Thursday, December 31, 2009

Bladder Infection Symptoms

It burns, it hurts.  You know something's wrong.  Here are the telltale symptoms of a bladder infection:

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Roman Catholic Holy Days for 2010

The liturgical calendar can get downright confusing at times.  Here's the lowdown on Catholic holy days of obligation for 2010 plus information on the year's moveable feasts:

Monday, December 28, 2009

Pompe disease: causes of this rare condition

Chances are, you've never heard of it unless someone in your family is the 1 in 40,000 individual afflicted.  Here are its symptoms and causes:

Saturday, December 26, 2009

What you need to do to become a librarian

Gone are the stereotypes of librarians with feather dusters moving up and down rows of musty-smelling books.  These days, a librarian can aptly be called an information manager.  If you're interested in this type of career, check out this article:

How to Recover Optimally from Heart Surgery

Sometimes patients facing bypass or other open heart surgery worry less about surviving the procedure than they do about what their recovery will be like.  Here are some tips that will help:

Friday, December 18, 2009

The Mexican legend of the poinsettia

Whether they're the traditional red or the more contemporary cream or yellow, poinsettias will be forever known as the flowers of Christmas.  Read their legend here:

Monday, December 14, 2009

Can you guess which are the largest dog breeds?

Are they the tallest?  The heaviest?  You'll find out here:

How to get through the holidays when you're suffering from a heartache

Everybody you see is rushing around, volunteering to help with religious services or shopping 'til they drop, it seems.  You just feel totally lost this holiday season.  Here are some tips on how to get through it:

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

How to finish your holiday shopping without blowing your budget

You still have a few names on the gift list and only a few bills in your wallet.  How can you finish Christmas shopping or other holiday giving and celebrating and stay within your budget?  Here are some tips to help:

Monday, December 7, 2009

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Does your dog need plastic surgery?

While some plastic surgery procedures occur due to medical necessity, others are performed solely due to the preference of a dog's owner.  Read about it here:

Saturday, November 21, 2009

How to prep your kitchen for the holidays

Whether you're cooking dinner for 30 or just a special holiday meal for you and your spouse, here are some tips to get your kitchen in order and cut holiday stress:

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Home remedies for athlete's foot

If your collection of over-the-counter meds for athlete's foot is taking over the bathroom and your checkbook, trying a few home remedies might be worth your while.  Here are some of the best:

Friday, November 13, 2009

How has health care reform affected medical schools?

Answer:  Many schools have completely redesigned their curricula.  Here's why and what you should expect in the future:

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Tips for locating free or low-cost mental health treatment

If you're job-free or without health insurance, it might be difficult to find affordable care for a mental health condition.  Here are some tips on what you should do to find treatment:

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Traveling over the holidays? Here's how to tote your luggage safely.

Thousands of people are injured each year while trying to tote suitcases and other types of baggage while traveling.  Here's how to do it safely:

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Treatments for Uterine Fibroids

Although most women who have them need no treatment, for some, uterine fibroids are disabling.  Here's the lowdown on current treatments:

Monday, November 2, 2009

Great magazine subscription gifts for moms for Christmas

The trick is to get her one she would love but probably wouldn't purchase herself.  Here are six of the best for your gift list:

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Cell phone gifts for Christmas

If you're a little hesitant to buy someone on your list a cell phone because you don't know exactly what he or she would like, there are plenty of alternatives in the way of accessories and prepaid phones.

Read about them here:

Friday, October 23, 2009

Tips for saving money when you eat out

If you or someone in your family is jobfree, the thought of paying for a restaurant meal might be a little fearful.

Here are some tips to help you save and still celebrate those special occasions:

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

What exactly is Alzheimer's disease?

It's in the news almost every day.  Nearly everyone has a story to tell about a relative who had this illness.

But what exactly is Alzheimer's disease - in plain English?

