Category Archives: I’m Not Your Mother, But

How telemedicine helps some elderly people stay home longer

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Rita, who is 79 years old, has congestive heart failure, a chronic health condition that lands many people in the hospital or nursing home. Telemedicine has allowed her to closely monitor important vital signs and stay in her own home. According to the CDC, approximately 5.1 million people in the United States have congestive heart failure. Close […]

Should your child be screened for high cholesterol?

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The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute and the American Academy of Pediatrics have recommended routine cholesterol screening of children between the ages of 9 and 11 and again between 17 and 21 since 2011.They issued the recommendation and additional guidelines after reviewing more than 1,000 published documents on heart disease and how it relates to children […]

A Straightforward, No Nonsense Guide to Ultimate Health

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Guest post by Lauren Breau, L.Ac, acupuncturist at Wildwood Community Acupuncture  So, an acupuncturist walks into a bar … Actually, just kidding. This acupuncturist isn’t walking into any bar, seeing as I’m on my 3rd day of Zithromax for a nasty cold that turned into a sinus infection and sent me running into the arms of biomedicine.  […]

How you might get a little extra time to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act

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If you’re having trouble enrolling in a health plan under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), you may be able to breathe a short sigh of relief. The deadline for open enrollment is next Monday, March 31, but the Obama administration has decided to allow extra time for some people who haven’t been able to do […]

Insurance coverage for a colonoscopy: Be sure to read the fine print

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Two weeks ago on the WCSH6 Morning Report, I talked about the importance of early detection of colorectal cancer and shared some information about insurance coverage for screening tests: The Affordable Care Act requires that all private health plans cover colorectal cancer screening tests as a preventive service without any out-of-pocket costs to patients, even if polyps are detected […]

Thanks to Love and a Conscientious Doctor Chuck Kelley Caught His Colon Cancer Early

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When Chuck and Jo-Ellen Kelley were married 23 years ago, she told him that since she went for yearly medical checkups, she expected him to do the same. “After all,” she says, “we promised that we’d grow old together and take care of each other.” So, Chuck found a doctor and has been seeing him […]