Category: Preventive Care

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

The HPV vaccine can help prevent various forms of cancer.
Sep 23 2014

Why is the HPV vaccine important for your adolescent child?

Preventive Care  •  By Miles Varn

About 79 million people in the U.S. are currently infected with HPV. In the long term, this virus increases the risk of several serious diseases, including cancers of the cervix, genitals and throat. Although a series of vaccines will help prevent infection, health experts are worried that immunization rates are too low. Currently, there are... Read More

If you know someone who's living with cognitive impairment, you're aware that the condition can pose new challenges in everyday life. However, recent research suggests that people with cognitive impairment may also have a risk of stroke <a href=39 percent higher than that of people who have normal cognitive function. Ultimately, this study reminds us that, while it's important to help people who have cognitive impairment with everyday tasks, we cannot forget potential long-term health problems. Unhealthy blood vessels may underlie both issues Previously, health experts were aware that people who survive a stroke may develop cognitive problems, but it wasn't known if the relationship worked the other way around as well. Past studies were inconsistent, leading an international team of scientists to take a fresh look at the issue. To do so, the study authors reviewed 18 previously published research papers that covered the topic. In total, the review encompassed nearly 122,000 people who were diagnosed with cognitive impairment. Most of these individuals were from Europe or North America. Eventually, nearly 7,800 of these study participants experienced a stroke. Based on the data, the researchers estimated that people with cognitive impairment were 39 percent more likely to have a stroke than neurologically healthy individuals. The scientists explained the relationship by pointing out that both cognitive impairment and stroke can be results of blood vessels in the brain that are impacted by blockages, inflammation or other problems. They also asserted that symptoms of cognitive impairment may serve as an early warning sign that vascular problems in the brain may lead to a stroke. Start with the heart If you're taking care of someone with cognitive impairment, it's understandable that most of your attention would be on helping him or her remember things. Does he or she need help keeping track of medical appointments? Is the medication schedule easy to follow? Is there anyone around to remind him or her to keep the stove off and lock the doors? Still, it's important to help these individuals maintain a heart-healthy lifestyle, which may help prevent a stroke as well as further degradation of the brain. This means eating healthy food, exercising, giving up cigarettes and controlling one's weight - all of which contribute to healthy blood vessels. For further advice on how to prevent a stroke in someone with cognitive impairment, consult a health advisor, who can refer you to experts in neurology and cardiovascular health." draggable="false">
Sep 18 2014

Know someone with cognitive impairment? Beware of stroke

Preventive Care  •  By Miles Varn

If you know someone who’s living with cognitive impairment, you’re aware that the condition can pose new challenges in everyday life. However, recent research suggests that people with cognitive impairment may also have a risk of stroke 39 percent higher than that of people who have normal cognitive function. Ultimately, this study reminds us that, while it’s important... Read More

Consuming food rich in vitamin D may help prevent dementia.
Sep 11 2014

Are you getting enough vitamin D? Research uncovered a new health risk

Preventive Care  •  By Miles Varn

A growing number of studies are suggesting that a significant proportion of Americans are deficient in vitamin D. While it’s known that low levels of vitamin D can hurt bone health, new research reveals that this deficiency may also increase the risk of dementia. Given that dementia significantly decreases both quality of life and your... Read More

Inadequate amounts of sleep may accelerate the aging process in the brain.
Sep 3 2014

Worried about your brain health? Make sure you get enough sleep

Preventive Care  •  By Miles Varn

Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are growing more prominent in the U.S., underscoring the importance of preventive strategies. New research published in the journal Sleep suggests that adequate amounts of sleep are important for healthy aging within the brain. It’s important to find solutions to your sleep problems now, because researchers have found that changes in... Read More

Researchers discovered a new way in which sleep apnea can impact your health.
Aug 20 2014

Live with sleep apnea? Researchers discovered another way it can impact you

Preventive Care  •  By Miles Varn

Up to 18 million people in the U.S. are living with sleep apnea, a condition that negatively impacts metabolism, cardiovascular function and neurological well-being. Recently, new research published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism suggested there is one more part of the body that sleep apnea can damage: your bones. Typically, as people... Read More

Venom immunotherapy can reduce the risk of anaphylaxis from insect stings.
Aug 15 2014

Allergic to bugs? Immunotherapy can decrease likelihood of a reaction

Preventive Care  •  By Miles Varn

Five percent of people in the U.S. are allergic to insect bites and stings, and the proportion continues to grow. If you have these allergies, you may be bracing for the late summer months, when insects are particularly active, but did you know that there are treatments that can make you less reactive? While August... Read More

Lifestyle adjustments
Aug 14 2014

Lifestyle changes can lower your risk of mild cognitive impairment

Preventive Care  •  By Michael Scott

Health care providers estimate that between 2.4 million and 5.5 million individuals in the U.S. are living with dementia. As you or your parents get older, you may be worried about the risk of dementia and wonder if you or they need to be screened for cognitive impairment, a risk factor for dementia that affects... Read More