Injury prevention is pivotal in youth sports.
Jun 30 2014

How to prevent 5 of the most common kids’ sports injuries

Preventive Care  •  By Miles Varn

Every year, more than 38 million children and adolescents in the U.S. play organized sports, as estimated by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS). If you’re the parent of one of these children, you know the positive effects that these activities can have on a kid’s physical health and self-esteem.... Read More

Travelers to foreign countries need to make sure they have medical coverage.
Jun 24 2014

Traveling outside the U.S.? Make sure you have health coverage

Travel Health  •  By Miles Varn

When planning your vacation, you probably focus on your daily itineraries: activities, places to eat, where to shop and so on. However, it is also important to be prepared for medical emergencies. One fundamental question to ask is whether your insurance policy covers care outside the U.S. While it is unpleasant to think about, you need... Read More

Starting an exercise regimen as early as possible will protect your brain as you age.
Jun 19 2014

Want to keep your mind young? Start exercising now

Preventive Care  •  By Miles Varn

There are many reasons to work out: to lose excess weight, to keep your heart strong or to maintain good muscle tone. However, there is a growing body of scientific evidence that suggests exercise is also good for your brain, and the earlier you take up an exercise regimen, the more benefits your brain will reap in the... Read More

Children who play outdoors need to be careful to avoid heat-related illnesses.
Jun 17 2014

Heat-related illness: 5 tips for staying safe as temperatures rise

Preventive Care  •  By Miles Varn

The warm summer months are a time for your children to enjoy the outdoors. They may participate in summer camp, off-season athletic training, family hikes or days at the park with their friends. But while the warm weather is inviting, it also increases the risk of heat-related illnesses. Read More

The dietary fiber in cereal foods
Jun 16 2014

Survived a heart attack? Eat more fiber

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

Heart disease is the leading killer of both men and women in the U.S., which underscores the importance of cardiovascular research. Recently, a study published in the journal BMJ suggested that the mortality risk among heart attack survivors was lower for those who ate more fiber-rich cereal and grain sources after their heart attacks. Read More

Insomnia can raise the risk of stroke among young adults.
Jun 13 2014

Stroke risk under 40: Why sleep is key to your health

Preventive Care  •  By Miles Varn

The risk factors for stroke can generally be divided into two groups—those you can control and those you can’t. Within the latter group is age, with the risk of stroke particularly pronounced for those older than 55. Stroke is usually not observed among younger people, but according to a new study published in the American Heart... Read More

Cardiovascular risks may be particularly high among female caregivers.
Jun 12 2014

Female caregivers shouldn’t overlook their own heart health

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn

If you’re a woman caring for an ailing loved one, you can count yourself among the 44 million American adults who play this role. Caring for an ailing loved one can be a difficult and time-consuming job, and include a wide range of tasks, from helping them dress, eat and use the bathroom, to taking... Read More

assisted living
Jun 11 2014

Tips for helping your parents manage doctor’s appointments and medications

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn

As the average lifespan increases, so does the risk of chronic illnesses. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that 80 percent of adults ages 65 and older live with at least one of these chronic conditions. For 50 percent of these people, it is at least two. More complex health conditions... Read More

Lyme disease may be under-diagnosed in certain regions of the U.S.
Jun 6 2014

What you don’t know about Lyme disease

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that 30,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported to the agency every year. In 2012, 95 percent of cases came from only 13 states, concentrated in the Northeast and Midwest. Traditionally, healthcare experts believed Lyme disease was virtually nonexistent in southern states such as Florida and Georgia. However,... Read More

Parents of children who have food allergies need to know how to protect them.
Jun 5 2014

Food allergies and your child: What parents need to know

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) noted a worrisome trend in the U.S.: the prevalence of food allergies among children 17 years and younger increased from 3.4 percent in 1997 to 5.1 percent in 2011. This prompted Food Allergy Research & Education to call the condition a rising epidemic. It isn’t entirely clear... Read More