weight
Dec 10 2019

Tips to help you manage your weight during the holidays

Preventive Care  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Sugar cookies and eggnog, latkes and sufganiyot, pumpkin pie and candied yams. At home, at work, at parties—everywhere you look this time of year, there are tempting treats. All too often, holiday indulgences lead to weight gain, New Year’s regrets, and diet resolutions. While some Americans put on between five and seven pounds during the... Read More

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retail clinics
Dec 3 2019

What are the pros and cons of retail clinics?

Preventive Care  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Your cough hasn’t gotten better in two weeks, but your doctor’s office doesn’t have same day appointments. Or maybe you’re out of town visiting relatives when your one-year-old starts showing the signs of another ear infection. For many people, the next move would be to seek care at a retail clinic in a pharmacy, grocery... Read More

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rare health problem
Nov 19 2019

How you can lower your risk of misdiagnosis if you have a rare health problem

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Recent vaping-related illnesses are an example of something that can happen with any new or rare health problem. When faced with a new or rare condition, patients may face a higher risk of being misdiagnosed. For example, when patients who were eventually diagnosed with vaping-related illnesses first sought treatment, most were believed to have pneumonia... Read More

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antidepressant
Nov 12 2019

What to consider when your doctor prescribes an antidepressant

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

If your primary care physician or psychiatrist has recommended that you take an antidepressant, asking some key questions can help you better understand what to expect and help your doctor choose the medication that’s most appropriate for you. It’s also important to remember that not all antidepressant medications work well for all patients, so it... Read More

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long-term care
Nov 5 2019

Understanding the difference between long-term care options

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Maybe you’re exploring long-term care options for you and your spouse or partner in the future. Or perhaps your parents’ health situation has changed and they can no longer safely live by themselves. Once you start researching your options, you may realize that making this decision is more complicated than you thought. There are many... Read More

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complex health problem
Oct 29 2019

What to do when you’re diagnosed with a complex health problem

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a complex health problem such as advanced cancer or organ failure that means you’ll need a transplant or a rare condition such as sickle-cell disease or hemophilia the right support can not only have a positive effect on the outcome of your treatment it can... Read More

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Oct 22 2019

Figuring out where to turn after an unexpected diagnosis

Disease Management

For a year, Michelle hadn’t been feeling well. She saw several doctors, but no one could provide a diagnosis. When she and her young daughter were both finally diagnosed with celiac disease, she was overwhelmed and didn’t know where to turn. She shared how PinnacleCare helped her gain access to the care and advice both... Read More

osteoporosis
Oct 15 2019

Strategies to lower your risk of osteoporosis

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

While osteoporosis prevention may not cross your mind in your 20s, it’s the best time to start taking steps that can strengthen your bones and lower your risk of developing this disease when you’re older. Even if you don’t get started building bone strength that early, you can still have a positive impact on the... Read More

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Scientist in white lab coat using pipette filled with fluid in a labratory
Oct 9 2019

Stem Cells – Podcast

Podcast  •  By Dr. Miles Varn and Robert Connors, PinnacleCare

It’s common to hear about stem cells today now that they have shown promise in regenerating and differentiating into all kinds of tissue for therapeutic use. Stem cells are extracted from different sources in the body and serve as the body’s repair system. Frozen stem cells have the potential to last for long periods of... Read More

medications
Oct 8 2019

Are you taking more medications than you need?

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

If you have heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure or cholesterol, or other chronic diseases, you may be taking several prescription medications each day to treat your condition. And the older you get, the more likely it becomes that you’re taking more than one medication. In fact, approximately a third of Americans and Canadians between... Read More

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