Category: Personalized Healthcare

long-term care
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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Treatment for heart disease
Dec 15 2015

Men and women may need different treatment for heart failure

Disease Management, Personalized Healthcare  •  By Miles Varn

If you have heart failure, you receive essentially the same treatment whether you’re a man or a woman. But a new study conducted by researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine found that men’s and women’s hearts age differently. That raises the question—should treatment for heart failure be different for a man than... Read More

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New doctor checklist
Sep 17 2015

Shopping for a new doctor? Start with this checklist

Personalized Healthcare  •  By Miles Varn

There are many reasons why you may be in the market for a new doctor. Perhaps you’ve moved to new area or have a new insurance plan. Maybe your primary care physician is retiring or you feel like your relationship with your current doctor isn’t a good fit. But where should you start? Use this... Read More

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Choosing a health insurance plan
Sep 15 2015

What you need to know before you choose a health plan

Personalized Healthcare  •  By Miles Varn

It will soon be time for annual enrollment in your health plan. Choosing the right healthcare plan for you and your family can be confusing. How can you figure out which plan meets your needs best? What should you consider when choosing a plan for you and your family? Start by answering these key questions.... Read More

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setting health goals
Sep 1 2015

Have you set goals to help you live healthier at every life stage?

Personalized Healthcare  •  By Cindy Piazza

This is the second post in our series on building a personalized health plan for optimum health. In the first post, we looked at gathering the information you need to build a health strategy. Here, we’ll talk about how to set goals to put your strategy into action. Researchers have found that when people set... Read More

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What's your plan for optimal health?
Aug 18 2015

How do you build a personalized health strategy?

Personalized Healthcare  •  By Cindy Piazza

This is the first in a series of posts designed to help you plan your strategy for optimal health throughout all the phases of your life. Having a well thought out plan is an important foundation for reaching all kinds of significant life goals, from choosing a college to buying a home, making an investment,... Read More

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liquid biopsy
Jun 23 2015

“Liquid biopsy” may help monitor cancer treatment effectiveness

Personalized Healthcare  •  By Miles Varn

Biopsies are frequently used as a tool to monitor whether cancer treatment is working and whether the disease has developed resistance to current treatment. But researchers have been looking for a less invasive way to achieve the same end. A new study, led by physicians at the National Cancer Institute, found that a blood test... Read More

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Get the most out of your health insurance
Jun 4 2015

What you need to know to get the most out of your health insurance

Personalized Healthcare  •  By Cindy Piazza

To get the full benefit out of your health insurance plan, you need to understand how your plan works, what it pays, what you’re responsible for paying, and what services, doctors and hospitals are included in your plan. This primer on health insurance basics will help you get the information you need to get the... Read More

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Apr 28 2015

Why it’s important to understand that prescription drugs aren’t one-size-fits-all

Personalized Healthcare  •  By Miles Varn

A man and a woman each visit their doctor and leave with a prescription for the tricyclic antidepressant Elavil. The prescriptions are for the same dosage of the drug, but what many people don’t know is that the drug may not work as well for the female patient as the male. This is one of... Read More

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