Today's Medicine

Eye Exam

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

Dental Sealants

Detailed information on dental sealants

What the Inside of Your Nose Reveals

Doctors usually don't look inside your nose unless they have a specific reason. Usually, they are looking for an infection or allergy. Sometimes, they're looking for other sources of your breathing problem, such as a deviated septum, the term doctors use to describe a misalignment of the cartilage that runs down the center of your nose.

Using Allergy Medicines

Keep these guidelines in mind when looking for allergy relief.

All About Blood Pressure Medication

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

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.

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.

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.

Why the Healthcare Provider Presses Your Belly

When your healthcare provider presses on your belly, he or she is feeling to see if any major internal organs are enlarged or tender, making them painful to touch, which could mean disease.

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.

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.

Hypnosis

Hypnosis is an altered, relaxed state of mind, often used to help learn to control bad habits, pain, and stress.

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.

Why Healthcare Providers Remove Cataracts

A cataract is a clouding of the eye's lens, a clear, soft structure behind the pupil that works much like a camera lens. The top cause of cataracts is aging. In fact, more people over 70 have cataracts than not.

Colonoscopy

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

Treat Children's OTC Medicines With Care

Over-the-counter medicines can help ease a child's aches and pains, but you should know a few things before you pop open a bottle.

What Every Parent Should Know About Immunizations

Where can you as a parent turn to for the facts about vaccine safety? The first place to go is your child's doctor.

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.

How to Be a Well Informed Health Care User

The benefits of being an active medical consumer include better health, more effective health care, and lower health costs.

Planning the Care of Your Aging Parents

Many children of aging parents wait until there's a crisis, and then they're left scrambling for mediocre options.

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.

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.

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.

How to Cut Your Hospital Bills

Although you may not be able to avoid a hospital stay, there are ways to trim the expenses.

Making Sense of Medical Advice

If seemingly contradictory health news has you confused, it's time to learn how to read between the lines.

How to Find Dr. Right

Your relationship with your health care provider is one of the most important in your life.

Care of Children's Mouth and Teeth

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

Your Child's Diabetes Care Team

Having a child with diabetes can be overwhelming. Fortunately, a team of experts can guide you now and in the years to come.

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.

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.

For Adults: Take Care with Antidepressants

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

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

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.

Living Wills Offer Peace of Mind

A living will tells others how you want to be treated when it comes to life-sustaining measures.

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.

All About Cholesterol-Lowering Medicines

There are 5 main types of cholesterol-lowering medications.

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.

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.

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.

Where to Get Medical Care

Many forms of emergency treatment take place outside the emergency room, and even many surgeries are performed in locations other than a hospital operating room.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Heart Disease: Managing Multiple Medications

Whether you take prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicine or both, there are important guidelines to follow to get the most from them.

What Is Spinal Stenosis?

Spinal stenosis is a condition in which the spinal canal narrows and pinches the nerves. This results in back and leg pain.

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 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.

Medicines to Treat ADHD in Children

Children who have ADHD are often given medicine as part of their treatment plan. The type of medicine most often chosen is a psychostimulant.

Use Your Medicines Wisely

Although most medicines are safe when you take them the right way, some of them can cause dizziness, loss of consciousness, bleeding, irregular heartbeats, and other side effects in some cases.

Dental Implants

Detailed information on dental implants, including types and potential risks

What to Look for on OTC Drug Labels

Always read the label. All OTC medicine labels have detailed usage and warning information to help you choose and use the products.

Antibiotics

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.

When You’re Taking Heart Medications

These medications are life-giving and powerful. It's important to take them just as your doctor has prescribed.

Curbing Mental Health Costs

Mental health care can be expensive even for people with health insurance. Here are ideas on ways to save.

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.

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.

Robotic Cardiac Surgery

Robotic cardiac surgery is a form of heart surgery done through very small incisions in the chest, tiny instruments, and a robotic device operated by a surgeon.

Rheumatoid Arthritis: Medicines

Rheumatoid arthritis 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.

When to Call Your Child's Healthcare Provider

For parents of a newborn, first-time parents, or any anxious mom or dad, it may be hard to tell a true health threat that needs a doctor's attention from a frightening, yet simple, illness that doesn't require medical treatment. Most sniffles, sneezes, and stomachaches don't need medical attention. But how do you know when it's time to call the doctor?

Over-the-Counter Medicine Quiz

Just because a medicine 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.

Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery

Coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG) is a procedure used to treat coronary artery disease. One way to treat the blocked or narrowed arteries is to bypass the blocked portion of the coronary artery with a piece of a healthy blood vessel from elsewhere in the body.

What to Know About Herbs and Surgery

Experts recommend that all herbal supplements be stopped two to three weeks before surgery. That's because these herbs can have side effects that could make surgery more dangerous for you.

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.

Stay Safe When Taking NSAIDs

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines are a popular choice for pain relief. But even though you can buy them without a prescription, that doesn’t mean they aren’t without risks. Here’s what you need to know to use them properly.

Understanding Your Medicare Benefits

Many different plans of Medicare available, with many factors to consider.

Making Sense of Medicare Options

Medicare is the federal program that helps people 65 and older pay for their health care. Here is a step-by-step process to help you get started.

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.