Category: Disease Management

mask
Feb 23 2021

“Why do I have to wear a mask? I’m vaccinated.”

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

With vaccines to protect against COVID-19 now available and a small but growing number of Americans having received one or both doses of the vaccine, one question that keeps coming up is, “If I’m vaccinated, why do I still need to wear a mask?” There are several reasons why wearing a mask, continuing to practice... Read More

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recovery
Feb 9 2021

Recovery: Six steps to help you stay on track during the pandemic

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

For people in recovery for substance or alcohol use disorder, the COVID-19 pandemic has been a double-edged sword. The high levels of stress caused by fear of contracting the virus, loved ones who become ill, job loss and financial problems, and the isolation associated with social distancing may be triggers that lead to drinking or... Read More

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seasonal affective disorder
Jan 19 2021

Diagnosed with seasonal affective disorder? Learn about your treatment options

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

If you’ve been diagnosed with seasonal affective disorder (SAD), it’s helpful to have a basic understanding of the condition and what each type of treatment entails so you can make an informed decision. This Q&A provides answers to some common questions. Q: What is seasonal affective disorder (SAD)? A: Seasonal affective disorder is a form... Read More

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virtual visits
Dec 15 2020

The pros and cons of virtual visits

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, you may have tried a virtual visit through an online app or a service provided by your health insurer. Many primary care physicians and specialists around the country didn’t even offer virtual visits as an option, but 2020 changed that. Because people were concerned about potential exposure to the virus at... Read More

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back pain
Dec 8 2020

Ask these five questions before agreeing to surgery for back pain

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Back pain is a more common problem than you may realize. It’s one of the most common reasons people see their doctor and also one of the most common causes people miss work. About 60% to 80% of adults experience low back pain during their lives, and for 10% of them the pain continues for... Read More

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Risks of testosterone therapy
Oct 13 2020

Help managing the sexual and reproductive side effects of prostate cancer treatment

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Prostate cancer is the second most common type of cancer diagnosed in men in the U.S. An estimated 191,930 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S. in 2020, with one in nine men at risk of being diagnosed with this cancer during his lifetime. And while advanced or aggressive prostate cancer... Read More

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online mental health
Oct 6 2020

Online mental health care: Six questions to think about when choosing a provider

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is taking a significant toll on the mental health and wellbeing of people of all ages, from older people self-isolating to young children who can’t spend time playing with friends because of social distancing. A study on JAMA Network Open found that symptoms of depression were three times more prevalent among... Read More

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back pain
Sep 29 2020

Is surgery the right option for your back pain?

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Back pain is one of the most common reasons that adults in the U.S. seek medical attention and also one of the leading reasons Americans miss time at work. But it’s important to know that surgery often isn’t the most appropriate treatment and, in most cases, should not be the first treatment undertaken. Before choosing... Read More

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heart health
Aug 25 2020

The proactive steps women should take for heart health

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Many women don’t think of heart health as a top concern, but recent data show why they should. Not only are heart attacks the leading cause of death for women in the U.S. annually, causing more deaths than all types of cancer combined, data from the American Heart Association show that the incidence of cardiovascular... Read More

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elective surgery
Jul 7 2020

Is elective surgery safe during the pandemic?

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

As states begin to reopen, hospitals are starting to schedule elective surgeries that have been postponed because of the pandemic. But many people wonder if now is the time to undergo elective surgery. While 31% of people have chosen to delay care and 50% of people over 65 have decided to wait to receive care... Read More

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