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July 24th, 2017

Dedicated doctor in the hospital means better patient care

By Dr. Sridhar Narra What is a hospitalist and what is their role? A hospitalist is a doctor who cares for patients in the hospital. WellMed hospitalists coordinate care for patients in the WellMed Network with the patient’s primary care doctor, so they get the right care at the right time. A doctor who works […]

July 10th, 2017

Aging gracefully in Sun City: One doctor’s perspective

By George “Walker” Jackson, MD I’m one of those guys who always wanted to be a physician. It was a passion of mine. I grew up in El Paso, graduated from Coronado High School and headed off to Baylor University where I earned my undergraduate degree. After graduation, I spent a year in a post […]

June 28th, 2017

Three health tips for men over 60

By Dr. Josh Hollinger Men over the age of 60 face a number of health issues that may not be diagnosed unless they see their doctor regularly. Yet according to the Agency of Healthcare Research and Quality, men are far more likely to skip health screenings and less likely than women to see a primary […]

June 9th, 2017

Dad (or Mom) Has Had a Heart Attack: What Do We Do Now?

By Dr. Michael Almaleh Take a sip of coffee. Too hot? Let it cool for half a minute, then try it. Done? Ok. In that time someone in the United States died from cardiovascular disease.  Every 33 seconds, heart disease takes a life in the United States – about 600,000 people annually – making it […]

March 31st, 2017

Lightening our load by opening our baggage

WellMed Charitable Foundation Executive Director Carol Zernial is a noted gerontologist, radio show host, and Chair of the National Council on Aging. The non-profit WellMed Charitable Foundation focuses on complimentary programs impacting seniors and family caregivers, including weekly telephone learning sessions, evidence-based classes on stress reduction and more. Find out more at www.CaregiverSOS.org or toll-free […]

March 14th, 2017

Still not too late for a flu vaccine

John Jason Sutton, MD, earned his Medical Degree from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston in Houston, TX. He completed a categorical internal medicine residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, TX. He is board certified in Internal Medicine. Dr. Sutton has been a hospitalist with WellMed for over […]

March 1st, 2017

The layers of caregiving

My mother recently passed away. This is the common ending of so many caregiving journeys. For us, it was six years after the official Alzheimer’s diagnosis. But it could have been cancer, end-stage renal disease, heart failure, pneumonia, or a number of other conditions that prompt people to pick up the mantle of caregiving. I […]

February 14th, 2017

Does that spot on your foot need medical attention?

How can you tell if that spot on your foot needs to be seen by a Podiatrist? There are a few simple questions you need to ask yourself. Does it itch? Does the spot have scalloped or irregular borders? Does the color of the spot appear lighter or darker in the middle compared to the […]

February 1st, 2017

Ask the Doc: “Superbugs”

What is a “superbug?” To better understand a superbug, it’s best to first understand microbes. A microbe is something that we can’t see with our eyes. Microbes are found all over and include things such as bacteria. Most microbes are harmless, but some can cause infection. These infections sometimes must be treated with medications, such […]

January 14th, 2017

Advance care planning can be a gift to your family members

Advance care planning is not just about old age. At any age, a medical crisis could leave you too ill to make your own healthcare decisions. Even if you are not sick now, making healthcare plans for the future is an important step toward making sure you get the medical care you would want, even […]

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