| 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?...
| 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...
| Sep 2, 2011
| 1:05 AM
SALEM, Aug. 30 - A farm known for decades as Carl B's place is home to about 40 dairy goats and a homebased business named for the owner's grandfather.
The idea of raising goats came from Julie Kolbeck's mother and brother.
"My mom had always wanted...
| Nov 13, 2011
Cracked heels, chapped lips, scaly legs, fissured hands, skin so tight and parched it practically hurts to smile. All can be brought on by dry, hot Santa Ana winds common in the fall or by the cold weather and heated rooms of winter — and...
| Feb 18, 2012
| 6:00 PM
Last week we shared Cathy Levan's tip for buying petroleum jelly in bulk and packing it into pill boxes to save on lip balm, and suggested it would be a great Valentine's Day gift. What better way to show someone your love than to make them more...
| Feb 20, 2012
| 5:49 PM
Eczema is a chronic, inflammatory skin disorder. It can appear as blisters that crust over to become scaly, itchy rashes, or as dry, thick patches of skin with scales. The main symptom is itching, and symptoms can come and go. Although eczema is not...
| 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 —...
| 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...
| 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...