Second-Annual Vitals “Doctor Bowl”

2nd annual doctor bowl

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)

Health care

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...

How Does the Flu Change Over Time?

antigenic shift and drift

Every year, we talk about the flu as if it were a single, solitary thing.  However, the flu is not something that ever stays the same: flu outbreaks are never consistent because influenza viruses are always evolving. Epidemiologists expect slight changes with each outbreak, but sometimes they are caught off guard by such a radical change that we ... Read More...

Does Cold Weather Cause Joint Pain?

joint pain

Many people with joint pain insist that weather causes flare-ups; they say that they can predict the weather by symptoms in their joints.  Though many sufferers swear that their pain increases in cold, snowy, damp and rainy weather, studies show that it is actually the barometric pressure changes that accompany these weather conditions that cause ... Read More...