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How to treat food poisoning

Symptoms of food poisoning or bacterial gastroenteritis can appear suddenly without any prior warning. The first signs that you may have eaten something toxic include feeling nauseous or vomiting. Soon after this you might experience severe abdominal cramps followed by diarrhea. It's not always... More

How to prepare for a hospital stay

A sudden illness or the need for surgery may require an admission to a hospital. Anticipating this is almost always accompanied by appropriate anxiety. A hospital has a rhythm of its own and although it sometimes seems confusing to the lay person, each professional and staff member has their own... More

How to know when to seek emergency medical care

There are times when you aren't feeling well and you are not sure why or what is the cause of your distress. As your mind runs through a preliminary check list of common discomforts you try to determine the cause on your own. Fortunately, most minor episodes of physical distress are self... More

How to understand how physicians make their decisions when caring for you

A visit to a doctor for a routine check up or when you are feeling ill can sometimes be stressful. In addition to making a physical assessment a doctor needs to know if you have health care insurance or the financial resources to pay for your care. Your doctor will address your care and... More

How to manage stress in your life

Tips to managing everyday stress in life Numerous things in our day to day life can cause stress. Some amount of stress can be reduced by making deliberate changes in the way we do things. Do you feel the pressure of tight deadlines, pressures and demands of day to day life? In this fast paced... More

How to prepare for a colonoscopy

A colonoscopy is performed to examine inside the large intestine for any abnormality. With the patient under a general anesthetic, a gastroenterologist or surgeon inserts a thin, flexible tube, with a camera attached, through the anus into the colon. The surgeon is then able to examine the inside... More

How to support a terminally ill family member or friend

As a family member or a friend of a terminally ill person it is not unusual to feel helpless and at loss and not to know what to do. Our first feelings include the pain of the pending loss of your loved one. However, what you need to know is that they are still with you now. There is much that... More