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What Should You Expect When Your Baby Gets The Dtap Vaccine?

Even if you are following the Center for Disease Control's recommended vaccine schedule to the letter, you still may have some concerns about the safety of the shots for your newborn or toddler. That's normal for parents to have concerns; your pediatric doctor should be willing to answer any questions you have about the general vaccination schedule or any single vaccines. One of the immunizations that your baby will receive is the DTaP shot, which protects against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis, also known as whooping cough.

Don't Let This Painful Foot Condition Keep You Off Of Your Feet

Whether you like to run for exercise or to compete in marathons, plantar fasciitis will keep you from going anywhere. This foot condition can become so painful that you can't put weight on the foot. Here is what causes this, how to prevent it and how to treat it if it should keep you out of the race. The Plantar Fascia This is a thin band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot.

4 Things You Need To Start Doing To Help Prevent Your Risk Of Cataracts

There are roughly 24 million individuals 40 years of age and older in America who develop cataracts. Then, by the time that the population reaches 70 years old, half of them have been diagnosed with the vision disorder. With cataracts affecting so many people, it is important to know how to prevent them and to keep your vision healthy. Here are four things you can do: Switch That Cup of Coffee for a Glass of Orange Juice

Think You Have A Stress Fracture In Your Foot? Get To The Bottom Of The Problem

If you've been having severe pain in your foot and ankle and you worry that you could have some type of stress fracture or other bone problem, you want to meet with an orthopedic professional right away. If the pain is dull throughout the day but gets intense and throbs at night, or after you run with the foot or are on it for a long time, you don't want to risk damaging the foot more.

Child-Free By Choice? 3 Considerations When Making The Decision Between Long-Term And Permanent Birth Control

Many individuals and couples are making the choice to remain child-free. When considering birth control methods, you may be torn between long-term and permanent options. There are several considerations that can help you make the best choice for your situation. Chance Of Doubt It can be difficult to be 100% certain that you want to remain child-free depending on the reason for your choice. If your decision is based on lack of desire to have children, your choice may be more concrete than making the decision because you are in a situation that is not conducive to raising a child.

Bumps On The Head: Pilar Cyst Removal

When you are cautious about your health, feeling any lump or bump can trigger a little concern. If you happen upon a large lump on the head, you may be inclined to panic. Is it a tumor? Are you dying? First, you should calm down. These lumps may well be a benign growth known as a pilar cyst, an unsightly but easily treated condition. To find out for certain, you need to seek the help of a dermatologist.

Elderly And Sarcopenia: 3 Nutrients Older People Need To Maintain Muscle Mass

As you age, you begin to lose some of your muscle function and mass. Believe it or not, there is a scientific name for this called sarcopenia. For individuals who are inactive, this loss of muscle mass tends to occur at a faster rate. As a general rule, sarcopenia isn't serious until you hit 75 years of age, although it can begin earlier than this. This disease is often the culprit of many elderly falls and fractures.

After Your Child's Colonoscopy

A colonoscopy is a diagnostic procedure that allows a doctor to look inside the colon (large bowel). A gastroenterologist may recommend a colonoscopy if your child suffers from stomach pain, chronic diarrhea, or unexplained rectal bleeding. Although research shows that colonoscopy is at least as safe in children as in adults, it may help to know what to expect after your child has the procedure as well as the possible side effects that can occur.

First Time Getting A Sports Physical?: What You Can Expect

If you are just getting your very first sports physical or you are taking your children in for sports physicals, you may be wondering what makes a sports physical different from an annual physical. There are some minor differences. Yet, those differences may dictate whether or not you can participate in sports. Here is what you can expect when you or your kids schedule and receive a sports physical. Resting Heart Rate and Active Heart Rate Tests

How To Pay For Routine Vision Care When You Have Medicare

Even though you might rely on Medicare to cover most of your healthcare expenses, you probably know that it does not cover most routine vision care, such as paying for eyeglasses. This can leave you wondering how you are supposed to pay for routine vision care, especially if you are on a fixed income. Luckily, following these three tips can help. 1. Sign Up for a Medicare Supplement Plan Even though original Medicare does not pay for these things, there are Medicare supplement plans out there that do offer both vision and hearing coverage.