Health A-Z Features
Can Laws Be Medicines?
- Crowdfunding Your Health Care Costs? What to Know
Thinking of starting or contributing to a health care crowdfunding campaign? Keep these pointers in mind.
- “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.
- Over-The-Counter Hearing Aids: Good News, With Some Complications
Audiologists, even those who generally support the idea of non-prescription hearing aids, worry that without an initial evaluation and ongoing care, people will buy the devices without understanding how to use or adjust them.
- 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.
- Sci-Fi Tech Could Solve World’s Water Crisis
Surprising technologies could help provide access to clean water and solve the worldwide water crisis.
- 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.
- 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.
- How ADPKD Affects Children
ADPKD in Children: What You Need to Know. Find out what symptoms to look for in your kids.
- 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.
- 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.
- What Do You Say When People Ask Rude Questions About Your Condition?
How do you respond when strangers ask rude questions about your health?
- Medical Provider Information Sheet
Learn how to share your health information with your providers.
- Tell Us Your Best Stress-Busting Tips
What do you do to handle your stress? Tell us about the techniques you’ve tried and whether or not they’ve helped.
- Your Doctor Appointment Tracker Checklist
Everyone needs a way to keep track of their doctors' appointments. Learn which method is right for you.
- 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.
- How Do You Get Through the Hard Days? Share Your Best Ideas
How Do You Get Through the Hard Days? Answer a few quick questions to get the conversation started and share your ideas.
- How Do You Talk to Your Child About Your Illness?
How did you tell your children about your diagnosis? Tell us how you talk openly and honestly with your child.
- Have You Ever Struck up a Conversation in a Doctor's Office?
Meeting other cancer patients is a great way to get emotional support. Is the doctor's office the place to meet them?
- Questions to Ask About Your Doctor's Treatment Recommendation
Learn about what questions will help you better understand the treatment your doctor suggests.
- 6 Tips for Managing Medical Misinformation at Your Next Family Gathering
Misinformation and disinformation are often the uninvited guests at holiday events. Use these ideas to get through it all.
- Who Was the Hardest Person to Tell About Your Diagnosis?
Who was the hardest person to tell about your diagnosis? Tell us about it.