Genetics and Illness: What's Your Fate?
Although inheriting certain genes might boost your chances of contracting a disease, it's rarely a sure thing. Often, your lifestyle and environment can join with disease-prone genes to make a potential disease a reality.
Get the Most From Your Doctor Visits
To avoid wasting valuable time, be prepared for every doctor visit, using these suggestions.
Guarding Against Medical Scams
These tips will help you reduce your risk of being ripped off and putting your health in danger.
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.
Home Remedies: What Works? What Doesn’t?
Can cranberry juice help prevent a urinary tract infection? How about cucumbers for puffy eyes? Read on to find out more about home remedies.
How to Be a Savvy Medical Consumer
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 Get Optimal Medical Care
To get the best medical care you can, you should be an informed patient who works closely with your health care provider.
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 Properly Manage Medical Devices
Many people with chronic illnesses depend on elaborate medical devices, such as cardiac pacemakers or blood-glucose monitors for their health and well-being. Countless others help their loved ones, young or old, deal with an oxygen machine, asthma medication inhaler or other device. No matter how sophisticated or simple the piece of medical equipment is, it's crucial to use and maintain it properly.
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 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.
Learn to Be a Smart Pharmaceutical Consumer
Prescription medications 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 medications get so much free publicity they don't need to be advertised.
Living Wills Offer Peace of Mind
A living will tells others how you want to be treated when it comes to life-sustaining measures.