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More Than Half of Pediatricians Make Diagnostic Errors, Study Says

Don't be afraid to ask your pediatrician questions or get a second opinion. Credit: Getty Images
Maybe it's time to rethink that age-old "doctor-is-god" stereotype. Fifty-four percent of pediatricians say they make diagnostic errors at least...

Amazing Dad: Andy Moore

Dr. Andy Moore, second from left, with his extended family in Lexington, Kentucky. Credit: Courtesy of Cecilia Hill
Amazing Dad: Dr. Andy Moore, founder of Surgery on Sunday, a program that offers free surgical care to uninsured patients in...

Amazing Mom: Lorna Stuart

Lorna Stuart, flanked by her supportive sons, Sam, left, and Nate, is all about making uninsured people healthy. Credit: Courtesy of Lorna Stuart
Amazing Mom: Lorna Stuart, who founded The Clinic, a nonprofit medical facility for the uninsured...

Tips for Keeping Your Sick Child Entertained at Home

The child is grumpy. Way beyond grumpy. Grumpy is a distant planet in another solar system past which she's shot in her misery-fuelled rocket ship. She refuses to eat supper. She's lethargic, moping, upset over nothing. Uh oh. She's fallen asleep...

More Vasectomies During March Madness

Ladies, take note: If, come March of next year, your man is suddenly more willing to discuss having his manhood snipped than he was before, he may have an ulterior motive. March Madness. It seems that doctors see an increase in vasectomies...

Sick Kids - Do You Google Their Symptoms?

My six-year-old had a high fever on Thursday, no other symptoms ... the kind of bug I hate. When it's a cold or a stomach flu, at least I know what we're getting into. Fever with no symptoms is a troubling mystery. Two days after her fever broke, she...

Do Bad Manners Indicate Developmental Issues or Just Bad Parenting?

Does your pediatrician ever discuss your child's manners with you? My son, who is 21 months, has not been the subject of such a discussion but will be soon. He is nearly two, prime time to really start teaching him some manners; up to now we've been...

Charlotte Church Using Old Wives Tales to Induce Labor

Remember Charlotte Church? I don't really, either, but I think she has one of those fabulous voices and is a large sensation in the UK. Well, Charlotte is ready to give birth to her second child and can't seem to get that baby here fast enough....

Woman Sues Doctor After Painful Childbirth

There are no two ways about it: giving birth is painful. But what if your doctor seems to be doing everything in his power to make it even more so? As crazy as that sounds, that is exactly what former Chicago police officer Catherine Skol says the...

Should Doctors Keep Minors' Info Confidential?

This is a tough one. I remember being a kid on the brink of being a teenager--we didn't have the word "tween" back then--sitting in my pediatrician's office waiting to get examined or get a shot or whatever. That doctor was not someone I felt like...

DailyDish - The Unprepared Parent

What do I leave the house without? Practically everything. Learn from my mistakes and be prepared....

HIV testing for teens

England's Department of Health is recommending that everyone, starting at age fifteen, in some parts of the country be offered an HIV test by their doctor. The reason is to make the test seem more routine. "Until recently it was regarded as something...

When is it Braxton Hicks, when is it pre-term labor?

Many women experience pangs and twinges during their pregnancies. All of them experience the phenomenon known as Braxton Hicks contractions, whether or not they ever feel them. With my first pregnancy I never felt a one, so it was much of a...

"Natural" c-section procedure allows mom to watch delivery

A new, more natural c-section developed in the UK may soon be in clinical trials to see if it will improve the birth experience for mothers and better help newborns ease their way into the world. Researchers say that the traditional c-section...

Pregnancy fact or fiction: Umbilical cords

When I was pregnant with my first child, I had a lot of fears. Some of them were totally unsubstantiated, but all of them were most likely the product of going through a life-altering experience with no real rules or know-how. And of course there...

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