obesity
Apr 27 2021

Is there a link between obesity and brain health?

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

You’re probably aware that obesity can have a negative effect on many aspects of your health, from increasing your risk of developing heart disease and diabetes to a higher risk of arthritis, gallbladder disease, and some types of cancer. But you may not know that obesity can affect the health of your brain. The exact... Read More

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zoom fatigue
Apr 20 2021

Zoom fatigue is real. But you can outsmart it.

Wellness  •  By Michael Scott, ND, MSA

Video chat and videoconferencing technology have been important tools during the pandemic. From allowing people hospitalized with COVID-19 and older people isolated in nursing homes to see and talk with loved ones to making remote schooling possible for millions of children around the world, these technologies have helped fill gaps and help people maintain a... Read More

Bad habits
Apr 13 2021

Tips to help you break your pandemic bad habits

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, news outlets and social media were filled with people talking about all the positive ways they intended to use their time during stay at home orders—learning a new language, becoming a better cook, volunteering to call older people who were lonely and isolated, or reading more books. More... Read More

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sleep healthy
Apr 6 2021

How to create a sleep healthy lifestyle

Integrative Medicine, Wellness  •  By Michael Scott, ND, MSA

With all the stress and the changes in how we live and work caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be one of the growing number of people around the world living with sleep problems and the physical and mental health fallout caused by lack of healthy sleep. One study conducted during the early months... Read More

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metabolic syndrome
Mar 30 2021

Fighting metabolic syndrome: What you can do now to protect your heart

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

For more and more Americans, a cluster of serious risk factors for the development of heart disease and diabetes are converging to create a medical perfect storm. Known as metabolic syndrome, these risk factors include: Abdominal obesity: A waist of 40 inches or more for men and 35 inches or more for women Blood fat... Read More

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allergies
Mar 23 2021

Spring allergies: Strategies to manage your symptoms better

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

This year, after pandemic stay at home orders and winter storms, you’re probably more excited than usual for the arrival of spring and the chance to spend more time outdoors. But for people living with allergies and asthma, spring can be a difficult season. The higher pollen counts and wet weather that encourages the growth... Read More

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nursing home
Mar 16 2021

Five things to consider when choosing a nursing home

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Although it’s an emotionally difficult decision to make, more than half of older adults in the U.S. will spend time in a nursing home. Some will be there for a shorter stay to recover and undergo rehabilitation after a serious illness or injury. Others may need to stay longer if family and friends are no... Read More

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hobby
Mar 9 2021

Living with anxiety or depression? A hobby can help

Wellness  •  By Michael Scott, ND, MSA

It’s been more than a year since the U.S. declared a public health emergency because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the course of the past year, people in the U.S. and around the world have had experiences the likes of which haven’t been seen since the 1918 influenza pandemic. From lockdowns and a mounting case... Read More

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anxiety and depression
Mar 2 2021

Signs that your child may dealing with anxiety or depression and how to help

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn, MD

The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the number of people in the U.S. and around the world who are living with anxiety and depression. One report in the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report noted that during a single week in late June 2020, 40% of adults in the U.S.... Read More

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mask
Feb 23 2021

“Why do I have to wear a mask? I’m vaccinated.”

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

With vaccines to protect against COVID-19 now available and a small but growing number of Americans having received one or both doses of the vaccine, one question that keeps coming up is, “If I’m vaccinated, why do I still need to wear a mask?” There are several reasons why wearing a mask, continuing to practice... Read More

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