Preventing pain before it starts

  • Written by Guest Column by Allison Apfelbaum
Now that the warm weather has returned many of you may be jump starting your exercise routines.  This may trigger aches and pains in your body.  This can be mild, moderate or even severe pain in which the body remains in an activated state for months or even years without significant relief.  Having pain everyday can take a toll on a person’s physical energy and emotional well-being.  Chronic pain can present itself as headaches, joint pain, neck pain, back pain, or even elsewhere like the abdomen or pelvis.  Other side effects from constant pain can result in fatigue, lack of sleep, depression, anxiety, anger, or irritability.
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Simple Steps May Reduce Depression Triggers During the Holidays

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Depressive disorders don’t take holidays. Stress management can be key to maintaining mental health.

It is no secret that the holiday season can be a stressful time. With family gatherings, office parties, gift exchanges, and other demands on our time and attention, the final month of the year can be a trying time for even the most optimistic and enthusiastic people.

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Finding the Right Words: What to do if you suspect your child is having suicidal thoughts

  • Written by Dr. Laurie Johnson and Dr. Brian Johnson

If you notice warning signs of suicide, simply ask, Are you thinking about hurting yourself? Parents may avoid asking this simple question for fear of putting the idea into their child’s head, but if someone is suicidal, the idea is already there and the person is usually relieved that someone noticed that something is wrong. If your child says yes, the next question to ask is, How would you do it? If your child has a plan, the plan is detailed, and he or she has the means to carry it out, the risk is very high. Regardless of whether or not your child has a specific plan, ask, What is keeping you from doing it?

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5 Medicare Advantage Plan Shopping Misconceptions and How to Avoid Them

  • Written by Kristen Hamilton

By Catherine Field, Market President for Washington State, Humana
The Medicare Annual Election Period takes place until December 7. It’s a time for people with Medicare to make important decisions about their health care – just ask the 17.7 million people who decided on a Medicare Advantage plan in 2016.  There are many factors to consider so that you get the Medicare plan that best meets your health and budget needs.

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Healthy Eyes for Back to School

  • Written by Dr. Linda Chous, chief eye care officer, UnitedHealthcare

The beginning of the school year is a good time to get children’s eyes checked. Children face unique eye health challenges, including injury, infection, reading difficulties and nearsightedness.

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