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  Pay attention to your stomach. A healthy stomach will make for a better brain. That’s because inside your gut -- indeed, in and on your entire body -- is what scientists call our microbiome—composed of fungus, bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms. It’s estimated that these [...]

By Mark Wheeler • June 29, 2016

Club foot.  Scoliosis.  Pigeon toes. The images of impoverished Vietnamese children suffering from these disorders--all easily corrected by surgery in the U.S.--are forever seared in Harry Mai’s brain. The 26-year-old visited Vietnam dozens of times as a child and possesses a strong connection to its most vulnerable citizens.  [...]

By Elaine Schmidt • June 29, 2016

Do nurse practitioners and physician assistants provide the same level of care as doctors? That’s the question to keep in mind amid a growing controversy over proposals to expand the role of nurse practitioners and physician assistants in doctors’ offices due to [...]

By Enrique Rivero • June 29, 2016

If your family is planning to head to Mexico, Europe or beyond this summer, not only will your kids will be among the approximately 1.9 million children from the U.S. traveling abroad this year. They'll also be among those exposed to new infections and health risks. Before you [...]

By Amy Albin • June 27, 2016

As we’ve seen from the much-reported rise in abuse of prescription opioids, use of the painkillers can be fatal when not properly managed. But even under the careful supervision of a physician, opioid use can cause a less severe problem – opioid-induced constipation, leading to delays in a patient’s [...]

By Phil Hampton • June 26, 2016

https://youtu.be/J4n2MiGgDUI They throw temper tantrums. They hit their siblings.  And when denied the tiniest desire, they can melt into inconsolable puddles. Yet, somehow it’s up to you to help mold these little emotional tornadoes into reasonable human beings. What’s a parent do? Giving names to feelings [...]

By Meg Sullivan • June 25, 2016

Perhaps you’ve sometimes seen annoying dark specks or ‘blobs’ dancing across your vision, and wondered what they were. These are often referred to as floaters – and they can be more than a mere annoyance. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, floaters are actually tiny clumps of material [...]

By Roxanne Moster • June 23, 2016

When wildfires rage, anxiety can rise as high and as fast as temperatures. In fact, little in life matches the stress of having to pack up your entire family and move [...]

By Meg Sullivan • June 21, 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOUt3OebcMY For many kids, spending hours in the water this summer can bring on a painful infection of the external ear canal called swimmer’s ear. One study published in the journal Environmental Health estimated that there are at least 128 million swimming events in natural waters in the [...]

By Amy Albin • June 18, 2016

Men can be very concerned about what happens during, and after, a vasectomy – specifically how it will affect them personally. Dr. Jesse Mills, a clinical professor of urology and director of The Men’s Clinic at UCLA, says the many myths surrounding the procedure can make men rethink [...]

By Kim Irwin • June 17, 2016