A History of Flu Outbreaks

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Influenza is not going anywhere, anytime soon. While we’ve been able to eradicate the measles, smallpox and the Black Plague, flu pandemics continue to occur over and over again throughout history. In fact, since 1918, there have been four major flu pandemics, each with completely different characteristics. The good news is that while the flu ... Read More...

Stroke and A-Fib: A Deadly Connection

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Guest post by Healthcare.com About 15 strokes every hour are caused by atrial fibrillation (A-fib), but most people don’t know what A-fib is – much less know if they have it. A-fib occurs in an estimated 2.7 million Americans and is the most common type of irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia). A-fib dramatically increases the risk of stroke ... Read More...

Second-Annual Vitals “Doctor Bowl”

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The biggest game of the year is less than a week away, and while others debate the finer points between the famed quarterbacks and top-rated cornerbacks of the two opposing teams, we’re analyzing them by what we know best: their team doctors. The role of the team physician can’t be underestimated when assessing a team’s chance to win. From ... Read More...

What Grandparents Can Teach Us about Our Health

Grandparents and Health

My wife and I often joke that our grandchildren are our rewards for raising our kids well. Whenever I see them, I am reminded of the famous Robert Browning quote, “Grow old with me, the best is yet to be.”  Our grandchildren are excellent motivators for us to maintain good health. According to a recent survey conducted by Aetna and ... Read More...

7 Tips for Staying Healthy This Winter

Staying healthy in winter

Staying healthy during the colder months isn’t just about washing your hands and avoiding your sick coworkers. Whether it’s keeping warm or being active, there are a many things you can do to ensure you get through winter happy and healthy. Here are 7 tips to help you have your healthiest winter yet. 1. Wear protective clothing: The key ... Read More...

Wellness and You

Wellness-Vitals

We’re two weeks into 2015. Are you sticking with your New Year Resolution? Eating healthier and working out are the top two goals people set for themselves as the year kicks off. But if a recent Vitals Index survey is right, most people will end the year less healthy than they started. According to the report, one in four said they’re less ... Read More...

How to Get the Most Out of Your Corporate Wellness Program

Corporate wellness

You may have given it a cold shrug or grumbled at the “intrusive” regulations, but taking advantage of your company’s wellness program (CWP) can actually work to your benefit. Like it or not, the trend of using financial incentives to promote good health among employees is showing no signs of waning. More than 90 percent of companies ... Read More...

5 Health Care Predictions for 2015 (and Beyond)

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Provider competition and comparison shopping will create better, lower priced care With one year of the Affordable Care Act under the nation’s belt, there’s no doubt that major changes are still in store for the health care system and the people it serves. Increased cost responsibility on all of us, smarter technology and more provider ... Read More...

What to Do When You Find Yourself Without Health Insurance Coverage

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Guest post from HealthCare.com Whether you lose your job-based health insurance, turn 26 and age off your parents’ plan, or become uninsured for another reason, it can be unnerving. Suddenly, you are without the benefits that help pay for healthcare, which can cause a financial sting. It may be tempting to wait it out until you land a job ... Read More...

Cold Weather and Illnesses

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Winter is always a magical time of year. Beautiful twinkling lights and decorations are everywhere and we hear the gleeful peals of laughter from children amidst snowmen and snowballs. Families get together for the holidays, and everyone is full of optimism and cheer, spreading joy and gratitude. The thing is, we don’t want anything else ... Read More...