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

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It may sound counterintuitive, but hallucinogenic drugs could be useful for treating a host of disorders, including addiction.

By Diana Brown

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

Although Botox made its name as a wrinkle-filler, it was actually first approved to treat crossed eyes — and since then, doctors have found many other uses for it.

By Patrick J. Kiger

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In pregnant women, hCG causes the body to use up stored fat to provide calories to the fetus. What is involved in hCG diet treatments in this article.

By HowStuffWorks.com Contributors

Wonder what the inside of your body looks like? Take a look at x-ray pictures to see parts of the body and medical conditions under x-ray.

By Discovery Fit and Health Writers

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

X-rays are used in a variety of places, from doctors' offices to airport checkpoints. Although the medical scans help doctors and patients around the world, they're not without risks. Here are five things to know about X-ray radiation.

By Marianne Spoon

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A pleural effusion is the condition where there is excess fluid around the lungs; it can be diagnosed using ultrasound. Learn more about how ultrasound helps detect fluid in the lungs in 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

Bronchcoscopy is a procedure where a tube inserted into the trachea allows doctors to see inside your upper airways. Learn more about where you can get a bronchoscopy from this article.

By HowStuffWorks.com Contributors

ECT, or electroconvulsive shock therapy, involves electric current stimulation in the brain. Learn more about what happens during ECT.

By Bobbie Hasselbring

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Blood chemistry tests can help identify what variables are causing a patient's illness. Learn more about blood chemistry tests with the help of the information in this article.

By Elizabeth Scherer

A barium swallow is a test used to detect strictures, or scar tissue, around the bottom of your esophagus. Learn what to expect from a barium swallow test.

By Elizabeth Scherer

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

Myofascial release (MFR), though not widely recognized, has stood the test of time as a powerful healing tool. Learn how myofascial release works.

By the editors of PureHealthMD

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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

Treating back and neck pain with spinal traction is a practice that has evolved with technology, but the rationale and the effects remain the same. Learn about the effectiveness of spinal traction.

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.

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The American Heart Association estimates that about 5 million people nationwide have heart failure and the cost of treatment in 2008 rose to $35 billion. Why does a disease with no cure cost so much money?

By Jill Ferguson

Researchers designed a clinical study to compare the safety and efficacy of ultrafiltration with that of diuretic drugs. The study was nicknamed the RAPID-CHF study. What were the results.

By Jill Ferguson