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...

Toddlers and iPads: When to Give Kids Access to Screens

toddlers and iPads

In my house, we don’t have cable and, therefore, don’t watch much TV. But that doesn’t mean we’re screen-free. I sit behind a computer from 9-5. I commute by train and subway with the companionship of my iPhone, and at night I log a good hour or more either checking in on emails and social networks or just household planning and ... Read More...

What Your Pharmacist Can Do Other Than Fill Prescriptions

Pharmacists do more than fill prescriptions.

If you think pharmacists simply stand behind a counter filling pill bottles all day, think again: your pharmacist is as vital a member of your healthcare team as your doctor. Here's a look at the essential role pharmacists play in our health and the additional services you may not even know they offer. Pharmacists are responsible ... Read More...

Fact vs. Fiction: Eggs and Cholesterol

High cholesterol doesn't have to mean cutting out eggs for good.

Do you totally avoid eating eggs in order to keep your cholesterol numbers down? While we applaud you for your strong willpower, you may have been depriving yourself unnecessarily. Here's a look at what's true and false regarding eggs and cholesterol: FICTION Eggs should be avoided entirely in order to keep your cholesterol levels ... Read More...