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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.
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.
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.
Many forms of emergency treatment take place outside the emergency room, and even many surgeries are performed in locations other than a hospital operating room.
A cataract is a clouding of the eye's lens, a clear, soft structure behind the pupil that works much like a camera lens. The top cause of cataracts is aging. In fact, more people over 70 have cataracts than not.
Few tests can match the routine urine analysis for telling your doctor what's going on inside your body.
When your health care provider presses on your belly, he or she is feeling to see if any major internal organs are enlarged or tender, making them painful to touch, which could indicate disease.
You probably don't enjoy giving a blood sample, but it's an important part of a physical exam. From a small sample of your blood, your health care provider can order scores of tests.
Having a child with diabetes can be overwhelming. Fortunately, a team of experts can guide you now and in the years to come.
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