hospital
Mar 10 2022

Four things to consider when choosing a hospital

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

When they need hospital care, many people simply go to the closest hospital or the one their doctor recommends. But if you need care at a hospital, whether it’s for labor and delivery, back surgery, joint replacement, cancer treatment, or treatment for heart disease, it’s important to do some research before you choose where to... Read More

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in the ICU
Feb 24 2022

How to advocate for a loved one in the ICU

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn, MD

If someone you care about is seriously ill or injured and is receiving care in the ICU, you can play an important role in ensuring they get the care they need and that that care is in line with their wishes. One thing that can help guide you is your loved one’s healthcare directive or... Read More

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older family members
Feb 17 2022

How to figure out if older family members need help

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn, MD

If you see your older parents, relatives, and friends frequently, you may not notice changes in their behavior and wellbeing that could mean they’re developing issues with their cognitive or physical health and may need extra support to remain safe and healthy. This checklist can help you take stock so you can develop a plan... Read More

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teens
Feb 8 2022

Strategies to encourage teens and young adults to take COVID precautions

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn, MD

As the omicron COVID-19 variant drives record high case numbers in the U.S., public health experts are recommending that people redouble their efforts to lower their risk of contracting and spreading the virus. The key steps of risk mitigation are familiar by this point in the pandemic: Getting vaccinated and boosted as recommended Wearing masks... Read More

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Aduhelm
Feb 1 2022

Q & A: Key information about the new Alzheimer’s disease drug Aduhelm

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Last June, the FDA granted accelerated approval to aducanumab, which is marketed under the name Aduhelm. It’s the first new medication to treat Alzheimer’s disease that has been approved since 2003. Here are answers to some of the most common questions about this new treatment. Q: How does Aduhelm treat Alzheimer’s disease? A: The brains... Read More

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resiliency
Jan 25 2022

How to build resiliency and support better physical and mental wellbeing

Wellness  •  By Michael Scott, ND, MSA

We talked with Julie Wald, Founder and Chief Wellness Officer at Golden (formerly Namaste Wellness) about the role of resiliency in health and wellbeing. The company’s new name was inspired in part by the Japanese practice of Kintsugi, repairing and strengthening broken household items with gold. Ms. Wald has been a wellness practitioner for over... Read More

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elective surgery
Jan 18 2022

What to do if your elective surgery is postponed

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Early on in the COVID-19 pandemic, when hospitals were overwhelmed with patients who were seriously ill with the virus, most of them indefinitely postponed all elective surgeries. As the initial surge decreased, these surgeries were rescheduled. Unfortunately, the omicron variant of the virus has put hospitals in a difficult position once again. Because of the... Read More

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surprise medical bills
Jan 11 2022

How the No Surprises Act protects you against surprise medical bills

Health finance  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Surprise medical bills can cause significant financial and mental stress, with some bills totaling in the thousands of dollars. These types of bills are so common and hard to understand that Kaiser Health News and NPR have an ongoing monthly feature called “Bill of the Month, where they investigate bills submitted by readers. What are... Read More

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immunizations
Jan 4 2022

Are you up to date on all your immunizations?

Preventive Care  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Getting the full series of COVID-19 vaccines is an important way to both protect your health and the health of your community. But are you keeping current with the other adult immunizations that are appropriate for you? To find out which immunizations are recommended, talk with your primary care provider. Your provider can tell you... Read More

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Dec 21 2021

Happy holidays from all of us at PinnacleCare

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Wishing you and everyone you care about a healthy, happy holiday filled with joy and hope. We are here whenever you need us, all day, every day of the year, ready to help you deal with illness or reach your health goals. Warmest wishes, The PinnacleCare Team Read More