Too old? When kids outgrow their pediatrician

If your doctor's office still looks like this in your 20s, it may be time to consider switching doctors (bennadel.com)

This post originally appeared on August 9, 2012. It was last updated on August 17, 2017.  I was about to leave for college after a summer home when my mom made an innocent suggestion. “Perhaps you should go to the doctor for a check-up.” I groaned. It wasn’t that I didn’t like my doctor. He was smart, funny, and a good ... Read More...

Life After Melanoma: What Survivors Should Know

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When it comes to skin cancer, melanoma is the most frightening diagnosis you can get. The most deadly form of skin cancer, it can affect people of any age, race or sex. Last year, the American Cancer Society estimated than more than 76,000 new melanomas would be diagnosed, and more than 10,000 people would die of melanoma. Though the numbers are ... Read More...

What To Do When a Doctor Won’t Accept New Patients

The right doctor is out there! You just gotta know where to look.

This post originally appeared on August 20, 2012. It was last updated on August 11, 2017.  We've all found ourselves in need of a primary care doctor: whether you've moved to a new area, your trusted family physician has retired, or the doctor you've been seeing just isn't living up to your expectations. The thought of having to identify ... Read More...

Our Favorite Sun Safety Gear & A Selfie Contest

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It’s midsummer, and by now, outdoor activities are in full swing. Whether you like to take it easy by the beach or near home, or enjoy hiking, biking, or running, there’s something for everyone under the sun. But, before you go out, it’s important to take small steps to ensure you’re sun safe. We’ve compiled a list of favorite sun ... Read More...

Ultimate Guide: Finding Your Favorite Dermatologist

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A dermatologist may be a specialist doctor, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t see this physician regularly. In fact, it’s highly recommended that you see a dermatologist at least once a year. Protecting your skin year-round from all types of weather conditions, and understanding any abnormalities that appear, are both key elements to ... Read More...

Knowing the ABCDE’s of Skin Cancer Risk

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While it may seem most relevant in the summertime, sun safety is important year-round. Unfortunately, there are common myths around sun care, which can prove harmful if followed. For example, many people will assume they only need to apply sunscreen if they’re headed out during the peak hours of the day. Or, that it’s unnecessary to apply ... Read More...

Vitals Releases Summer Skin Cancer Risk Report

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At-risk states have low racial diversity and fewer dermatologists in their medical community  JULY 11, 2017 – LYNDHURST, NJ – Each year, there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of breast, lung, colon and prostate cancers. Despite years of education campaigns supporting sunscreen application and maligning ... Read More...

Top 10 Pediatricians In Greater Houston, Texas

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Searching for the most-recommended pediatricians in the Greater Houston, Texas area? Check to see if your doctor is one of the ‘Top 10 Pediatricians’ in Houston based on patient ratings and reviews. Vitals’ visitors who leave ratings and reviews for a doctor are asked about different factors during their appointment. For example, they may ... Read More...

10 Things You Might Not Know About Cataracts

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Cataracts are a clouding of the eye’s lens, which should be clear. This results is blurry vision or what’s often described as looking through a fogged-up window. With more than 200,000 new cases diagnosed each year in the United States, it’s a prevalent but also often misunderstood condition. During Cataract Awareness Month, here are 10 ... Read More...

How To Prepare For An Appointment About Alzheimer’s Disease

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Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia— a brain disorder that affects a person's ability to carry out daily activities.  It usually begins after age 60 and in the beginning stages, it affects the parts of the brain that control thought, memory and language. Those with the disease may have trouble remembering recent events or ... Read More...