To vaccinate for flu or not?
Aug10

To vaccinate for flu or not?

You can get sick with the flu even if you are vaccinated, so why bother getting the vaccine? It’s true that the flu vaccine does not completely prevent influenza. In 2013-14 it prevented illness in 61% of people who were vaccinated. So if you are already a little nervous about giving your child yet another vaccine, knowing this fact might make you forego the vaccine altogether. But there is no reason not to get the flu vaccine...

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Are multivitamins necessary?
Sep11

Are multivitamins necessary?

Is your child a picky eater, vegetarian or only eats white foods? Then you’ve wondered what their diet is missing. Children have a natural instinct to eat just the right amount of calories to grow. Unfortunately, they don’t automatically choose a well-balanced diet. It seems natural to try to fill the gaps in a picky toddler’s diet. Although multivitamins provide B vitamins, vitamin C, zinc and many other nutrients, all of these are...

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Fever has a mind of its own, scientists say
Oct03

Fever has a mind of its own, scientists say

Fever is not all bad. In fact, raising your body temperature enhances the body’s infection-fighting defenses. Lizards, fish and even cockroaches and leeches mount a fever to fight infection. But only humans take medicine to get rid of their fever. If fever blocks the multiplication process of germs and enhances immune system function, what happens when we block fever? Researchers at Kings College London[1] considered this question and...

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