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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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.

How do antibiotics work?

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

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?

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.

What medicines aren’t safe for infants and toddlers?

Besides being careful about the medications you give your baby directly, be aware that harmful medications get passed on to a baby via breast milk, as well. Learn more about what medications aren’t safe for infants and toddlers from this article.

What do you need to know about NSAIDs?

NSAIDs are drugs that are used to reduce pain and inflammation. Learn the basics about NSAIDs in this article.

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.

Alpha Blocker-diuretic Combinations

Alpha blocker diuretic combinations are pharmacological agents used to combat cancerous tissues. Learn more about alpha blocker diuretic combinations and why they are used to treat cancers of the body.

Blood Chemistry Tests

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.

24-hour pH, or Stomach Acid, Monitoring

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.

Antacids

Your doctor may recommend an antacid to help with GERD symptoms. Learn about antacids and how they can help with GERD.

Barium Swallow

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.

Cytoprotective Barrier Agents

Learn about cytoprotective barrier agents, including possible side effects and drug interactions, in this article.

H2 Blockers

Learn about H2 blockers in this article.

Upper GI Endoscopy

Learn about upper GI endoscopy in this article.

What to Expect During ECT

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


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