if you’re like most, boosting your fiber is a big bust.
Here are the contents of this month’s Family Newsletter: The Ultimate Girls’ Body Book is getting great reviews Listen to my interview on Chris Fabry Live Events of the last month Upcoming Events
Last Tuesday, I was honored to be interviewed by my friend, Chris Fabry, on his national radio program, Chris Fabry Live. We talked about “Girls’ Body Image” and my newest book, co-written with Mari Wohlever, “The Ultimate Girls’ Body Book: Not-so-silly questions about your body.”
I have a lot of patients ask my advice for treating colds. And even though they’re common, the list of possible treatments is uncommonly long. Well, here’s what the best research recommends.
It’s cold and flu season, which means many people are reaching for vitamin C, as it may modestly reduce cold symptoms (although it won’t prevent a cold). What they may not know is that taking too much vitamin C may also cause stomach upset and diarrhea and, if used long-term, potentially, other negative effects.
You can have over two thousand milligrams of this substance each day and still be within a healthy guideline. Yet, most Americans double that. Just a simple reduction could mean fewer deaths from strokes, heart attacks, and high blood pressure.
Just about every celebration involving your kids probably includes balloons. Even many restaurants automatically give one to families with young children. Well I hate to deflate the party, but I have some news that may cause a few balloons to pop.
Where do you sit at the great debate—are you a splitter or not? Doctors and pharmacists often take different sides on whether or not splitting pills is safe. So, which side is right?
You want your children to excel in the classroom? Just have them focus on the “Three R’s”: Reading, Writing and … Running? Well, don’t forget arithmetic. But don’t overlook the importance of keeping your child’s body, and not just their brain, fit.
Here’s a question I get asked a lot: “Which diet is the best to lose weight?” There’s a lot to weigh out when it comes to diets, mainly because there is a buffet of approaches and opinions. And frankly, many are bad ones. But is there a “best one”?
The teen years—a time for learning to drive, going to that first prom, and … fighting breast cancer? That may sound far-fetched, but some experts believe breast cancer prevention should start as early as puberty.
It’s been said your body speaks to you, but when it comes to men and their heart, many aren’t listening. Research shows for most men suffering sudden cardiac arrest, the condition wasn’t sudden at all. The men just ignored the early warning signs.
Laundry packs are a hot trend when it comes to doing that weekly wash. They’re concentrated, convenient, effective, and … are easy to eat. Now, that last part isn’t exactly a benefit, but unfortunately it’s happening in many homes with young children, with hazardous results.
You just wrapped up Valentine’s Day, and chocolate has been the staple food in many diets. That’s good news! Well, sort of. Now I don’t advocate overindulgence, but here are a few reasons you can enjoy the rest of your Valentine’s dark chocolate without guilt.
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The Wall Street Journal reports that parents of children with certain seizure disorders are pushing for expanded medicinal use of a marijuana extract named cannabidiol (CBD).
A mom asked me, “How can I keep all of us from getting sick once one of us is?” Wow. If you have kids, that’s the eternal question. The spread of colds is not hard to prevent, as there’s plenty you can do to suppress those sniffles.
Weakness on one side of the body, droopiness of the facial muscles, or slurred speech—these are classic symptoms of what life-threatening condition? If you said “a stroke,” you’re right. But, if you have those symptoms, what should you do? Hopefully more than most of us.
Bullying. It’s a normal part of growing up and going to school—and then we all move on. Well, that’s what a lot of us think, but it couldn’t be farther from the truth.
USA Today reports that research published in Neurology indicated that “older women with the highest levels of omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish oil, had better preservation of their brain as they aged than those with the lowest levels, which might mean they would maintain better brain function for an extra year or two.”
Would you buy a house over the Internet? How about a car? Many people won’t make important purchases online, but they trust sites offering medical advice, sometimes with dangerous results.
Probiotics have become popular among people hoping to improve a belly-full of gastrointestinal issues, but new findings may leave you with a sour stomach.
The Los Angeles Times “Science Now” blog reports that research published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal suggests that individuals “who enjoy life maintain their ability to take care of themselves, and they walk faster than those who rate their lives as less enjoyable.”
A listener writes, “What can I do about my memory? I’m still young but so forgetful.” Well, unless you’re in your golden years, you’re most likely suffering from the regular memory lapses we all have. And some of us are just more forgetful than others.
If you’re a single parent, you know working and raising a child is a stressful balance. Unfortunately, research shows your children may be struggling too.
I have many patients who are taking daily low dose aspirin, and worry about what they can take for pain and fever.