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Current practice guidelines that recommend against routine annual physicals for adults without specific symptoms of illness may not be widely accepted by primary care physicians.
Radio frequency identification (RFID) chips implanted into human beings hold the promise of improving patient care, particularly in emergency settings, but only after privacy questions are addressed.
Some potentially harmful bacteria can survive for prolonged periods of time on the keyboards and keyboard covers of computers, a study at Northwestern Memorial Hospital shows.
The often embarrassing, excessive sweating disorder, hyperhidrosis, and its treatment options are gaining greater attention from physicians.
It's a challenge to know how to properly treat life's little cuts and scrapes. Use a bandage to help a wound heal faster.
A new study may bring us closer to personalized medical treatment, that is, medical treatment tailored to each person's unique genetic make-up and medical condition.
A new analysis of current medical opinion about treating hypertension, a leading cause of heart attack and stroke, emphasizes that physicians should first begin with behavioral approaches such as dieting, exercise, and weight loss, rather than automatically resorting to medication.
Despite multiple challenges, health care professionals are embracing information technology and are enabled to do their jobs more efficiently with the use of electronic health records.
When dealing with West Nile virus, prevention is your best bet. Fighting mosquito bites reduces your risk of getting this disease, along with others that mosquitoes can carry.
Medicare Announces New Ways To Help Low-Income Beneficiaries Get Big Savings Using Medicare Drug Discount Cards
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced last Fall new steps to make it even easier for people on Medicare with limited incomes to get large savings on their drug costs, paying as little as $15, by enrolling in Medicare approved drug discount cards plus transitional financial assistance.
The main way that illnesses like colds and flu are spread is from person to person in respiratory droplets of coughs and sneezes. We know that some viruses and bacteria can live 2 hours or longer on surfaces like cafeteria tables, doorknobs, and desks.
High blood pressure affects more than a quarter of all Americans, contributing to heart attacks, strokes and other disease. New government guidelines call for a stepped up effort to prevent and control this deadly health problem.
The initial symptoms of Carbon Monoxide poisoning are similar to the flu (but without the fever). Many people with Carbon Monoxide poisoning mistake their symptoms for the flu or are misdiagnosed by physicians, which sometimes results in tragic deaths.
Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless gas that can cause sudden illness and death if you breathe it. Install a carbon monoxide detector in your house, and check its battery every time you check your smoke detector batteries.
The traditional image of a pharmacist is someone who compounds and dispenses medications in a retail setting. That image, as well as the pharmacist's role in health care, is changing.
Colds, flu, and most sore throats and bronchitis are caused by viruses. Antibiotics do not help fight viruses. Taking antibiotics when they are not needed increases your risk of getting an infection later that resists antibiotic treatment.
ANN ARBOR, MI -We have all had that dizzy feeling of random head spins once in a while. Maybe you felt it when you suddenly stood up after sitting down for a long time. Or when you were looking up to search for something on a top shelf.
Now, imagine what it would be like to feel that dizzy and off-balance for minutes, hours, days or even years. This kind of serious dizziness, called vertigo, makes life miserable for millions of people each year, and keeps some from driving or working. It starts without warning for no apparent reason, and comes and goes.
Many people with vertigo and related balance problems never get effective treatment, or even a firm diagnosis. They may not even seek a doctor's help.
Varicose veins are enlarged superficial veins that are visible just under the skin. They can be hereditary or brought on during pregnancy. They can be caused by physical trauma or, very rarely, the result of a tumor. Varicose veins can affect men, but are most common in women.
Influenza, or the flu, causes 20,000 deaths in the US every year. As Americans worry about many infections that are more potential than probable, the common flu may not be getting the concern it deserves.
The announcement that the drug Vioxx was being pulled from pharmacy shelves because of heart and stroke risks left a lot of pain patients stunned, confused and worried. Some are even wondering if they should abandon medications that are in the same family as Vioxx.