How to Know When to Go to the ER vs. Urgent Care

In this era of Dr. Google and rampant self-diagnosis, it’s becoming increasingly more confusing about where you should go when you’re injured or feeling sick — should you call your primary care doctor, visit an urgent care center or head straight to the ER? Often, the answer to that question isn’t always so black and white. Of course, life-threatening emergencies — a heart attack, bleeding that won’t stop, loss of vision, broken bone, serious head injury — absolutely require a visit to the ER. But for other conditions that aren’t emergencies but still require care within 24 hours, urgent care … Continue reading How to Know When to Go to the ER vs. Urgent Care

How to Grow a Smarter Child

Blame “The Big Bang Theory” or Mark Zuckerberg’s wealth if you want, but it’s become cool to be smart. Popular culture and scientific revelations about how the brain develops in babies and children has fueled a surging interest in shaping children into smarter, more competent adults. Here are six research-backed methods of accomplishing just that. Continue reading How to Grow a Smarter Child

The 5 TV Medical Myths That Drive Real-Life Doctors Crazy

Medicine seeps into television shows of all kinds: Hospital dramas, crime procedurals and even supernatural series rely on the dramatic device of illness or injury to create suspense. But the real-life doctors who advise Hollywood on medical matters prefer that you don’t bring expectations for fictional care into real-world emergency rooms. Continue reading The 5 TV Medical Myths That Drive Real-Life Doctors Crazy