Taking Medicines Safely

A dose is the amount of medicine you take each time. You may take several doses in one day. It is very important to take the right dose, especially for children. This “Choosing Wisely” report helps you measure the dose for liquid medicines correctly. Don’t use a kitchen spoon The teaspoons and tablespoons you use… Read more »

PSA Blood Tests for Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths for men in the U.S. All men are at risk for it, especially after age 50. But that doesn’t mean you should get routine screening for prostate cancer. The PSA test is the only available screening test, and it can have serious risks. What is a… Read more »

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)

HIV is a virus that attacks the body’s immune system. HIV kills CD4 cells, which help the immune system fight infections. HIV can slowly destroy the immune system and cause AIDS. The good news is that medicines can control the virus. This allows the number of CD4 cells to rise and the immune system to… Read more »

Antibiotic Treatment in the Hospital

Antibiotics are strong drugs. They fight the infections caused by bacteria. But antibiotics can do more harm than good if you don’t need them. So the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is now urging hospitals to cut back on the drugs when they are not needed. Here’s what you should know. You… Read more »

Overactive Bladder and Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Your pelvic organs include your uterus, vagina, bladder, and rectum. Many things can weaken the muscles that support these organs: pregnancy and childbirth, chronic constipation, aging, coughing, and being overweight. Weak pelvic muscles can lead to: Overactive bladder (OAB): A strong, frequent urge to urinate. Pelvic organ prolapse (POP): The uterus, bladder, or rectum slips… Read more »

Artery and Vein Problems

Your arteries carry oxygen-rich blood from your heart to every part of your body. Veins carry the blood back to your heart. Many conditions can affect these blood vessels and cause problems. Vascular surgeons treat vein and artery conditions. They diagnose them and help patients manage them. Treatments include diet, exercise, medicine, and procedures or… Read more »

Tests and Treatments for Women with Breast Cancer

Women who have breast cancer today are less likely to need major surgery than they were in the past. That’s because they have more treatment options. This report reviews five tests and treatments for breast cancer. These procedures help some women, but should not be done routinely for every woman. If your doctor recommends one… Read more »

Which Dental Treatments Are Right For You?

Keeping your mouth healthy is the best way to prevent problems with your teeth. This means taking care of your teeth every day and seeing your dentist regularly. There are other steps you can take to prevent problems. Your dentist will help you decide what is best for you and your family. Getting to know… Read more »

Antibióticos para la conjuntivitis

El “ojo rojo” es una condición común, especialmente en los niños. También se le llama conjuntivitis. Los ojos se ponen rojos porque están infectados o irritados. Es posible que sienta comezón y que los ojos estén llorosos, con una secreción líquida, y los párpados se vean hinchados y costrosos. A menudo, los doctores recetan gotas… Read more »

Consejos para los cuidadores

Si está cuidando a un pariente o amigo anciano, usted quiere ayudarlo lo más posible. Puede exhortar a los médicos para que intenten cada tratamiento posible. Sin embargo, los expertos que cuidan adultos mayores dicen que se debe tener cautela. Algunos tratamientos y pruebas no benefician a los adultos mayores, e incluso podrían ser perjudiciales,… Read more »

Cómo tratar la sinusitis

Los senos paranasales son pequeños orificios en el interior de la cabeza que drenan hacia la nariz. A menudo, los senos paranasales causan problemas después de un resfriado. También pueden causar problemas si se obstruyen por la fiebre del heno y otras alergias. Sinusitis es el nombre médico para los problemas de los senos paranasales…. Read more »

Al dar a luz a su bebé

Algunas veces, hay razones médicas para que una mujer dé a luz a su bebé, antes de empezar con dolores de parto naturalmente. Por ejemplo, si pasa más de una semana después de la fecha prevista del parto, y el bebé no nace, es posible que los médicos necesiten comenzar o inducir el trabajo de… Read more »

Back Pain Tests and Treatments

Back pain is a common reason to see a doctor. And there are many different tests and treat­ments for back pain. Some of them may not be right for you. That’s why it is important to talk to your doctor. Here are some things to consider before you have any tests or treatments.   IMAGING… Read more »

Fertility Tests

If you and your partner have not been able to have a baby, talk to your gynecologist or a fertility specialist. Usually both you and your partner will need some tests. Many of the tests are helpful. But some tests are not needed. Your doctor should ask you and your partner about your health and… Read more »

Antibiotics for People with Catheters

Many older adults need help with bladder control. For some, that means having a catheter. A catheter is a thin, flexible tube that is placed in the body to drain the bladder. It is usually used for a short time while you’re in the hospital. But some people, especially those in nursing homes, need a… Read more »