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Should You Go Generic?

If you take multiple prescription medications, you know their costs can add up. One way to save money is to ask your doctor if a generic is availableóbut are generic drugs as effective as more expensive brands? More...

Artificial Sweeteners: What You Need to Know If You Have Diabetes

Choosing foods and beverages made with no- and low-calorie sugar substitutes may seem like a guilt-free way to satisfy a sweet tooth. But questions have long lingered about these alternative sweeteners. Are they safe? Can they help manage your weight? And how do they affect blood glucose? More...

The Do's and Don'ts of Opioid Use

Opioids can be used safely for chronic pain if you follow certain precautions and consider all risks, including the potential for addiction, with your doctor. Take these steps to avoid misuse. More...

10 Tips to Avoid Illness on Your Next Cruise

Illnesses can spread quickly among passengers, especially those with chronic conditions. Fortunately, you can take the following steps to keep your dream vacation from turning into a nightmare. More...

Trying to Successfully Lose Weight? Enlist Your Partner!

When both partners needed to lose weight and one partner did so, 26 to 36 percent (depending on gender) of the other partners lost weight as well. More...

A Fix for Broken Sleep That Doesn't Involve Medication

Unlike sleeping pills, an effective nondrug treatment called cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-i) addresses the underlying causes of sleep disorders. More...

Trouble Swallowing Pills? Try These 7 Tips

One tip: Donít throw your head back when swallowing. This action stretches the esophagus and makes it harder to swallow. More...

Hold the Salt, Hold the Headache?

Can cutting back on salt curb headaches? Perhaps, says a recent study published online in BMJ Open. More...

Preventing 'Airplane Ear'

Some people -- those who have colds, allergies, sinus infections or anatomy that makes them more vulnerable to pressure changes -- can suffer pain and even temporary hearing loss. More...

Erasing the Effects of Aging with Cosmetic Fillers

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Americans spent more than $2.7 billion in 2013 on Botox and injectable cosmetic fillers that smooth out wrinkles like crow's feet and laugh lines, minimize facial folds, diminish scars, plump the lips and cheeks, and fill in hollow areas under the eyes. More...

Testing for Radon: A Silent Killer

Radon is an odorless radioactive gas released from the breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water, which can build up in homes. Regularly breathing in radon can cause lung cancer -- radon exposure is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. More...

Statins to Treat Chronic Kidney Disease: Clinical Guidelines Recommendations

People who have chronic kidney disease (CKD) must take special precautions to avoid its complications. Complications can hasten kidney dysfunction and, if left untreated, may eventually lead to kidney failure or end-stage renal disease (ESRD), when the kidneys stop working. More...

Easing the Pain of a "Charley Horse"

A charley horse is a muscle cramp in the calf that can be brought on by either too much or, ironically, too little activity. Studies have found that up to 70 percent of people over age 50 experience calf cramps from time to time, usually at night. Individuals sometimes experience cramping during exercise as a result of dehydration, muscle fatigue or a mineral imbalance involving either potassium or sodium. Ö More...

Gallbladder Surgery: Timing Makes a Difference

Although surgery to remove the gallbladder has long been recognized as the gold standard of treatment for people suffering from acute cholecystitis -- an inflamed gallbladder -- exactly when to remove the gallbladder hasn't been as clear. More...

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