America’s Top Cities for Access to Health Care

America's top cities for access to health care

With rising healthcare costs, doctor shortages and an aging baby boomer population, access to quality health care is a concern for many Americans. So what cities enjoy the best access to health care? Vitals crunched to numbers to see where the most hospitals and doctors are based on populations in cities across America. Then we paired it with ... Read More...

Ask the Doctor: How do you defend against summer “brain drain?”

prevent learning loss

Q: I’ve heard that children can have brain drain in the summer. What can I do to prevent my children from loosing the skills they learned all year?   A: Summer leaves many children without regular access to educational activities, which contributes to learning loss or what we call the “brain drain.” In most children, this equates to ... Read More...

Fight boredom with healthy summer activities for children

healthy summer activities for kids

It’s not even two weeks into summer break and already, if your kids are anything like mine, they’re telling you they’re bored. Bored? I’m not sure exactly what kinds of exciting things my girls do at school all day, but it must be enthralling because nothing I do seems to be quite exciting enough. It’s easy to hand our kids ... Read More...

Ask the Doctor: How can I prevent swimmer’s ear?

prevent swimmer's ear

Q: Now that school term is ending and it’s getting hotter, our children are eagerly looking forward to some serious pool time. I’m worried about swimmer’s ear from public pools, though. How can I make sure they don’t get it?   A: When water stays in the ear canal, the dampness can encourage bacteria to grow, causing ... Read More...

Ask the doctor: Is there a reason to wear a bra?

Is it safe to go braless

Q: There are a lot of carefree styles during the summer that look better without bras like halter tops, strapless dresses, beach cover-ups and camisoles. Would I be harming myself by not having the support of a bra?   A:  Surprisingly, a 15-year study from France found that sporting a bra does not actually prevent sagging or back pain ... Read More...

Kim Kardashian and What Real Women Gain During Pregnancy

pregnancy weight gain

As if the media ever had trouble finding things to say about Kim Kardashian, her recent pregnancy seems to have sent gossip writers into a frenzy. What will she name her child? What's the child's sex? What foods has she been craving? But the biggest question on everyone's minds seems to be about Kim's pregnancy weight - how much has she ... Read More...

Best Ways to Get Your Child to Sleep Through the Night

Sleeping through the night

As parents, we’ve all been there, the no sleep zone. It’s brutal, especially when you are new to the whole parenting scene. Insomnia is definitely something that one needs to build up a tolerance to.  But what can you do to get them to sleep so that you can get some shut eye and function like a normal human being, which is really in the ... Read More...

Quiz: Health of Our Presidents

health of presidents

How well do you know our presidents? How well do you know what ailed? The fact is that many American presidents tried to cover up their illnesses, fearing that health problems would paint them as weak in the public eye. See if you can guess the president from the descriptions below: 1) This president had a lump at the roof of his mouth. ... Read More...

5 Mood Enhancing Foods (Happy Food!)

Chocolate: a happy food

There’s no doubt that for many of us, food makes us happy. Whether it’s an ice-cream pick-me-up or a meal that reminds us of mom, eating and our emotions have a strong link. Yet, on a chemical level there are some foods that really can impact our moods. Check out these five foods that have the right nutrients to make for a better ... Read More...

Sanity and the Toddler Nap

toddler nap

“It’s nap time,” I say to my daughter. Luckily, this announcement isn’t met with cries and wails. She’s often running on all cylinders, so she needs the downtime – not to mention, so do I. Napping not only gives her the rest she needs, but it also ensures she won’t have a meltdown later that afternoon.  My two-year old can ... Read More...