Today's Medicine

Over-the-Counter Remedies for Seniors

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: Bringing Comfort

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.

Pills: Make Them Go Down Easy

Sometimes a pill gets stuck. That tends to happen at the ring of muscles at the top of the esophagus.

Planning the Care of Your Aging Parents

Many children of aging parents wait until there's a crisis, and then they're left scrambling for mediocre options.

Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Range of Treatment

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

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.

Scoping Out Sunglasses

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.

Stay Safe When Taking NSAIDs

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines are a popular choice for pain relief. But even though you can buy them without a prescription, that doesn’t mean they aren’t without risks. Here’s what you need to know to use them properly.

Stay Safe When You’re In the Hospital

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, Sterols, Anabolic Steroids, and Corticosteroids: What's the Difference?

Steroids are important compounds used in medicine, but people often misunderstand what they are.

Take Care With Nasal Sprays

A medicated nasal decongestant spray may offer fast relief when your nose is congested and running. It can reduce swelling and clear mucus from your nasal passages quickly.

The Value of a Second Opinion

If your provider suggests non-emergency surgery or a major medical test, it can be worthwhile to get a second opinion

Tips for Using Home Medical Tests

Home tests can reduce doctor visits and medical costs, but you need to ask: Are they right for you?

Treat Children's OTC Drugs With Care

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.

Understanding Long-Term Care

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.

Understanding Outpatient Surgery

More than 60 percent of elective surgery procedures in the United States are now performed as outpatient surgeries.

Use Your Medications Wisely

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.

Using Allergy Medicines

Keep these guidelines in mind when looking for allergy relief.

What Every Parent Should Know About Immunizations

Where can you as a parent turn to for the facts about vaccine safety? The first place to go is your child's doctor.

What Is Spinal Stenosis?

Spinal stenosis is a condition in which the spinal canal narrows and pinches the nerves, resulting in back and leg pain.

What the Inside of Your Nose Reveals

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.

What to Know About Herbs and Surgery

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.

What to Look for on OTC Drug Labels

Always read the label. All OTC medicine labels have detailed usage and warning information to help you choose and use the products.

When to Call Your Child's Health Care Provider

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?

When You’re Taking Heart Medications

These medications are life-giving and powerful. It's important to take them just as your doctor has prescribed.

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