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A Guide to Common Medicinal Herbs
Here are some common medicinal herbs. Most herbs have not been completely tested to see how well they work or to see if they interact with other herbs, supplements, medicines, or foods.
AEDs- High-Tech Help for Cardiac Arrest
Technology has given us the automated external defibrillator (AED), which is turning up far from hospitals. Some schools and public buildings already have AEDs.
Air Filters, Dehumidifiers, and Humidifiers
Here are some helpful tips for understanding the air in your house and the air-quality appliances that can alter it.
All About Blood Pressure Medicine
Several kinds of medicine are commonly prescribed for high blood pressure. Here are some of the main types.
All About Cholesterol-Lowering Medicines
There are 7 main types of cholesterol-lowering medicines.
Detailed information on the use of antibiotics and children
Be Smart About Taking Medicines
Prescription medicines 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 medicines get so much free publicity they don't need to be advertised.
Care of Children's Mouth and Teeth
Most pediatric dentists will agree that regular dental care should begin when a child gets their first tooth or no later than the child's first birthday. Here's what you need to know.
Choosing a Hospital
You don't have time to choose a hospital if you have a health emergency. But if you're facing surgery or treatment for a particular health condition, taking time to find a hospital that meets your needs is well worth the effort.
Clinical Trials: Should You Participate?
Being involved in a clinical trial has risks and benefits. Being informed and asking lots of questions can help you make a decision.
Curbing Mental Health Costs
Mental health care can be expensive even for people with health insurance. Here are ideas on ways to save.
Dental Implants
Detailed information on dental implants, including types and possible risks.
Dental Sealants
Read on for detailed information on dental sealants, and why they are so effective.
Exercise and Target Heart Rate
The key to cardiovascular fitness is getting a good but safe aerobic workout. Heart rate monitors, which monitor your heart rate while you exercise, can help you do that with ease.
For Adults: Take Care with Antidepressants
Learn all about antidepressants, including how they work, tips for taking them, and possible side effects.
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 Many Medicines
Whether you take prescription medicines, over-the-counter medicines, 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 Healthcare 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 Healthcare Consumer
Here are common problems you may run into as a healthcare 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 Find the Medicare Forms You Need
Although filling out all the enrollment forms for Medicare can be overwhelming, there are a number of resources available to help you.
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 Safely Choose OTC Medicines
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. It is 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. Here's what you need to know about these devices.
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