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May 20th, 2019

It’s never too late to help your heart

By Alyssa H. Tran, DO As an older adult, you might think you’re too old to improve your heart health. I have an 88-year-old patient who would prove you wrong. She has Type 2 diabetes and a history of heart disease, but that hasn’t stopped her from making changes that have helped her reach her […]

May 20th, 2019

Move in May

by Haley Newton, DO It’s May—National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. Each year, the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition encourages Americans to be more active. “This month is a fantastic time to put your focus on exercise and moving your body,” says Haley Newton, D.O., a family medicine physician with USMD Las Colinas […]

May 14th, 2019

A Game of Caregivers

By Carol Zernial, WellMed Charitable Foundation Executive Director Caregiving can actually be very similar to trying to conquer the seven kingdoms or the known world. Just like the HBO series, A Game of Thrones, caregiving has its own magical qualities, mythical beasts, loyal banner men and women, and schemers who may be working against us. […]

May 3rd, 2019

Prescription Medication and Vitamins Don’t Always Mix

by Hedieh Davanloo, MD Not all old habits are good habits—especially as we age. If you’ve been taking a prescription medication for a long time or a combination of vitamins for a long time “just because you always have,” it’s time to get guidance from your primary-care doctor. And this means a thorough review of […]

April 26th, 2019

Mom was right: Eating more veggies can be key to good health

  By Michele Raglin, M.D.   What would you say if I told you there was a way to boost your mood, cut your risk of heart disease and cancer, and reduce how much medicine you may be taking every day?   Studies have shown that changing your diet from one based on processed foods […]

April 16th, 2019

Completing Advance Directive Documents Can Bring Peace of Mind

By Dr. Thet Aung Imagine that a life-threatening accident or illness has left you unable to tell your family or physicians what medical treatment you want, or don’t want. Would you want to be kept alive no matter what, even if it meant being dependent on a machine to breathe or receiving food through a […]

April 2nd, 2019

The Best of Intentions

By Carol Zernial, WellMed Charitable Foundation Executive Director She was his high school sweetheart, so when he got cancer after 47 years of marriage, she knew that she would take care of him no matter what. They would get the best doctors and fight it together. She had the best of intentions. He was the […]

April 1st, 2019

National Administrative Professionals Day, Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, and Patient Experience Week

By Joseph Aigner-Varoz, Senior Director, Clinic Operations Support According to the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science, approximately 300,000 clinical lab professionals work in this industry in the U.S.  Since the 1920s, lab professionals have “played an increasingly vital role in the diagnosis and prevention of disease” and are essential participants on health care teams.Three […]

March 28th, 2019

Not the perfect caregiver? That’s OK

By Carol Zernial, WellMed Charitable Foundation Executive Director I don’t know everything. This statement would be met with no surprise and great agreement among my family and friends. There might also be a smirk on a few faces that I had miraculously discovered this fact. In my younger days in school, I would be frustrated […]

March 1st, 2019

National Social Work Month, Health Information Professionals Week 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.  We celebrate our Health Information Professionals Week from 24 – 30 March, and on March […]