Medical Care

Washing hands

It seems smart to wash your hands and body with soap that claims to be antibacterial. Kills the bad bugs, right?

Maybe not.

Rather than cleansing you of germs, such products might be harming your body. That is the concern of U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which says that the health claims of antibacterial soaps are not supported by current scientific data.

FDA cites two problems with antibacterial soaps:

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Innovative treatment may restore normal life.

After decades of treating asthma sufferers with inhalers, pills, shots and even hospitalization, an innovative new technique promises long-term relief. Bronchial thermoplasty helps patients breathe easier by lessening the severity of asthma attacks and preventing future attacks. 
 
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Doctor Visit

How to be prepared for your doctor appointment

Your time is tight, and so is your doctor's. But medical care is too important to cut short. To get the most out of every doctor office visit, use these tips from Dr. Hannah Chow, Loyola University Health System pediatrician. These smart suggestions apply to everyone, and include extra tips when the patient is a child.

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Hot sun

Our risk of hyperthermia problems increases with age

Summertime, and the living is...hot -- TOO HOT. Alas, we are less able to handle hot days as we age. The wonderful summertime of youth can become a serious problem for a Senior. Heat-related illnesses, known as hyperthermia, can include heat stroke, heat fatigue, heat syncope (sudden dizziness after exercising in the heat), heat cramps and heat exhaustion. Here's advice to help older people avoid these problems.

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How people evaluate older vs. newer might surprise you.

How do you evaluate a policy, a painting or a piece of chocolate? What makes you decide the "best" tree or treatment? Probably not what you think, reveals an interesting scientific study. Compare your own behavior to these results.

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Your medical results

When your colonoscopy discovers polyps, what should you do?

You know it's important to have a colonoscopy periodically. You hope the doctor finds nothing -- but what if the doctor finds "something"? 

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Ambulance and Emergency Room

Don't assume the ER knows best.

You'd think a hospital would be very good at being very careful. Maybe so -- but not necessarily when Boomers and Seniors visit the Emergency Room (ER).

In fact, it is common for older patients to receive potentially inappropriate medications when treated in an emergency room or clinic.

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Warrior 05

Progress has been made in War On Cancer, but we face many challenges

We seem to be waging war on many fronts: drugs, crime, illegal immigration, drunk driving, Afghanistan, Iraq, terrorists in general, terrorism on airplanes in particular. But our most serious war -- the one most likely to affect all of us -- is one we are still losing: The War on Cancer.

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The best approach depends on your age.

Stroke ranks higher than heart attack in scaryness, say surveys. So stroke prevention is something we all care about.

Of the two main stroke-prevention procedures, new research points to which is the better choice.

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Janet Neilson

What really happens in Canada?

Americans are familiar with the stories of Canadians who would have died because of their government's health care rationing had they not been able to get care in the United States. Perhaps just as troubling, however, are the less dramatic but much more common instances of minor indignities, inequities and inconveniences imposed by the Canadian health care system.

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