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  • Making Wise Health Decisions

    Throughout your life you will have to make health decisions for yourself and your family. The decisions you make will influence your overall well-being as well as the quality and cost of your care. People who learn as much as they can about their choices often are more confident about...

  • First Aid for a Fishhook Stuck in an Eye

    Fishhook injuries to the eye are rare. When they occur, they can cause a serious injury, including blindness. Prompt emergency room or ophthalmology care is needed to remove the fishhook, prevent complications, and minimize damage from the fishhook. Do the following, and then seek emergency care: Do...

  • Removing a Fishhook

    Do not try to remove a fishhook (seek medical care instead) if any of the following are true: The fishhook is in or near an eye. See first aid measures. The fishhook is in a joint, in a bone, or deep in a muscle. You are concerned that removing the...

  • Fructose or Sorbitol Intolerance

    Fructose and sorbitol are two sugars that often are added to processed foods and medicines to make them taste sweet. Fructose is found in fruits, fruit juice, honey, and high fructose corn syrup. It also can be found in soda pop and fruit drinks. Sorbitol is found in diet products,...

  • Allergy to Natural Rubber (Latex)

    What is latex allergy? Latex is natural rubber. It's a product made mostly from the rubber tree. Some people have allergic reactions after repeated contact with latex, especially latex gloves. Allergy to latex is an increasing health problem. Latex allergy usually affects people who are routinely exposed to rubber...

  • Menopause: Should I Use Hormone Therapy (HT)?

    Guides you through the decision to use hormone therapy (HT) for menopause symptoms. Explains what menopause is and what to expect. Lists risks and benefits of HT and other treatments to try. Includes interactive tool to help you decide.

  • Myths About Tourette's Disorder

  • Choosing a Health Care Agent

    Discusses role of health care agent if you can't make health care decisions for yourself. Covers medical power of attorney and living will. Includes link to checklist for writing an advance directive.

  • Your Health Care Agent: How to Choose Someone

    A health care agent is someone you choose in advance to make health care decisions for you if you can't speak for yourself. A health care agent also may be called a health care proxy or a health care surrogate. This person may be called something else in your state.

  • Checklist for Evaluating Hospice Programs

    Once you make the decision to seek hospice care, make your search easier by using this checklist to find out about different programs. Add to it as you think of items that are important to you, and cross off those items that are not useful. Make a copy of this...


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