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Understanding the Language of Medicine
Learn how you and your doctor can do a better job talking to one another.
Specialists: What They Do
Doctors and other health professionals sometimes specialize in one area of medicine, becoming experts in a particular field.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
Decoding Common Skin Conditions
What are freckles? Are they truly harmless? And what about the other common skin "abnormalities" that don't have much impact on health or well-being? Their names can sound scary. Find out which ones can you ignore and which ones you can't.
Top Five Digestion Misconceptions
Here's a quick guide to common symptoms and conditions related to digestion and how to make sure you and your doctor speak the same language.
Math In Medicine: Know Your 'Rithmetic
When it comes to medical matters, math can come in handy. More specifically, it can help you take an active role in your own care and help you to understand what your doctor is saying.
Tech Speak
The terms a doctor uses in conversation may seem to be from another language.
Mysterious Acronyms
When you were in school, did you ever use “word tricks” to remember items on a list? For example, it isn’t easy to memorize the names and order of the planets, especially in grade school. But by using an acronym — a word or series of words in which each letter (or the first letter) stands for another word — the task becomes much easier.

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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.
Update From the Medical Journals: June 2014
What's the latest news in the medical journals this month? Find out what your doctor is reading.
Update From the Medical Journals: April 2014
What's the latest news in the medical journals this month? Find out what your doctor is reading.
Update From the Medical Journals: March 2014
What's the latest news in the medical journals this month? Find out what your doctor is reading
Update From the Medical Journals: December 2013
What's the latest news in the medical journals this month? Find out what your doctor is reading.


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