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  • “Bee” Careful! What To Do If You Get Stung

    Dr. Meagan Vermeulen

    Unless you are allergic to the venom of bees, wasps, or hornets, you probably won’t need to see your family doctor if you get stung. A sting will be painful and annoying, but otherwise pretty harmless. Most of my patients only have mild reactions

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    Is It “Just a Cold”?

    Dr. Samuel Grief

    The common cold is an infection of the respiratory (breathing) tract. This includes your throat, nasal passages, and lungs. More than 200 different viruses can cause a cold. Rhinovirus is the most common cause. As a family doctor, I see patients every day who have

  • When a “Chest Cold” Is Something More

    Dr. Shilpa Mehta

    You probably know the feeling of having cold symptoms that move from your head into your chest. Many people call this a chest cold. The medical term for it is “acute bronchitis.” Bronchitis is an inflammation (or irritation) of the airways. Airways are the tubes

  • Caring for a Relative Who Has Dementia

    Learn how caregivers can help address some of the behavior problems common in people who have dementia.

  • Bug Bites

    It’s that time of year again. Summer means bug bites. Most bug bites are not serious. The most common bug bites come from bees, wasps, and mosquitos. Less common bug bites include fleas, spiders, and ticks. A bug bite might itch, sting, swell

  • Prescription and OTC Drug Abuse

    Nearly everyone in the nation agrees: Prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) drug abuse is at epidemic levels. The two represent what a doctor prescribes (prescription medicine) and what you can buy without a doctor’s prescription (OTC). Both have immediate and long-term

  • Sick Sinus Syndrome

    Learn about the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of sick sinus syndrome, the name for several conditions in which the heart’s…

  • BMI Calculator

    Find out your Body Mass Index (BMI) using this free calculator.

  • Senior Residence Tour Checklist

    Use this checklist on your tour of potential senior residences to make sure that you evaluate and discuss important…

  • Osteoarthritis

    Osteoarthritis is the most common kind of arthritis. It involves swelling of the joints and causes pain and stiffness.

  • Lead Poisoning in Children

    Learn how to avoid lead poisoning in your child by reducing the ways in which your child is exposed to…

  • Herbal Health Products and Supplements

    Before you take an over-the-counter herbal product or supplement, learn about their safety and effectiveness.

  • Nightmares and Night Terrors

    Learn about nightmares and night terrors in children.

  • Accessing Your Community’s Social Services

    Sometimes, life’s challenges force us to seek help. Whether it’s illness, joblessness, homelessness, or natural disasters, social service agencies can help. There are government and charitable agencies at the federal, state, and local levels. They are designed to provide medical and financial

  • Body Image (Children and Teens)

    Children's opinions of their bodies form at a very young age. Research suggests that children as young as 3 years…

  • Hoarding

    Hoarding is an anxiety disorder. A person with this disorder is unable to get rid of things, even things of no value. These could include newspaper clippings, old receipts, containers, even trash. A person diagnosed with this disorder goes to an extreme to save

  • Growing Pains

    What are growing pains? Growing pains involve your child’s musculoskeletal system, meaning his or her muscles and bones. These pains usually make your child’s legs hurt. They are common in children between 3 and 12 years old and are typically not serious

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