Category: Health Risk Management

Oct 8 2019

Are you taking more medications than you need?

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

If you have heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure or cholesterol, or other chronic diseases, you may be taking several prescription medications each day to treat your condition. And the older you get, the more likely it becomes that you’re taking more than one medication. In fact, approximately a third of Americans and Canadians between... Read More

plant-based diet
Sep 24 2019

What are the health benefits of a plant-based diet?

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

A growing number of people are choosing to eat a plant-based diet. Some make the switch because of concerns about the environmental impact of greenhouse gasses and water and land consumption associated with meat production. Another key reason people choose a plant-based diet is because of the potential health benefits it may offer, including weight... Read More

Jun 18 2019

How to protect your family from superbugs

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Recent news coverage focused on antibiotic-resistant bacteria and treatment-resistant fungi has increased awareness of the threat that these so-called superbugs represent. Currently, two million people in the U.S. contract these infections each year and 23,000 die as a result. A U.N. report describes the increase in the number and type of health problems caused by... Read More

Jun 11 2019

Questions to ask to help avoid misdiagnosis

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

One of the most important skills your doctor has is listening. He or she should take time to talk with you not only about symptoms you’re experiencing, but about the story behind those symptoms. But sometimes doctors are pressed for time or are used to asking their patients a series of yes or no questions.... Read More

care coordination
May 14 2019

How to make sure your care is coordinated when you see more than one doctor

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Even if you’re the picture of health, you may see more than one doctor—a primary care physician, a gynecologist if you’re a woman, an occasional urgent care healthcare professional. And if you’re living with a chronic condition like heart disease or diabetes or have been diagnosed with a serious illness like cancer, the number of... Read More

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genetic tests
Mar 26 2019

Are direct-to-consumer genetic tests the right choice for you?

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Over the last five years, pharmacies and websites have offered an increasing number of direct-to-consumer genetic tests. These tests, which you can buy without a prescription, can provide information about a range of health issues, from how well you will respond to a certain type of antidepressant, blood thinner, or other medication and your risk... Read More

Mar 12 2019

What you do and eat can affect your risk of dementia

Health Risk Management  •  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

medical bills
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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medication errors
Dec 11 2018

The 7 Steps You Should Take to Prevent Medication Errors

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Medication errors are more common than you may think and they can have serious health consequences. One study found that preventable medication errors affect more than 7 million patients per year and account for more than 3.5 million doctor’s visits and 1 million emergency department visits. The types of errors range from the wrong dosage... Read More

birth control
Dec 4 2018

Could your birth control method lower your risk of ovarian cancer?

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Researchers have found an association between the use of birth control pills that combine estrogen and progestogen and a lower risk of developing ovarian cancer. Most of those studies focused on older formulations of the pills that contained higher doses of estrogen and different forms of progestogen than newer combined hormonal contraceptive pills. A recent... Read More