Medicine

Medicine has to do with diseases and conditions that affect the entire body. In this section, learn about testing and treatment plans including the medicines used to prevent and treat a range of diseases and conditions.

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Pet Therapy: Huggable Healthcare Workers

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.

Liberated by LASIK Surgery

Promising almost instant, nearly painless vision correction for a few thousand dollars, Lasik surgery is nearly irresistible. But before exposing your only set of eyes to the procedure, know that Lasik isn't foolproof, and isn't for everyone.

What are the best over-the-counter remedies for a hangover?

If you imbibed a little too much and still have to go to work the next morning, what solutions does your local drugstore offer?

Communicate More Effectively With Your Health Care Professionals

Expressing your health needs and concerns and getting answers to your questions are key components of effective communication in the health care setting. Learn how to communicate effectively with your health care professionals.

Communication Breakdown With Your Health Care Professionals

When you're dissatisfied with a physician's performance, working through communication problems may be preferable to finding another health care professional. Learn what to do to repair a communication breakdown with your health care provider.

An Aspirin a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

Can the old saying, an aspirin a day keeps the doctor away, be really true? Learn more about aspirin and why it is prescribed to prevent or manage an ailment.

Aspirin: A Bitter Pill

If you suffer from headaches, heart disease, rheumatism, or cancer, aspirin could help alleviate your pain. Check out the history and common uses of aspirin.

Diet Pills: What You Need to Know

Lose 30 pounds in 30 days with no diet or exercise! Sound too good to be true? It is: Most diet-pill promises have no real scientific backing. Learn the truth about diet drugs and what they can really deliver.

Meet Gastroenterologist Dr. Roy Wong

Dr. Roy Wong is currently chief of gastroenterology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Learn more about Dr. Roy Wong.

Medications Used to Treat High Blood Pressure

There are many types of medications used to treat high blood pressure. Learn more about what drugs are available.

World Health Organization Profile

The World Health Organization's goals are not to be taken lightly: eradicating disease, promoting healthy living conditions and overseeing the general welfare of people all over the world. Learn about the WHO.

Shepherd Center Profile

If you were suddenly unable to walk, where would you go for help? How would you regain your independence? What role would technology play? Learn all about Shepherd Center.

How Organ Transplants Work

Today, organ transplants are relatively simple procedures, yet thousands of people die every year waiting for their turn. Find out about transplants and what’s being done to remedy the organ-shortage problem.

Cipro Overview

The threat of anthrax as a biological weapon has become a real concern for everyone. Ciprofloxacin is a drug used to treat people exposed to anthrax. Learn how this medicine works against the anthrax bacteria.

Lasik Surgery

Lots of people are trading in glasses and contacts for more permanent vision correction. Curious about vision correction surgery? Find out if you're a candidate for LASIK and see how the process works.

Oxycontin 101

According to a National Survey on Drug Use and Health, roughly 2.8 million people aged 12 or older had illegally used the prescription drug OxyContin at least once. Find out about this controversial drug.

What is OxyContin?

Oxycontin is a drug frequently referenced in the news. Just how dangerous is it?

Why can some medicines be taken as pills, while other medicines have to be injected with a needle?

Medications are put into the body in various ways. Why are some injected and others taken in pill form?

CPR: What You Need to Know

CPR guidelines have probably changed since you tried to perform it on Resusci Anne. See what's different in this critical first aid technique.

How Robotic Surgery Will Work

Robots are already assisting doctors in the operating room. Tele-surgery may not be that far off. Learn about robotic surgery and what it could mean to the future of health care.

What is a heart bypass operation?

Heart bypass operations were once very dangerous, but now they're almost commonplace. How are these procedures done, and how do they fix a person's heart?

Where do the names for prescription drugs come from?

With prescription drugs advertised on TV all the time now, do you ever wonder how they come up with the names for new drugs?

How do antibiotics work?

An antibiotic selectively kills bacteria, but not the cells in your body. How do these mighty meds work their magic?

Aspirin 101

Feel a bit of a headache coming on? Muscle aches from yesterday's workout too distracting? Arthritis making that knitting project a pain? Discover how aspirin and other analgesics dull the pain and find out what else they're good for.

How to Identify Hydrocodone Withdrawal Symptoms

If you stop taking hydrocodone too abruptly or decrease your dosage too rapidly, you may start having withdrawal symptoms. Learn how to identify hydrocodone withdrawal symptoms from this article.


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