June 1-7, 2016 - Original Health Articles

Why Patients Stop Taking Medications

Have you ever stopped taking an antibiotic a few days earlier than directed because your symptoms had resolved and you figured you no longer needed it? Not following directions when it comes to taking medications can result in their failure to completely cure your illness, and it may get worse or reoccur.

6 Ways to Help Your Child Cope With Asthma

About 6.3 million children under the age of 18 have asthma, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. Asthma is the most common chronic illness in children, resulting in 10.5 million missed school days annually. Even more alarming, "Allergy and asthma rates are increasing and we still donít know why," says Janna Tuck MD, an allergist in Cape Girardeau, Missouri and spokesperson for the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

Chronic Pain From Head to Toe, and What to Do About It

No matter what part of your body hurts, the pain you feel is a warning that something is wrong and needs attention. If you develop a single chronic condition, such as migraine headaches or lower back pain from an injury, you may get relief from conventional treatments.

How to Help a Loved One Recover from Addiction

If a close friend or a family member is an addict, youíve probably tried to help. But the road to recovery is bumpy, with unexpected twists and turns, and "Itís not simple or easy," says Mark Willenbring, MD, DLFAPA, director of the Alltyr Clinic in St.

7 Answers About Psoriasis

Have you or someone you know been diagnosed with psoriasis? Here are a few questions you may have, with answers from a dermatologist. 1. What Is Psoriasis? Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that affects 7.5 million people. The scaly patches that characterize the condition occur when the immune system incorrectly speeds up the growth cycle of skin cells.

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