Monday, October 19, 2009

Side effects from the swine flu vaccine

Two types of 2009 swine flu vaccine are available.  While the CDC considers both safe, read about their potential side effects:

Friday, October 16, 2009

Need a dog that doesn't shed much - if at all?

There's no such thing as a canine that's 100 percent shed-free.  However, many of them shed so little, it's undetectable.  If you or someone you know loves pets but has allergies or hates pet hair all over the house, here are some dogs to consider:

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Nicotine poisoning and cats

Nicotine isn't harmful just to humans. Ingesting it can kill a cat. Read about the symptoms and treatment for nicotine poisoning here:

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Family pets: guinea pigs

Can anybody ever really love a rodent? You bet -- if it's a guinea pig. Read all about these little critters and decide if they'd make great pets for your family:

Sunday, September 27, 2009

How swine flu spreads

We're heard dozens of rumors about swine flu, also known as the H1N1 virus. Here's the lowdown on exactly how it spreads:

What the new medicine patches can do for you

They're useful for treating a lot more than pain or nicotine withdrawal.

Read how the newest medicine patches can change your life:

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Why four-year colleges and universities are becoming extinct

They're an American tradition, stone and ivy or concrete and glass. Dating back to the founding of Harvard, they've granted four-year degrees in a traditional way.

Read why colleges and universities that grant four-year degrees could soon become extinct:

Thursday, September 10, 2009

What on earth is Stevens-Johnson Syndrome?

It can appear out of the blue. One minute, its victim is fine. Anywhere from hours to days later, his or her life could be in danger:

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

How to avoid surgery for a rotator cuff injury

For many years, individuals who suffered from rotator cuff injuries were sent down the path toward dreaded surgery. Today, they have a number of non-surgical treatment options. Read about them here:

What is transient global amnesia (TGA)?

It's sudden, and it's scary. Sometimes the loss of memory is over even before the patient has an inkling of what's happening. Read about TGA here:

Thursday, August 27, 2009

How you can help your discouraged elementary schooler

Some kids have a tough time with school, so tough that they become discouraged and no longer want to try to succeed.

Here's what you can do to help your child develop self-confidence if he or she's become a discouraged student:

Sunday, August 23, 2009

What parents need to know about impetigo

It's a fierce skin infection and much more common in children than in adults.

Here's what you need to know about its causes and treatment:

Saturday, August 22, 2009

How to decide whether to accept a job in a poor economy

The call you've been awaiting finally comes, and you have a job offer.

Maybe you've been without a job for months. Or you needed to go back to work in retirement.

Here's what you need to know before blurting out, "Of course, I'll take it!"

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

What to do when you get poison ivy

'Tis the season...first the rash, then the blisters. Somewhere in between, that awful itch.

Here's what you can do to make yourself less miserable until that pesky case of poison ivy vanishes after a few weeks:

Saturday, August 15, 2009

What is post-polio syndrome?

It only strikes those who have survived polio. Its symptoms progress slowly and mimic those of the polio virus. Read what patients can do to try to lead a normal life:

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

When it's more than just a bump on the head

It might have seemed harmless at the time, banging your head on a doorframe or being startled when a heavy book fell off the shelf and hit you on the head.

As inconsequential as that bump on the head seemed, it could result in something more serious:

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Why crying produces tears

You can be absolutely ecstatic, bent over in pain from the flu or devastated by the loss of a pet. Regardless of the reason, every time to cry, your produce tears. Here's why:

The top five questions kids ask about kindergarten

Some of them are predictable, and some are humorous. But others show a lot of worry:

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Sunday, July 19, 2009

What's an heirloom tomato?

Since they're grown more popular in recent years, chances are that you've eaten one and not known what it was. Heirloom tomatoes have a wonderful taste. They come in around 100 varieties. Here's the lowdown on them:

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Study links depression and anxiety to angina

A study reported in the June 30, 2009 issue of the journal Circulation suggests a direct link between suffering from angina and experiencing depression and anxiety.

