Safe Sleep for You and Your Baby

Sleep is very important for children, especially infants and newborns. Knowing how to keep your baby safe while sleeping, and knowing what the sleep risks are, will help both you and your baby rest easy. Sleep Needs and Risks Newborn babies tend to sleep about 16...

Preventing Tick Bites: What You Need to Know

Ticks are small, arachnid insects commonly found outdoors in grassy, bushy or wooded areas, or on animals. They can be harmful to humans because ticks carry bacteria, viruses and parasites that can lead to serious illnesses. Here is some basic info about the types of...

How to Prevent Asthma Triggers in Your Home

Asthma triggers vary from one person to another, and avoiding known triggers plays a large role in asthma management. Here are some tips to keep your home and family free of asthma triggers, along with some of the most common triggers out there. Asthma Triggers Common...

Can You Fix Snoring with Surgery?

Snoring is a sound created by the vibration of tissues in the throat during sleep, and it can be treated using a number of options. Many of these are conservative options, including weight loss, changes to sleep habits or avoidance of alcohol. In rare and severe cases...

Why Napping Matters

Humans are part of a minority when it comes to sleeping. We are monophasic sleepers, which means we divide our days into two distinct periods: sleep and wakefulness. Over 85 percent of all mammals are polyphasic sleepers, which means they sleep for short periods...

How to Avoid Allergens

Allergy sufferers have a variety of treatment options available. Medication and immunotherapy are two common approaches, but many people choose to simply avoid allergens before they have a chance to attack. Here are several common areas where allergens can be found,...

The Lasting Effects of Sunburns

A sunburn is a red, painful patch of skin that feels hot to the touch, and it commonly appears within a few hours after exposure to too much ultraviolet (UV) light. Sources of this light include the sun or artificial sources like sunlamps. Sunburns can take several...

How To Prevent Shin Splints

Common in runners, dancers, military recruits and other athletes, shin splints are a condition marked by pain along the shin bone (tibia), or the large bone in the front of your lower leg. Shin splints are referred to in a clinical setting as medial tibial stress...

Is Plastic Surgery for Teens?

According to the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, over 236,000 cosmetic procedures were performed on teens aged 19 or younger during the year 2012. Thousands of teens consider plastic surgery each year, with common procedures ranging from nose...

Why Do My Ears Hurt When Flying/Scuba Diving?

Most people who have spent time on an airplane in the past will recall feelings of changing pressure in the ears as the plane gained or lost altitude. People who dive underwater or go climbing at high altitudes may also have experience with this sensation. The medical...

Cortisol: The Stress Hormone

Cortisol is a steroid hormone that’s produced by the adrenal glands. It’s the primary hormone involved in stress and the “fight-or-flight” response our brains naturally have to perceived threats or danger—when you experience a stressor, a hormone in your brain...

Difference Dislocated and Separated Shoulder

Though they are two separate and distinctly different injuries, shoulder dislocations and shoulder separations are easily confused. One refers to a bone popping out of a shoulder socket, while the other refers to tearing of ligaments connecting parts of the shoulder....

Diet vs Exercise: Which is More Important?

If your goal is weight loss, exercise by itself won’t help you lose weight. This is not to say that exercise isn’t good for you; it is, in fact, great for you. It conveys an astonishing array of health benefits. But—and we all hate hearing this—many experts say the...

Is Immunotherapy Right for You?

Immunotherapy is one form of long-term treatment that can be beneficial for people with several different types of  allergies. They help by decreasing sensitivity to allergens, and in many cases can lead to lasting relief even after the treatment has finished. Are...

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