Why Are Allergies On the Rise?

Young man hiding in green grass

According to UCLA Health, as many as 1 in 5 Americans suffer from some type of allergy. And those numbers are on the rise. Both seasonal allergies and allergies to food continue to increase in the general population. What’s causing it? While no one knows for sure, studies show a number of factors can be contributing to the continuing rise in ... Read More...

Vitals’ Pediatric Care Survey Featured on FOX with Dr. Manny Alvarez

Orlena Yeung Vitals' Chief Marketing Officer with Dr. Manny Alvarez on Health Talk.

We were so excited to see our Chief Marketing Officer Orlena Yeung discussing our pediatric care survey on Health Talk with Dr. Manny Alvarez this morning. You can watch the interview below and read more tips on how to choose the perfect pediatrician on FOX News. (See the original infographic and learn more about our study for The Best and ... Read More...

7 Cool Volunteers Who Make Your Hospital Stay Bearable

Hospital Volunteers Vitals.com

Nobody wants to stay in the hospital, but if you're forced to be there, it might as well be a little fun. Here are seven unique hospital volunteers you might be lucky enough to encounter the next time you're recuperating. 1. Superhero Window Washers You could be lying in bed feeling miserable when Spiderman flies by your ... Read More...

Emmys 2014: Top 7 Best Television Doctors

Emmys 2014 Best TV Doctors

On our website, you can rate and review your doctor so new patients can be better informed. But what about the doctors who aren't on our site -- the ones who have killed patients in cold blood or been put on a leave of absence just as they were about to save someone's life? Yes, I'm talking about the cold-hearted world of television ... Read More...

How The ACA Could Help End Medical Bankruptcy

Essential Health Benefit Standards Vitals.com

  When someone files for bankruptcy, there's a tendency for finger-pointing. It's all too easy for some to assume the other person must have been irresponsible with their money. However, it's not frivolous purchases that cause most Americans to file for bankruptcy. In reality, medical debt is the leading cause of bankruptcy in the United ... Read More...

Why People With Health Insurance Still Go Bankrupt

Why Do People With Health Insurance Still Go Bankrupt? Vitals.com

Most of us believe that having adequate health insurance will insulate us from a medical bankruptcy. Our parents taught us how to prepare for the future, and we've done everything right... right? So it may come as a shock to learn that about 70 percent of medical bankruptcies are filed by people with health insurance. Yes, 70 percent!  That's a ... Read More...

The Strange and Wonderful Livingston Manor Trout Parade

LARD performs at the Livingston Manner Trout Parade 2014

We all know that fish is heart-healthy, but sometimes it's also good for a laugh. Recently, I was in upstate New York to attend the 11th annual Trout Parade, an obscure annual parade designed to tout the trout. My friends have a summer home there, and the unique event has become something of a yearly tradition for us. This flamboyantly fishy ... Read More...

What’s Your Medical IQ? Survey Says…

Archival photo of a doctor on a ship in 1941. From the Samuel J. Hood Studio Collection

  Americans have a pretty high perception of their medical IQ. When surveyed, 42% of respondents said their medical IQ was probably in the top 80th to 100th percentile. In practice, however, the hubris doesn't line up with the results. Many Americans do not know basic information about their doctor's training. During our survey, 66% of ... Read More...

Betchya Don’t Know: Health Care Quiz

Woman being examined by a doctor in the 1970's

Two out of every five people failed this basic health care quiz. What about you?     See what else Americans don't know about their own health care system by viewing the full results from our "What's Your Medical IQ?" survey.  (If the quiz is taking a long time to load, click here.) ... Read More...

Happy Father’s Day from Vitals

Vitals Software Engineer Charles Reace as a baby

We hope you enjoy this photo set of some of our employees with their fathers, as well as lessons they learned from dad. Happy Father's Day from Vitals. ... Read More...