Read about the results here:

Friday, July 10, 2009

Online School for Girls to open this fall

It's a bold experiment, a mixture of two popular educational trends. The new Online School for Girls will combine all-girl schooling with convenient online learning. Read how it will work and who can enroll:

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Report says Chesapeake Bay might be hazardous to humans

A project to clean up the Chesapeake Bay and revive its ailing flora and fauna has been underway for 25 years. A recent report suggests that little improvement has occurred and, in fact, the water might now be hazardous to human health.

Read the specifics here:

Saturday, July 4, 2009

How to save money but cutting these everyday fees

You probably know about some of them. But you might be surprised at other common everyday fees for which you're being billed. Take a look at what they are and how much you can save by axing them:

Monday, June 22, 2009

Rescued Florida foal meets a very sad end

He broke their hearts when they saw him. But little Tonka fought as hard as he could to recover from starvation after being rescued. Read about him and his mom here:

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Why the new GI Bill Benefits Fall Short

Many veterans depend on the benefits of the GI Bill for a brighter future. Since this law was passed in 1944, it's been amended a number of times. Read why the new benefits won't help all the veterans who are elibigible for them:

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Saturday, June 13, 2009

How to save money with a 'groupon'

It's billed by some as the greatest thing since sliced cheese. It's a way for ardent coupon users to get savings on services, not just products.

Read how you and your budget can benefit from a Groupon:

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Ever heard of stiff-person syndrome?

Neither had I until I met a patient. This bizarre neurological condition affects fewer than 1 in 1 million. It frequently leaves its sufferes bent into painful, rigid positions. Read about it here:

Sunday, June 7, 2009

How to use trees to cool your home

Fed up with sky-high electric bills from summer air conditioning? Here's a simple investment that will help keep the planet green and save you money year after year.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

These eye inflamations should send you quickly to the doctor

With the sign of the first spring flowers 'til the leaves fall off the trees, many Americans suffer from allergies. It's easy to consider your red, tired eyes the victimes of seasonable allergies.

But are they?

Read about two conditions that should sent you quickly packing to the doctor:

Monday, May 25, 2009

U.S. Postal Service tries to cut weekly delivery

You might soon have to visit your mailbox only five times a week. The U.S. Postal Service, suffering from a growing deficit, has been trying for months to cut mail delivery from six to five days a week.

Read why here:

Thursday, May 21, 2009

CDC cites possible link between obesity and severity of swine flu

Just when we've blamed obesity for nearly everything wrong in America, along comes a study that says it might also be responsible for severe symptoms in those who contract swine flu.

Read what the CDC has to say about it, courtesy of The Washington Post:

Sunday, May 17, 2009

What was wrong with Season 7 of The Biggest Loser?

The finale wasn't what many expected. The low weights of some of the contestants were almost shocking. Read what went wrong:

Friday, May 15, 2009

What is the world is mHealth?

It's isn't the name of a new candy. It isn't a term your doctor is likely to toss around the next time you're in the office.

Find out here what mHealth really is:

Summer's here - are your feet ready?

It's time for shorts, sunglasses and -- shudder -- sandals. Are you feet ready for summer?

Read this piece to find out what you need to do to keep them healthy and happy during warm weather:

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

New probe sends ultrasound images via cell phone

In most developing countries, using ultrasound imaging is simply not affordable. Nor are there enough trained technicians to make it practical.

Washington University researchers have developed a probe that can transmit ultrasound images over a smartphone. Read about its implications for medical care here and in third-world nations:

How to get home work out videos cheaply or even free

Working out at home might be cheaper than a gym membership, but you might still finding yourself paying a lot for each video you purchase.

Here's how to save a bundle or even get them for free:

Monday, May 4, 2009

How to get a job when you're overqualified for it

One of the most frustrating aspects of job hunting during the recession is convincing a prospective employer to hire you when your resume says you're overqualified for the job. He wants someone who will stay at least a few years. You need to eat. Here are some tips that might help:

Thursday, April 30, 2009

How to get and keep balance in your life

We're living in horrific times by many people's standards. Every day we have to deal with a ton of stress: pink slips, swine flu, vanishing retirement account balances.

