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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Clogged Neck Arteries

There are two large arteries in the neck, one on each side. They are the carotid arteries, and they carry blood to the brain. If one of them is narrowed or blocked, it can lead to a stroke. Doctors can test for a narrowed carotid artery, but it’s usually not a good idea. In fact,… Read more »

Neck and Back Pain

If you have neck or back pain, your doctor may order electrodiagnostic tests to check your nerves and muscles. These tests can help your doctor ­find nerve or muscle damage. But in some cases, the tests aren’t needed. When you might need a test. Neck or back pain can cause numbness, tingling, pain, or weakness in… Read more »

Making Smart Decisions About Genetic Testing

Genetic testing can help identify an inherited condition or disease risk. The test results might help you and your doctor: Choose ways to prevent or treat a condition. Decide which screening tests you need (to find a disease at an early stage when it might be more treatable). Genetic testing may also tell you which… Read more »

Colds, Flu, and Other Respiratory Illnesses in Adults

If you have a sore throat, cough, or sinus pain, you might expect to take antibiotics. After all, you feel bad, and you want to get better fast. But antibiotics don’t help most respiratory infections, and they can even be harmful. Here’s why. Antibiotics kill bacteria, not viruses. Antibiotics fight infections caused by bacteria. But… Read more »

Blood Tests When You’re In The Hospital

If you stay in a hospital overnight or longer, you may have many blood tests. Sometimes you need all the tests, especially if you are very sick. But sometimes you get more tests than you need. Here’s what you should know about blood tests in the hospital.  Common blood tests. When you’re in the hospital,… Read more »

Whole-Body Scans to Screen for Cancer

Whole-body scans are imaging tests. They take pictures of your entire body. Medical centers usually market them directly to consumers. The medical centers say that the scans help find cancer and other diseases early. But these scans aren’t very good at finding cancer in people without symptoms. And the scans have risks and costs. Here’s… Read more »

Medicines to Treat Cancer

If you have cancer, you and your doctor will want to do everything possible to make your treatment successful and to keep you comfortable. This report looks at three types of medicines: Drugs to treat nausea during chemotherapy Two or more chemotherapy drugs for breast cancer that has spread Drugs that target certain kinds of… Read more »

Treating Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis (plan-ter fash-ee-eye-tiss) is pain in the heel or arch of the foot. It is caused by irritation of the plantar fascia—the band of tissue that goes from the heel to the ball of the foot. Plantar fasciitis is a common condition. It is also called jogger’s heel. The main symptom is pain in… Read more »