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Looking Beyond Your Parkinson's Disease

One sure way to get past the poor-pitiful-me piece of dealing with Parkinson's Disease is to focus less on yourself and ramp up your attention to other people. This simple change can also remind other [more…]

Discovering If Your Physician Understands Migraines

So you go to see your doctor, and — oops! — you discover that she's just not "into" headache diagnosis. If you're not happy with her response to your concerns, shop around for another doctor. Find a doctor [more…]

Looking at Bisphosphonates for Building Up Bone

Bones are like a bank; your bone "balance" stays healthy as long as you're not taking out more than you put in. That analogy may be a little simplistic but in essence, bone strength depends upon the balance [more…]

Preventing and Managing Insect Stings

Effectively managing your sensitivity to insect stings can mean the difference between enjoying the great outdoors relatively worry-free and risking recurrences of serious allergic reactions. [more…]

Creating Your Hepatitis C Notebook

Keeping all your medical information up-to-date and in one place is a good idea. Your best bet is to assemble some sort of notebook where you can store everything. You can use an actual notebook, a three-ring [more…]

Nestling into Nontraditional Workspaces

More and more individuals are working as temps or as independent contractors and they often work in spaces that bear no resemblance to the traditional office — or even the traditional cube. [more…]

Diagnosing Insomnia

When you visit your primary care physician to try and determine if you have insomnia, he or she will be most interested in discovering if your insomnia is a medical disorder in and of itself or a secondary [more…]

Understanding How Allergies and Asthma Relate to Each Other

Allergy is a descriptive term for a wide variety of hypersensitivity disorders (meaning that you are excessively sensitive to one or more substances to which most people do not normally react), while asthma [more…]

Testing Your Touch-Ability

The one thing about massage that you really can't avoid is the fact that you have to touch another human body in order to do it. This basic reality is what keeps many people from taking the first step [more…]

Putting the "Plastic" in Surgery

You've heard the terms plastic surgery, cosmetic surgery, and reconstructive surgery bandied about, and you're confused. No wonder. You'll see both medical and marketing uses of these terms and when you [more…]

Deciding Whether Liposuction Is for You

You may have exercised hours each day and watched your calories but still don't look the way you want in your dress or bikini. Or perhaps you just want to be your best and have decided to give yourself [more…]

Dealing with Arthritis in the Workplace

When you have arthritis, you have some days when you just don't feel like going to work. But you may not have the luxury of staying home every time you have a flare, especially if they happen often. That's [more…]

How to Make the Most of Your Doctor Visit

A visit to the doctor can be an uneasy experience, especially if your physician seems rushed, uses lots of big words, and speeds through every sentence. You may forget some of your questions or concerns [more…]

How to Avoid and Recognize the Swine Flu — or H1N1

During flu season, news of contagious diseases — like the dreaded swine flu — spreads quickly. Avoiding H1N1 starts with understanding how you catch the virus, what you can do to protect yourself from [more…]

Greek Tidbits in Medical Terms

Most common medical terms used today are derived from Latin or Greek. After all, the Greeks were the founders of modern medicine. Examples of medical terminology used today based on the Greek language [more…]

Medical Terms Commonly Misspelled

Don’t get discouraged studying medical terminology. A large group of medical terms are notorious for being difficult to spell. These medical terms are commonly misspelled: [more…]

Common Medical Root Words

The root of a word is its main part and core meaning. These common medical root words give you a general idea of what you’re dealing with or specify a body part. [more…]

Alzheimer's Disease Stages

Alzheimer’s Disease and its progression are described by doctors and medical researchers through stages, and symptoms that can occur in each stage. Alzheimer patients are categorized by their level of [more…]

Deciding on Care for Alzheimer’s Patients

Choosing care for an Alzheimer’s patient involves many factors: the needs of the patient, money restrictions, desire to keep the patient in his or her own home, and availability of family and friends to [more…]

Alzheimer’s For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Medical professionals have developed a set of stages to describe the progression and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. After you assess the needs of the Alzheimer’s patient and explore the care choices, [more…]

How to Recognize Addiction in Yourself

Dealing with an addiction means you stop wasting energy and time on self-deception. Take a good, hard look at yourself and be perfectly honest. Are any of these statements true for you? [more…]

How to Recognize Addiction in a Loved One

If you suspect that a loved one is dealing with an addiction or behaving in self-destructive addictive behavior, look at this list of questions, which signal an addiction, and answer yes or no. Does your [more…]

Getting Help for an Addiction

Entering treatment for an addiction involves a sincere effort and finding the right method of treatment. Keep in mind that when deciding on your treatment options, all addiction recovery programs use one [more…]

Addiction and Recovery For Dummies Cheat Sheet

To overcome an addiction, first you need to recognize it in yourself or a loved one. Explore addiction recovery programs and their treatment methods when deciding how to deal with your addictive behavior [more…]

Who Is at the Highest Risk for the Swine Flu?

At a certain level, H1N1, or the swine flu, is just another strain of influenza. Anyone can catch the flu, including H1N1, but a healthy body can normally fight off influenza in less than two weeks without [more…]

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