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How to Read Your Body’s Symptoms

health-02 Before you race off to the doctor for every lump or discoloration, remember that anomalies you’ve had for years are more likely to be a harmless part of your genetic makeup. Signs and symptoms that are unusual for you, or painful or debilitating, are more likely to be significant. (Signs are external indicators that can [...]

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How to Find Clinical Trials

health-09 Whether you have a life-threatening cancer, a chronic disease like diabetes, or a relatively minor medical problem, thousands of clinical trials are out there looking to recruit subjects. For patients, participating in a clinical trial can offer hope when existing medical treatments fail, as well as access to promising new treatments and an extra measure [...]

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How to Read a Drug Label

health-07 If you’re prescribed a new drug, your doctor and pharmacist should give you the basic facts – why you’re taking it, its major side effects and what other medications or foods to avoid while on it. But that’s just the beginning of the story, and you should consider doing more research, particularly if you’re planning [...]

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How to Create a Family Health History

health-05 Researchers are increasingly focused on the hereditary nature of health risks. Ailments ranging from heart disease to Alzheimer’s to macular degeneration and schizophrenia are all tied to genetics. But if you want to understand what’s lurking in your genes, you probably shouldn’t start with a barrage of high-priced, often-unproven genetic tests. Instead, you can do [...]

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