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What are the potential problems with ovarian cysts?updated Tue Mar 06 2012 15:03:39

I was recently diagnosed with polyps on my ovaries. Is this a serious condition? What are the risks and how concerned should I be about potential problems?

Why do I no longer need an antibiotic before teeth cleaning?updated Tue Jan 03 2012 08:54:53

I have a heart murmur and until recently my dentist said I needed antibiotics when I had my teeth cleaned. When did this recommendation change?

How frequently should a man urinate daily?updated Mon Nov 21 2011 08:14:34

I am a 51-year-old male, and I was wondering what is considered a normal amount of times to urinate in a day?

What should I do if my kid eats dog poop?updated Mon Nov 14 2011 07:22:50

My 10-month-old child was crawling outside a friend's house and got some dog poop in his mouth. I don't know how much he ate. What should I do?

Do flu shots increase Alzheimer's risk?updated Mon Nov 07 2011 07:32:33

Do flu shots make you susceptible to Alzheimer's?

Why is there blood in the corner of my eye?updated Mon Oct 31 2011 07:13:03

I noticed some blood in the corner of my eye when I woke up this morning. My eye doesn't hurt and I can see fine. I don't remember poking it with anything. What could this mean?

Is it OK to take antidepressants while breast-feeding?updated Mon Oct 24 2011 09:59:14

I recently had my first baby and just learned I have OCD. My doctor put me on a very low dose of antidepressant and my symptoms are much better. I am breast-feeding my son and don't want to use formula but am worried about side effects. What problems should I look for?

Will a bleach bath help a child's eczema?updated Mon Oct 17 2011 10:29:07

My grandson is suffering with eczema. Over-the-counter creams aren't working. His skin has been getting worse for the past three weeks. I've heard that bleach baths can help. Is it safe to give him a bleach bath?

Why is my urine red?updated Mon Oct 10 2011 08:50:59

I notice the color of my urine has gone from looking like champagne to looking like cranberry juice in three days. Should I be concerned? I am not on any medications.

How do we prevent kidney stones in kids?updated Mon Sep 26 2011 09:49:45

My 12-year-old daughter was found to have calcium oxalate crystals in her urine. The doctor said to watch out for kidney stones, which happen to run in our family. What should we do to prevent my daughter from developing stones?

What are the symptoms of the West Nile virus?updated Mon Sep 19 2011 08:13:41

I heard that someone in my area died recently of West Nile virus. I try to avoid mosquito bites but sometimes still get bitten. What symptoms would I expect if I have the infection?

Does your child have a school nurse?updated Wed Sep 14 2011 06:34:37

As a school nurse in Rochester, Michigan, Ronda Harrison has more than 15,000 students in 23 buildings under her care. She works out of the district's administrative offices and spends her days giving PowerPoint presentations to educators and communicating with parents over the phone.

Could stopping the pill be causing my acne?updated Mon Sep 12 2011 07:21:40

I'm 40 and stopped taking the pill a year ago, after using it for some 20 years. Since then I have developed persistent, painful, cystic acne. My periods have also become very irregular and heavy. Could these problems be linked to quitting the pill? Could I have thyroid or ovarian problems?

What are Mongolian spots?updated Mon Sep 05 2011 09:36:31

My newborn son has blue birthmarks on his back. The doctor called them Mongolian spots (but we are not Asian) and said they are found in darker skinned babies and not to worry. Our other kids didn't have them. What are they? Will they go away?

Sjogren's syndrome knocks Williams out of U.S. Openupdated Thu Sep 01 2011 13:22:40

After playing just one match, Venus Williams announced Wednesday that she is withdrawing from the U.S. Open.

Choosing death can be like a 'birth,' advocates sayupdated Tue Aug 30 2011 06:53:03

James Powell could barely speak on the day he died; cancer had confined him to bed and heavy painkillers left him only semi-lucid. Yet the mood was almost celebratory as 25 people -- family, friends and volunteers -- gathered in a large living room to tell stories and say goodbye on the day Powell chose to end his suffering.

Are rabies shots needed for any bat exposure?updated Mon Aug 29 2011 07:30:56

During a recent family trip to the mountains, our kids, who were sleeping in the attic, were awakened by a bat flying around the room. We called our doctor, who told us to go to the emergency room, where the kids got the rabies vaccine and immune globulin. Was that really necessary?

