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It started out as a runny nose and a cough — typical cold symptoms.Then things took a turn for the worse.Courtney S. Martin noticed that her 19-month-old son, Calvin, was having coughing fits. … more
If you're in good health this holiday season, you know that's the greatest gift of all in your own life. What better way to celebrate than by sharing the gift of health with others? I recently … more
Q: In the last few years I've noticed that after making an appointment to see a doctor, I'm often seen by a physician's assistant or nurse practitioner instead. What's the difference? When should I … more
WASHINGTON — Like a friendly Pied Piper, the violinist keeps up a toe-tapping beat as dancers weave through busy hospital hallways and into the chemotherapy unit, patients looking up in … more
WASHINGTON (AP) — The descriptions are haunting.Some victims felt fine in the morning and were dead by night. Faces turned blue as patients coughed up blood. Stacked bodies outnumbered … more
January is a boom time for the fitness industry, as millions of guilt-ridden Americans flock — at least temporarily — to health clubs to try to shed excess pounds acquired over the … more
Q: I know that colonoscopies are more thorough than the at-home DNA stool test for colon cancer. But how much better? I have such a terrible time with anesthesia and gas. Both make me nauseated for … more
Q: It was really scary to read about the man who lost parts of his hands and feet after a bout of strep throat. What's going on? I get strep fairly often; am I at risk too? A: Considering that strep … more
Q: I recently read about a sugar additive being linked to the rise of a killer bug. What is this additive, how do I avoid it, and how serious is the threat?A: Clostridium difficile, or C. diff, is a … more
The standard prescription for flu is to stay home and rest, drink plenty of fluids, and keep pain and fever under control with over-the-counter drugs like acetaminophen.But this flu season has been a … more
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