Category: Personalized Healthcare

medication errors
Oct 17 2017

What is pharmacogenomics and could it help you choose the right medication?

Personalized Healthcare  •  By Miles Varn

Two patients are prescribed the same medication. For one, the medication is extremely effective and does not cause serious side effects. But for the other patient, the medication is not effective at all or does cause significant side effects. For years, prescription medications were treated as essentially a one-size-fits-all solution, with drug choices and dosages... Read More

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Learn how to protect your medical privacy
Nov 29 2016

Medical privacy: How to keep your medical information safer

Personalized Healthcare  •  By Miles Varn

Medical privacy made front page news several times in 2015 and 2016 as hackers gained access to more than 112 million medical records from health insurers, hospitals, state health departments, a medical software company, and more. But the issue of medical privacy goes beyond information compromised in hacks. Medical records have also been inappropriately accessed... Read More

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Aug 2 2016

How will you deal with the ongoing physician shortage?

Personalized Healthcare  •  By Miles Varn

For a number of years, experts have been warning that the current physician shortage is projected to become more severe. Not only will there be too few primary care physicians to meet the needs of the aging U.S. population, there will also be shortages in a range of medical specialties. What steps can you take... Read More

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Why you shouldn't make decisions based on healthcare costs alone
Jul 12 2016

Why you shouldn’t make choices on healthcare costs alone

Personalized Healthcare  •  By Miles Varn

As healthcare costs and the average deductible and copay continue to rise, you may be looking for ways to lower the amount you’re paying for the care you receive. A recent report from the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI) found that the cost of common services, from surgery to diagnostic tests and X-rays, can vary... Read More

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Health roadmap
Jun 30 2016

Do you have a roadmap to a healthier and more secure future?

Personalized Healthcare  •  By Miles Varn

In a busy life it’s hard to know what next week will bring, much less next year or the next decade. But having a roadmap that focuses on both health and financial security through every stage of your family’s life is an important tool that can help you stay on track and achieve your goals.... Read More

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How to protect yourself from inappropriate medical treatment
Mar 8 2016

How to protect yourself from inappropriate medical treatment

Personalized Healthcare  •  By Miles Varn

In medical treatment, more is not always better. Each year, thousands of people receive inappropriate medical treatment for their health problems or too much treatment for a problem that doesn’t pose a serious threat to their health. But there are a number of steps you can take to protect yourself from the problem of inappropriate... Read More

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healthcare and gene editing
Feb 23 2016

Gene editing: The next frontier of personalized healthcare?

Personalized Healthcare  •  By Miles Varn

The promise of personalized healthcare is that treatments have the potential to be more effective because they’re tailored to each individual’s genetic makeup and personal risk factors. Now, recent advances in gene editing may open the door to new treatments for a range of life-threatening diseases and genetic disorders. What is gene editing? For many... Read More

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Patient medical history form with pen isolated on white background
Feb 16 2016

Is your medical privacy at risk? How to protect your medical information

Personalized Healthcare  •  By Miles Varn

Last year, more than 2 million Americans were victims of medical identity theft. This type of identity theft can be just as serious as when your financial information is stolen. But there are several important steps you can take to protect your medical privacy. How can medical identity theft impact you? Your medical records can... Read More

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How to choose a healthcare proxy or power of attorney
Jan 26 2016

What questions should you ask when choosing a healthcare proxy?

Personalized Healthcare  •  By Miles Varn

What would happen if you weren’t able to make healthcare decisions for yourself? Who would you want to make these important decisions for you? It’s a topic you should consider and plan for well before you face a serious illness or medical emergency by creating an advanced care plan. As part of your advanced care... Read More

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What is off label drug use?
Jan 12 2016

The benefits and risks of “off label” drug use

Personalized Healthcare  •  By Miles Varn

Why would a physician prescribe an antidepressant to treat migraines? That type of prescribing is known as off label use. Off label means prescribing a drug for uses that have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The practice is legal and fairly common, but why do physicians do it and what... Read More

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