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The Best Way to Advocate for Your Health: Ask the Right Questions

Patients must advocate for themselves, and asking questions is where this begins. Here, secrets of better communication with your doctor.

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Can a Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant Cover for a Doctor?

If you schedule an appointment with your doctor, why would you be seen by a nurse practitioner or physician assistant instead? What you need to know…

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Sticking with the Same Doctor May Help You Live Longer

Everyone wants to have a good doctor. But recent research shows that finding the right one may actually have a dramatic effect on your health…

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The Truth About Online Doctor Reviews

You may be better off asking your pharmacist to recommend a doctor than reading online reviews.

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8 Surprising Things Your Pharmacist Can Do for You

Your local pharmacist has the knowledge to be a key member of your health care team. Here’s how to tap into this professional’s training.

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Has Your Doctor’s License Ever Been Revoked? Here’s How to Tell

Just because your doctor has a license to practice in your state doesn't mean he/she hasn't had a problem in a different state. How to find out...

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An Index of Suspicion: The Lost Art of Diagnosis

There was a legendary doctor who personified diagnosis as an art, not just a science. That art is being lost.

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Surprising Melanoma Caught Just In Time

How a timely referral saved this patient’s life more than 20 years ago…and the key question that led to her cancer diagnosis.

What Your Doctor Isn't Telling You

Thinking of Suing Your Doctor? Read This First

Few patients really understand what malpractice is, nor do they know the process. Plus: The real reason most patients sue.

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How to Get the Most from Online Doctor Reviews

Nearly 60% of patients say online doctor reviews are important when choosing a physician, but they do have shortcomings. Get the most from this online tool.

What Your Doctor Isn't Telling You

How to Get Your Doctor to Listen—and Answer Your Questions

Doctors have less time than ever to spend with their patients. How to make sure yours really listens to you and answers all your questions.

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Why It’s a Good Idea to Record Your Doctor Visit

How much of your last doctor visit do you remember? A recording is better than taking notes. Here's how to do it the right way...

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Is Your Hospital Hiring Freelance Doctors?

More and more hospitals–and some large medical practices–are hiring doctors on a freelance basis. Here’s what you need to know.


How a Healthy-Cooking Expert was Diagnosed with Prediabetes

Prediabetes was never on Alma Schneider’s radar. Why would she worry about a condition that can lead to type 2…

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Let’s Talk About Hospitalists

Increasingly, hospital patients are seen by in-house hospital physicians rather than their own doctors. This switch toward care by hospitalists…