back-to-school anxiety
Sep 21 2021

Strategies to help your children manage back-to-school anxiety

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Most school years, there will be some children who feel anxious about going back to school. They worry about making friends, learning new routines, and whether they’ll like their teacher. But this year, child development specialists are predicting more children than usual may be experiencing back-to-school anxiety related to the pandemic. For some students, this... Read More

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second opinion
Sep 13 2021

Three challenges to getting a second opinion and how to overcome them

Second Opinion  •  By Miles Varn, MD

A second opinion can be a valuable tool to help you ensure that your diagnosis is accurate and you’re choosing an appropriate treatment plan. Second opinions from experienced specialists can confirm or change your diagnosis and treatment options, lowering your risk of misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic found that approximately 88%... Read More

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parents
Aug 31 2021

Stress management for parents in a time of uncertainty

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Being a parent has always been a demanding job. Working to keep your children safe and physically and mentally healthy, balancing work and home life, acting as a caregiver for older parents and relatives, and managing your own health and wellbeing can be stressful at times. But during the pandemic, the stress levels of many... Read More

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resiliency
Aug 24 2021

Steps you can take to strengthen resiliency

Wellness  •  By Michael Scott, ND, MSA

As the pandemic continues, the level of continuing stress and uncertainty is taking its toll on mental and physical wellbeing. For many people, this stress is overlaid on other ongoing stresses in their lives, including the effects of systemic racism and prejudice against communities including people in the LGTBQ+ community and Asian and native communities,... Read More

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healthy aging
Aug 17 2021

What are the key strategies for healthy aging?

Wellness  •  By Miles Varn, MD

There’s no magic elixir that will prevent you from getting older, but by making appropriate lifestyle choices and being proactive about finding new ways to optimize your health, you can be healthier as you grow older. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s most recent update of the report, “The State of Aging... Read More

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college
Aug 10 2021

The steps you should take now to protect your college student’s health and wellbeing

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn, MD

If your child is starting or returning to college this fall, there are several steps you can take now to help prepare them to handle health issues that arise while they’re away from home. If they haven’t already been active partners in their care, now is a good time to help them learn how to... Read More

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caregiving
Aug 3 2021

The steps you should take now if caregiving is in your future

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn, MD

At some point in our lives, most of us will take on the role of caregiver for a parent or older family member, spouse or partner, or close friend. The National Alliance for Caregiving’s report Caregiving in the U.S. 2020 found that the number of caregivers (defined as someone caring for an adult or a... Read More

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unvaccinated
Jul 27 2021

Tips for travel with unvaccinated children

Travel Health  •  By Miles Varn, MD

All the adults and teens in your family have received their COVID-19 vaccines and you’re excited to get back to traveling this summer. There’s one concern that’s holding you back though—your 9-year-old is too young to get vaccinated. So how can you make travel safer for everyone in your family? While most children who contract... Read More

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substance use
Jul 20 2021

How to support someone living with substance use disorder

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Working to overcome alcohol or substance use disorder has always been challenging, but the pandemic has made it even tougher. More people have turned to substances as a way of dealing with anxiety, depression, and stress and getting access to treatment when many in-person treatment options weren’t available made getting or staying on track with... Read More

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sleep health
Jul 13 2021

How sleep health affects your mental health

Wellness  •  By Michael Scott, ND, MSA

You may be familiar with the connection between sleep and physical health, but did you know that sleep can also significantly affect your mental health and wellness? We talked with sleep specialist Dr. Michael Grandner to learn more. Dr. Grandner is Director of the Sleep and Health Research Program at the University of Arizona (UA),... Read More

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