| Jan 19, 2014
| 5:09 PM
When Alva Alvarez gets sick, she buys over-the-counter medicine from the grocery and takes as much as she can until she feels better. The mother of five resorts to this because she can't afford a visit to the doctor to figure out what's ailing her....
| Jan 15, 2014
| 11:22 AM
The Food and Drug Administration has asked doctors, dentists, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals to stop giving patients high-dose acetaminophen, the active ingredient in the popular pain-reliever Tylenol.
Pills, capsules, tablets, syrups...
| Oct 9, 2013
| 1:23 PM
Suzanne Somers is the luckiest woman in the whole, big, wide world.
The onetime "Three's Company" star, now 66, revealed Tuesday on "The Talk" that she has an active sex life. A very active sex life, with Alan Hamel, her husband of 36...
| Jun 5, 2013
| 5:30 PM
Q: I recently went for a routine exam, and the nurse announced he had a really bad sore throat. He did not wash his hands or put on gloves as he took my blood pressure and temperature.
Two days later, I came down with a head cold and severe sore throat,...
| Oct 31, 2013
| 1:44 PM
In response to longstanding complaints, federal officials said they will allow workers to carry over some unused money held in flexible spending accounts for healthcare expenses.
The U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service announced the...
| Oct 31, 2013
| 6:58 PM
Workers faced with forfeiting unused money in their flexible spending accounts for healthcare expenses may be getting some relief under a new federal rule.
The U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service changed the use-it-or-lose-it rule...
| Apr 29, 2013
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April 29, 2013
Q: My 5-year-old daughter just had her adenoids and tonsils removed because of snoring...
| Oct 15, 2013
| 11:24 AM
When 12-year-old Rebecca Ann Sedwick leapt off an abandoned cement plant in Lakeland, Fla., on Sept. 10, her death was ruled a suicide and instantly became a national tragedy. Tuesday, police announced the arrest of two classmates, ages 12 and 14, for...
| Nov 18, 2013
| 2:30 AM
It's a wild time in healthcare these day, with all the yelling, complaining and finger-pointing, as well as malfunctioning websites, dysfunctional oversight, incorrect information, blown stacks, busy phones, inflated expenses and all-around blood-pressure...
| Apr 24, 2013
| 9:20 PM
Feet are the furthest thing from our minds when it comes to health concerns.
Asked which of eight factors are very important to their overall health in a survey by Edge Research, only half of adults named care of the feet -- the lowest ranking among the...
| Nov 20, 2013
| 1:51 PM
Illegal use of drugs among American workers has dropped sharply in the last 25 years, according to a new study.
The percentage of the U.S. workforce testing positive for drugs such as cocaine and marijuana dropped to 3.5% last year, from 13.6% in 1988,...
| Nov 1, 2013
| 7:52 AM
Optometrists and opticians must have the lousiest lobbyists in Washington. How else can one explain the brutal unprovoked attack on their business launched the other day by the Internal Revenue Service?
The IRS didn't literally attack the eyewear...