Category: Preventive Care

Annual physical
Jun 25 2015

Do you need an annual physical?

Preventive Care  •  By Miles Varn

There have been a number of articles recently that explore the value of getting a physical each year to screen for potential health problems. We talked with a member of our Medical Advisory Board, George H. Sack, MD, PhD, to discuss the topic. Dr. Sack, who is board certified in Medical Genetics, is currently the... Read More

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preventing skin cancer
Jun 18 2015

Could a simple vitamin pill help prevent skin cancer?

Preventive Care  •  By Miles Varn

Every year, more new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed than the number of new cases of breast, colon, prostate and lung cancer combined. New research may have found a safe, inexpensive way to lower the risk of people who are at a higher risk of developing the most common types of skin cancer—basal cell... Read More

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doctor and patient communication information
Mar 19 2015

How to talk to your doctor to get the information you need

Preventive Care  •  By Miles Varn

An appointment with your physician is an opportunity to raise questions and gather information that can help you better manage any diseases or chronic conditions you live with and learn what steps you can take to protect and improve your health. Unfortunately, doctor’s visits can be rushed or you could be distracted by concerns about... Read More

Women and heart disease
Feb 24 2015

Women and heart disease : An interview with cardiologist and author Nieca Goldberg, MD

Preventive Care  •  By Miles Varn

February is American Heart Month, so we talked with respected cardiologist and author Nieca Goldberg, MD. She shared her expert advice on the steps every woman should take to lower her risk of developing heart disease, the number one cause of death for women in the U.S. Dr. Goldberg is a nationally recognized pioneer in... Read More

myths and the flu shot
Jan 13 2015

Are these myths keeping you from getting a flu shot?

Preventive Care  •  By Miles Varn

According to the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the 2014-15 flu season may be worse than average. If you haven’t gotten a flu shot yet, there’s still time to get vaccinated. And that recommendation is valid even acknowledging that this year’s vaccine is not as effective as past years’ vaccines.... Read More

5 common infections among college students
Dec 2 2014

5 Common Infections Among College Students

Preventive Care  •  By Miles Varn

Though young adults finally get to be on their own, away from their parents, they still have to remember to keep themselves healthy when they move to college and spend their days on and around campus. A busy schedule doesn’t always make it easy to venture out for exercise or groceries. Combined with the usual... Read More

Nov 25 2014

5 ways to load up on antioxidants this Thanksgiving

Preventive Care  •  By Miles Varn

Every Thanksgiving, conscientious eaters worry about foods that they should avoid. They may pass on the butter, opt for white meat or skip dessert altogether. However, healthy eating isn’t just about knowing what to skip. It’s also about picking out the things that are actually good for you. Given the variety of foods brought to... Read More

Facts about ebola
Oct 28 2014

Answers to your questions about Ebola

Preventive Care  •  By Robert Conners

We know that the media outlets have been saturated by news of the recent devastating Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and we have received a number of concerned inquiries from members. We wanted to provide you with basic information about this virus and suggest, as always, that if you have any questions, you reach out... Read More

Infectious disease outbreaks on campus
Oct 9 2014

Infectious disease outbreaks on campus: Is your child vaccinated?

Preventive Care  •  By Miles Varn

When your children enter college, you may worry about how well they are taking care of themselves. Is the dining hall food nutritious? Is there time for the gym? Does school-life balance allow for adequate amounts of sleep? Are drugs and alcohol a problem on campus? Part of empowering your children to take care of... Read More

Sun overexposure remains a health hazard during the autumn and winter.
Sep 30 2014

Risk of skin cancer doesn’t disappear with summer

Preventive Care  •  By Miles Varn

Every year, doctors diagnose about 2.8 million cases of basal cell carcinoma, which is the most common form of skin cancer. Additionally, there are about 70,000 cases each of squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. Fortunately, most cases of skin cancer are preventable. These malignancies are typically associated with sun exposure. In the U.S., people usually... Read More