Losing weight and achieving the rippled "six-pack" stomach has become a national obsession. Although a year-round obsession for some, for many of us this focus on leanness intensifies with summer weather and the opportunity for more beach time.
Blood donors are a critical component of our medical system. An adequate supply of blood is essential for the treatment of medical problems ranging from severe accidents to cancer and even extreme anemia due to disease or a poor diet.
Journal articles don't usually cite "Seinfeld," but a recent study published in the May edition of Health Affairs mentions a memorable episode that shows how distressed the Elaine character gets when she discovers her doctor has labeled her a "difficult" patient.
Those of us in the health insurance industry enjoy a unique perspective on what keeps people healthy, or makes them unhealthy. Many things affect health, but three "big ones" are more likely than anything to ensure that we live long, healthy lives.
The holiday season is a wonderful time for families and friends to gather, reconnect and build lasting memories. Yet we know from mental health studies and firsthand experience that it can also be a stressful time for both children and adults.
The movie "Contagion," about a deadly global virus epidemic, really interests me. Although it's fiction and greatly sensationalized for entertainment value, the events are based on reality. We've had worldwide pandemics like this before; remember SARS, ebola and the swine flu?
The emergence of online electronic medical records is changing the face of health care, as it provides greater access to critical health care information and, consequently, opportunities for better patient outcomes.