antidepressants
Apr 23 2019

Tips to help you manage the side effects of antidepressants

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

If you’re one of the one in eight Americans who take antidepressants, you may be living with the common side effects that these medications can cause, such as: weight gain nausea sleep problems sexual problems fatigue dry mouth constipation or diarrhea headaches anxiety The type of side effects you may experience depends on what medications... Read More

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caregiving
Apr 16 2019

Strategies to help you avoid common caregiving mistakes

Uncategorized  •  By Miles Varn, MD

If you’re one of the more than 43 million people in the U.S. caring for an aging or ill family member, spouse, or partner you know how complex it can be to make sure you’re not only meeting your loved one’s needs, but also balancing your other responsibilities like work, caring for children, and taking... Read More

mental health
Apr 9 2019

Overcoming the mental health challenges faced by teens and young adults from high net worth families

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn, MD

At first the signs were subtle. Their 19-year-old son seemed irritable and was sleeping significantly more than usual. His parents assumed it was the result of his busy schedule. Then they got a call from the dean at his college. Their son had been transported to the local hospital with a blood alcohol level of... Read More

testicular cancer
Apr 2 2019

What you should know about testicular cancer

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Although the number of men projected to be diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2019 is only 9,310 compared to a projected 174,650 new cases of prostate cancer, testicular cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer for boys and men between the ages of 15 and 44. This type of cancer is highly treatable, even when... Read More

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Parents can work with medical providers to help children with ASD.
Apr 1 2019

Does your child have autism? Personalized treatment plans can support your child’s development

Personalized Healthcare  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Doctors are diagnosing a growing number of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Currently, 1 in 68 children have one of these conditions, and 30 percent of them remain minimally verbal, even with medical treatment. If you are raising a child who has been diagnosed with ASD, you understand that there can be difficulties with... Read More

genetic tests
Mar 26 2019

Are direct-to-consumer genetic tests the right choice for you?

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Over the last five years, pharmacies and websites have offered an increasing number of direct-to-consumer genetic tests. These tests, which you can buy without a prescription, can provide information about a range of health issues, from how well you will respond to a certain type of antidepressant, blood thinner, or other medication and your risk... Read More

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chronic diseases
Mar 19 2019

Lower your risk of complications from chronic diseases

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

A growing number of Americans are being diagnosed with chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, lung and kidney disease and many people are living with multiple chronic conditions. According to statistics gathered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 6 in 10 American adults have a chronic disease and 4 in 10... Read More

dementia
Mar 12 2019

What you do and eat can affect your risk of dementia

Uncategorized  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Approximately 5.7 million people in the U.S. are living with Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, and other types of dementia. As the population of older people swells with the addition of the baby boom generation, that number is projected to increase. But there are lifestyle changes you can make now that can lower your risk of... Read More

in the hospital
Mar 5 2019

Ask these questions when an elderly loved one is in the hospital

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Time in the hospital can be physically and emotionally taxing at any age, but for older people, time spent in the hospital can have an even bigger impact on their health and wellbeing after they’re discharged. You can help advocate for your loved ones and ask important questions. You’ll just need to be sure they’ve... Read More

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cancer
Feb 26 2019

For people diagnosed with cancer, a second opinion can have a big impact

Uncategorized  •  By Miles Varn, MD

If you have been diagnosed with cancer, you may feel as if you need to start treatment as quickly as possible. For most types of cancer, however, there’s no need to rush to begin treatment immediately and there are benefits to taking the time to seek a second opinion on your diagnosis and treatment plan... Read More