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How much does a fertility treatment cost?

Remember a few years ago when all that stuff was circulating around the web about how much it costs to have a kid? The number was somewhere around a million dollars or something, or close enough to might as well be that high. Today a new article h...

YouTube videos spread vaccination misinformation

If you are anything like me, you sometimes turn to the Internet for information on health issues. Dr. Google has reassured me that the weird itchiness in my ear is likely due to dry skin and that nasal sprays are helpful when you have a sinus headach...

Are children's flu meds causing hallucinations?

If your little one gets the flu, you might want to think twice before filling a prescription for Tamiflu or Relenza. The Food and Drug Administration has released a safety review of those drugs and is now recommending the makers add label precautions...

How to help the medicine go down

In the very early hours of Monday morning, Ellie woke up in pain. It seems that after a week of sniffles and coughing, she had developed an ear infection. I tried my best to make her comfortable enough to get through the night, but it wasn't happenin...

Did you take your prenatal vitamins--EVERY day???

Come on now, be honest. I really want to know. Doctors and OBGYNs and even ads in the subways are always strongly urging women to take prenatal vitamins EVERY day, before they get pregnant, while pregnant and afterwards if they're breastfeeding. For...

Creepy: lab tech bites 3-year-old during blood test

Here's something you don't expect when you take your kid to the doctor. A laboratory technician at an Indiana hospital was fired -- after parents complained that she bit their 3-year-old son. Faith Buntin had taken her son, Victor, to have blood draw...

Codeine and breastfeeding a deadly combo for baby

Now, I'm not one to fan fires when it comes to everything we hear is harmful to mothers and their children (unborn or among us), but I took strong notice of this article. Last Friday, the US FDA put out an advisory that mothers who breastfeed and ta...

How much weight should a pregnant woman gain?

For some of us, becoming pregnant is like being handed a license to eat whatever we want, whenever we want. I personally only gained about 25 pounds when I was pregnant, but I gained it all within the first three months. After that initial free-for-a...

Free antibiotics for everyone!

Well, you need a prescription, and it doesn't apply to all antibiotics, but if you live in an area where there is a Publix store, you can get seven generic brands of antibiotics for free. Plublix is a privately held grocer and I guess they can do wha...

Career advice: Top twelve everlasting careers

The other day, Rachel told me that she plans on discouraging Jared and Sara from becoming teachers. This has more to do with her own current dissatisfaction with her job, rather than any objective criteria. Actually, she loves teaching, it's the way ...

Doctors warn: freebirthing is dangerous

Freewheeling, freebasing -- these are terms I've heard of. Freebirthing? Not so much, until I came across this article warning women against freebirthing, a.k.a. birthing without the supervision of a doctor, midwife or doula. I had no idea modern Wes...

Meeting Mr. Rogers

I love this guy. No, I mean it. I really love this guy. I watched Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood when I was a kid and even have several of his records in the garage along with my E.L.O. and Pink Floyd. This morning, as we were waking up, we turned on the t...

15-year-old performs C-section, is now world's youngest surgeon

How far would you go to get your child into the Guiness Book of World Records? Dr. K. Murugesan, who owns a maternity hospital in southern India, let his 15-year-old son perform a Caesarean section birth. While he'll most likely succeed in getting hi...

Online healthcare for kids being studied

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Service reports that in 2004, 28% of all children under the age of six used the emergency room and over half of those visits weren't for actual emergencies. Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, a health insurer, is hop...

Mom wakes from coma for three days

A Colorado woman recently awoke from a six year long coma and stayed lucid for three days before going back into her vegetative state. The woman, named Christa Lilly, had a stroke and heart attack six years ago, which led to the coma. A vegetative s...

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