Sick all the time?
Apr29

Sick all the time?

Does it seem like your child is sick all the time? You’re probably right. Should you be worried? It’s the end of the winter when the average child will have had 8 different illnesses. A new illness every two weeks is common for kids under age five. If you are normal, you’ve worried that your child has an immune system problem or even cancer. And there are a few other things you could worry about: ‘periodic fever syndromes’ and...

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Popsicles are legit stomach flu treatment
Dec17

Popsicles are legit stomach flu treatment

Your choice of fluid for hydration is important. Drinks that are too sugary will actually cause diarrhea, chicken broth isn’t absorbed well, and water is the worst choice. That’s why there are rehydration drinks. Water is normally absorbed from the intestine into the bloodstream by three mechanisms when you are healthy, but 2 of those methods don’t work if you have an intestinal infection. So, the only way to absorb water is through...

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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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