Topic: Disease Management

medications
Oct 8 2019

Are you taking more medications than you need?

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

If you have heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure or cholesterol, or other chronic diseases, you may be taking several prescription medications each day to treat your condition. And the older you get, the more likely it becomes that you’re taking more than one medication. In fact, approximately a third of Americans and Canadians between... Read More

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new doctor
Jul 23 2019

What to consider when you’re looking for a new doctor

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn, MD

There are many reasons you may need to find a new doctor. Your doctor may be retiring. Your health insurance may have changed and you’ve got a new provider network. You moved. Or you may not feel you and your doctor are a good fit. So where should you start and what questions should you... Read More

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stem cell
May 21 2019

What to consider before undergoing stem cell treatment

Personalized Healthcare  •  By Miles Varn, MD

It can be difficult to tease out the evidence-based science in the claims of successful adult stem cell-based treatments for health problems from joint pain to Parkinson’s disease, macular degeneration, and spinal cord injury. Even a number of well-respected medical centers now offer patients regenerative medicine treatments that use the patient’s own fat or bone... Read More

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genetic testing
Jun 26 2018

Should genetic testing be part of your health risk management plan?

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn

If one of your relatives has Huntington’s disease or breast cancer, should you consider undergoing genetic testing to find out if you’re at risk for the same disease? There are now genetic tests for more than 2,000 diseases, some rare like the movement disorder early-onset dystonia and hereditary hemochromatosis, a condition that causes the body... Read More

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Could you have undiagnosed diabetes?
Apr 17 2018

Could you have undiagnosed diabetes?

Health Risk Management  •  By Susan Walker

Many of the symptoms of diabetes can be subtle. Maybe you’re thirstier or more hungry than usual. Perhaps you’ve noticed patches of darker skin in your armpits, elbows, knees, groin, or on your neck. Or you can’t figure out why you’re more tired than usual. All these symptoms can be caused by type 2 diabetes.... Read More

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

How do you know when it’s time to find 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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How to advocate for a loved one in the hospital
Oct 10 2017

How to advocate for a loved one in the hospital

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn

Being in the hospital can be stressful and confusing. It can be difficult to get the information you need from your doctors and healthcare team, ensure all members of the team are communicating to lower the risk of medical errors and inappropriate testing and care, and make medical decisions when you’re ill or injured and... Read More

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second opinion different from first
Sep 19 2017

What to do if your second opinion is different than your first

Second Opinion  •  By Miles Varn

If you’ve been diagnosed with a serious, complex, or rare condition or if your doctor has recommended elective (non-emergency) surgery, it’s a good idea to get a second opinion. There are several ways that a second opinion can help you make an informed medical decision: It can confirm that your original diagnosis and treatment plan... Read More

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Aug 15 2017

Key questions to ask your doctor before deciding to have surgery

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn

If your doctor has recommended that you undergo elective (non-emergency) surgery, for example surgical treatment for chronic back pain or joint replacement, there are a number of factors to consider before deciding whether to move forward with the surgery. First, consider getting a second opinion to learn what other treatment options may be available. Your... Read More

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cancer treatment
Feb 14 2017

In heart disease, genes are not necessarily destiny

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn

Researchers have discovered that a number of genetic mutations are associated with an increased risk of developing heart disease, which is one reason why knowing your family history is an important part of building a personalized health and prevention strategy. If you have a father or brother who had a heart attack before age 55... Read More

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