Today's Medicine

OTC drugs have information on the bottle or box. Always read this information before using the medicine.
It's easy to forget that OTC remedies are drugs that can cause side effects and affect other medications. That's why it's important to read the dosage instructions, health risks and warnings on the packaging.
Palliative care focuses on improving a patient’s quality of life by improving the symptoms of his or her illness, such as pain, shortness of breath, and difficulty sleeping. It's used with a variety of ailments, including cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, kidney failure, or congestive heart failure.
Sometimes a pill gets stuck. That tends to happen at the ring of muscles at the top of the esophagus.
You need to understand your options and take time to consider what will help you reach the end of your life with dignity, comfort and a sense of control.
Many children of aging parents wait until there's a crisis, and then they're left scrambling for mediocre options.
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can be a frustrating condition to deal with because it doesn’t have an easily identifiable cause. It’s an autoimmune disorder, which means your immune system literally attacks your body—in this case, your joints.
Robotic cardiac surgery is a form of heart surgery performed through tiny incisions in the chest. Thanks to the use of tiny instruments and robotic devices, surgeons are able to perform several types of heart surgery in a way that is much less invasive than other types of heart surgery.
You may think we wear sunglasses for comfort and fashion. But here's another important reason to wear sunglasses: to protect the health of your eyes.
When you’re sick, knowing whether you should treat yourself at home or see your doctor can save you time and hundreds of dollars a year.
Being active and involved in care decisions and taking extra precautions to avoid infection when in a hospital can help keep you and your family safe.
Steroids are important compounds used in medicine, but people often misunderstand what they are.
A medicated nasal decongestant spray may offer fast relief when your nose is congested and running. It can reduce swelling and clear mucus from your nasal passages quickly.
Here are suggestions that can help you work with your doctor if you choose to use alternative therapies.
If your provider suggests non-emergency surgery or a major medical test, it can be worthwhile to get a second opinion
Home tests can reduce doctor visits and medical costs, but you need to ask: Are they right for you?
Over-the-counter drugs can help ease a child's aches and pains, but you should know a few things before you pop open a bottle.
Diuretics help your blood pressure go down by helping your body to get rid of extra water and salt by producing more urine.
When people of any age need others to help them with medical, physical or emotional needs over an extended period of time, they need long-term care.
More than 60 percent of elective surgery procedures in the United States are now performed as outpatient surgeries.
Although most medications are safe when you take them the right way, some drugs can cause dizziness, loss of consciousness, bleeding, irregular heartbeats, and other side effects in some cases.
Keep these guidelines in mind when looking for allergy relief.
Where can you as a parent turn to for the facts about vaccine safety? The first place to go is your child's doctor.
Spinal stenosis is a condition in which the spinal canal narrows and pinches the nerves, resulting in back and leg pain.
Doctors usually don't look inside your nose unless they have a specific reason. Usually, they are looking for an infection or allergy. Sometimes, they're looking for other sources of your breathing problem, such as a deviated septum, the term doctors use to describe a misalignment of the cartilage that runs down the center of your nose.
Experts recommend that all herbal supplements be stopped two to three weeks before surgery. That's because these herbs can have side effects that could make surgery more dangerous for you.
Always read the label. All OTC medicine labels have detailed usage and warning information to help you choose and use the products.
Deciding when and how to stop taking several popular antidepressants is something you should always discuss with your health care provider.
For parents of a newborn, first-time parents, or any anxious mom or dad, it may be hard to tell a true health threat that needs a doctor's attention from a frightening, yet simple, illness that doesn't require medical treatment. Most sniffles, sneezes, and stomachaches don't need medical attention. But how do you know when it's time to call the doctor?
These medications are life-giving and powerful. It's important to take them just as your doctor has prescribed.
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