Category: Personalized Healthcare

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

healthcare plan
Apr 21 2015

What Is A Health Advisor and Why Do You Need One?

Personalized Healthcare  •  By Miles Varn

For many people, healthcare is something they only think about when they’re sick, but that approach can leave you scrambling if you do develop a health problem. A wiser strategy is to take a proactive approach to healthcare planning, managing your health risks and taking steps to be as healthy as possible. One valuable resource... Read More

precision medicine
Mar 24 2015

What is precision medicine and how can it affect your health?

Personalized Healthcare  •  By Miles Varn

With the president’s recent announcement of $215 million in funding for a new precision medicine initiative, you may have questions about what precision medicine is and wonder what effect this approach to healthcare may mean for you and your family. Here are the basics you should know. Traditionally, medical treatment has been primarily reactive. A... Read More

Informed medical decisions
Feb 26 2015

Three Keys steps for making Informed Medical Decision

Personalized Healthcare  •  By Miles Varn

Every year, there are new options for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases and health issues. Having a variety of choices, however, can make the process of making medical decisions more complex and confusing. But three simple steps can guide you through the decision-making process to more informed medical decisions. Start by gathering information... Read More

take control of health
Feb 17 2015

Are you an empowered patient? How to take control of your health

Personalized Healthcare  •  By Miles Varn

A generation ago, most people’s approach to healthcare was to follow “doctor’s orders.” The physician controlled the relationship and all decisions about testing, treatments and medications. That passive model of healthcare is no longer the norm. Today, most people want to be informed, active partners in their care. So, what steps do you need to... Read More

How to choose a new doctor
Jan 27 2015

5 questions to ask when selecting a doctor

Personalized Healthcare  •  By Miles Varn

Whether you’re moving and need to find a primary care physician or pediatrician near your new home, have a new insurance plan that your old physician doesn’t accept or need to find a specialist or surgeon, there are some basic questions you should ask before choosing which physician to work with. What are the doctor’s... Read More

Medical records and patients rights
Jan 22 2015

Need copies of your health records? Know your rights

Personalized Healthcare  •  By Miles Varn

If you’re moving to another state or simply want to change doctors, receiving the best care from your new provider depends in part on whether he or she has a complete record of your medical history. To make sure your new physician has this information, you first need to obtain copies of the medical records... Read More

new vaccine slows breast cancer
Jan 20 2015

New vaccine slows the progression of breast cancer in initial trial

Personalized Healthcare  •  By Miles Varn

For several decades, researchers have been working to develop vaccines that help the body’s own immune system to fight cancer. Recently, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine tested a breast cancer vaccine they developed and the results were encouraging, which may open a new avenue for women facing this disease. The new vaccine causes... Read More

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Are you doing all you can to have a healthier 2015?
Jan 8 2015

The essential 2015 health-planning checklist

Personalized Healthcare  •  By Cindy Piazza

The start of the new year is a good time to take stock and make plans for the coming year. One area many people don’t include in their planning is health. To proactively protect your family’s health and be better prepared for any health issues that arise in 2015, take steps to ensure you have... Read More

Genetic link to breast cancer
Dec 30 2014

Scientists uncover new genetic link to breast cancer. Are you at risk?

Personalized Healthcare  •  By Miles Varn

By the end of 2014, doctors in the U.S. will have diagnosed more than 232,000 new cases of breast cancer. For some women, this disease has a strong link to mutations in the BRCA genes. Now, a study published a few months ago in the New England Journal of Medicine uncovered a possible new relationship between... Read More

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