Category: Health Risk Management

breast cancer risk
Oct 26 2021

Five changes you can make to lower your breast cancer risk

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

While there are some factors that affect breast cancer risk that you can’t change–genetic mutations, family history, age, having dense breast tissue, race, and ethnicity–there are proactive changes you can make that have been associated with lowering your risk. These lifestyle changes include: Reach and maintain a healthy weight. Studies have found an association between... Read More

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fragmented care
Oct 19 2021

How to protect yourself from the risks of fragmented care

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

You end up in the emergency department after breaking your ankle in a minor car accident. You tell the nurse that you take blood thinners because you’ve been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation. The doctor treating your ankle says he’s reviewed your electronic medical record, so you assume he’s aware of the medications you take. But... Read More

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obesity
Apr 27 2021

Is there a link between obesity and brain health?

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

You’re probably aware that obesity can have a negative effect on many aspects of your health, from increasing your risk of developing heart disease and diabetes to a higher risk of arthritis, gallbladder disease, and some types of cancer. But you may not know that obesity can affect the health of your brain. The exact... Read More

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Bad habits
Apr 13 2021

Tips to help you break your pandemic bad habits

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, news outlets and social media were filled with people talking about all the positive ways they intended to use their time during stay at home orders—learning a new language, becoming a better cook, volunteering to call older people who were lonely and isolated, or reading more books. More... Read More

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health advisory
Feb 16 2021

Should health advisory be part of your health strategy?

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

You have health insurance and a great primary care provider. Are there other resources that could help you build a personalized strategy to manage your health and wellbeing? Health advisory services are one option to explore. Health advisors do not provide medical care. Instead, they offer a range of services and resources that expand and... Read More

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power of attorney
Jan 12 2021

Should you say yes to becoming a medical power of attorney?

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

If a family member or friend asked you to serve as her or his medical power of attorney, what would your answer be? Many people say yes without a second thought, but you should take some time to understand what your responsibilities would be, why the person has chosen you, and what potential complications and... Read More

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winter workout
Jan 5 2021

Important tips for winter workout safety

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

If the gym has been your go to place to work out once the weather turns cold, rainy, and snowy, you may be reconsidering that plan this winter. With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, workouts at crowded indoor gyms may put you at risk of contracting the virus. Fortunately, there are several other ways you can... Read More

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surgeon's experience
Dec 1 2020

Your surgeon’s experience can mean the difference between a good outcome and a poor one

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

If your doctor has recommended surgery, there are two important steps you should take before agreeing to undergo any procedure. First, seek a second opinion from a physician who has extensive experience treating people with your diagnosis. A second opinion can change or confirm your diagnosis and treatment plan and may provide you with other,... Read More

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medication review
Nov 17 2020

Should you ask your doctor for a medication review?

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

According to statistics gathered by the CDC, nearly half of adults in the U.S. take one prescription medication, while nearly a quarter take three or more prescription medications. The numbers are even higher for people who are 65 and older. Eighty-nine percent of people included in a Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll take one... Read More

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medical record
Nov 10 2020

Three ways to protect yourself from medical record mistakes

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

In a perfect world, your electronic medical record would bring together your medical information from all the healthcare providers you see into a single, comprehensive record that could be easily accessed by any provider anywhere in the world with your permission. This information could reduce your risk of medical errors, duplicate testing, and inappropriate treatment.... Read More

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