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Specialists: What They Do
Doctors and other health professionals sometimes specialize in one area of medicine, becoming experts in a particular field.
Understanding the Language of Medicine
Learn how you and your doctor can do a better job talking to one another.
Will a Routine Physical Uncover Every Problem?
There may be misconceptions about what a routine doctor's visit can accomplish and what its limitations may be.
What to Expect at the Doctor's Office
Most routine visits to the doctor share a similar format. Your doctor will want to ask you questions, perform a physical examination, order any tests that are appropriate, and prescribe treatment or give medical advice.

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Preparing for Surgery
Preparing for Surgery
You don't have to be a passive participant in your surgery. With the right preparation, you can enhance the odds that the procedure will be a success.
Take Steps for Recovery
You don't have to be a passive participant in your surgery. With the right preparation, you can enhance the odds that the procedure will be a success.
Ask About Anesthesia
You don't have to be a passive participant in your surgery. With the right preparation, you can enhance the odds that the procedure will be a success.
Check Your Medications with Your Doctor
You don't have to be a passive participant in your surgery. With the right preparation, you can enhance the odds that the procedure will be a success.
Boost Your Immune System
You don't have to be a passive participant in your surgery. With the right preparation, you can enhance the odds that the procedure will be a success.

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What Your Doctor Is Saying
Understanding Why Your Doctor Might Say No
Did you ever go to a doctor’s office with a request and leave without getting what you expected? Here are some of the reasons why you may leave your doctor’s office without the test, the referral or the prescription that you asked for.
Making Sense Of Medical Warnings
Life is full of warnings and, clearly, some are more helpful than others. But warning labels are so common that you may begin ignoring them or you may not notice them at all. Just how should one respond to all the red exclamation points, bold print and highlighted advice that you see on food labels, prescriptions, billboards and elsewhere?
Pool Rules: What Your (Public Health) Doctor Is Saying
Swimming rules at public pools are meant to protect everyone's health and safety, right? Not necessarily. Some, like showering before swimming, are overly broad. Read more.
Decoding the 'Plasties'
It's not always easy to know what your doctor is saying. Knowing what "plasty" means can help you decipher a long list of medical or surgical terms.
Medical Terminology - When Size Matters
Diseases can often change the size of various body parts. Perhaps saying "cardiomegaly" is more precise or efficient than saying "the heart is big," but it's also much harder for the non-medical person to understand. Knowing a few suffixes, prefixes and specific terms can go a long way toward helping you understand what your doctor is saying.
Medical Test Results: Are You Normal, and Is That a Good Thing?
When doctors talk shop, they often use terms to describe an examination or test result by comparing them to "normal." While this might seem straightforward, health care professionals use several expressions that might confuse you if you aren't prepared.
Placebos -- What Your Doctor Is or Isn't Saying
Is it ever OK for a doctor to prescribe a placebo treatment outside of a research study? Here's a closer look at this complicated -– and tricky -– issue.
Why Doctors Repeat Themselves
There may be good reasons your doctor is (or seems to be) repeating himself.
Diseases Named After Geographical Locations
There are many examples of conditions, diseases or infectious agents that are named after a particular location. Here are just a few.
Medical Terminology -- Blood Vessel Disease
It's easy to confuse the various blood vessel conditions. So here's a closer look at them and how doctors talk about them.

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What Your Doctor Is Reading
Update From the Medical Journals: April 2015
What's the latest news in the medical journals this month? Find out what your doctor is reading.
Update From the Medical Journals -- March 2015
What's the latest news in the medical journals this month? Find out what your doctor is reading.
Update From the Medical Journals -- February 2015
What's the latest news in the medical journals this month? Find out what your doctor is reading.
Update From the Medical Journals: January 2015
What's the latest news in the medical journals this month? Find out what your doctor is reading.
Update From the Medical Journals: December 2014
What's the latest news in the medical journals this month? Find out what your doctor is reading.
Update From the Medical Journals: November 2014
What's the latest news in the medical journals this month? Find out what your doctor is reading.
Update From the Medical Journals: October 2014
What's the latest news in the medical journals this month? Find out what your doctor is reading.
Update From the Medical Journals: September 2014
What's the latest news in the medical journals this month? Find out what your doctor is reading.
Update From the Medical Journals: August 2014
What's the latest news in the medical journals this month? Find out what your doctor is reading.
Update From the Medical Journals: July 2014
What's the latest news in the medical journals this month? Find out what your doctor is reading.


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