falls
Sep 10 2019

What you can do to reduce the risk of falls as you get older

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn, MD

As you get older, your risk of falling and getting injured increases. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in four adults in the U.S. over the age of 65 reported falling and one in 10 reported getting injured in a fall in 2014, the most recent year for... Read More

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incontinence
Aug 27 2019

Managing incontinence after prostate cancer treatment

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

One of the possible side effects of surgery or radiation to remove the prostate as part of treatment for prostate cancer is incontinence. For men who undergo radical prostatectomy, surgery that removes the entire prostate, there is a 2% to 15% risk that they may develop incontinence. In some cases, the issue is a short-term... Read More

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Aug 21 2019

Genetic Testing – Podcast

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

Technological improvements have made consumer-based genetic tests more affordable and accessible. Genetic tests typically use saliva or blood to identify changes in chromosomes, genes or proteins so that a suspected genetic condition can be confirmed or ruled out. Tests can also predetermine the chance of developing or passing on a genetic disorder. Outcomes may help... Read More

second opinion
Aug 20 2019

The right support when facing a cancer diagnosis

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Facing a serious illness is a difficult experience not only for the person who’s diagnosed with the illness, but also for the patient’s loved ones. The stress of trying to find the right doctors, gather medical records, and set up appointments can make the situation even more difficult to manage and make it harder for... Read More

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effective weight loss
Aug 13 2019

Ask these questions when looking for a safe and effective weight loss plan

Preventive Care  •  By Miles Varn, MD

If you’re overweight, losing even a relatively small amount of weight has many health benefits, from lowering blood pressure and the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and some types of cancer to decreasing joint and back pain. Diets that promise fast weight loss may be tempting, but they’re often not safe or evidence-based and don’t... Read More

prediabetes
Aug 6 2019

Diagnosed with prediabetes? How to prevent it from becoming diabetes

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 84 million people in the U.S. have prediabetes and the majority of them aren’t aware that their blood sugar levels are higher than they should be. Prediabetes means that your blood sugar levels are elevated but not yet high enough to be considered diabetes, but... Read More

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medical bills
Jul 30 2019

Strategies to help you avoid surprise high medical bills

Uncategorized  •  By Miles Varn, MD

If you’ve ever received an unexpected high medical bill you’re not alone. Maybe your primary care doctor or a specialist referred you for diagnostic tests or imaging and you assumed that since your doctor was in your insurance network, he or she would refer you to an in-network facility, which is often not the case.... Read More

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new doctor
Jul 23 2019

What to consider when you’re looking for a new doctor

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn, MD

There are many reasons you may need to find a new doctor. Your doctor may be retiring. Your health insurance may have changed and you’ve got a new provider network. You moved. Or you may not feel you and your doctor are a good fit. So where should you start and what questions should you... Read More

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screenings
Jul 16 2019

Are you getting the screenings you need?

Preventive Care  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Do you know which health screenings you should get and when and how often to get screened? Screenings are an essential part of a strong preventive care strategy and can help you detect a wide range of health problems as early as possible. The first step is to talk with your primary care physician. While... Read More

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exercise
Jul 9 2019

Exercise is important for more than managing your weight

Preventive Care  •  By Miles Varn, MD

One of the top pieces of advice that nutrition and exercise experts share is that regular exercise is an essential part of any plan to lose weight and keep the weight off. But even if you’re already at a healthy weight, getting exercise regularly is important for your overall health and wellbeing. One study published... Read More

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