Q and A on Generic Drugs
Although many generic drugs are made in other countries, drug makers must adhere to strict manufacturing requirements in order to distribute and sell their products in the United States.
Recognizing Medication Tampering
No packaging system is completely safe, so it's important that you check for signs of tampering whenever you buy or use a medicine.
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.
Second Opinions for Cancer
Whether you’re facing major surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation therapy, a second opinion can help ensure you’re getting the most targeted, effective treatment for your condition.
Self-Treat? Or See a Doctor?
When you’re sick, knowing whether you should treat yourself at home or see your doctor can save you time and hundreds, possibly thousands, of dollars a year.
Side Effects of Medicine May Increase With Aging
Sometimes medicines can cause side effects and actually make a person feel worse. Side effects are more common as people age, so it's important to understand how to identify and prevent side effects.
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.
Striking a Match: Ideal Doctor/Ideal Patient
Your health is so central to who you are, so important to how well you function and enjoy life, your doctor can be one of your most valued life partners.
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.
Taking OTC Pain Relievers
At first glance, visiting the pain-reliever section of your drugstore might just give you a headache -- if you don't already have one. After all, there are more than 150 products on the market to choose from.
Talking with Your Doctor About Alternative Medicine
Here are suggestions that can help you work with your doctor if you choose to use alternative therapies.
Teaming Up with Your Pharmacist
Pharmacists do much more than count tablets and pour liquids. Their main job is to focus on the medications you take and the effect they have.
The Side Effects of Cancer Treatment
Chemotherapy and radiation treatments save lives. They also can bring a variety of temporary but unpleasant side effects.
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.
Diuretics help your blood pressure go down by helping your body to get rid of extra water and salt by producing more urine.
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.
Understanding Your Osteoarthritis Medication
Osteoarthritis, also called degenerative joint disease, most often affects weight-bearing joints such as the knees and hips. It also can affect the hands and spine.
Use Caution with Pain Relievers
Over-the-counter pain relievers are safe and effective when used as directed. It's when a person doesn't follow the label's advice that problems may occur.
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.