| Aug 31, 2011
| 3:47 PM
From peanuts to milk and even chocolate, people can be allergic to just about anything. Susan Gratza is raising two children with severe food allergies. She says getting proper treatment and knowing more about the condition has helped her to raise her...
| Nov 2, 2011
| 12:06 PM
Q: My son is 5 years old and just started school. He hasn't had the chickenpox yet, but I'm sure he'll get it eventually. I know some parents actually expose their children to kids with chickenpox so they can catch it and get it over with. Is this safe?...
| May 29, 2009
| 10:47 AM
In tonight's medical watch -- skin problems ... try a little bleach. It's not just for laundry anymore. Bleach works on the little ones -- helping relieve a painful skin disorder.
Ben Kieffer, eczema patient: "It kinda itches."
The scratching, the...
| Jul 20, 2008
Well Enough Alone
A Cultural History of My Hypochondria
Riverhead Books: 258 pp., $23.95
By the end of "Devil in the Details," Jennifer Traig's 2004 memoir of her obsessive-compulsive childhood, she was liberated from the need to lather...
| Feb 19, 2009
Tacoma - Two children are safe tonight and in protective custody again after police say their mother removed them from a supervised meeting at the Department of Social and Human Services office Wednesday afternoon in Tacoma.
The children, 1 year-old...
| Apr 9, 2009
Michelle Stevens first noticed the red, blotchy patches on her toddler's feet after he started walking. Every time Noah walked outdoors in their grassy backyard, the blotches appeared.
Before long, the itchy patches — signs of eczema —...
| Mar 2, 2009
More and more consumers are forgoing standard milk in favor of "raw" milk, milk that's unpasteurized and unhomogenized, essentially straight from the udder of the cow.
Some seek out raw milk for its reportedly creamier, richer taste, but more choose it...
| Nov 6, 2009
Inevitably, our skin changes as we age. Our skin is also affected by our hormones, diet, stress level, and weather conditions. Premature aging and dryness are promoted by low water intake, excessive caffeine, lack of sleep, insufficient exercise, and a...
| Nov 17, 2009
The number of children who have food allergies is not only increasing, it now encompasses 4% of all kids in the United States, according to an analysis of four large, national surveys published Monday in the journal Pediatrics.
The study -- the first...
| Nov 22, 2009
The holidays burst upon us every year with a veneer of joyousness, yet that bubbling of good cheer masks a series of rather dire seasonal warnings: Don't eat too many rich, fatty foods; don't drink to excess; don't forsake your exercise routine; and,...
| Nov 29, 2009
"Sit down, Johnetta," Frances Hill told her 14-year-old cousin.
Hours earlier, police and a social worker had come knocking in the darkness, with news that stunned the South Los Angeles woman.
Now Hill had to tell the girl: Her little brother, the 6-...