COVID-19
May 19 2020

How reliable is the COVID-19 information you’re getting online?

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

There’s a seemingly endless amount of information about COVID-19 available online, but unfortunately not all of it is accurate. In fact, some of it is purposely misleading or dangerous. To ensure that the information you’re reading and the advice you’re getting is based on scientific evidence rather than speculation or misinformation, it’s wise to carefully... Read More

young children
May 12 2020

Tips for explaining the COVID-19 pandemic to young children

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn, MD

By now, even young children are well aware that there’s something unusual and alarming going on in the world around them. In addition to hearing parents and caregivers talk about the COVID-19 pandemic, they may also have seen disturbing images on the news or noticed that their caregivers are more anxious or sad than usual... Read More

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telemedicine
May 5 2020

How to vet telemedicine providers

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, more people are trying telemedicine services rather than going to the doctor’s office or hospital to receive care. In fact, many primary care physicians are encouraging their patients to use virtual visits to limit the risk of being exposed to someone with the virus. You can even use telemedicine to... Read More

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Apr 28 2020

What it’s like to be diagnosed with cancer during the COVID-19 pandemic

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has created one of the largest, most difficult health challenges the U.S. has encountered in decades, people are still facing the serious health problems they always have, from heart attacks and strokes and serious injuries from accidents to all kinds of cancer. One of our members shared her experience of being... Read More

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isolation
Apr 21 2020

Helping your older parents and relatives deal with self-isolation

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Because older people are more at risk for complications from COVID-19, independent and assisted living communities around the U.S. have banned visitors and are encouraging residents to remain within the community and, in some cases, in their apartments as much as possible. Even older people who don’t live in a senior living community may be... Read More

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doctor's visit
Apr 14 2020

How to get the most out of your doctor’s visit

Preventive Care  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Your annual doctor’s visit and checkup is a good opportunity to be an active partner in your care. Rather than simply sitting through your weigh-in, blood pressure check, and flu shot, now is the time to be proactive and ask your doctor key questions that can help you build a health and wellness strategy. If... Read More

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isolation
Apr 7 2020

How to prevent being a caregiver from having a negative effect on your health

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Being a caregiver for an aging or ill parent, partner, or spouse can be an all-consuming job. And it’s a job more Americans are taking on as the population gets older and more people are diagnosed with chronic health problems and cognitive health issues such as Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. While focused... Read More

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Apr 2 2020

Zantac to Be Removed From Market Due to Contamination

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

If you take Zantac (ranitidine) or a generic version of this medication, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced that you should stop taking any form of the drug and dispose of it properly. The reason for this recommendation is that all ranitidine products are currently being investigated by the FDA related to contamination... Read More

mental health
Mar 31 2020

How to manage mental health issues if you’re self-isolating

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

All around the world, people are living with the ongoing anxiety and stress that are resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to fears about getting seriously ill or family members contracting the virus, people are faced with financial stresses from job losses and furloughs and a falling stock market. Another factor that’s affecting many... Read More

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mental health providers
Mar 24 2020

Virtual resources help connect you with mental health providers

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

If you’re living with depression, anxiety, substance use disorder, or other mental health issues, receiving the care and support you need from experienced mental health providers is an essential part of managing your mental wellbeing. With the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, and the social distancing requirements in place to... Read More

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