chronic diseases
Mar 19 2019

Lower your risk of complications from chronic diseases

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

A growing number of Americans are being diagnosed with chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, lung and kidney disease and many people are living with multiple chronic conditions. According to statistics gathered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 6 in 10 American adults have a chronic disease and 4 in 10... Read More

dementia
Mar 12 2019

What you do and eat can affect your risk of dementia

Uncategorized  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Approximately 5.7 million people in the U.S. are living with Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, and other types of dementia. As the population of older people swells with the addition of the baby boom generation, that number is projected to increase. But there are lifestyle changes you can make now that can lower your risk of... Read More

in the hospital
Mar 5 2019

Ask these questions when an elderly loved one is in the hospital

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Time in the hospital can be physically and emotionally taxing at any age, but for older people, time spent in the hospital can have an even bigger impact on their health and wellbeing after they’re discharged. You can help advocate for your loved ones and ask important questions. You’ll just need to be sure they’ve... Read More

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cancer
Feb 26 2019

For people diagnosed with cancer, a second opinion can have a big impact

Uncategorized  •  By Miles Varn, MD

If you have been diagnosed with cancer, you may feel as if you need to start treatment as quickly as possible. For most types of cancer, however, there’s no need to rush to begin treatment immediately and there are benefits to taking the time to seek a second opinion on your diagnosis and treatment plan... Read More

pricing transparency
Feb 19 2019

Can hospital pricing transparency help you make smarter healthcare decisions?

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

There’s a new rule that requires hospitals to list the price for all the services they provide and medications they prescribe for patients in the hospital. In theory, this should give you more information that can help you figure out what your care will cost and where it makes the most economic sense to receive... Read More

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rare disease
Feb 12 2019

Strategies to help you get the right diagnosis for a rare disease

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Getting an accurate diagnosis is the first step towards finding the right treatment. But for people living with a rare or complex disease, getting that diagnosis can be a long, frustrating process that delays treatment. Depending on which disease you face, getting a definitive diagnosis can take from 7 to 10 years. And though approximately... Read More

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skin cancer
Feb 5 2019

New treatments offer options for difficult to treat skin cancer

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

While many types of skin cancer can be treated successfully, especially when diagnosed early, some can be more difficult to treat. But newly approved treatments and treatments in development for several different types of skin cancer, including advanced squamous cell carcinoma, drug-resistant basal cell carcinoma, and melanoma that affects the eye mean patients have more... Read More

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new doctor
Jan 29 2019

Over 65 and need a new doctor? What to look for

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn, MD

There are many reasons you may be looking for a new primary care physician as you get older. Perhaps your doctor is retiring or no longer accepts your insurance. Maybe you’ve moved to a new town or state. Or you could be living with several medical issues and want to work with a doctor who... Read More

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food allergies
Jan 22 2019

Tips for safer travel with food allergies

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn, MD

If you or someone in your family is living with food allergies, you probably have a system in place to prevent accidental exposure to the foods that cause those allergies and a plan to handle any allergic reactions that may occur. But what happens if you’re traveling? What steps can you take to lower the... Read More

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caregiver
Jan 15 2019

Strategies to help caregivers manage stress

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn, MD

If you’re a caregiver for a spouse or partner, child living with a serious illness or chronic condition, or aging parent or family member, you have a lot on your plate. And while taking care of family members who need you can be rewarding, it can also be very stressful. Unfortunately, one thing caregivers often... Read More

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