Health experts in the U.S. are prepared to deal with MERS.
May 27 2014

What you need to know about MERS

Travel Health  •  By Miles Varn

If you follow health stories in the news, you’ve probably heard about Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) and may be wondering if you should be concerned. This infectious disease – a coronavirus that is similar to but distinct from the virus that caused the international severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, outbreak about a decade ago –... Read More

Virtual consultations: facilitating important second medical opinions
May 23 2014

Virtual consultations: facilitating important second medical opinions

Second Opinion  •  By Miles Varn

When it comes to getting a medical second opinion, remote consultations can facilitate a more personalized healthcare experience focused on a patient’s individual needs. A study recently published in the journal Health Affairs reported that 42 percent of hospitals in the U.S. are equipped with devices that could make telemedicine and remote consultations even more... Read More

There is a strong link between oral health and general physical health.
May 22 2014

What can your teeth and gums tell you about your overall health?

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

A federal health survey revealed that 12 percent of adults in the U.S. ages 20 to 64 had not seen a dentist in the prior five years. For older adults, that rate jumped to 23 percent. This is problematic because, while it is true that a physician can help keep you healthy and monitor your... Read More

Personalized medicine delivers more effective cancer treatment
May 21 2014

Personalized medicine delivers more effective cancer treatment

Personalized Healthcare  •  By Miles Varn

Cancer research is advancing with each passing year, and though no cure has been found yet, the odds of survival increase as more efficient and accurate treatment options are developed. Determining which treatment is most likely to be effective for an individual patient, however, can prove difficult. Read More

It's not wise to rely on the Internet for important health information.
May 19 2014

Do you self-diagnose? Research shows you shouldn’t

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

When you experience physical symptoms – a cough, a headache, some muscle pain – you might try to diagnose yourself by turning to the Internet. Experts from the Pew Research Internet Project reported on a survey that indicated 72 percent of Internet users had gone online to search for health-related information during the previous year. Within this group,... Read More

New approaches can help you manage seasonal allergies.
May 16 2014

Got allergies? Try these new approaches for allergy relief

Healthy Living  •  By Miles Varn

With spring well underway and summer around the corner, people with hay fever may feel desperate for relief, and their numbers continue to grow. Experts from the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI) estimated that about 50 million people live with hay fever, which are also known as nasal allergies or allergic rhinitis. Nearly 30... Read More

Inappropriate antibiotic use is driving the evolution of bacteria that are resistant to the drugs.
May 15 2014

More prudent antibiotic use helps fight resistant bacteria

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

Since the 1940s, antibiotics have been one of the most powerful weapons that doctors have at their disposal to fight bacterial illnesses, such as infections of the bloodstream, urinary tract and lower respiratory tract. However, because of the overuse of antibiotics, bacteria have evolved. Both patients and health care providers need to be concerned about... Read More

Woman doing weight training with female fitness coach
May 6 2014

Are you doing all you can to preserve your bone health?

Preventive Care  •  By Miles Varn

The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) estimates that more than 40 million people in the U.S. either have or are at high risk of osteoporosis. Although this bone-weakening disease can develop at any time in a person’s life, it becomes more likely as you age. Once you have osteoporosis, you have... Read More

Apr 29 2014

Don’t just rely on brain games to delay dementia

Preventive Care  •  By Miles Varn

Brain games are getting a lot of publicity in the news. Major brain game programs, like Luminosity and Fit Brains by Rosetta Stone, provide daily exercises to members across the world. Luminosity itself boasts more than 50 million in 182 different countries. However, these brain game programs are not just about amusement. Many are bringing... Read More

doctor talking to his female patient at office
Apr 22 2014

Most women don’t know their stroke risk. Do you?

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

Every year, stroke kills more women than men. In fact, stroke kills twice as many women per year as breast cancer does, but 70 percent of women in a recent study published in the journal Stroke didn’t know that stroke was a significant health risk for them, weren’t aware of what factors increased their risk... Read More