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Optimizing Medical Care for Disease Prevention and Management

Optimizing medical care for disease prevention and management involves taking simple, concrete steps when talking with a doctor or when undergoing medical care. Learn what some of there steps are and how to make sure you are getting the care you need.

Why You Need a Flu Shot if You're Over 50
The flu shot is one of the quickest and easiest ways to avoid getting sick this fall and winter season - and if you're over the age of 50, health officials say you need to get vaccinated. Find out why older people are more vulnerable to severe complications from the flu, how you can avoid those flu-related problems, and stay healthy.

Why Do Older People Fall?
What causes older people to fall? According to new research that for the first time uses closed-circuit video in long-term care homes, poor balance and improperly shifting body weight - rather than slipping or tripping - are most often to blame.

Flu Risk for Seniors
Older adults are more likely to suffer serious complications from seasonal flu than any other age group. Find out how the flu affects seniors.

Avoid an In-Flight Emergency
In-flight emergencies are on the rise, but there are steps you can take before you fly in order to avoid becoming a statistic yourself. Read more about pre-flight evaluations and why you may need one.

In-Flight Medical Emergencies for Older Travelers
Find out what kind of medical care you can expect to get onboard an airplane, in the event of an in-flight emergency.

Do I Need Antibiotics for a Sinus Infection?
New guidelines for physicians treating sinus infections warn doctors against prescribing antibiotics, since the majority of these infections are viral.

Use Pillboxes and Blister Packs Safely
While pillboxes and blister packs offer convenience, they are not always used safely by older people trying to manage multiple medications. Find out what the experts advise on how to keep prescription tablets and capsules straight.

Are Pillboxes for Multiple Medications Safe?
Find out why pillboxes and blister packs may not be as used as they are intended, by older adults.

Electric Headband to Prevent Migraines
The Cefaly headband is an electric device approved by the FDA to prevent migraines - does it work?

Tips for Remembering Your Medications
Let's face it, we all forget to take our medications sometimes. We could all use a little help. Here's a place for you to write any tips you have for remembering your medications and to read over the tips of other users. If you've having a problem remembering your medications or have a great idea that can help others, this is the place for you.

Tips for Remembering Medications
Adherence means taking your medications on time. If your adherence is poor, your control or recovery from certain health conditions may suffer. Use these tips to help you remember to take your medications and improve your adherence. Some of them may seem silly, but if you aren't taking your medicine 100% correctly, you need to make a plan and follow it. Improve your adherence today.

MRSA Infections - A Rising Health Problem
MRSA infections can be a serious situation. MRSA statistics show an alarming increase in MRSA infections over the past few years. MRSA infections have over 800,000 victims a year. Why did MRSA being? What can we do about it?

Preventing MRSA Infections
MRSA infections can be life threatening. Learn the basic precautions you should take to prevent MRSA infections both in and out of the hospital. Some simple steps may prevent MRSA and avoid the pain and danger of a MRSA infection.

Seniors: Avoid Medication Problems
Seniors take lots of medications. These medications and pills (prescriptions, over the counter and supplements) all could interact and caused serious problems for seniors. Learn how seniors can protect themselves from dangerous medication interactions.

Doctor's Beliefs About Religion and Health
Religion and health is a tricky combination. For many patients, religion is an important part of the healing process -- perhaps the most important. But what about doctors? What do doctors think about religion and health?

Live Longer, Ask Questions
People who have a good understanding of their medical situation have a better chance of survival than patients who are confused by information o doctor's orders.

Patients Versus Doctors
Should you give control completely over to your doctor or should you be searching the internet and designing your own treatment? This is a questions facing more and more patients. Patient empowerment believers think the patient should have more knowledge and control but it turns out that, at least for hypertension and cholesterol, doctor control brings better outcomes.

Hospital Infections Cause 100,000 Deaths Annually
Hospital infections cause the deaths of almost 100,000 people a year and infect another 2 million, costing over $40 billion in additional healthcare. Many states are finally reporting their infection rates, but others are slow to follow. As more and more states report infection rates, we should start to see improvement in the efforts of hospitals to tackle this huge problem.

FDA Recalls: Be the First to Know
FDA MedWatch Alerts will let you know about any recalls or problems with medications, medical devices and some supplements. Signing up for these alerts is easy and could give you valuable information about your medications.

Tai Chi For Better Balance
Tai chi is an ancient practice that has modern health benefits for seniors, from boosting cardiovascular fitness and immune function to improving sleep. Can this slow form of moving meditation improve balance, and prevent falls in older people?

Shingles in Older People
Shingles is a potentially debilitating disease with long-ter health implications, that can occur in older people when the chicken pox virus reactivates. Learn why shingles, or herpes zoster, occurs and how you can prevent it.

Should I Get the Shingles Vaccine If I'm Over 50?
If you've had chicken pox, and estimates say 95% of the population has, you are at risk of getting shingles as you get older. If you're over the age of 50, find out if you need the shingles vaccine to prevent this potentially debilitating disease.

Is Shingles Contagious?
Shingles is a potentially severe disease caused when the chicken pox virus reactivates in your body. Is shingles contagious, and can you catch shingles from someone else?

How Do I Know If I Have Shingles?
Shingles is the painful reactivation of the chicken pox virus in our body, which occurs more often as we age. Since the early symptoms are similar to the flu, how can you tell if it's shingles, and not something else? Find out why you should act as quickly as possible, if you suspect you may have shingles.

How to Prevent Shingles — Can Shingles be Prevented?
Shingles is the potentially devastating disease that occurs when the chicken pox virus reactivates as you get older. So can shingles be prevented? Find out how can you prevent shingles, to avoid the short-term pain - and possible long-term health complications of this virus.

What Older Adults Should Know About Shingles
Shingles is a potentially devastating disease that can cause severe pain, when the chicken pox virus reactivates in older adults. Find out everything you need to know about shingles as you age, the vaccine against it, treatment for shingles, and how to avoid getting the illness, pain and other complications that shingles can cause.

How effective is the shingles vaccine?
Shingles is the painful rash that can occur if the chicken pox virus reactivates in your body. How effective is the shingles vaccine in preventing this potentially debilitating disease?

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