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  • Understanding comas and consciousness
    Understanding comas and consciousness

    Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of the late Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, has spent more than a month in a medically induced coma since being discovered Jan. 31 unconscious and face-down in a bathtub. People can survive a coma, with their chances largely depending on the level of brain damage...

  • Many ailments can lead to chronic cough
    Many ailments can lead to chronic cough

    Chronic coughs are one of life's little annoyances. Coughing fits make it hard to sleep, make breathing difficult when exercising and can sneak up when you least expect it, like during an important phone call. The causes of chronic cough are many, said Dr. Jonathan Matz, an internal medicine...

  • How muscle development differs for women
    How muscle development differs for women

    Women won't likely develop bulky muscles when they work out like many men do, and most probably don't want to, says Dr. Barbara Semakula, sports medicine specialist at Anne Arundel Medical Center. But like men, women benefit from strength training and stretching, even during pregnancy, though...

  • Parents should be careful with children's medication dosages
    Parents should be careful with children's medication dosages

    That teaspoon of acetaminophen parents give their children when they have a fever may not be a teaspoon at all. Studies show parents who use utensils from the kitchen drawer may inadvertently give their child too little or too much of all kinds of medicines, and that can sometimes lead to...

  • Lower stress to protect your heart, expert says
    Lower stress to protect your heart, expert says

    Heart disease is a leading killer of Americans, and there are many factors that put people at risk. But among the top problems is something hard to measure – stress – according to Dr. Michael Miller, professor of cardiovascular medicine, epidemiology and public health in the...

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