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The vast quantities of medical information available on the Internet can be overwhelming to a patient searching for reliable health information. As more people use the Internet to research medical conditions and self-diagnose, a new kind of patient is emerging, one known in medical circles as the "Cyberchondriac."
Although it is increasingly easy to access medical web sites from your own home and natural to worry about your personal health, it's difficult to distinguish the good information from the bad, and important to keep the lines of communication open with your doctor.
A Federal investigation and a NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital internal audit have uncovered the possible theft of personal identity information, including names, phone numbers, and in some cases social security numbers, of approximately 40,000 hospital patients at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center.
Majority of physicians do engage in very healthy behaviors, with three of the top shared healthy behaviors being: trying to eat a balanced diet, exercising regularly and taking vitamins and other supplements.
The appearance of a cold sore is a sign that your immune system needs a tune-up before other more serious illnesses emerge.
Daily exposure to thousands of toxins in the environment, food, cosmetics, and household cleaning products can produce a toxic load in the body that may result in poor health without regular cleansing.
An incident with a UCLA Health System employee who improperly accessed and read private medical records of patients has promoted UCLA to release a statement reassuring patient confidentiality and privacy.
Understanding the often complex medical information your doctor or other caregivers give to you can be difficult, and the consequences of misunderstanding this information can be life threatening.
A recent look at what is known about the health effects of drinking water reveals that most supposed benefits are not backed by solid evidence.
The CMS, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), today posted new survey information at the Hospital Compare consumer Web site Hospitalcompare.hhs.gov offering consumers more insight about the hospitals in their communities.
DayTimers note that planning is the secret ingredient for success in overall wellness.
When the player is an adult and thought to have a neck injury, the emergency on-field treatment policy is clear, but guidelines have been less certain for handling young athletes in the same situation, and EMTs have had the option to remove helmets that appear too large.
Whether you're facing a new beginning in your work, hitting career roadblocks, or encountering other challenges in making effective work-life decisions, the new LifeStage Methodology can help you proactively address issues an goals you want to tackle.
Germ phobia is in the air, and some patients are wondering if medical visits could make them sicker instead of healthier. Others are worried about what they'll pick up in the waiting room or on the examining table.
Spring is here and that means bicyclists will again be sharing local streets and roads in larger numbers, prompting the need for everyone on the road to pay greater attention to what's going on around them.
A healthy diet and being physically active are important contributors to overall health.
Brain imaging reveals drivers are distracted even if they don't talk but only listen to cell phones.
Carrying a cell phone may cause some college students - especially women - to take risks with their safety, a new study suggests.
Eighty-eight percent of Americans over the age 65 have at least one chronic health condition such as heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes, which can be controlled by making healthy lifestyle changes.
When it comes to needing an operation, patients are significantly less proactive in learning about the surgical procedure they will undergo.
NIH launched a new interactive Web tool to increase awareness about bone health and osteoporosis and encourage people of all ages.
Flu and other respiratory illnesses continue to circulate in the community and it is sometimes difficult for the public to determine whether it is appropriate to go to an emergency department, an urgent care center or their primary care physician.