Is it too early to get the flu vaccine?updated Mon Aug 22 2011 07:14:58

My doctor's office started offering this season's flu vaccine in early August. Should I get it now or wait until closer to flu season?

A family's guide to healthy food substitutesupdated Mon Aug 22 2011 07:10:24

Pediatrician Dr. Alan Greene, M.D., recommends simple, everyday replacements for what you're eating, doing and even breathing that can have a major impact on your kids' health.

Can melatonin prevent jet lag?updated Mon Aug 15 2011 08:02:25

I'm about to travel to the other side of the world for a week and have to work the day after I get back. I've heard melatonin can help prevent jet lag when I return and would rather take that than medicine. What else can I do?

What are these dry white spots on my child's face?updated Mon Aug 08 2011 08:53:52

We just got back from the beach and I noticed that my 6-year-old daughter has some dry white spots on her face. I make sure she always wears sunscreen, and she has not had a sunburn. I've put lotion on her skin but it's not helping. She had eczema when she was younger but that always showed up on her arms and legs and not the face. What could this be?

What is that metallic body odor?updated Mon Aug 01 2011 08:02:51

Is it normal for a 12-year-old girl who has started her menstrual cycle for the first time, within the last six months to have a pungent, almost metallic, body odor? She gets teased for her smell all the time and we have tried everything to fix it.

Is it OK to fly after a head injury?updated Mon Jul 25 2011 08:35:01

My teammate and I collided during a ballgame last weekend, and I blacked out for a few seconds before being taken to the emergency room. They did a CT scan of my head, which was fine. I am still having some headaches but have plans to fly across the country this weekend. Should I cancel my trip?

What are the chances I'm a genius?updated Mon Jul 18 2011 07:25:38

I'm a 14-year-old boy and I was told that I have Asperger's syndrome. The doctors told us that I have the IQ of a borderline genius. On average what are the chances of that happening?

Making food-allergic kids feel includedupdated Mon Jul 18 2011 07:20:39

Charlotte Jude Schwartz hates being allergic to peanuts and tree nuts but, thanks to her mother's creativity about food, it's not too hard to stick to her allergy-free regimen.

My ear is clogged. Should I get antibiotics?updated Mon Jul 11 2011 07:50:59

I had a terrible cold that lasted about two weeks, and my right ear is still clogged with congestion. I find that it gets worse throughout the day, and I get that "popping" feeling when I blow my nose. Should I be on antibiotics?

Why does my 4-year-old have gray hair?updated Mon Jul 04 2011 09:02:00

My 4-year-old son has a gray hair. He was born prematurely and weighed 2 pounds, 6 ounces. Now he is around 29 pounds. He had a gray hair few months back (I guess it fell off after couple of months), and now I see another one (different area). Does that imply any deficiencies in his diet?

Clue to kids' early aging disease foundupdated Fri Jul 01 2011 06:48:30

Her name was Meg, 23, featherweight and feisty.

Why am I only 5 feet tall?updated Mon Jun 27 2011 07:35:51

I'm a boy and I'm 14 years old. I'm also exactly 5 feet tall. What is wrong with me?

Is it normal to feel an x-ray?updated Mon Jun 20 2011 07:23:33

I have had several dental x-rays within the past 3 to 4 years, as I have had braces, and other dental problems that have needed x-rays in order to deal with the problems. When I had my 3-D scan last summer I felt fuzzy for at least a day after the x-ray. Now again I had an x-ray three days ago, and I still feel very fuzzy and not all there. Is it normal to actually feel the effects of an x-ray?

What would help for Weiner look like?updated Tue Jun 14 2011 08:59:41

It seems like there's therapy for everything these days, including sending photos of yourself in various states of undress to members of the opposite sex on the Internet.

Is a used breast pump safe?updated Mon Jun 13 2011 07:58:48

I'm eight months pregnant and plan to breastfeed. I will go back to work after a few months and am thinking about getting a heavy-duty double breast pump, but the new ones are very expensive. Is it safe to buy or rent a used one? I'm worried about the germs that might be inside the pump but can't really afford a new one.

