caregiving
Aug 3 2021

The steps you should take now if caregiving is in your future

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn, MD

At some point in our lives, most of us will take on the role of caregiver for a parent or older family member, spouse or partner, or close friend. The National Alliance for Caregiving’s report Caregiving in the U.S. 2020 found that the number of caregivers (defined as someone caring for an adult or a... Read More

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unvaccinated
Jul 27 2021

Tips for travel with unvaccinated children

Travel Health  •  By Miles Varn, MD

All the adults and teens in your family have received their COVID-19 vaccines and you’re excited to get back to traveling this summer. There’s one concern that’s holding you back though—your 9-year-old is too young to get vaccinated. So how can you make travel safer for everyone in your family? While most children who contract... Read More

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substance use
Jul 20 2021

How to support someone living with substance use disorder

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Working to overcome alcohol or substance use disorder has always been challenging, but the pandemic has made it even tougher. More people have turned to substances as a way of dealing with anxiety, depression, and stress and getting access to treatment when many in-person treatment options weren’t available made getting or staying on track with... Read More

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sleep health
Jul 13 2021

How sleep health affects your mental health

Wellness  •  By Michael Scott, ND, MSA

You may be familiar with the connection between sleep and physical health, but did you know that sleep can also significantly affect your mental health and wellness? We talked with sleep specialist Dr. Michael Grandner to learn more. Dr. Grandner is Director of the Sleep and Health Research Program at the University of Arizona (UA),... Read More

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preventive care
Jun 29 2021

Answers to common questions about preventive care

Preventive Care  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Preventive care is the foundation of a strategy to help lower your risk of chronic conditions like heart disease and diabetes and mange risk factors for diseases like cancer. The goal is to help preserve your health, manage any health issues you’ve been diagnosed with, and detect serious diseases like cancer as early as possible... Read More

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beach
Jun 22 2021

The essentials of beach safety

Travel Health  •  By Miles Varn, MD

There hasn’t been a summer in recent memory when people have been more excited to go on vacation. Stay at home orders and other pandemic restrictions have left people longing to relax and recharge. If you and your family are planning a beach vacation this summer, these tips can help you stay safer and healthier.... Read More

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cancer
Jun 15 2021

A pause in screenings may increase number of missed cancer diagnoses

Preventive Care  •  By Miles Varn, MD

When the COVID-19 pandemic reached the U.S. last year, most hospitals and physician’s offices paused elective and preventive care services to focus on the influx of COVID patients and to reduce the risk of patients being exposed to the virus. Cancer screenings were one of the types of services that were paused. In 2020, this... Read More

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anxiety
Jun 8 2021

Back to normal? For some people, it’s harder to be a social citizen again.

Wellness  •  By Miles Varn, MD

The number of people who’ve received the COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S. continues to climb and, in response, many states are relaxing or ending rules that have been in place during the pandemic. Fewer people are required to wear masks in public, more people are allowed in restaurants and stores at the same time, and... Read More

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relationship
May 25 2021

Has the pandemic strained your relationship? Try these strategies.

Wellness  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Perhaps before the pandemic you felt like you didn’t get to spend enough time with your spouse or partner. The time demands of work and social obligations may have meant less time time alone with your loved one. But for many people, that changed dramatically with work from home and limits imposed on social interaction... Read More

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longevity
May 18 2021

The secret to longevity is simpler than you think

Podcast  •  By Miles Varn, MD

I was recently invited to speak with Dr. Ruchir Sehra and Nancy Rothstein on the Performance Enhancer podcast. We covered a wide range of topics during our discussion, from COVID-19 to the steps you can take to improve your longevity. We share some of the highlights from our discussion in this post. The pandemic has... Read More

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