Have you ever wondered why your ears feel plugged or "pop," why antibiotics can help with certain infections but not others, or why rashes seem to get worse when you scratch them? Here are some explanations, in plain language, about these and other topics.
Sometimes it's incredibly helpful to understand the system--for example, what factors does your provider use to make medical decisions?
From personal anecdotes to little-known facts about the industry, nurse practitioner Carissa Arens writes to help empower individuals to take charge of their own health.
It can be difficult to get adequate help from health care due in part to low health understanding (literacy) and the reality that the system is designed to care for itself more than the patient.
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