LGBT in school: 'I lost a lot of my friends'updated Fri Jun 10 2011 07:54:58

"Mama thinks you're gay," Tempest Cartwright's younger sister told her as they walked to Wendy's one day.

Sun exposure in babies could mean cancer laterupdated Mon Jun 06 2011 10:24:12

Getting too much sun is bad for anyone, but it's especially dangerous for babies, whose sensitive skin hasn't developed enough layers of natural protection to withstand intense summer rays.

Can you make keratosis pilaris go away?updated Mon Jun 06 2011 07:50:36

My 14-year-old daughter has had bumps on her cheeks, upper arms and thighs for several years. Her pediatrician say it's keratosis pilaris and not to worry about it, but my daughter doesn't like the way the bumps look. Is there anything we can try to make them go away?

What are eye floaters?updated Mon May 30 2011 07:39:22

I'm 39 years old and have had a few floaters in both eyes for as long as I can remember. I go to the eye doctor every year for my glasses but forget to ask about these floaters. What causes them? Do I need to worry?

10 tips for your pediatrician visitupdated Mon May 23 2011 08:28:44

Checkups are the cornerstone of good health, and in your baby's first couple of years she'll have plenty of them, as the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends at least nine from birth to 18 months.

How can we treat my boyfriend's unusual balding?updated Mon May 23 2011 07:38:42

Hi. My boyfriend is 27 years old. Over the past two or three months, he has had an odd pattern of baldness. It started as a very small area (pencil eraser size) above his left ear, but it quickly spread upward as well as to the front and back. Right now, there is a very big (2-3 inches across) bald area on the left side of his ear. I heard that the usual, normal balding pattern is on the forehead, but haven't heard this type of balding. I was wondering what could have caused this and how can we treat it (if it can be treated). Thanks!

A guide to headache remediesupdated Wed May 18 2011 07:09:34

Head hurts? Try one of these doctor-approved pain relievers.

Six big kid sleep problemsupdated Mon May 16 2011 08:12:05

The blare of the burglar alarm catapulted Kathleen Manzo out of bed. Her heart beating wildly, Manzo feared for the safety of her two kids.

What foods trigger migraines?updated Mon May 16 2011 07:26:53

I have migraine headaches. What foods should I avoid to prevent my migraines?

When should my baby see a dentist?updated Mon May 09 2011 07:43:19

My baby just turned 1 year old and has eight teeth. When does he need to start seeing a dentist?

When will my baby see normally?updated Mon May 02 2011 08:44:22

I have a newborn. My pediatrician says to get close to his face when he's awake so he can see me. When will he start to see normally?

Why do I keep getting urinary tract infections?updated Mon Apr 25 2011 08:42:55

I've had 11 urinary tract infections in 13 months and the doctors only give me antibiotics. What is causing this to happen to me? I am scared it could be something really bad. What can I do?

Pesticide exposure in womb may hurt your child's IQupdated Thu Apr 21 2011 00:58:44

Children whose mothers are exposed to high amounts of certain pesticides while pregnant appear to have lower IQs than their peers when they reach school age, according to three government-funded studies released today.

What is this sudden weird, brown rash?updated Mon Apr 18 2011 08:34:51

I have had a weird rash on my hands for about a week. It started out like blisters after I was outside one day but now is flat and brown. It does not hurt or itch but does seem to be getting a little lighter. I'm not on any medications and did not use any sunscreen or skin products that day. What could be causing this?

Should I see a specialist about not having periods?updated Mon Apr 11 2011 08:25:23

I have not had a period for the past five years and before that I had a normal menstrual cycle for 10 years. I went to both my primary care doctor and gynecologist but after the initial blood work and pelvic ultrasound came back normal, it was decided I should go on birth control and stay on it until I reach menopause age. I really don't like the idea of being on birth control for the next 20 years. Is there another specialist I should see or another test I should ask for specifically?

Can I store an allergy auto-injector in my car?updated Mon Apr 04 2011 08:37:18

My daughter has a severe food allergy. I keep epinephrine with me at all times and have left injectors in her day care classroom but am worried about not having one if she needs it. Can I keep one in the car for emergencies?

