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Apr 9 2014

Parents of infants with heart problems seek second opinions

Second Opinion  •  By Miles Varn

One of the most stressful moments in a parent’s life is when you find out that your child has a serious illness. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 40,000 children are born each year with some form of a congenital heart condition, making it the most common birth defect in the U.S.... Read More

Mar 28 2014

Personalized healthcare: How biomarkers lead to more effective drugs

Personalized Healthcare  •  By Miles Varn

Even though pharmaceutical companies spend several years and billions of dollars developing their products, there is no guarantee that a mass-produced drug will work for every patient. For patients with certain illnesses, a personalized medicine approach to treatment that includes drugs that target aspects of their specific genetic makeup can lead to more effective treatments. Read More

Mar 18 2014

How to care for your aging parents when you don’t live nearby

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn

Making sure that your parents are getting the healthcare and support they need as they get older can be a tough job. But living at a distance from your parents makes that tough job even more complex. When you don’t see your parents regularly, it can be harder to tell if something is amiss. They... Read More

Mar 12 2014

Will the Affordable Care Act mean changes to your private insurance?

Personalized Healthcare  •  By Bruce Spector

To keep you informed about the impact of Affordable Care Act (ACA), this is the second in a series of articles highlighting the ACA’s potential effect on healthcare planning for you and your family. In this post, we focus on the law’s impact on people who had individual or employer-sponsored health insurance before the passage... Read More

Mar 5 2014

Five tips for safer travel abroad

Travel Health  •  By Miles Varn

Whether you’re planning a family trip to Costa Rica or a business trip to Japan, it’s smart to do some simple preparation well before you start packing your bags. Staying safe and healthy is always important and it’s even more so when traveling abroad because dealing with an illness or injury while outside the country... Read More

Feb 25 2014

Protect yourself from the wrong medical diagnosis and treatment

Second Opinion  •  By Robert Conners

While there have been a number of studies that focus on the grave toll that errors made during hospitalization take, fewer researchers have studied an equally important subject—the frequency of and harm caused by incorrect or missed diagnoses. Over the past few years, however, several studies have highlighted the ongoing problem of misdiagnosis and their... Read More

heart shape by various vegetables and fruits
Feb 11 2014

Why are top CEOs integrating naturopathic medicine in their health strategy?

Complementary & Integrative Medicine, Wellness  •  By Michael Scott

Maybe the last person you would expect to champion the integration of naturopathic medicine approaches into an overall strategy for wellness, prevention, and health is the CEO of one of the country’s top health insurers. But that is precisely what Mark Bertolini, CEO of Aetna, has done. Dr. Doni Wilson, ND, author of The Stress... Read More

Feb 4 2014

Feeling depressed? You could have seasonal affective disorder.

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

It’s been a particularly tough winter across most of the country and the long, dark days can dampen anyone’s mood. For between 14 million and nearly 19 million people according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness and other experts, however, it’s more than a passing depressed mood. It could be a serious condition known... Read More

Jan 28 2014

How will the Affordable Care Act change Medicare?

Personalized Healthcare  •  By Bruce Spector

Since it was passed in 2010, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), informally known as Obamacare, has been the source of much discussion regarding the future of our healthcare system.  To keep you informed, this is the first in a series of articles that will highlight the potential areas of impact on future healthcare planning for... Read More

Jan 21 2014

Is stress making you sick?

Personalized Healthcare  •  By Robert Conners

The phone is ringing. Your father is ill. Your children need help with their homework. You’re on an impossible work deadline.  Just reading this litany is enough to make anyone’s blood pressure rise. While it’s not possible to avoid all stressors, it is possible to learn to manage stress better. Why is stress management important?... Read More