Today's Medicine

A Guide to Common Medicinal Herbs

Here's a look at some of the more common medicinal herbs. Most herbs have not been thoroughly tested for effectiveness or interactions with other herbs, supplements, drugs or foods.

AEDs: High-Tech Help for Heart Attacks

Technology has given us the automated external defibrillator (AED), which is turning up far from hospitals. Some schools and public buildings already have AEDs.

Air Filters, Dehumidifiers, and Humidifiers

Here are some helpful tips for understanding the air in your house and the air-quality appliances that can alter it.

All About Blood Pressure Medication

Several kinds of medicine are commonly prescribed for high blood pressure. Here are some of the main types.

All About Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs

According to the American Heart Association, there are five main types of cholesterol-lowering medications.

Antibiotics

Detailed information on the use of antibiotics and children

Aspirin and Your Heart: Should You or Shouldn’t You?

Although aspirin is a common over-the-counter medication, it’s not appropriate for everyone.

Be Smart About Taking Medicines

Prescription medicines have joined the ranks of new cars and breakfast cereals. Many of them are being marketed directly to the public through ads on television and in magazines. Some medicines get so much free publicity they don't need to be advertised.

Care of the Mouth and Teeth

Most children should begin regular dental care by the time they turn 1 year old.

Choosing a Hospital

You don't have time to choose a hospital if you have a health emergency. But if you’re facing surgery or treatment for a particular health condition, taking time to find a hospital that meets your needs is well worth the effort.

Clinical Trials: Should You Participate?

Being involved in a clinical trial has risks and benefits. Being informed and asking lots of questions can help you make a decision.

Colonoscopy

Colonoscopy is a procedure that lets your healthcare provider check the inside of your entire large intestine or colon.

Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery

Coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG) is a procedure used to treat coronary artery disease. One way to treat the blocked or narrowed arteries is to bypass the blocked portion of the coronary artery with a piece of a healthy blood vessel from elsewhere in the body.

Curbing Mental Health Costs

Mental health care can be expensive even for people with health insurance. Here are ideas on ways to save.

Dental Implants

Detailed information on dental implants, including types and potential risks

Dental Sealants

Detailed information on dental sealants

Exercise and Target Heart Rate

The key to cardiovascular fitness is getting a good but safe aerobic workout. Heart rate monitors, which monitor your heart rate while you exercise, can help you do that with ease.

Eye Exam

During an eye exam, an eye healthcare provider reviews your medical history and completes a series of tests to determine the health of your eyes.

For Adults: Take Care with Antidepressants

These drugs take time to be effective. It may take weeks to know if one is helping you.

Health Newcomer: The Patient Advocate

Patient advocates fulfill many roles, even, in some cases, staying with hospitalized patients around the clock to help guard against medical errors.

Heart Disease: Managing Multiple Medications

Whether you take prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicine or both, there are important guidelines to follow to get the most from them.

Heart Failure: Getting the Care You Need

It’s important to ask your provider questions during your visit to make sure you understand your condition and what your treatment involves.

How to Be a Well Informed Health Care User

The benefits of being an active medical consumer include better health, more effective health care, and lower health costs.

How to Be a Wise Healthcare Consumer

Here are common problems you may run into as a healthcare consumer, with tips for wise responses.

How to Be an Active Patient

People who are actively involved in their medical care stay healthier, recover quicker when they're ill and live longer, healthier lives.

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