How should I treat my daughter's lice?updated Mon Mar 28 2011 08:36:45

My 10-year-old daughter was just treated for lice for the third time this school year. What's the best way to get rid of them, and how can I make sure she doesn't get it again?

Normal sleep a 'privilege' for night workersupdated Fri Mar 25 2011 18:12:21

Gregory Jones begins his day when his family and the rest of the world winds down and gets ready for bed.

Why do I no longer need an antibiotic before teeth cleaning?updated Mon Mar 21 2011 07:51:29

I have a heart murmur and until recently my dentist said I needed antibiotics when I had my teeth cleaned. When did this recommendation change?

What would cause bleeding during sex?updated Mon Mar 14 2011 08:23:44

I've noticed some bleeding during sex lately. All my Pap results and STD tests came back normal. What could be causing the bleeding and what should I do next?

Superhuman or super sleepy: Short sleepers function on four hoursupdated Sat Mar 12 2011 00:21:16

For most of us, setting the clock forward in the spring is a sad occasion, a sign that we're losing an hour of sleep.

How the human penis lost its spinesupdated Wed Mar 09 2011 13:00:16

You've read the headline, and it probably made you giggle. Go ahead. Get it out of your system. Then take a deep breath and consider how evolution affected a few specific body parts, and why.

How can I get my underweight toddler to eat?updated Mon Mar 07 2011 10:49:43

I have a 3½-year-old daughter who weighs 26 pounds. She does not eat by herself and when I feed her, eats very little. She gets tired easily and remains very cranky. How can I encourage her to eat?

Who controls the thermostat in your home?updated Wed Mar 02 2011 08:12:12

Maybe you're the one whose feet can't touch the floor without thick socks. Or you're the one who starts to sweat when your partner cranks up the heat.

How can I treat itchy eyes this spring?updated Mon Feb 28 2011 08:30:43

My eyes get very itchy when the weather changes in the spring. What's the best way to treat this? Oral medicines make me very sleepy.

What are those white lumps in my tonsils?updated Mon Feb 21 2011 08:31:04

I sometimes get little white lumps in my tonsils. What's the best way to get them out?

The truth about coldsupdated Wed Feb 16 2011 09:19:29

This may rock your winter world: You can't get a cold just from cold weather.

How can I make my mammogram hurt less?updated Mon Feb 14 2011 08:37:29

I had my first mammogram yesterday and my breasts are still really sore. I am fairly small-chested, and the tech said that usually makes it hurt more. What can I do for the pain now, and is there anything I can do to make it hurt less next time?

Recovering a singing voiceupdated Sat Feb 12 2011 08:44:25

In her early 20s, the very thing most fundamental to Jessi Teich's career started to turn against her: Her voice.

I'm pregnant. Can I sleep on my back?updated Mon Feb 07 2011 08:26:26

I'm 6 months pregnant, and I've heard that I shouldn't sleep on my back anymore. Is this true, and why?

Missing pieces: The drive to find birth parentsupdated Tue Feb 01 2011 08:19:23

Shelley Brown spent much of her life feeling ashamed and embarrassed that she didn't know the identity of her father.

Does traveling increase your chance of illness?updated Mon Jan 31 2011 08:43:02

Recently, more than 70 people from the same retirement neighborhood went on a five-day cruise. By the end of the cruise and right afterward, at least half of the people had colds and respiratory problems, with one person needing to be hospitalized with pneumonia. Could this illness be from the air conditioning or close quarters? What is the best way to notify the authorities to prevent others from contracting this illness?

'The King's Speech' hits close to home for manyupdated Mon Jan 24 2011 14:47:38

Job interviews can give anyone the jitters; for Jeff Davis, they were torturous.

What could be causing my jaundice?updated Mon Jan 24 2011 08:37:29

I have been sick for two weeks and my doctor said I have jaundice from mono. I got my belly button pierced on spring break in Mexico and I'm worried. Could my jaundice be from hepatitis C or HIV instead?

Healing touch of family, friends aids recoveryupdated Wed Jan 19 2011 09:36:08

A thumbs up. Two opened eyes. A smile. These simple signs of recognition from U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords kept hope alive for her recovery from a bullet to the head January 8. And later this week, her parents have told family members and friends in an e-mail, she'll be moved to Houston, Texas, to begin aggressive rehab with a team of medical specialists.

