How to Decrease Spread of Germs at School

The days of teaching kids to cover their mouths with their hands are over. Experts advise us to cough and sneeze into the crooks of our arms now.

It's that time of year again - back to school. Kids all over America are converging on cramped classrooms just as the seasons change, making schools prime germ-incubators. Colds, the flu, sore throats, fevers, and stomach aches will all be par for the course, along with less common conditions found in schools like whooping cough, head lice, pink ... Read More...

Baby Boomers Embracing Health Apps Under Doctor’s Orders

Baby boomers are more apt to embrace mobile health apps if recommended by their doctors.

While members of the baby boomer generation are probably not the first to embrace new mobile app trends, a new survey reveals that, if recommended by their doctor, most baby boomers will download a health app. The poll of 600 baby boomers found that, although only 24 percent own smart phones, 60 percent say they would download a health and ... Read More...

How Do You Know It’s Time to Switch to a Bed from a Crib?

The transition from crib to bed can be scary or exciting for a child.

Is there a specific age at which a child should move from the crib to a bed? The good news is that there isn't a specific age, so don't worry about meeting a deadline. Then again, you don't want to wait until your child's arms and legs are sticking out through the bars of the crib. So how do you decide when it's time? It's a matter of ... Read More...

INFOGRAPHIC: Cholesterol Can Be Deceiving

Do you know what ingredients increase the cholesterol content of a dish?

While consumers are becoming savvier about the calorie count of their diets, the cholesterol content of various foods isn't always so obvious. Vitals took a look at two popular desserts to see how their nutrition facts stacked up to each other. ... Read More...

Organic Food Isn’t More Nutritious, But Is It Still Better For Us?

Are organic foods really better for our health?

Many of us are willing to pay more for organic foods because we think that they're healthier for our families. But do we really know what we're paying for? According to a recent study by researchers at Stanford University comparing organic foods with standard foods, there are no additional vitamins or nutrients found in organic ... Read More...

Lowering Your Cholesterol Naturally

Diet and exercise are each important to lowering your cholesterol naturally.

Medications may be necessary to keep your cholesterol under control, but there are things you can do to help lower your cholesterol naturally. It does take lifestyle changes to lower your cholesterol without drugs, but they don’t all have to be done at once. Every little bit helps when it comes to making adjustments for your health. And by ... Read More...

Misdiagnosis: What to Do When You Suspect Your Doctor is Wrong

Doctors are only human. Don't be afraid to voice your concerns about your diagnosis.

Most of us find comfort in the ability to trust our physician to have all the answers when it comes to what ails us. So, when our instincts tell us the doctor is missing the mark, it can be a scary experience. Where do you go from there? Do you ignore your suspicion and submit to your doctor's treatment plan? Or do you have a potentially ... Read More...

Is Your Doctor Explaining All Your Options?

Does your doctor explain all of your treatment options?

When your doctor suggests a procedure, do you trust that it’s the only treatment option and that he/she would explain any other possibilities? If so, you may want to start asking more questions. According to a study published earlier this year in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, many surgical patients are not informed by their doctors ... Read More...

Helping Your ADHD Student Tackle the School Year

The right organization system can make school less difficult for an ADHD child.

As a former special education teacher, I understand that every student starts the new school year with expectations, hopes, and anxieties. But for students with ADHD, parents can help to alleviate some of their child’s jitters by preparing them for a great start to the school year. Here are three easy ways parents can help: 1. A ... Read More...

Cutting Out Trans Fats to Combat High Cholesterol

Avoid trans fats in your diet to lower your cholesterol.

A new study in The Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) has shown a 28 percent drop in total cholesterol levels among US children between 1988 and 2010. Receiving a large portion of the credit for this development is the FDA 2006 requirement that food labels start listing trans fat amounts, prompting big names in the food industry, like ... Read More...