Topic: Personalized Healthcare

genetic testing
Feb 18 2020

Why affluent families may want to reconsider direct-to-consumer genetic testing

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Ads suggest they make great Father’s Day or holiday gifts. Around 30 million people have tried them and that number is projected to grow to 100 million next year. Direct-to-consumer genetic tests that provide information about your ancestry and risk of developing certain health problems are undeniably popular, but people from affluent families may want... Read More

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New treatments for colorectal cancer
Mar 21 2017

Could You Benefit from These Latest Colorectal Cancer Treatments?

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

When you exclude skin cancer, colorectal cancer is the third most common type of cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the U.S. The American Cancer Society projects 95,520 new cases of colon cancer and 39,910 new cases of rectal cancer in 2017. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with colorectal... Read More

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How you can live healthier with heart disease
Mar 29 2016

Living with heart disease? How to be healthier

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

If you’re one of the more than 85 million Americans who are living with heart disease, there are several proactive steps you can take to improve your overall health and lower your risk of heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and other heart problems. The best advice is not to try to make all these changes at... Read More

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Treatment for heart disease
Dec 15 2015

Men and women may need different treatment for heart failure

Disease Management, Personalized Healthcare  •  By Miles Varn

If you have heart failure, you receive essentially the same treatment whether you’re a man or a woman. But a new study conducted by researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine found that men’s and women’s hearts age differently. That raises the question—should treatment for heart failure be different for a man than... Read More

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cancer rehab
Sep 29 2015

What is cancer prehab and how could it help you fight cancer?

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

A growing number of people preparing to undergo cancer treatment are choosing to take part in “prehab” before treatment begins. But what is prehab and what benefits can it offer? The term was first used to describe specially designed, structured exercise programs for people who were scheduled for orthopedic joint replacement or heart surgery. In... Read More

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choosing the right organ transplant program
Jul 28 2015

Do you need a transplant? How to choose the right program

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

If your physician told you that you needed an organ transplant, would you know how to navigate the complex process of choosing a transplant program and surgeon? Fortunately, there are several resources you can turn to for help. One good place to start exploring and evaluating transplant programs is the non-profit United Network for Organ... Read More

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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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precision medicine
Mar 24 2015

What is precision medicine and how can it affect your health?

Personalized Healthcare  •  By Miles Varn

With the president’s recent announcement of $215 million in funding for a new precision medicine initiative, you may have questions about what precision medicine is and wonder what effect this approach to healthcare may mean for you and your family. Here are the basics you should know. Traditionally, medical treatment has been primarily reactive. A... Read More

take control of health
Feb 17 2015

Are you an empowered patient? How to take control of your health

Personalized Healthcare  •  By Miles Varn

A generation ago, most people’s approach to healthcare was to follow “doctor’s orders.” The physician controlled the relationship and all decisions about testing, treatments and medications. That passive model of healthcare is no longer the norm. Today, most people want to be informed, active partners in their care. So, what steps do you need to... Read More

How to choose a new doctor
Jan 27 2015

5 questions to ask when selecting a doctor

Personalized Healthcare  •  By Miles Varn

Whether you’re moving and need to find a primary care physician or pediatrician near your new home, have a new insurance plan that your old physician doesn’t accept or need to find a specialist or surgeon, there are some basic questions you should ask before choosing which physician to work with. What are the doctor’s... Read More