Is it safe to fly with a 2-week-old?updated Mon Jan 17 2011 08:26:47

Is it safe to fly with a 2-week-old?

Should I give my 1-year-old milk?updated Mon Jan 10 2011 07:31:30

My daughter is 1 year old now. Do I need to switch from formula to cow's milk? I heard that formula has more vitamins and minerals that the baby needs than milk. Therefore, my question is what the differences are between milk and formula and which one is better for a 1-year-old baby's growth and development?

Is it OK to have a VBAC?updated Mon Jan 03 2011 08:57:49

I'm pregnant with my third baby and am due next month. I had C-sections with the first two babies but would like to try having the baby naturally this time. People have told me that this is not safe, but I found an obstetrician who is willing to do a VBAC. What's the latest information on having a vaginal delivery after having a C-section?

Is nasal mucus always a sign of infection?updated Mon Dec 27 2010 08:52:57

Is colored (yellow, green or brown) nasal mucus always a sign of infection?

Dyslexia: Scanning the brain for cluesupdated Tue Dec 21 2010 06:55:09

For Carlton Davis, "the" always seemed to come out as "hte." Frequently having problems in school, he once threw a typewriter out of his fourth-floor window at college after making the "hte" mistake yet again.

Echinacea fails to curb the common cold (again)updated Mon Dec 20 2010 17:08:35

People who swear by the cold-fighting properties of echinacea may want to skip the herbal remedy -- and save a few bucks -- the next time they feel the sniffles coming on.

Should I wash my kids' clothes before first wearing?updated Mon Dec 20 2010 11:20:06

Should I wash my kids' new clothes before they're worn the first time?

Four ways to avoid getting sick during the holiday seasonupdated Mon Dec 20 2010 07:36:08

The Badger family holidays are filled with medical catastrophes.

How do I give an autistic child vitamins?updated Mon Dec 13 2010 08:28:31

How can I give an autistic child vitamins if they do not want to swallow whole vitamins and are age 8?

Happy holidays, pass the scalpelupdated Fri Dec 10 2010 08:08:48

There were hats and party blowers and papier-maché rabbits for Christine Clifford's New Year's celebration. She counted down to midnight with her husband, children, relatives and friends in the only place where she could be with them that night: her hospital room.

Is the HPV shot advised for teen males?updated Mon Dec 06 2010 08:30:44

What is the deal with the HPV shot for teen boys? I have heard that is now being advised for males. I have a 15-year-old son.

What are the chances my family will get my strep throat?updated Mon Nov 29 2010 08:34:27

I recently got diagnosed with strep throat and am taking antibiotics. Will the rest of the family get it also? I had a sore throat but no fever. My husband and kids aren't complaining of any problems.

At Thanksgiving, the hardest conversationupdated Tue Nov 23 2010 08:07:56

Barack Levin recently showed his children where the kidneys are in a human anatomy book, trying to explain why their daddy has been taking so many pills and feeling so tired.

Is there a way to ease IUD insertion pain?updated Mon Nov 22 2010 09:45:35

Last month as a birthday gift to myself, I scheduled an IUD. It hurt like the dickens and I didn't get the IUD. I'm 31, I have a steady boyfriend and I don't want to tie my tubes yet. Is there any way I can get an IUD without feeling excruciating pain?

Why do kids always get fevers on Sunday nights?updated Mon Nov 15 2010 09:15:55

Why do my kids always seem to get sick on Sunday nights? They love school; it's not that they're trying to stay home. But they get random fevers -- as high as 102 -- out of the blue, and it seems to happen a lot on Sunday nights. Have you seen this in other patients?

Why do I hear whistling in both of my ears?updated Mon Nov 08 2010 09:44:26

I am a 62-year-old male. For over a year now I have been having a whistling in both of my ears. It goes on 24/7 and I am at the end of my rope. Please help me.

Colds and flu? Not you!updated Wed Nov 03 2010 07:04:45

It's that time again: Everywhere you go, people are sniffling, sneezing, and coughing. Think you're next to get sick? Not necessarily.

