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Care for Yourself and Your Family

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Caring for yourself and your family

Prevention and Health (from the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality) provides the latest information on living a healthy lifestyle, preventing disease, screening and testing, and understanding your health.

Lab Tests Online (from the American Association for Clinical Chemistry) provides information on lab tests, including tips on providing a specimen, understanding results, home testing, and a laboratory tour that follows a blood sample or throat culture through laboratory procedures.

Tips for Using Medicines Safely (from the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality) can help you get the most from your prescribed medications.

Diagnosis and Treatment (from the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality) provides information about getting diagnosed, having surgery, taking medications and having treatments, and using hospitals and clinics.

Going to the Emergency Room:  Information on how to make a trip to the emergency room less stressful.

Getting the best care from your doctor

Talking With Your Doctor:  Links to information developed by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health. 

Atlas of the Human Body:  Many people may not understand all of the medical terms used by their doctor. This guide from the American Medical Association provides detailed but easy-to-understand drawings and descriptions of various parts of the human body.

Last Revised: July 03, 2013