pandemic
Jan 26 2021

Are your children missing important routine care during the pandemic?

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn, MD

For almost a year, attention around the world has been rightly focused on the COVID-19 pandemic. In the early days of the pandemic, some primary care physicians limited in-person visits or temporarily closed their offices to lower the risk of patients contracting the virus, which meant that the delivery of many routine types of care... Read More

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seasonal affective disorder
Jan 19 2021

Diagnosed with seasonal affective disorder? Learn about your treatment options

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

If you’ve been diagnosed with seasonal affective disorder (SAD), it’s helpful to have a basic understanding of the condition and what each type of treatment entails so you can make an informed decision. This Q&A provides answers to some common questions. Q: What is seasonal affective disorder (SAD)? A: Seasonal affective disorder is a form... Read More

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power of attorney
Jan 12 2021

Should you say yes to becoming a medical power of attorney?

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

If a family member or friend asked you to serve as her or his medical power of attorney, what would your answer be? Many people say yes without a second thought, but you should take some time to understand what your responsibilities would be, why the person has chosen you, and what potential complications and... Read More

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winter workout
Jan 5 2021

Important tips for winter workout safety

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

If the gym has been your go to place to work out once the weather turns cold, rainy, and snowy, you may be reconsidering that plan this winter. With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, workouts at crowded indoor gyms may put you at risk of contracting the virus. Fortunately, there are several other ways you can... Read More

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Dec 22 2020

Wishing You happy and healthy holidays from PinnacleCare

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All of us at PinnacleCare wish you and your loved ones a healthy and happy holiday season. We hope you are able to safely enjoy time with family and friends, even if that means virtually for now. May you have the time to recharge and look forward to a better year ahead. We are here... Read More

virtual visits
Dec 15 2020

The pros and cons of virtual visits

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, you may have tried a virtual visit through an online app or a service provided by your health insurer. Many primary care physicians and specialists around the country didn’t even offer virtual visits as an option, but 2020 changed that. Because people were concerned about potential exposure to the virus at... Read More

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back pain
Dec 8 2020

Ask these five questions before agreeing to surgery for back pain

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Back pain is a more common problem than you may realize. It’s one of the most common reasons people see their doctor and also one of the most common causes people miss work. About 60% to 80% of adults experience low back pain during their lives, and for 10% of them the pain continues for... Read More

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surgeon's experience
Dec 1 2020

Your surgeon’s experience can mean the difference between a good outcome and a poor one

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

If your doctor has recommended surgery, there are two important steps you should take before agreeing to undergo any procedure. First, seek a second opinion from a physician who has extensive experience treating people with your diagnosis. A second opinion can change or confirm your diagnosis and treatment plan and may provide you with other,... Read More

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Thanksgiving
Nov 24 2020

Wishing you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving

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All of us at PinnacleCare wish you and those you love a safe, healthy, happy holiday. We are here every day of the year to provide support and guidance whenever you need it.   Warmest wishes from our family to yours, Miles J. Varn, M.D. and the PinnacleCare Team Read More

medication review
Nov 17 2020

Should you ask your doctor for a medication review?

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

According to statistics gathered by the CDC, nearly half of adults in the U.S. take one prescription medication, while nearly a quarter take three or more prescription medications. The numbers are even higher for people who are 65 and older. Eighty-nine percent of people included in a Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll take one... Read More

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