Six Easy but Often Overlooked Ways to Cut Healthcare Costs

save healthcare costs

Did I just say "easy?" I know, it seems like nothing is easy when it comes to healthcare, especially when we're all facing mounting healthcare premiums and bills that don't stop coming. But even so, there are surprising (and sometimes hidden) ways to lower those costs, even when it seems like nothing will ever make us stop hyperventilating after ... Read More...

Ask the Doctor: What is a gallstone?

What is a gallstone

Q. My mom was told she has a gallstone. What is that? Will she need an operation?   A. This is a common dilemma. The mere presence of gallstones doesn’t mean that an operation is needed. In fact, many people have these stones with no symptoms. Surgery is indicated when: Stones are large and block the bile duct (causing ... Read More...

Ask the doctor: How do I know if I had a panic attack?

How do I know if I had a panic attack?

Q. I think I had a panic attack. What are the symptoms and how can I prevent them?   A. First, I’d like to let you know that you are not alone!  Panic disorders are pretty common and 2.4 million people suffer from these attacks in the U.S. These attacks are real sensations of sheer terror and assault without forewarning or ... Read More...

5 bugs that bite in the summer

bug bites

Coming into contact with stinging or biting insects, especially in the heat or rainy season, is very common and severity of results can range from totally benign to causing death. To prevent bites and stings, especially in endemic areas, preventative steps include: Gloves while gardening Long-sleeved, light-colored clothes and long ... Read More...

Foods in Season: July edition

Food in Season July

Summer is definitely in full swing, and that means there is no shortage of great, fresh food available this July. My local farmer’s market is a feast for the eyes with tables sagging under the weight of bountiful colorful produce. So what shouldn’t you miss? Cherries. I love cherries. I’ve been known to eat them as an entire meal. ... Read More...

Ask the doctor: How can I stick to my diet on vacation?

How to stick to your diet on vacation

Q: I’ve been doing great on my diet, but I have a cruise coming up. How can I have “fun” on my vacation without blowing my diet?   A: It’s quite typical to stow away your diet to enjoy your vacation to its “fullest” by eating and drinking without any restrictions. In fact, gaining an extra 5-10 pounds from a cruise is not ... Read More...

Ask the Doctor: Is diet soda all that bad?

Is diet soda bad for you

Q Sure, soda is bad. But how about diet soda with no calories. Is it healthy to drink?   A: Weight-conscious Americans think that drinking diet sodas will prevent gaining weight. This misconception however is “eating them alive”. Almost as acidic as car battery acid, soda can dissolve teeth enamel (which cannot be replaced). Dramatic ... Read More...

America’s Top Cities for Access to Health Care

America's top cities for access to health care

With rising healthcare costs, doctor shortages and an aging baby boomer population, access to quality health care is a concern for many Americans. So what cities enjoy the best access to health care? Vitals crunched to numbers to see where the most hospitals and doctors are based on populations in cities across America. Then we paired it with ... Read More...

Ask the Doctor: How do you defend against summer “brain drain?”

prevent learning loss

Q: I’ve heard that children can have brain drain in the summer. What can I do to prevent my children from loosing the skills they learned all year?   A: Summer leaves many children without regular access to educational activities, which contributes to learning loss or what we call the “brain drain.” In most children, this equates to ... Read More...

Fight boredom with healthy summer activities for children

healthy summer activities for kids

It’s not even two weeks into summer break and already, if your kids are anything like mine, they’re telling you they’re bored. Bored? I’m not sure exactly what kinds of exciting things my girls do at school all day, but it must be enthralling because nothing I do seems to be quite exciting enough. It’s easy to hand our kids ... Read More...