Here are some suggestions on how to get and keep some balance in your life amidst the chaos:

Monday, April 20, 2009

How to bring up your kids to be bilingual

Being bilingual is "in" these days. If you're a parent who wants your child to grow up bilingual or even multilingual, you might be surprised at some of the misconceptions about how to make this happen:

Mary, Mary, quite contrary ... how does your vegetable garden grow?

If you love fresh produce, you probably reel at the prices every time you visit the supermarket. And not everyone lives near a farmer's market.

Here's the low-down on how to grow your own vegetables in season:

Saturday, April 18, 2009

What you need to know before buying a prepaid cell phone

Once marketed mainly to individuals who couldn't afford standard long-term contracts, prepaid cell phones are becoming increasingly popular in the U.S.

Depending on your situation, you could actually save money by buying a prepaid contract versus standard service. Here's what you need to know:

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

How to keep your kids stress-free during economic woes

It would be difficult to find an American family not touched by the recession of 2008-2009. It's not just parents who carry heavy burdens during these troubled times. Children also undergo a ton of stress. Here's how to keep them stress-free during the recession:

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Homeless look to cell phones as survival tools

It's sometimes their only way to check on applications for food stamps and housing. It can mean the difference between having and not having a job.

Many homeless adults now consider cell phones a necessity, not a luxury:

Monday, March 23, 2009

How to afford summer camp even during the recession

You paid the non-refundable deposit for one of more of your kids to reserve a spot in a great summer camp. Then you got laid off from your job.

Read this piece to find out how to still afford to send your kids to summer camp despite the recession:

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

What's a nanodiamond?

Well, you're not likely to see it in a piece of jewelry as you might spot a cubic zirconia.

Nanodiamonds are the byproducts of explosions. They have some very practical industrial uses and some surprising medical possibilities as well:

Monday, March 16, 2009

Where cancer patients can get fertility help online

The diagnosis of any form of cancer is frightening and a sobering experience. For patients who were able to and interested in conceiving children before their diagnoses, the side effects of some cancer treatments reduce fertility. Here's how to get information online:

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

What's the difference between disciplining and punishing your child?

Are they the same thing?

Not really, says one parenting expert. Read on to find out how to stop pulling out your hair in order to get your kids to develop some self-discipline and how to best handle misbehavior:

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

How to properly exercise your dog in winter

Does your terrier run for cover the minute you pick up his leash? Is your spaniel afraid of snow and ice? You might need to take some extra time to make sure your pet gets the exercise and stimulation he needs during the cold winter months. Here's how:

Friday, February 13, 2009

Rare Clarkson's disease isolates patients

There are only about 100 cases in the United States and 200,000 in the world. It's a rare and somewhat bizarre disease that makes its sufferers feel isolated. Read about it here:

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Maryland leads the nation in 2008 AP pass rate

It's hard to talk to any high school students these days who aren't taking Advanced Placement (AP) courses or who have friends who are. Some of then enroll in several of these heavy-duty classes at the same time, in search of college credit before setting foot on campus.

Maryland's class of 2008 led the pack as far as the highest pass rate in the country:

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

How to keep your daughter from growing up too fast

She's transfixed by the thongs in Macy's and already has a favorite shade of lipstick. She wants her hair styled like Hannah Montana's, and she's only six years old. Here are some helpful tips to keep your young daughter from growing up too fast:

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Rescued Florida Pony Defies Astronomical Odds to Survive

She's adorable, a deep bay or a roan color. She's 10 years old and has already undergone more medical woes than most horses could endure.

Meet 10-year-old Classy, a pony at Floriday's Beauty's Haven Farm & Equine Rescue:

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Top 10 Causes of Pet Poisoning for 2008

The ASPCA has just released its list of the top 10 offenders for 2008 as far as pet poisoning. The results might surprise you: