Topic: Women’s Health

hepatitis C
May 2 2017

Should you be screened for hepatitis C?

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

You may have read articles in the news or seen TV commercials about new treatments for the hepatitis C virus and wondered, “Am I at risk for this disease?” According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 2.7 million to 3.9 million people in the U.S. are living with active, chronic hepatitis... Read More

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heart disease
Feb 28 2017

Steps women should take now to lower the risk of heart disease

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

If you asked most people what the leading cause of death for women in the U.S. is, you’d probably get the wrong answer. The right answer? Heart disease. In fact 90% of women have one or more risk factors for heart disease. Surveys have unfortunately found that some women’s primary care doctors don’t discuss their... Read More

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managing chronic medical conditions
Feb 7 2017

Steps to Help You Better Manage Multiple Chronic Medical Conditions

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

If you’re living with multiple chronic medical conditions, you’re not alone. A recent study found that more than 40% of Americans have at least one chronic health problem, such as diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, cognitive problems, mental health, or substance abuse problems. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cite statistics from the Department... Read More

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Are you at risk for prediabetes?
Jan 17 2017

Half of family doctors don’t follow prediabetes screening guidelines. Does yours?

Preventive Care  •  By Miles Varn

The number of people with prediabetes has grown to 86 million in the U.S. That means 1 in 3 adults has blood sugar that’s higher than normal but not yet high enough for a diabetes diagnosis. Of that 86 million, 9 out of 10 are not aware they have the condition. If left untreated, prediabetes... Read More

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Stroke risk
Nov 15 2016

More young people are having strokes: How to protect yourself

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

While most people don’t think the young suffer strokes, a recent study found that an increasing number of people between the ages of 25 and 44 are actually having strokes. The simple fact is the rate of people 25 to 44 hospitalized for an ischemic stroke, the most common type, increased by 44% but actually... Read More

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effective weight loss
Oct 31 2016

Family history of breast cancer? 5 proactive steps for managing your risk

Preventive Care  •  By Miles Varn

If you have a family history of breast cancer, you may need a more proactive strategy to manage your risk. With October being breast cancer awareness month, much of the focus in the media has been around steps that all women should take to lower their risk of breast cancer and how often they should... Read More

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Exercise benefits for breast cancer survivors
Oct 4 2016

Why exercise is important for breast cancer survivors

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

For breast cancer survivors, getting regular exercise has several important health benefits, from lessening fatigue and the side effects that can accompany treatment to lowering the risk of the cancer returning. To achieve those health benefits, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that women who’ve had breast cancer take part in 150... Read More

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Questions to ask about your new prescription
Jun 14 2016

Questions to Ask Your Doctor When Getting a New Prescription

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

Every day in the U.S., at least one person dies due to a prescription drug error and more than 1.3 million people are injured as a result of these medical errors each year according to the Food and Drug Administration. The best way to protect yourself and your family from prescription errors, drug interactions, and... Read More

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Live healthier with arthritis
Jun 7 2016

Tips to help you live healthier with arthritis

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

If you’re one of the more than 52 million adults in the U.S. living with arthritis, there are lifestyle changes you can make to help manage your symptoms better and maintain your mobility. Many of these changes not only help your joints, they can also have a positive effect on your heart, brain, and overall... Read More

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Are there health risks from heartburn medications?
Mar 22 2016

Are there health risks linked to heartburn medications?

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

Over-the-counter and prescription proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), a class of heartburn medications used to treat gastroesophageal reflux (GERD), are taken regularly by an estimated 15 million people in the U.S. These medications block the production of stomach acid to prevent acid reflux and heartburn. While the drugs are effective at reducing the symptoms of GERD,... Read More

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