| Jul 9, 2012
| 5:29 PM
(Reuters) - Dogs are no longer just man's best friend - the furry family members may also protect infants against breathing problems and infections, according to a European study.
Researchers, whose report appeared in the journal Pediatrics, found that...
| Sep 14, 2012
| 1:05 AM
FARGO, N.D. - “Mom, how are you holding up?” my 17-year-old son asked.
“I'm feeling a little better,” I replied. I was finishing a bowl of chicken soup my husband brought me.
A little while later, my 14-year-old daughter came into the “sick room”...
| Sep 26, 2012
Telicia Gardner, of Chicago, plans to breast-feed her son, Josiah Neal, until he is a year old — for several reasons.
"It's healthier for the baby, cheaper than buying formula and it's helping me lose weight," said Gardner, who delivered on June...
| Jul 20, 2012
| 9:41 PM
"Practice dying," Plato said.
Such practice is extremely important, because no one escapes death.
Of perhaps equal importance is practicing how to live after a loved one dies. Among the shocks that befall humanity, few are more devastating than such a...
| Jul 30, 2012
| 2:10 PM
Kim Gearty had a mother's intuition something was not right with her 1-year-old daughter, Vera.
The infant was constantly sick, but doctors diagnosed it as ear infections or routine childhood illnesses. When Vera came home from daycare one day with a...
| Aug 1, 2012
| 10:19 AM
If you’re suffering from congestion, have a gravely voice and headaches, there’s a good chance you can blame allergies.
“There are a lot of problems right now,” said Dr. Timothy Linehan, an allergist with Northern Michigan Allergy...
| Aug 1, 2012
| 5:16 PM
Almost half of all babies born in the United States -- 47.2% to be exact -- are still breastfeeding at 6 months, and the rate at which mothers are initiating breastfeeding of their newborns has had its highest jump in a decade, the Centers for Disease...
| Aug 8, 2012
Terri and Joe Sparks were thrilled to learn they were expecting twins eight years ago but worried about exposing the future newborns to germs from their menagerie of dogs and cats.
Terri's obstetrician, however, told the two pet lovers what a recent...
| Aug 8, 2012
| 12:04 AM
One of the most important things a mother can do for her child starts from nearly the first time they meet face to face.
The moment that wriggling, often squalling, little human is placed in his or her mother’s arms generates a feeling unlike any...
| Aug 13, 2012
Tummy troubles are one of the most common complaints heard at the doctor's office.
"It can vary from things as simple as anxiety to food poisoning to a medication effect to things more chronic like heartburn, reflux, gallbladder disease, ulcers or...
| Feb 20, 2013
The trouble began in early January 2012, when Hershey, my then nearly 11-year-old chocolate Lab, developed the first in a series of urinary tract infections. Eventually, the problem worsened to include full-blown incontinence, with Hershey waking up in...