Although you may not be able to avoid a hospital stay, there are ways to trim the expenses.
To make sure you’re getting high-quality care, ask yourself if your health care provider is meeting your needs in five areas.
Your relationship with your health care provider is one of the most important in your life.
Here are strategies from the Food and Drug Administration to help you cut your prescription costs by 50 percent or more.
To get the best medical care you can, you should be an informed patient who works closely with your health care provider.
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.
Major surgery can be intimidating, but you’ll feel more confident if you get all the information you need about your surgery beforehand. This will help you prepare for the procedure and for your recovery in the hospital or at home.
People who prepare mentally and physically before their operations are likely to have fewer complications, less pain and a quicker recovery than those who don't prepare.
Many people with chronic illnesses depend on elaborate medical devices, such as cardiac pacemakers or blood-glucose monitors for their health and well-being. Countless others help their loved ones, young or old, deal with an oxygen machine, asthma medication inhaler or other device. No matter how sophisticated or simple the piece of medical equipment is, it's crucial to use and maintain it properly.
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.
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.
Orthodontic treatment most commonly begins between ages 9 and 14 because kids in this age range have at least some permanent teeth and are still growing.
The idea that a patient can't resist a hypnotic suggestion is just plain false. Simply put, hypnosis is a normal state of relaxed, focused attention.
Understanding your health insurance policy and the benefits to which you're entitled, can improve your health care and reduce your costs.
Each fall you hear that the flu threatens senior citizens and folks with chronic ailments. But the rate of hospital stays is highest in another group—young children.
Insulin pumps are used most often by people with type 1 diabetes, but some people with type 2 diabetes use them, too.
To make sure that you are getting the most benefit from your asthma medicines, here are questions to ask yourself.
Prescription drugs can enhance your life, but when not used correctly, they may have the opposite effect.
Laser vision surgery is a popular treatment of vision problems that eliminates the need for eyeglasses or contact lenses.
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.
A living will tells others how you want to be treated when it comes to life-sustaining measures.
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.
For optimum health, you need to understand your health problem and your treatment plan, including how to take prescription medications.
One of the most important things you can do to ensure great oral health care is to develop a good relationship with your dentist.
It's no picnic being a patient. But as long as you have to be one, it pays to make the most of it.
If seemingly contradictory health news has you confused, it's time to learn how to read between the lines.
If you’ve ever tried to read a medical chart but couldn’t understand the doctor’s shorthand, these definitions can help.
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.
Use this guide of common terms used on over-the-counter labels to help you choose and use medicines correctly.
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.