Today's Medicine

People who are actively involved in their medical care stay healthier, recover quicker when they're ill and live longer, healthier lives.
Although you may not be able to avoid a hospital stay, there are ways to trim the expenses.
Your relationship with your health care provider is one of the most important in your life.
Here are strategies from the Food and Drug Administration to help you cut your prescription costs by 50 percent or more.
Most older people are independent. But later in life, you or someone you love may need help with everyday activities, such as shopping, cooking and bathing.
People who prepare mentally and physically before their operations are likely to have fewer complications, less pain and a quicker recovery than those who don't prepare.
Over-the-counter (OTC) cough and pain relievers, laxatives, and headache remedies may treat different conditions, but they all have one thing in common: They’re serious medicines that need to be taken with care.
Well-informed people who play a significant role in deciding how they’re going to treat their health conditions are likely to feel better about the decision process.
Hypnosis is an altered, relaxed state of mind, often used to help learn to control bad habits, pain, and stress.
Insulin pumps are used most often by people with type 1 diabetes, but some people with type 2 diabetes use them, too.
Prescription drugs can enhance your life, but when not used correctly, they may have the opposite effect.
Laser vision surgery is a popular treatment of vision problems that eliminates the need for eyeglasses or contact lenses.
A living will tells others how you want to be treated when it comes to life-sustaining measures.
A PHR can help reduce or eliminate duplicate tests and allow you to receive faster, safer treatment and care in an emergency. It also can help you play a more active role in your health care.
If seemingly contradictory health news has you confused, it's time to learn how to read between the lines.
If you’ve ever tried to read a medical chart but couldn’t understand the doctor’s shorthand, these definitions can help.
Children who have ADHD are often given medication as part of their treatment plan. The type of medication most often chosen is a psychostimulant.
When your life seems to be spinning out of control, it's OK to seek professional mental health help.
For some people, taking medication every day can help prevent migraines and make them less painful when they occur.
Just because a drug is available without a prescription doesn't mean it's safe to take. Take this quiz and learn the ins and outs of OTC medicines.
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.
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.
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.
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