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Aromatherapy Scents to Help You Think Better

The same essential aromatherapy oils that pep you up and reduce your drowsiness also decrease the likelihood of becoming irritable or of getting headaches. The following list shows the mind-stimulating [more…]

Aromatherapy For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Aromatherapy is built around the healing properties of essential oils to help treat minor — and even more severe — ailments, enhancing relaxation, and boosting your mental acuity. Buying the right type [more…]

Gathering Basic Equipment for Your First Aid Cabinet

Minor – and sometimes more serious – injuries or accidents can happen anywhere, but particularly at home – for example, when chopping the veggies, doing the gardening or during DIY projects. Illnesses [more…]

Keeping an Eye on Normal Values for Vital Signs

Assessing breathing rate, checking a pulse and measuring temperature can help you to decide whether you or someone else may be more seriously ill than you think. To help you decide whether an observation [more…]

Knowing the Ten Commandments for Self-Diagnosis

Making an assessment and initial diagnosis of your health symptoms with the aim of forming a sensible ‘management plan’ often comes down to basic principles. Bear the following ‘commandments’ in mind when [more…]

Making a Note of Useful UK Telephone Numbers for Health Emergencies

Having access to the right help at the right time can make all the difference to effectively managing your health symptoms. Don’t waste time hunting around for phone numbers when you most need them – keep [more…]

Diagnosing Your Health Symptoms For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

Whether you’re concerned about a cough or anxious about lumps and bumps, this family health Cheat Sheet gives you the basic information you need for making informed decisions about your health up front [more…]

Avoiding the Dangers of Distracted Driving

Your driver’s education instructor told you to keep your hands at ten and two and your eyes on the road for good reason. They’re behaviors that will keep you safe from the dangers of distracted driving [more…]

West Nile Virus Symptoms and Treatments

Similar to an influenza infection, the symptoms of West Nile virus can leave a person feeling anywhere from a bit yucky to horribly ill. However, unlike the flu, a West Nile infection can cause meningitis [more…]

What Are the Signs of a Concussion?

A concussion is a brief loss of awareness or brain functioning after a head injury (such as a blow or fall). Some people can have a concussion and not even realize it. Others suffer a syndrome of symptoms [more…]

Bed Bug Prevention, Bite Treatment, and Extermination

The good news: you can’t catch any diseases from bed bugs. The bad news: Bed bugs' blood-sucking bites leave red, itchy marks on your skin — and the little varmints are difficult to get rid of. [more…]

iPhone Apps that Help Manage Diet, Exercise, and Disease

If you own an iPhone, you know the downloadable applications (apps) can help you find your way around town, pick a restaurant, decide which movie to see, and more. But did you also know there are hundreds [more…]

Overcoming Anxiety For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

Do you have anxieties hanging around and building up? Don’t panic. Negative thoughts, feelings and behaviours can be controlled and conquered in very simple steps. Take a look at these varied tips and [more…]

Emotional Freedom Technique For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

Emotional Freedom Technique, or EFT as it’s better known, is fast becoming one of the leading energy therapies used by highly respected clinicians, psychologists and psychiatrists. This Cheat Sheet gives [more…]

Charting Your IBS Symptoms

When you go to see your doctor, think about the information you need to impart about your IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). Explain if anyone in your family has a history of bowel trouble and explain when [more…]

Eliminating Common IBS Triggers

An IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) trigger is something that sets off a chain reaction in the body leading to symptoms of diarrhea or constipation (or both). Here’s a short list of things you want to avoid [more…]

Finding the Right Doctor for Your IBS

If you suspect that you have IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), you want to find a caring doctor with a history of working with IBS patients. When you meet a new doctor for the first time, take this list [more…]

IBS For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) affects 20 per cent of the UK population. This Cheat Sheet helps you to recognise and manage your symptoms, and avoid the triggers can cause a flare-up of IBS. [more…]

Basic Principles of Medical Ethics

There are four basic principles of medical ethics. Each addresses a value that arises in interactions between providers and patients. The principles address the issue of fairness, honesty, and respect [more…]

Helping Medical Patients Reach Informed Consent

Informed consent is an overarching point in medical ethics; yet reaching informed consent can be difficult. Providers need to be sure patients understand their conditions and the options for treatment [more…]

Reviewing Ethics and Common Controversies in Medicine

Ethical principles are fine in theory, but putting them into practice is more difficult. Every situation is different, and ethical issues in medicine should be approached on a case-by-case basis. These [more…]

Medical Ethics For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Medical ethics is trying to do the right thing while achieving the best possible outcome for every patient. Principles and theories in medical ethics apply to just about every problem or situation. The [more…]

Basic Equipment for Your First Aid Cabinet

Make sure you have a store of basic medical equipment handy in your home – but always keep it out of reach from the children. Stock up on: [more…]

Children’s Health For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

Being a parent is fantastic, but that doesn’t mean to say it’s easy. Caring for your little bundle of joy and making sure he or she is healthy and safe at all times is a full-time job. This Cheat Sheet [more…]

Talking to Your Doctor about Alternative Therapies for Arthritis

At least 40 per cent of people use alternative therapies for arthritis such as acupuncture or homeopathy, but an estimated three-quarters don’t tell their doctors what they’re doing. Talking to your doctor [more…]

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