Today's Medicine

A Guide to Common Medicinal Herbs

Here's a look at some of the more common medicinal herbs. Most herbs have not been thoroughly tested for effectiveness or interactions with other herbs, supplements, drugs or foods.

A Guide to Eyeglass Lenses

Eyeglasses can be prescribed for a range of vision problems, from nearsightedness to farsightedness to the diminished vision of advancing age.

Act Now to Cut Your Health Care Bills

It's important to reduce your medical expenses. Even if you have health insurance, you pay a percentage of every health care bill you incur.

AEDs: High-Tech Help for Heart Attacks

Technology has given us the automated external defibrillator (AED), which is turning up far from hospitals. Some schools and public buildings already have AEDs.

After Rehabilitation: Here Are Some Tools

Recovering people can use the tools they learn in rehab to begin the intense challenge of avoiding relapse.

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 Medication

Several kinds of medicine are commonly prescribed for high blood pressure. Here are some of the main types.

All About Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs

According to the American Heart Association, there are five main types of cholesterol-lowering medications.


Detailed information on the use of antibiotics and children

Aspirin and Your Heart: Should You or Shouldn’t You?

Although aspirin is a common over-the-counter medication, it’s not appropriate for everyone.

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 the Mouth and Teeth

Most children should begin regular dental care by the time they turn 1 year old.

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.


Colonoscopy is a procedure that lets your health care provider check the inside of your entire large intestine or colon.

Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery (CABG)

Coronary artery bypass surgery is performed to treat a blockage or narrowing of one or more of the coronary arteries, thus restoring the blood supply to the heart muscle.

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 potential risks

Dental Sealants

Detailed information on dental sealants

Drugs that Can Treat Alzheimer 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.

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.

Eye Examinations

During an eye exam, an eye doctor reviews your medical history and completes a series of tests to determine the health of your eyes.

For Adults: Take Care with Antidepressants

These drugs take time to be effective. It may take weeks to know if one is helping you.

Genetics and Illness: What's Your Fate?

Although inheriting certain genes might boost your chances of contracting a disease, it's rarely a sure thing. Often, your lifestyle and environment can join with disease-prone genes to make a potential disease a reality.

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.

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