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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
The greatest enemy of a healthy diet is our vulnerability to temptation and the all-too-familiar descent into mindless eating. Scoffing that bag of chips because it's there. Finishing that stale … 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
Not everyone can exercise. People with muscle-wasting diseases and movement disorders, the frail, the very obese and post-surgical patients are among those who face a significant challenge when it … 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: 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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