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.
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.
Make Sure You Understand Your Treatment
For optimum health, you need to understand your health problem and your treatment plan, including how to take prescription medications.
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.
Managing Your Medicine Cabinet
Stocking your medicine cabinet isn't difficult and doesn't take much time. You'll first want the essentials for first aid and symptom relief, rounded out with a few items that meet the special needs of you and your family.
Medication Terms You Need to Know
Use this guide of common terms used on over-the-counter labels to help you choose and use medicines correctly.
Medications that Can Treat Alzheimer's Disease
Many people believe that Alzheimer’s disease can't be treated. The truth is that medications are available that may help slow the progression of symptoms.
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.
Medicine 2.0: How Technology Can Help Your Health
Did you know that high-tech gadgets and networks can connect you with medical resources? Depending on your health needs, technology may be just what the doctor ordered.
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.
Side effects of medications are more common as people age, so it's important to understand how to identify and prevent them.
New Rules for OTC Cold Relief
You'll face new hassles as you sneeze and sniffle. You'll have to ask your pharmacist or a store worker for medications that include pseudoephedrine.
New Ways to Heal Broken Bones
Advances in orthopedic technology are helping broken and fractured bones to heal quicker and more strongly than ever before.
Older Adults and the Common Cold
Cold and flu season is hard on everyone, but for older adults who may have chronic health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, it’s especially challenging.
Options in Nicotine Therapy
By using nicotine replacement therapy to reduce withdrawal symptoms, smokers who try to quit have a better chance of succeeding.
Oral Health and Asthma
If you have asthma, does your dentist know? This is important for good oral health, especially if you use a corticosteroid inhaler.
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.
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 for End of Life
You need to understand your options and take time to consider what will help you reach the end of your life with dignity, comfort and a sense of control.