Topic: Disease Management

New doctor checklist
Sep 17 2015

Shopping for a new doctor? Start with this checklist

Personalized Healthcare  •  By Miles Varn

There are many reasons why you may be in the market for a new doctor. Perhaps you’ve moved to new area or have a new insurance plan. Maybe your primary care physician is retiring or you feel like your relationship with your current doctor isn’t a good fit. But where should you start? Use this... Read More

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chronic health problems
Jul 9 2015

Chronic health problems don’t have to limit travel

Travel Health  •  By Miles Varn

Just because you’re living with a chronic health problem doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy travelling for vacation or join your co-workers on a business trip. To make sure you’re prepared to manage your condition while you’re away and safely handle any issues that arise, follow these recommendations. See your doctor first. Before you start planning... Read More

Annual physical
Jun 25 2015

Do you need an annual physical?

Preventive Care  •  By Miles Varn

There have been a number of articles recently that explore the value of getting a physical each year to screen for potential health problems. We talked with a member of our Medical Advisory Board, George H. Sack, MD, PhD, to discuss the topic. Dr. Sack, who is board certified in Medical Genetics, is currently the... Read More

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Second Opinion Thyroid Cancer
May 19 2015

Thyroid cancer: Why Second Opinions are So Important

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

Thyroid cancer is one of the fastest growing cancer diagnoses in the U.S., with nearly 63,000 new cases expected to be diagnosed this year. Recently, researchers have been exploring whether this rapid growth in the number of new cases is the result of increased screening and over diagnosis. If you’ve received a thyroid cancer diagnosis,... Read More

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Back Surgery
Apr 16 2015

What questions should you ask before back surgery?

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

If you’ve been living with back pain and a physician has recommended surgery, how do you know if undergoing surgery is the most appropriate treatment? Start gathering the information you need to make an informed decision by asking your physician these key questions. Are there non-surgical treatments that I could try first? For some types... Read More

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Importance of second opinions
Apr 9 2015

Data shows second opinions can change the course of your healthcare

Second Opinion  •  By Miles Varn

According to a survey conducted by Gallup, only about 30 percent of Americans feel the need to seek a medical second opinion or gather additional information about their health problem or proposed treatment. But second opinions are crucial, especially for people who are diagnosed with complex or serious health conditions, because medicine is an art... Read More

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Measles outbreak
Feb 10 2015

What you need to know about the U.S. measles outbreak

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

You’ve heard about the ongoing measles outbreak in the U.S. that has now spread to 14 states, but what you may not know is that more than 62 percent of the cases that have been confirmed in California, where the outbreak started, have been adults. How do you know if you’re protected against this highly... Read More

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Do you really need knee replacement surgery?
Jan 29 2015

Why You May Not Need Knee Replacement Surgery

Second Opinion  •  By Miles Varn

In the past decade and a half, there’s been a marked increase in the number of people who undergo knee replacement surgery. Fifteen years ago, approximately 250,000 Americans had the procedure. By 2012, the number of knee replacements grew to more than 600,000 per year. There are several factors that may be contributing to this... Read More

Preventing dangerous blood clots when traveling
Dec 17 2014

3 Tips for Preventing DVT and Blood Clots During Travel

Travel Health  •  By Miles Varn

If you’re traveling this holiday season, you should know what steps to take to lower your risk of developing blood clots in your legs that can cause serious, sometimes fatal, health problems. Long flights or travel by car can keep you from moving around, which increases the risk that these abnormal clots will form. However,... Read More

The Ice Bucket Challenge has raised more than 3 million for The ALS Association.
Sep 25 2014

What’s the Ice Bucket Challenge? Learn about ALS and new research into the disease

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

If you spent any time on social media this summer, you’ve probably seen videos of people taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Participants have included everyday people to celebrities ranging from Jennifer Lopez to Anna Wintour to a surprisingly classy contribution from Sir Patrick Stewart. While it’s entertaining to watch people dump buckets of ice water... Read More