Choosing And Using Insect Repellents

Protecting yourself from insect bites is important. Insect bites are itchy and uncomfortable. Plus, insect bites can spread diseases like West Nile or Zika viruses (mosquitoes) and Lyme (ticks). How should I choose an insect repellent? Choose an insect repellent based...

Back Pain Self-Care

Do I need an x-ray, CT, or MRI of my back? Most patients do not need images (x-rays, etc) taken of their back. These images are not often helpful for patients with acute low back pain. They can lead to unneeded or even harmful procedures. They are also costly. X-rays...

Prevent Medication Poisonings In Your Home

Everyone has medicines in their homes. When they are taken the right way and by the right person, medicines keep us healthy. But if too much or the wrong medicine is taken by mistake, poisoning can happen. For a child, taking even a small amount of a medicine meant...

Bruise Easily?

Know when to see a doctor How much do you know about first aid? Bruises usually heal on their own and are nothing to worry about. As you age, you may bruise more easily from minor falls and injuries. Some medications and supplements can also cause bruising. Learning...

First Aid Fast Facts

DID YOU KNOW? If you suspect poisoning, don’t  immediately give ipecac syrup. This can make some situations worse. The first step is to call the National Capital Poison Center at 800-222-1222. If you knock out a tooth, rinse it gently and put it in a cup of milk. Then...