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Make the most of Medicare's free wellness visits

If you are insured through Medicare, you may not know that you qualify for free, annual wellness visits with your primary care provider. Seeing your provider regularly is essential to both your current and future health. If you have been enrolled in Medicare Part B for more than 12 months, you are eligible for one free wellness visit each year. If you just enrolled, don't worry—you also receive a free "welcome" visit. These appointments allow your provider to monitor your well-being and de...

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12/18/2018 10:01:00 AM Comments(0)

Cervical cancer: Take steps to prevent it

The most important thing to know about cervical cancer may be this: It's largely preventable. Here's a look at how to protect yourself—or your daughter—from a disease that afflicted over 13,000 women in 2017 and kills more than 4,000 women every year. A Pap test can find pre-cancerous changes in the cells of the cervix that can be treated before they have the chance to turn into cancer. Most cases of cervical cancer are found in women who haven't had regular Pap tests. Your doctor ma...

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12/13/2018 2:36:00 PM Comments(0)

Type 2 diabetes: Know the symptoms, know your risk

The earlier type 2 diabetes is diagnosed and treated, the better the chances of avoiding serious health problems. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. It usually starts when the body has trouble using insulin, a hormone that helps glucose also called blood sugar enter the body's cells. When glucose can't move into cells, it builds up in the bloodstream instead. Over time, a high glucose level in the blood can damage the body, increasing the chances for complications such as ...

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11/20/2018 2:39:00 PM Comments(0)

Manage your health in the New Year

A new year brings the promise of a new beginning. For many, this means a renewed sense of commitment to health-related goals. By far, the most popular of these goals involves weight loss. It may be tempting to try something exotic and short-term for fast weight loss—an all-kumquat diet, perhaps, or a one-weekend exercise marathon. It wouldn't be healthy, however, and any weight you lost would probably be back in a heartbeat. It's not new and it may not be the fad of the moment but if you w...

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11/20/2018 2:14:00 PM Comments(0)

What is COPD?

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease COPD is a condition that makes it hard to breathe. Although there is no cure, treatment can improve quality of life. To understand COPD, it may help to break down its name. Chronic means long-lasting. COPD is progressive--it gets worse over time. Obstructive refers to the fact that airflow is obstructed--air can't move freely in and out of the lungs. Obstruction may be from chronic bronchitis swelling and excess phlegm in the airways , emphysema damage to lu...

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11/19/2018 10:59:00 AM Comments(0)