Tests and Treatment

Get information about the types of tests done to diagnose diseases and medical conditions, as well as the treatments that are available today, in this section.

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If your child swallows a button battery, you need to take them to hospital immediately. But on the way, grab your honey bear. Here's why.

By Dave Roos

Myers-Briggs has established 16 personality types and says that everyone fits into one of them. But some types are more common than others. Which is the rarest of all?

By Alia Hoyt

Having blood drawn is a piece of cake for some people and a traumatic experience for others. Either way, being armed with information can only help make the process easier.

By Tara Yarlagadda


Is microdosing LSD just a silly fad or is it time to take a comprehensive look at its potential benefits?

By Jamie Allen

There's a good chance you've taken a personality test, and can now officially claim your type. But how valid are these assessments, and why do we even take them in the first place?

By Ed Grabianowski

Acupressure is a simple and safe method of relieving sinus congestion. Learn how acupressure can relieve sinus congestion from this article.

By HowStuffWorks.com Contributors

Pulmonary function tests measure how well your lungs are working; they are performed in an outpatient setting, usually in a special lab. Learn where you can get a pulmonary function test from this article.

By HowStuffWorks.com Contributors


If you suffer from GERD your doctor can help your find treatment that's right for you. Check out more facts about acid reflux, GERD and ways to treat your illness.

By Elizabeth Scherer

Physical therapists use a variety of techniques to improve a patient's weakness, deficient balance or coordination, lack of range of motion or other factors. Learn about physical therapy modalities.

By the editors of PureHealthMD

Hallucinogens have a reputation for expanding your mind. Is it warranted? Science says that a little psilocybin (or mescaline or MDMA) might be able to cure what ails you -- even addiction to drugs like heroin and meth.

By Tom Scheve

Take a look at MRI pictures to explore MRI technology and see what the body looks like on the inside. Explore MRI pictures and learn how MRI works.


Ultrafiltration is a medical therapy that removes excess salt and water from the bodies of patients who have a condition called fluid overload.

By Jill Ferguson

Cholesterol tests have become fairly routine and painless, and they’re an important step in maintaining your health. There are a number of tests your doctor might use. Learn what these tests are and what the results mean.

By Neil Stone

A recently FDA-approved rapid HIV test (one that doesn't have to be sent to a laboratory for processing) can use blood, serum or oral fluids with equal accuracy.

By Julia Layton

Atrial fibrillation is a serious, but treatable heart disease characterized by arrhythmia. Learn about the many treatment options that relieve symptoms and prevent serious complications.


For centuries, honey, bee pollen, and bee venom have been used to treat a number of ailments. Learn more about the benefits and options if using bee sting therapy in this article.

By DiscoveryHealth.com writers

Pancreatic cancer strikes nearly 30,000 Americans each year, with most people living approximately six months after diagnosis. Learn more about this type of cancer and how it is treated in this article.

What is transcranial magnetic stimulation and how does it help depression? Find out the answer to this question and more in this article.

By DiscoveryHealth.com writers

The comforting effects of animals have been noticed through the years, and volunteer animal-assisted therapy programs are becoming increasingly common in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and nursing homes.