Hope on the Horizon for Breast Cancer
In recent years, researchers have discovered new and better ways to detect and treat breast cancer—and to keep it from coming back.
How Much of a Threat Is Bird Influenza?
Influenza, with its fever, aches, fatigue and threat of complications, seems a uniquely human illness. But the flu, caused by a virus, can infect animals and birds, as well.
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 Control Surgical Costs
Hospitalizations account for more than half of all health care costs, so avoiding surgery is one of the best ways to reduce your medical expenses.
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 Evaluate Your Health Care Providers
To make sure you’re getting high-quality care, ask yourself if your health care provider is meeting your needs in five areas.
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 Plan for Major Surgery
Major surgery can be intimidating, but you’ll feel more confident if you get all the information you need about your surgery beforehand. This will help you prepare for the procedure and for your recovery in the hospital or at home.
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.
How to Tell if Your Child Needs Braces
Orthodontic treatment most commonly begins between ages 9 and 14 because kids in this age range have at least some permanent teeth and are still growing.
Hypnosis: Helps Treat Pain, Other Conditions
The idea that a patient can't resist a hypnotic suggestion is just plain false. Simply put, hypnosis is a normal state of relaxed, focused attention.
Influenza Shots Urged for Young Children
Each fall you hear that the flu threatens senior citizens and folks with chronic ailments. But the rate of hospital stays is highest in another group—young children.
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 My Asthma Medicine Working?
To make sure that you are getting the most benefit from your asthma medicines, here are questions to ask yourself.
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.