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How to Keep Up With Your Medications

Jim T. Miller | Posted 04.22.2015 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Anybody who juggles multiple medications can relate to the problem of forgetting to take a medication, or not remembering whether they already took it. This is especially true for people who take medications at varying times of the day.

The Truth About Generic Vs. Brand-Name Medications

2013-02-21-grandparentslogo.jpg | Beth Levine | Posted 02.22.2015 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Grandparents.com In a recent University of Cincinnati study published in Neurology, subjects with Parkinson’s Disease were given sho...

Is This Woman A Hypochondriac?

Posted 12.16.2014 | Dr. Phil

Dana says that her older sister, Shemida, is destroying their family because she is always sick. “My sister is a hypochondriac,” she says, explain...

Headed to the Hospital? 5 Things to Know Before You Go

Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP | Posted 11.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP

Hospitals should be places of safe health care delivery and recovery from acute or chronic illness. You should also be a smart patient. Take inventory of your kidney health prior to coming to the hospital and share these answers with your health care practitioner so that they are reflected in your medical records.

Combatting Ebola: Quarantine Is Vital, But Also Cultural Education

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 11.05.2014 | World
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

We must learn from responses to such epidemics in the past if we are to succeed today. Such lessons will be difficult to craft, requiring expertise in culture as well as medicine, but need to be integral parts of our global response.

What You Need To Know Before Ever Taking Another Sleeping Pill

Society for Women's Health Research | Posted 09.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Society for Women's Health Research

In an effort to get a good night's sleep, Americans in vast numbers are taking OTC sleep aids frequently and sometimes in addition to prescription sleep aids. The frequency and the additive effects are a potent combination, especially for older Americans.

Ointments, Salves and Other Mysteries of Life

Renee Fisher | Posted 09.20.2014 | Fifty
Renee Fisher

She had picked up two prescriptions from the pharmacy, driven home and brought them into the bathroom. A close inspection of each tube revealed nothing that would help her to distinguish the rash cream from the ointment that was supposed to be placed inside her hoo-ha.

What You Need To Know Before Ever Taking Another Sleeping Pill

The Society for Women’s Health Research | Posted 09.08.2014 | Healthy Living
The Society for Women’s Health Research

In an effort to get a good night's sleep, Americans in vast numbers are taking OTC sleep aids frequently and sometimes in addition to prescription sleep aids. The frequency and the additive effects are a potent combination, especially for older Americans.

The Harmful Reality of Restricting Drug Choices

Samuel J. Mann, M.D. | Posted 04.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Samuel J. Mann, M.D.

Clearly the goal of reducing the enormous cost burden of prescribed drugs is a legitimate one. If a drug that costs $200 a year is just as good as one that costs $2,000, restricting the latter makes sense. But the situation is not that simple.

Prescription Drugs: When New And Expensive Is Really Just Money For Nothing

David Belk | Posted 04.24.2014 | Fifty
David Belk

How do doctors know if a new drug is really better than the ones already available? This is an important question because new drugs come out every year and if one works better at, say, reducing the chance of a heart attack, then it's probably worth prescribing.

Where Have All the Cheap Drugs Gone?

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

What can you do to find affordable medications? Here is a long list of my tips.

Patience vs. Patients

Sue Curry, PhD | Posted 03.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Sue Curry, PhD

The rush to medicalize social conditions is one of my pet peeves as a public health professional. Why did this column, which started with the recognition that sleep deprivation was a recent social phenomenon, end with a clarion call to the pharmaceutical industry to solve the problem?

Healthcare "Formularies": The REAL Obstacle to Reasonable Care

Jeffrey P. Colin | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Jeffrey P. Colin

What is happening to patients is that their treatment is being directly impeded by policies that are not in their best interests. And worse, no one in our government or in the health care plans appear to be the least bit concerned.

10 Best New Year's Resolutions for 2014

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 03.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

New Years, and the time I always resolve to lose more weight, is arriving. Will I once again choose a diet du jour, and try to follow it for a few months, only to slip back into my favorite high calorie snacks and desserts?

10 Steps You Should Take Now to Protect Your Health in 2014

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 02.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

You need to take charge of your medical care now more than ever. If you do this well, you will have confidence in the future. Letting things just happen around you may lead to bad decisions, serious undiagnosed illness, suffering, disability, and sometimes even death.

Exile's Return to American Health Care

Beth Arnold | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Beth Arnold

As someone who has lived where getting health care isn't a nightmare, I know that what the Republicans and tea party really fear is that Americans are going to discover how wonderful it is.

The Malpractice of an Unhealthy Life

Robert Accordino M.D., M.Sc. | Posted 11.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert Accordino M.D., M.Sc.

In medical school, when we learn about cardiovascular disease and diabetes, a key piece of the treatment protocol is "lifestyle change," which means ...

Parents and Medications: Are You Sending a Bad Message?

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 11.04.2013 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

When you do these things instead of reaching for a pill, you not only teach your child that there are other options, you teach them habits that can help keep them healthy for a lifetime.

Where You Live May Have A Huge Effect On Your Drug Costs

AP | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | Posted 07.13.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON — Cancer patients could face high costs for medications under President Barack Obama's health care law, industry analysts and advocat...

Medication Nation

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 07.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Rubinstein

Patients come into doctors' offices asking for something they've seen on TV. Big pharma's advertising blitz, coupled with its aggressive marketing to physicians (who all too often are readily seduced to prescribe), results in the ever-increasing number of prescriptions offered to patients.

The Truth About Medications During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

MeiMei Fox | Posted 06.30.2013 | Healthy Living
MeiMei Fox

"We want pregnant and breastfeeding women to have good information and to know that they are not alone and they don't have to sacrifice their wellbeing for their baby's health. We want to help them make good decisions with their health care providers."

Adverse Effects Attributed to Medications May Be From Food for Some People

S.Z. Berg | Posted 05.13.2013 | Healthy Living
S.Z. Berg

People with medical conditions such as celiac, non-celiac gluten sensitivity, or food allergies should know that they may not be sensitive or allergic to the medicine to which they reacted. Rather, their reactions may have been from the food contents in the drugs.

5 Factors to Consider Before Popping a Pill

Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP | Posted 05.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP

Medications can be lifesaving and life-improving, but they often come with risks and side effects. Many people don't know how well their kidneys are functioning, so they don't realize that they may need to make modifications to their treatment regimen.

Asthma and Arthritis Medications Are Drug Muggers

Suzy Cohen, R.Ph. | Posted 03.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Suzy Cohen, R.Ph.

Corticosteroid treatment has been associated with many side effects. The most noted is increased loss of bone mineral density, causing a predisposition to osteoporosis.

12 Mandatory Medicines For Adventurers

Food Republic | Posted 03.13.2013 | Travel
Food Republic

Take one before you take on that ghost chili curry.