Back Pain Self-Care

Do I need an x-ray, CT, or MRI of my back? Most patients do not need images (x-rays, etc) taken of their back. These images are not often helpful for patients with acute low back pain. They can lead to unneeded or even harmful procedures. They are also costly. X-rays...

Prevent Medication Poisonings In Your Home

Everyone has medicines in their homes. When they are taken the right way and by the right person, medicines keep us healthy. But if too much or the wrong medicine is taken by mistake, poisoning can happen. For a child, taking even a small amount of a medicine meant...

Blood Pressure Medications and You

Blood pressure medicines are some of the most commonly used drugs. However, about one-quarter of people who take meds to lower their blood pressure stop taking them within six months. Up to one-half stop taking them within one year. Why are blood pressure medicines so...

What I Need To Know About Missed Birth Control Doses

What happens if I miss a dose of my birth control? Will I get pregnant? Missed pills, loose patches, or vaginal rings that slip out of place can result in pregnancy. The risk of pregnancy depends on: time since last dose how many doses you missed when during your...