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Reverse T3: A Roadblock to Thyroid Succes

Conventional endocrinologists don’t test for reverse T3 (RT3), but it can play an important part in your thyroid function, and can be set off by something as simple as stress.

By Mary Shomon

10 Ways to Find the Best Thyroid Doctors

After a thyroid diagnosis, finding the right doctor is essential. Here are helpful tips, links, and list-serves to help you on your search.

By Mary Shomon

Fighting the Effects of Hospital Sleep Deprivation

If you’ve ever been hospitalized, you probably thought — or even complained to your night nurse — “How is anyone supposed to get any sleep around here?”

By Diane Domina

Germy Stethoscopes in the ICU – and a Cleaning Solution

Your doctor’s stethoscope could be covered with potentially harmful bacteria — including Staphylococcus aureus, which can cause serious infections.

By Diane Domina

Truth About Probiotics and Prebiotics for IBD

Are probiotic and prebiotic supplements really effective for IBD and IBS? A nutritionist answers your top questions about the latest research.

By Nancy Monson

One Allergist Shares the Challenges of Treating Chronic Hives

Learn about how one allergist treats chronic hives in this interview with Anitha Shrikhande, M.D.

By Lara DeSanto

We Know Why You Sometimes Lie to Your Doctor

There are many reasons you might lie to your doctors, but new surveys say the fear of being judged and embarrassed are two of the biggest.

By Karen Gaudette Brewer

Are You Worried About the Security of Your Personal Health Info?

When it comes to personal health information, hospitals, doctors’ offices, and insurance companies — not hackers — are responsible for most security breaches.

By Diane Domina

Leukemia Patient Tips: Getting the Best Care

As a medical journalist with chronic lymphocytic leukemia, Andrew Schorr shares his tips for how leukemia patients can find the best care for themselves.

By Rachel Zohn

Task Force Recommends Alcohol Screening

Guidelines issues by the U.S. Preventive Task Force recommend that primary care doctors screen adults over age 18 for unhealthy alcohol use.

By Diane Domina