Can breast-feeding prevent whooping cough?updated Mon Nov 01 2010 10:40:46

I am six months pregnant and have a couple of questions about babies who have recently died from whooping cough in California. How were they introduced to the bacteria? Can breast-feeding prevent this illness?

Why is my scalp so itchy?updated Mon Oct 25 2010 08:27:02

My scalp has been itching really bad for about two months. I don't have lice or a flaky scalp; it's not even red. Any idea what would cause this?

What can I do to prevent kidney stones?updated Mon Oct 18 2010 08:25:03

Several years ago I had kidney stones. I would like to know how or what I can do to prevent this happening again. I understand that there is a chance of this happening again once you have it before.

If I didn't finish HPV vaccine, do I have to start over?updated Mon Oct 11 2010 08:36:04

At least two years ago, I received the first of three shots for the HPV vaccine. At the time, I was not told about the additional shots, and so never got them. Am I still able to do the vaccine, whether I start over again or just get the next two shots? Can I be tested for HPV to see if it's even worth it any more?

IVF doctors, families celebrate creator's Nobel Prizeupdated Mon Oct 04 2010 18:19:26

Brendan Harley beat cancer once as an infant, then faced leukemia as a teen. He survived, but the illnesses left him infertile and feeling guilty.

What can I do to help my stuttering daughter?updated Mon Oct 04 2010 08:40:12

My 4-year-old daughter has been stuttering at the beginning of her sentences for the past month. It doesn't seem to bother her and she has a good vocabulary and talks in full sentences. I stuttered too when I was her age but it went away. What can I do to help her?

Studies show 'dark chapter' of medical researchupdated Fri Oct 01 2010 18:08:33

The Tuskegee syphilis experiment of the 20th century is often cited as the most famous example of unethical medical research. Now, evidence has emerged that it overlapped with a shorter study, also sponsored by U.S. government health agencies, in which human subjects were unknowingly being harmed by participating in an experiment.

How can I make a cyst go away?updated Mon Sep 27 2010 12:11:32

I have had a bump on the back of my hand for six months that my doctor says is a ganglion cyst. It's starting to hurt. What can I do to make it go away?

How do I drain my ears?updated Mon Sep 20 2010 09:52:44

After taking antibiotics for a sinus infection or ear infection, what is the best way to help encourage drainage of the middle ear or eustachian tube?

How can I get rid of poison ivy?updated Mon Sep 13 2010 10:50:23

I have had recurring poison ivy on my face for a month. It went away but now it's back. I've tried a week of prednisone and am now using hydrocortisone cream. I would love to work in the yard but don't want to get it again. Any ideas? Thanks.

Can I use the sauna or steam room if I'm pregnant?updated Mon Sep 06 2010 08:56:06

I just found out that I'm pregnant. I've heard that hot tubs aren't good during pregnancy, but what about steam rooms and saunas? I also like to do hot yoga.

How can I get earrings back into closed holes?updated Mon Aug 30 2010 08:45:26

My daughter got her ears pierced a few months ago and took the earrings out for a few hours today but now can't get them back in. Could the holes be closed up already? How can we get the earrings back in without it hurting too much?

My daughter can turn her eye inward at will -- should I worry?updated Mon Aug 23 2010 08:55:26

My 3-year-old daughter has a trick. She can turn her right eye completely inward at will. We noticed it when she was an infant and have taken her several times to a pediatric ophthalmologist. He checked her out, dilated her pupils and suggested that there was nothing wrong, especially now that she has control over it. Should I stop worrying about it now, or go get a second opinion (the second opinion would be quite a drive)?

7 ways to get the best sleep everupdated Tue Aug 17 2010 08:10:45

You've done all the obvious stuff -- cut out late-night caffeine, made sure your bedroom is dark and cozy, avoided scary movies or struggling with your to-do list right before bed. So why are you still tossing and turning?

How can I safely remove a stuck contact lens?updated Mon Aug 16 2010 08:21:37

I just got a new brand of soft contact lenses today and can't get one of them out. What should I do?

Study: Acetaminophen may double asthma risk in kidsupdated Fri Aug 13 2010 12:51:48

Teenagers who take acetaminophen -- the active ingredient in Tylenol and many other over-the-counter remedies -- may be at increased risk of asthma and some allergic conditions, according to a new study of more than 320,000 children in 50 countries.