General Health Archive

Eating Disorders: Facts About Eating Disorders and the Search for Solutions

Eating is controlled by many factors, including appetite, food availability, family, peer, and cultural practices, and attempts at voluntary control. Dieting to a body weight leaner than needed for health is highly promoted by current fashion trends, sales campaigns for special foods, and in some activities and professions. Eating disorders involve serious disturbances in eating

Child care – Observation checklist

Visit the child care settings that you are seriously considering for your child. As you observe, consider the following questions: Are there enough adults to meet the children’s needs? Do the caregivers seem to enjoy caring for the children? Are there joyful interactions between the children and caregivers? Do the adults and the children often

Child Care – Choosing the best care for your family

The child care that you choose for your family will play a key role in your child’s health and development. Finding high-quality child care is very important, but not always easy. You will need to consider many questions. But you are not alone — an increasing number of parents rely on quality child care so

Child care – In-Home Care

Having a caregiver come to or live in your home can be very convenient. In-home caregivers often can arrange their schedules to match your needs. Your child stays at home and does not have to adjust to a new setting. Your child will not be exposed to many seasonal illnesses because he will not be

Child care – Family child care

This type of care takes place in the caregiver’s home. Many family child care providers have young children of their own. They may care for children who are the same age as their own children or for children of different ages. Carefully review the program, policies, caregiver’s qualifications and condition of the home. Ask about

Child Care – Center-based care

Center-based care has many names — child care center, preschool, nursery school or learning center. Center-based care also may have different sponsors, including churches, schools, colleges, universities, social service agencies, Head Start, independent owners and chains, and employers. Regardless of what type of center-based care you choose, there are some basic things to consider. Centers

Preparing your child for Child care

Most young infants, up to seven months, adapt to caring adults and seldom have problems adjusting to good child care. Older infants may be upset when left with strangers. They may feel separation anxiety, which is a normal part of development for some children. They will need extra time and your support to “get to

Best treatment options for Atopic Dermatitis

Atopic dermatitis is a chronic (long-lasting) disease that affects the skin. It is not contagious; it cannot be passed from one person to another. The word “dermatitis” means inflammation of the skin. “Atopic” refers to a group of diseases where there is often an inherited tendency to develop other allergic conditions, such as asthma and

Club Drugs: What they can do to your Health

Club drugs are being used by young adults at all-night dance parties such as “raves” or “trances,” dance clubs, and bars. MDMA (Ecstasy), GHB, Rohypnol, ketamine, and methamphetamine are some of the club or party drugs gaining popularity. NIDA-supported research has shown that use of club drugs can cause serious health problems and, in some

Dermatitis Associated with Poison Ivy

How the Skin Rash (Dermatitis) starts? A poison ivy rash is a form of contact dermatitis caused by an allergic reaction to the resins (oily sap) of the poison ivy, oak, or sumac plant. It will usually begin to appear 1 to 2 days after coming in contact with urushiol (say: oo-roo-shee-ohl). The affected area