Topic: Preventive care

Protect your family from mosquito-borne illnesses
Mar 1 2016

How to protect yourself from Zika virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses

Travel Health  •  By Miles Varn

Zika virus is the focus of a great deal of attention in the media and from researchers around the world. While the virus is a concern for women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant in the near future, there are also several other mosquito-borne illnesses that you should also be aware of. We... Read More

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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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preventing skin cancer
Jun 18 2015

Could a simple vitamin pill help prevent skin cancer?

Preventive Care  •  By Miles Varn

Every year, more new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed than the number of new cases of breast, colon, prostate and lung cancer combined. New research may have found a safe, inexpensive way to lower the risk of people who are at a higher risk of developing the most common types of skin cancer—basal cell... Read More

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patient physician communication
May 21 2015

Is Your Doctor a Good Communicator?

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

One of the keys to getting the healthcare you need is open, honest communication. You need to share all pertinent information with you doctor to ensure you receive the correct diagnosis and treatment. But communication is a two-way street. Your doctor also needs to be a good communicator. So how can you determine if your... Read More

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resiliency and heath
Apr 30 2015

How Building Resilience Can Improve Your Health

Complementary & Integrative Medicine  •  By Michael Scott

We recently spoke with Sheva Carr, author, speaker and Doctor of Oriental Medicine, about the importance of becoming a resilient person to overcome the physical and psychological effects of stress. Ms. Carr is an expert HeartMath® trainer and coach, as well as founding CEO of Fyera! / Heart Ambassadors, and a delegate to the United Nations... Read More

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healthcare plan
Apr 21 2015

What Is A Health Advisor and Why Do You Need One?

Personalized Healthcare  •  By Miles Varn

For many people, healthcare is something they only think about when they’re sick, but that approach can leave you scrambling if you do develop a health problem. A wiser strategy is to take a proactive approach to healthcare planning, managing your health risks and taking steps to be as healthy as possible. One valuable resource... Read More

doctor and patient communication information
Mar 19 2015

How to talk to your doctor to get the information you need

Preventive Care  •  By Miles Varn

An appointment with your physician is an opportunity to raise questions and gather information that can help you better manage any diseases or chronic conditions you live with and learn what steps you can take to protect and improve your health. Unfortunately, doctor’s visits can be rushed or you could be distracted by concerns about... Read More

protect against diseases
Mar 5 2015

Are you protected against diseases common at these spring break destinations?

Travel Health  •  By Michael Scott

If spring break travel is in your plans, it’s important to know what health problems you could be exposed to and how you can protect yourself. There are a number of diseases, some you’re probably aware of and some that may be unfamiliar, that are common at popular spring break destinations. Know what steps you... Read More

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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myths and the flu shot
Jan 13 2015

Are these myths keeping you from getting a flu shot?

Preventive Care  •  By Miles Varn

According to the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the 2014-15 flu season may be worse than average. If you haven’t gotten a flu shot yet, there’s still time to get vaccinated. And that recommendation is valid even acknowledging that this year’s vaccine is not as effective as past years’ vaccines.... Read More