Topic: Children’s Health

social distancing
Sep 22 2020

Five strategies to encourage teens to practice social distancing

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Recent increases in the number of COVID-19 cases in U.S. have included a rise in the number of people under the age of 18 who are contracting the virus. Part of the reason for the growth in the number of teens and young adults who test positive for COVID-19 is their failure, or in some... Read More

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mental health issues
Jul 28 2020

Four mental health tips to combat the stress of living with extended family

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the structure of many people’s households has changed dramatically. Campuses closed and young adults returned home and many will still be at home this fall as colleges and universities continue to limit on-campus classes. Some people moved in with family after a job loss. And some families temporarily moved older... Read More

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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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Sep 17 2019

Expert guidance and resources for a family dealing with a rare disease

Family Caregiving

When you or a loved one is diagnosed with a rare or complex health problem, having quick access to physicians who have expertise in treating the disease makes all the difference. That’s the situation that Kathy, one of our members, faced and she shared how PinnacleCare helped her entire family understand the condition and connect... Read More

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measles
May 7 2019

What should you do to protect your family from the measles?

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Almost 20 years ago, measles was declared to have been eliminated in the U.S., but the disease has returned with a vengeance. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) latest report of confirmed measles cases noted 704 cases in 22 states, an increase of 78 cases since the previous week’s count. Children under 5... Read More

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rare disease
Feb 12 2019

Strategies to help you get the right diagnosis for a rare disease

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Getting an accurate diagnosis is the first step towards finding the right treatment. But for people living with a rare or complex disease, getting that diagnosis can be a long, frustrating process that delays treatment. Depending on which disease you face, getting a definitive diagnosis can take from 7 to 10 years. And though approximately... Read More

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childhood cancer
Aug 28 2018

6 facts you should know about childhood cancer

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn

Unless a family member or friend has been diagnosed with childhood cancer, you may not know much about the topic. These 6 key facts can help you learn more. Childhood cancer is relatively rare: Approximately 10, 270 children under the age of 15 were diagnosed with some form of cancer in 2017 according to statistics... Read More

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Siblings are doing his homework for elementary school.
May 1 2018

Six Questions to Ask When Choosing a Therapist for your Child

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn

If you’ve noticed symptoms of depression, anxiety, or other mental health concerns in your child or teen, making an appointment with a therapist can be the first step towards figuring out the underlying cause of these changes in behavior and helping your child manage symptoms that can interfere with his or her life at home... Read More

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when is it time to look for a new doctor
Dec 5 2017

How Do You Know it’s Time to Look for a New Doctor?

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn

There are many different reasons people decide it’s time to switch to a new doctor, whether it’s your primary care doctor, a specialist, or your child’s pediatrician. And while you might feel hesitant to end your relationship, especially if you’ve been seeing the doctor for a long time, sometimes switching to a new doctor is... Read More

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health insurance for college students
Sep 12 2017

What you and your college student need to know about health insurance

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn

Health insurance may not be at the top of the list of things that you’re thinking about as you send your children off to college, but it should be. Access to care is important whether your child is living with a chronic medical problem like asthma or diabetes, a mental health condition like anxiety, ADHD,... Read More

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