Category: Disease Management

Can you tell the difference between a summer allergy and a summer bout of the flu?
Aug 21 2014

Summer flu or allergies? What’s making you look and feel so sick?

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

The summer is generally a time when people enjoy the outdoors, but some individuals may be taken by surprise when they start developing symptoms of allergies they never experienced before, particularly symptoms that go beyond the usual sneezing and stuffy noses. If you’re experiencing allergies for the first time, you may mistake them for another... Read More

Treating social anxiety disorder
Aug 8 2014

3 Types of Treatments to Help with Social Anxiety Disorder

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

About 15 million people in the U.S. live with social anxiety disorder, also known as social phobia. Research into treatment for this type of anxiety disorder is ongoing, but one team of scientists from Queen’s University in Ontario suggested that physical activity and relaxation exercises may be beneficial. Given how social anxiety disorder can disrupt everyday... Read More

The dietary fiber in cereal foods
Jun 16 2014

Survived a heart attack? Eat more fiber

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

Heart disease is the leading killer of both men and women in the U.S., which underscores the importance of cardiovascular research. Recently, a study published in the journal BMJ suggested that the mortality risk among heart attack survivors was lower for those who ate more fiber-rich cereal and grain sources after their heart attacks. Read More

Lyme disease may be under-diagnosed in certain regions of the U.S.
Jun 6 2014

What you don’t know about Lyme disease

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that 30,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported to the agency every year. In 2012, 95 percent of cases came from only 13 states, concentrated in the Northeast and Midwest. Traditionally, healthcare experts believed Lyme disease was virtually nonexistent in southern states such as Florida and Georgia. However,... Read More

There are different treatment options for teens who have anxiety disorders.
May 28 2014

Recognize anxiety disorders in your teen, and learn to help

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) estimated that, during any given 12-month period, 40 million American adults – or 18 percent of people at least 18 years of age – live with an anxiety disorder. According to the NIMH, 8 percent of young people aged 13 to 18 years have an anxiety disorder. These disorders can... Read More

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There is a strong link between oral health and general physical health.
May 22 2014

What can your teeth and gums tell you about your overall health?

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

A federal health survey revealed that 12 percent of adults in the U.S. ages 20 to 64 had not seen a dentist in the prior five years. For older adults, that rate jumped to 23 percent. This is problematic because, while it is true that a physician can help keep you healthy and monitor your... Read More

It's not wise to rely on the Internet for important health information.
May 19 2014

Do you self-diagnose? Research shows you shouldn’t

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

When you experience physical symptoms – a cough, a headache, some muscle pain – you might try to diagnose yourself by turning to the Internet. Experts from the Pew Research Internet Project reported on a survey that indicated 72 percent of Internet users had gone online to search for health-related information during the previous year. Within this group,... Read More

Inappropriate antibiotic use is driving the evolution of bacteria that are resistant to the drugs.
May 15 2014

More prudent antibiotic use helps fight resistant bacteria

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

Since the 1940s, antibiotics have been one of the most powerful weapons that doctors have at their disposal to fight bacterial illnesses, such as infections of the bloodstream, urinary tract and lower respiratory tract. However, because of the overuse of antibiotics, bacteria have evolved. Both patients and health care providers need to be concerned about... Read More

doctor talking to his female patient at office
Apr 22 2014

Most women don’t know their stroke risk. Do you?

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

Every year, stroke kills more women than men. In fact, stroke kills twice as many women per year as breast cancer does, but 70 percent of women in a recent study published in the journal Stroke didn’t know that stroke was a significant health risk for them, weren’t aware of what factors increased their risk... Read More

Feb 4 2014

Feeling depressed? You could have seasonal affective disorder.

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

It’s been a particularly tough winter across most of the country and the long, dark days can dampen anyone’s mood. For between 14 million and nearly 19 million people according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness and other experts, however, it’s more than a passing depressed mood. It could be a serious condition known... Read More