Health A-Z Features
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- As Superfungi Spread, the CDC Raises Alarms
Climate change helps drive the spread of deadly new organisms.
- Getting Organized: Why So Many Doctors Are Joining Unions
A growing number see organized labor as a path to improved working conditions – and better care for their patients.
- DNA Ancestry Tests and Family History Genealogy Tips
Get information on DNA ancestry tests and other genealogy tips.
- Who Does Your Doctor Work For?
The corporate takeover of health care and why it matters.
- Mattiedna Johnson’s Historic Work On Antibiotics
Mattiedna Johnson was a Black American nurse who may have played a key role in the search for a scarlet fever cure.
- Top Health Challenges for Aging Asian Americans
Older Asian Americans face a number of health disparities. Here are the biggest health concerns for aging Asian Americans.
- Can Laws Be Medicines?
How the field of legal epidemiology uses rigorous scientific methods to investigate the link between policy and public health.
- Crowdfunding Your Health Care Costs? What to Know
Thinking of starting or contributing to a health care crowdfunding campaign? Keep these pointers in mind.
- Caregiving for a Loved One With C3 Glomerulopathy
What does it look like to care for someone with C3 glomerulopathy? Learn about challenges of the condition, what to expect, and how to care for yourself, too.
- “Alone” and “Survivor”: Health Risks and High Rewards for Contestants
Survival reality TV tests the mettle of contestants to see who can last the longest in a challenging environment and win a pile of cash. But the health risks are as real as the rewards.
- Graphic Medicine: The Unlikely but Promising Partnership of Comics and Health Care
Graphic medicine, at the intersection between comics and health care, offers patients something that’s often missing in a formal medical setting: the feeling that their voice is being heard.
- Digital Twins May Change Clinical Trials Forever
Artificial Intelligence may spell the end of the control group.
- Don’t Isolate Yourself When You Have IgA Nephropathy
Learn how to take steps to stay connected to your community when dealing with this disease.
- Boost Your Mental and Kidney Health
IgA nephropathy can raise your chances of depression, anxiety, and stress. Here are some steps you can take to manage your mental and kidney health.
- Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids: Good News, With Some Complications
Non-prescription hearing aids have many great benefits such as reducing costs and stigma, but some audiologists are concerned that people will buy them without knowing why they need them or how to use or adjust them properly.
- Blood-Sucking Leeches: Quack Medicine or Medical Miracle?
Leeching was once quackery of the worst sort. But the leech has been quietly making a comeback in the field of reconstructive microsurgery
- How Do You Advocate For Yourself?
Tips on why self-advocacy is important.
- How to Buy Compression Socks
Facts to consider when buying compression socks.
- How Does Your Condition Affect Your Job? And What Are Your Solutions and Workarounds?
Discussion of accommodations for those with illnesses.
- How Did You Receive Your Diagnosis?
Receiving news from your doctor and choosing what to do next.
- Choosing a Pillow To Help With Neck Pain
A good pillow can help to alleviate or prevent neck pain. Learn what makes a good pillow and how best to use it to manage neck pain.
- How Do You Handle Post-treatment Fatigue?
Fatigue can be a side effect of certain treatment options or come from something else. Learn how to beat fatigue and stay active all day.
- Why Does My Stomach Growl?
Stomach sounds are a normal part of hunger and digestion. Here’s what’s going on in there and why.
- A Human Response to Homelessness
Learn how you can reach out and help people who live without shelter in a safe and useful way.
- Taking Racism out of the Kidney Disease Equation
Kidney care in the U.S. is at a watershed moment of moving past a deeply entrenched, institutionally racist equation.
- When the Walls Were Painted With Poison
Scheele’s Green, named for the Swedish chemist who invented it in 1778, was everywhere in Victorian England, from the walls of Buckingham Palace to the factories where child laborers painted the leaves of fake foliage. And it was deadly.
- WebMD/Medscape Reveal Winners of ‘Meddys’ Film Awards
Readers weighed in on Best Doctor, Best Medical Film, and other categories in our inaugural movie awards.
- How Scientists Adapted an Ancient Art Form to Create Nanoscopic Medical Tools
The basic principles of origami have changed the way biomedical engineers look at their work.
- Sci-Fi Tech Could Solve World’s Water Crisis
Surprising technologies could help provide access to clean water and solve the worldwide water crisis.
- As Fires Rage, Survivors Struggle to Find Care
More and more people are victims of fires. Are they getting the long-term care they need?
- Are the Olympics Bad for Public Health?
There’s evidence that the steadily expanding scale, environmental footprint, and sheer expense of this gargantuan global sporting celebration can have alarming human costs.
- Hospital Food Gets a Farm-Friendly Upgrade
Learn how some U.S. hospitals are giving patients’ food an upgrade from local farms.
- Does Blockchain Tech Have a Future in Health Care?
Blockchain is the technology behind cryptocurrency and NFTs, and proponents claim it will revolutionize the health care industry. Will it be able to deliver?
- The Right Balance of Diet and Medication for Hyperkalemia
How you can balance diet and medication to treat and manage hyperkalemia, or high potassium.
- Nutritional Sense When You Have Hyperkalemia
If you have hyperkalemia, or a high blood potassium level, it’s very important to work with a nutritionist to get it under control.
- Navigating the Kidney Transplant Process
Getting a kidney transplant: How long it takes, how to get on the kidney donor list, and what happens during and after a kidney transplant.
- How ADPKD Affects Children
ADPKD in Children: What You Need to Know. Find out what symptoms to look for in your kids.
- My Dialysis Machine Works as My Kidneys
If you have autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD), you may need dialysis at some point. Here’s what to expect.
- Stop the Spread of Misinformation: Sanitize Before You Share
Take these four steps to avoid becoming a superspreader of online misinformation.
- How to Get Your Doctor to Speak Your Language
Clear communication with your doctor is critical to making the best decisions for your health. Here’s how to hold clear conversations.
- How to Know What Medical Information to Trust
Misinformation and disinformation are commonplace on the internet. Use these techniques to judge the reliability of what you read.
- How Do You Mark the Anniversary of Your Diagnosis?
How do you feel about your diagnosis day?
- Advice on Managing the Side Effects of Radiation
Learn four ways to deal with side effects of radiation treatment.
- What You Need for a Hospital Stay
Before you go to the hospital for an extended stay, pack these items.
- Have You Ever Had Someone Tell You that You Were Overstating Your Symptoms?
How do you deal with it when someone says you're making too much of your symptoms?
- Tell Us How You Get Yourself Out of a Negative Talk Loop
What happens when you start thinking negative thoughts? Share how you pull yourself out of negative talk.
- Medication Tracker Checklist
Learn how to manage your medicine intake with this medication tracker checklist.
- Sometimes, It's Tough to Ask for Help. How Do You Do It?
How do you ask for help?
- Your Care Cost Tracker Checklist
Before you make any decisions, know about these three things to consider when calculating the cost of your healthcare.