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February 28th, 2018

National Social Work Month and National Doctor’s Day

by Joseph Aigner-Varoz Senior Director, Clinic Operations Support March is National Social Work Month.  During the entire month, we celebrate Social Workers across WellMed and across the nation to recognize their contributions to those in need of support and advocacy. On March 30th, Doctor’s Day, we also recognize our amazing doctors who tirelessly provide outstanding, […]

February 23rd, 2018

The Silent Killer: Controlling Hypertension

By Saritha Pothuluri, MD As a primary care physician specializing in senior health care, I’m no stranger to a common malady in older adults: hypertension, more commonly referred to as high blood pressure. Hypertension affects nearly one in three adults in the United States, some 70 million people. Left untreated, it can cause serious complications, […]

February 20th, 2018

RAISE Act raises the bar for caregiver support

By Carol Zernial In late January, the President signed the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act into law. The new law requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to develop, maintain and update a strategy to recognize and support family caregivers. As Winnie the Pooh once said, “If anyone would […]

January 23rd, 2018

Multiple Meds Can Lead to Dangerous Drug Interactions

By Humberto Jimenez, M.D., PCPMG Miami With cooler weather and the flu season, illnesses are imminent this time of year. As a result, people are taking more pills but may not be considering the harmful interactions that may occur when taking multiple prescription drugs, over the-counter medications, vitamins or herbal supplements. Adverse drug reactions (ADR) […]

January 8th, 2018

Got pain? Here are 9 ways to treat osteoarthritis

By Daniel Oyiriaru, M.D. Arthritis means inflammation of the joints. Osteoarthritis is just one type of arthritis. It is common as we get older in life.  When it sets in, the rubbery material between the bones at the joint, called cartilage, starts to wear off. This gradually worsens over time. It can affect any joint, […]

January 2nd, 2018

National Pharmacist Day and National Medical Group Practice Week

by Joseph Aigner-Varoz Senior Director, Clinic Operations Support We kick off the New Year with two healthcare recognitions:  National Pharmacist Day on January 12th, and National Medical Group Practice Week, January 22 – 26. National Pharmacist Day Derived from eastern hemisphere and Native American medicine, Pharmacy in the United States has grown over the centuries […]

November 16th, 2017

Trust, compassion and end-of-life care in the Rio Grande Valley

From a young age, Merlyn Palacios, APRN, knew she wanted to pursue a career in health care. As a child, she spent time hanging around the doctor’s office where her mother worked for nearly 20 years. Palacios watched, fascinated, as the doctor performed everything from injections to sutures. But her favorite thing to do while […]

November 2nd, 2017

Celebrating Home Care, Palliative Care, Radiologic Technology and Nurse Practitioners in November

by Joseph Aigner-Varoz Senior Director, Clinic Operations Support This coming month marks several recognition celebrations for a few of our amazing WellMed clinical teams. Throughout the month of November, we celebrate National Home Care Month and National Palliative Care Month.  From November 5 – 11 we celebrate National Radiologic Technology Week, and from November 12 […]

October 31st, 2017

Mask On, Mask Off – Trick or Treat?

by Dr. Jamie Huysman, PsyD, LCSW, CAP, CFT To celebrate Halloween, we can dress up, put on masks and pretend to be anything we want. Afterward, we return our costumes or pack them away for next year — and resume our daily lives. But consider this: At any given time, we can unknowingly put on […]

October 9th, 2017

Staying healthy this flu season

Dr. Aparna Vallabhaneni WellMed at Georgetown Maybe you or someone you know took the flu mist in recent years, the inhalable version of the flu shot. If you did, here’s something you should know. The Centers for Disease Control recommends that LAIV (Live attenuated influenza vaccine flumist) not be used during the 2017 to 2018 […]