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How to Safely Dispose of Unused Medicines

Jim T. Miller | Posted 12.07.2013 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

The safest and most responsible way to dispose of unwanted, unused or expired, medications is to take it to a medicine take-back event. And the next prime opportunity to do this is on National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, which is slated for Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Smartphone Apps for a Healthier Heart

Jordan Safirstein, MD | Posted 11.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Jordan Safirstein, MD

Here are some apps that I feel have transcended the niche medical category and gone into the widely used and useful category.

The Transforming Power of Mindful Prayer

Tara Brach | Posted 11.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Tara Brach

When the pain is deep, the more fully we touch it, the more fully we release ourselves prayerfully into boundless, compassionate presence.

At the Top of My Lungs: Tarceva Diva

Jennifer Glass | Posted 11.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Glass

I try to look at it all as material for this column, and not let a few nasty side effects get me down. It's a fascinating science experiment, just too bad that it's me in the petri dish.

Your Medication Can Kill You!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 10.16.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Yes, side effects of medications can kill. But so can the side effects of declining medications we really need. When prescribed judiciously by clinicians who know what they are doing to patients who know what they are getting, drugs are far more likely to help than harm.

Which Pain Reliever Is Best for You?

2013-02-21-grandparentslogo.jpgSPECIAL FROM Grandparents.com | Posted 07.27.2013 | Fifty

If you've even been confused about whether to take acetaminophen, ibuprofen or naproxen, read on. Here's your user's guide. Tylenol? Advil? Aspirin...

This STD Could Become Immune To Antibiotics

Posted 07.17.2013 | Healthy Living

Sexually transmitted diseases are always dangerous, but strains of the infections that can mutate and become resistant to drugs are making treatment m...

Do You Know Your Future Self? Your Health Depends On It

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 09.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

Research shows that if you are disconnected from an idea of yourself in the future, you are more likely to be a victim of temporal discounting when it comes to health behavior.

Deaths Rise and Still No Diabetes Prevention

Chris Norwood | Posted 08.27.2013 | New York
Chris Norwood

One can only conclude that educating people to take control of their own health -- especially people long subject to public health messaging that brands them as unreachable and unteachable -- is something the United States refuses to do.

Waiting 90 Days for Imminent Death

Geri Spieler | Posted 08.18.2013 | Books
Geri Spieler

humanitarian worker Jessica Buchanan endured this reality of imminent death during her three-month kidnapping by Somali pirates. Her book describes in amazing detail, day by day, minute by minute, her horrific ordeal.

Medications and Mental Health - Fifty Shades of Gray

MotherWoman | Posted 04.15.2014 | Impact
MotherWoman

By Kathy Morelli Medications and mental health: an issue with fifty shades of gray. As a therapist, I deal with people's thoughts and feelings about ...

WATCH: Oprah On Americans Who 'Take Pills Like Candy'

OWN | Posted 05.25.2013 | OWN

Americans don't shy away from taking pills. According to IMS Health, an estimated 16 million people in the United States use painkillers, 5 million ta...

Do TV Commercials Tell the Truth About Drugs?

Howard J. Bennett, M.D. | Posted 07.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Howard J. Bennett, M.D.

There are many reasons to be skeptical when you see drugs ads on TV. Doctors don't like these ads because patients end up asking for the newest drugs even though older products may be safer, more effective and less expensive.

Mother's Day Gift to Last Year-Round

Dr. Caroline Cicero | Posted 07.13.2013 | Fifty
Dr. Caroline Cicero

Special occasions, family celebrations and holidays offer opportunities for checking in on your parents and making sure their home environment is safe and free of fall hazards.

The High Cost of Ignoring Medical Advice

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 07.09.2013 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

As our healthcare system slowly begins to make the changes necessary to keep it afloat, you might get more nagging phone calls from your doctor's office, or even from your pharmacist.

Celiac Disease and Drug Labeling: Is Your Medication Gluten-Free?

Whitney Caudill | Posted 06.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Whitney Caudill

To be certain a drug does not contain gluten patients with CD, non-celiac gluten sensitivities, or wheat allergies must make multiple phone calls, perform Internet searches, and/or have the pharmacist review the package insert with them.

For Young Kids, Medicine Poisoning Can Happen Faster Than You Think

Kate Carr | Posted 05.22.2013 | Parents
Kate Carr

Regardless of how it happens, it only takes a few seconds for curious children to get into medicine that could make them very sick or worse. That's why it's important to take a look around your house to make sure all medicines and vitamins are up and away and out of sight.

ADHD Medication Can Help Kids, But It Can't Fix Schools

Nancy Rappaport | Posted 05.07.2013 | Impact
Nancy Rappaport

Education reform does not come from introducing Ritalin into the cafeteria lunches of poor schools. Real reform comes through productive interaction between teachers and students in the classroom.

Death Wish Recognized: A Case for Long-Term Treatment

Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W. | Posted 04.03.2013 | Politics
Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W.

Do these words get us any closer to answering the interminable questions above, or do they simply attempt to soothe our desperate and restless desire to control the uncontrollable?

The Voice of Reason: (Maybe Not) for Emergency Use Only

Susan Weissman | Posted 03.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Susan Weissman

Imagine if that tiny print on prescription bottles could be heard instead of squinted at. Voice-guided instructions may indeed be helpful to patients in every age population, with a variety of medical needs.

Benzos, Stimulants and Sleeping Pills: The High-Performance Cocktail

Tracey Marks, M.D. | Posted 03.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Tracey Marks, M.D.

If you decompress, you become more efficient and less anxious, and you sleep better. Slowly integrating other healthy lifestyle choices such as exercise and good diet can help you rid yourself of the need for the high-performance cocktail.

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.

Cold Facts About Caring for Seasonal Infections and Their Associated Healthcare Costs

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 03.13.2013 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

This time of colds, ear and sinus infections and influenza can provide a reason for each of us, as individuals, to look at our own health and healthcare and see how our small choices play a role in contributing to the burgeoning, unsustainable costs of U.S. medicine.

What God Tells Us

Brian D. Cohen | Posted 02.18.2013 | Politics
Brian D. Cohen

I am on sabbatical from teaching to work with chronically mentally ill patients in a hospital setting. The patients I encounter are fortunate to have...

Depression: Medicate, Meditate or Both?

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. | Posted 02.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

Working with mindfulness and meditation in this way is only one approach that is showing encouraging results in studies for preventing relapse in patients with depression. However, there may be other ways that are supportive to you.