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5 Ways to Stop Being a Passive Patient

Tags: healthcare, healthcare costs, healthcare expenses, healthcare reform, patient care, patient experience

There was a time when many people had long-term relationships with a family doctor – someone who knew them and their families well. Now, it's high time for patients to take an active role in their own healthcare. Here's how.

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Don’t Ignore That Painful Mouth Sore (Video)

Tags: head and neck cancer, mouth sores, oral cancer, oral health, tobacco

If you have a bleeding mouth sore or pain that lingers, don’t ignore it. It's probably nothing, but you want to get it checked out. In some cases, prolonged irritation ends up being squamous cell cancer.

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Don’t Stifle That Sneeze! You Could Get Hurt

Tags: allergies, allergy, sinus, sneezing

Clamping your nostrils and mouth shut during a sneeze might avoid disturbing others. But it could damage your eardrums or sinuses or cause an ear infection.

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Why Donate Organs? (Infographic)

Tags: infographic, organ donation, organ transplant, transplantation, webchat

Every 10 minutes, a new person adds his or her name to the national waiting list for an organ transplant. Some people die waiting, while many of us don’t even realize we can help.

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Your Guide to Aging Hair: 6 Simple Tips

Tags: aging, female patterned hair loss, hair, hair loss, male patterned hair loss

As you age, hair fibers become thinner, their texture and color can change, and they are more easily damaged. But shampoos, diet and watching your medications can help retain some thickness and luster.

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As Your Medical Care Advances, Is There a Price?

Tags: healthcare, healthcare costs, healthcare expenses, healthcare reform, innovations

American medicine has made astonishing strides over the past 50 years. This doesn't come cheap, though. While healthcare cost much less 60 years ago, no one is calling for a return to 1950s medicine.

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Needles? Ouch! And 9 Other Acupuncture Myths

Tags: acupuncture, myths

There are a lot of misconceptions about acupuncture, but this practice provides relief to people around the world. Learn the truth about what it can do, which has plenty of research to support it.

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Best Ways You Can Avoid ACL, Knee Injuries

Tags: ACL, ACL tear, joint pain, knee arthroscopy, knee injury, knee replacements, sports injuries

Athletes know the unmistakable "pop" of a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), which usually spells a season-ending injury. To prevent this, athletes need to practice proper form.

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Mammograms Save Lives — But They Can Get Better

Tags: biopsy, breast cancer, innovation, mammogram, mammograms, ultrasound

The timing and frequency of mammograms has become controversial. In the future, a new imaging tool could reduce or eliminate mammogram concerns.

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Guide to Genetic Testing: What Happens, What You Learn

Tags: genetic counseling, genetic disorder, genetic information, genetic testing, genetics, health screenings

Genetic counseling provides risk assessment information that can’t affect your insurance rates. In fact, insurance companies are now required to cover the cost of genetic testing under the Affordable Care Act.