Today's Medicine

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 Health Care Consumer

Here are common problems you may run into as a health care 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.

How to Cut Your Hospital Bills

Although you may not be able to avoid a hospital stay, there are ways to trim the expenses.

How to Find Dr. Right

Your relationship with your health care provider is one of the most important in your life.

How to Get Medications for Less

Here are strategies from the Food and Drug Administration to help you cut your prescription costs by 50 percent or more.

How to Plan for Long-Term Care

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.

How to Prepare for Scheduled or Elective Surgery

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.

How to Safely Choose OTC Medications

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.

How to Take Part in Every Medical Decision

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

Hypnosis is an altered, relaxed state of mind, often used to help learn to control bad habits, pain, and stress.

Insulin Pump Use

Insulin pumps are used most often by people with type 1 diabetes, but some people with type 2 diabetes use them, too.

Is Your Medication Working for You?

Prescription drugs can enhance your life, but when not used correctly, they may have the opposite effect.

Laser Surgery Can Improve Vision Problems

Laser vision surgery is a popular treatment of vision problems that eliminates the need for eyeglasses or contact lenses.

Living Wills Offer Peace of Mind

A living will tells others how you want to be treated when it comes to life-sustaining measures.

Maintaining Your Personal Health Record

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.

Making Sense of Medical Advice

If seemingly contradictory health news has you confused, it's time to learn how to read between the lines.

Making Sense of Medical Notes

If you’ve ever tried to read a medical chart but couldn’t understand the doctor’s shorthand, these definitions can help.

Medications to Treat ADHD in Children

Children who have ADHD are often given medication as part of their treatment plan. The type of medication most often chosen is a psychostimulant.

Mental Health: Finding the Help You Need

When your life seems to be spinning out of control, it's OK to seek professional mental health help.

Migraines: Should You Take Preventive Medication?

For some people, taking medication every day can help prevent migraines and make them less painful when they occur.

Over-the-Counter Medication Quiz

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.

Over-The-Counter Medicines for Infants and Children

OTC drugs have information on the bottle or box. Always read this information before using the medicine.

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