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Making decisions about your future medical care

Legal documentation that protects a person’s future medical treatment choices is generally known as an advance directive. That umbrella term covers several documents. A living will spells out treatment preferences if a person is unable to make treatment decisions. A health care proxy form names the person who’ll make health care decisions if a person lacks the capacity to make them. A POLST (physician orders for life-sustaining treatment) turns a person’s health care preferences into a medical order that must be followed by doctors, hospital staffers, and paramedics immediately, not after legal interpretation.    (Locked) More »

Do you need a cardiologist?

For people with high blood pressure and high cholesterol, a primary care provider can usually effectively manage those conditions. But some people may need more focused care from a general cardiologist, or one with more specialized expertise. (Locked) More »

How music can help you heal

Music therapy has been demonstrated to calm anxiety, ease pain, facilitate rehabilitation, and improve quality of life for people with dementia. (Locked) More »

Generic or brand-name drugs?

Generic drugs have the same active ingredients as their brand-name equivalents, and some doctors argue that generics may be more likely to produce positive health effects than brand-name drugs.  (Locked) More »

Where to get health care in a hurry

Retain clinics and e-visits are alternatives to seeing a doctor at an office visit, urgent care clinic, or emergency room. Retail clinics, located at drugstores and “big box” retailers like Wal-Mart and Target, provide convenience and flat-rate pricing, but are best for basic and uncomplicated medical issues. E-visits allow you to talk to a doctor via the Internet and offer a wider range of services.  (Locked) More »