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Important health exams to schedule in your 20s- 30s

Physical Exam

Physical exams are very important, and even people 30 and younger should be getting one regularly. According to U.S. News & World Report piece by Dr. Bryan Arling, this means scheduling a physical twice in your 20s and three times in your 30s (and so on).

Other than the standards of height, weight, and blood pressure, at the physical, you can also have your doctor assure you’re up-to-date on your immunizations. For instance, as an adult woman up to age 26, if you so choose, you should have the HPV vaccination that helps, in part, fight against high-risk HPV that causes nearly 100-percent of cervical cancers, according to Women's Health. The doctor will also check your blood pressure. Knowing this number can be super helpful to your heart, brain, kidneys, and more.

Cholesterol Profile

It is recommended that women in their 20s and 30s have their blood drawn for a cholesterol test at least once every four to six years, according to WebMD. As with anything else, it should be checked more often depending on your family history and prior health records. Knowing your cholesterol number is so important. For instance, if your cholesterol is high it poses a major risk for coronary heart disease and stroke, according to the American Heart Association. To keep your heart at its utmost health, be sure to commit to this test.

Breast Exam

We all know we should be regularly visiting our gynecologist, and here’s why: These visits, like many other health exams, help both you and your doctor to understand your body, and allows your doctor to find any problems easily so that they can be treated. Part of your gyno visit should include an annual clinical breast exam, which will help identify any unusual lumps.

According to BreastCancer.org, in the US one in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of their lifetime. According to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for Breast Cancer Research, cases that are caught early lead to better prognosis, so getting checked frequently can literally help save your life. In addition to getting a clinical breast exam, you should give yourself routine self-exams once a month. This involves checking your breasts for irregular lumps or bumps, according to Women's Health. If anything seems strange, schedule an appointment ASAP.

Pelvic Exam and Pap Smear

Pap screening should begin by the age of 21, and women should have a screening once every three years, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS), the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (ASCCP) and the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) standards for screenings. This test will help you identify signs of cervical cancer.

Skin Screening

In the U.S., roughly 3.3 million people are treated for nonmelanoma skin cancer each year, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. In your 20s and 30s, regular visits to your dermatologist are recommended as a means of catching anything before it becomes too large a health issue. This means making an appointment for a skin screening once a year. You should also be monitoring your skin on your own. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends you check your body once a month for anything you deem strange or new. If you notice any changing moles or suspicious marks, you should make an appointment right away. As we all know, it’s far better to be safe than sorry.

Eye Exam

For those who don’t have trouble with their vision — either near or far — it’s easy to skip out on the eye doctor. But, according MedlinePlus, it is recommended that we all have an eye exam once every two to four years before the age of 40, and of course more regularly if you have vision problems. After 40, we should be seeing the eye doctor even more regularly. According to Glaucoma.org, “Early detection, through regular and complete eye exams, is the key to protecting your vision from damage caused by glaucoma.”

Dental Exam

Everyone — even those with pristine dental health — should visit their dentist at least annually for an exam and cleaning. According to experts from the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, once is year is said to be enough for those who have low risk of cavities or gum disease. For others, they may consider going twice a year for check-ups. Those in the “high risk” group are recommended to visit their dentist every three to four months. According to the Columbia experts, this includes smokers, pregnant women, diabetics, those with gum disease, those with a weak immune response to bacterial infection, and those who are prone to cavities or plaque build up.

It may seem impossible to keep up with all of these appointments, but remember that your health truly depends on it. Make these exams part of your calendar, and you’ll be sincerely thanking yourself for years to come. 

Source: Bustle.com 

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EZDoctor and April Partner to Offer Virtual Doctor Visits to International Travelers


EZDoctor, the leader in healthcare transparency and April, a global travel insurance provider have recently partnered to offer telemedicine services to patients traveling abroad that are in need of medical assistance.

The alliance between EZDoctor and April, allows patients to remotely consult with a U.S. board certified physician while traveling abroad.

With EZDoctor's support, April will be connecting their travelers from around the world with doctors anytime, anywhere needing only a webcam enabled device and a reliable internet connection.

These virtual physician consultations are not intended to treat emergency medical conditions/situations. Patients will receive primary care services, treatment for common ailments like the flu, allergies, rashes etc. and educational and informative medical advice from a trained and thoroughly screened professional.

EZDoctor and April are working together to improve the doctor-patient experience by providing on demand consultations and with doctors readily available to treat patients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To serve the needs of April's global travelers patients are connected with U.S. physicians within 15 minutes and can currently request doctors that are fluent in English, Spanish, French, or Portuguese.

According to the American Telemedicine Association, approximately 10 million patients benefited from using telemedicine last year. The telemedicine industry is developing quickly and becoming more prominent in societies around the world. EZDoctor and April are two leaders expanding quality telemedicine services worldwide.

"We're very excited about this partnership, we believe patients should have access to a board certified physician anywhere and anytime. As telemedicine continues to be a rapidly growing component of healthcare in the United States, we want to provide patients an accessible way to treat their healthcare needs when they are away from home," said David Marsidi, EZDoctor's founder and CEO.

"April & EZDoctor are both convenient, progressive thought leaders in the way we prioritize the patient's needs and that is what we want to deliver through this new service by offering a fast, easy, reliable and secure doctor consultations," continued Marsidi. "Together we will deliver the world-class healthcare service that patients deserve."        

EZDoctor and April patients will:

  • Have access to telemedicine services 24/7.
  • Resolve unexpected medical problems when traveling.
  • Receive virtual physicians consultations from any location worldwide.
  • Connect with a physician within 15 minutes of their request.
  • Have better outcomes because of timelier access to a physician.
  • Reduce unnecessary admissions, save time and money.
  • Receive primary care services on the go.

About EZDoctor
EZDoctor, healthcare technology business located in Florida, provides healthcare services nationwide. As an advocate for healthcare information transparency, EZDoctor developed a Carfax type of report but for doctors called EZDoctor Reports, to help patients make better decisions when it comes to choosing a doctor. With their rapid growth in the healthcare technology industry and over 1.5M+ doctor profiles, EZDoctor has radically transformed the industry by connecting healthcare consumers with the best doctors and equipping them with accurate information to make an informed healthcare decision.

About April
April has been a leading brand providing quality Travel and other Specialty Insurance programs providing services in Europe, Latin America and the U.S.
April offers comprehensive travel insurance & assistance plans covering multiple trips for frequent travelers. 

Quick Tips for Choosing a Doctor

When you choose a primary care doctor for yourself or a loved one, make sure to choose a doctor you can trust. A primary care doctor can help you make important decisions, like which screening tests and shots to get, treat many health problems, refer you to a specialist when you need more help with a specific health issue.

Here are some things you should know before selecting a physician

  • Listens to your opinions and concerns
  • Encourages you to ask questions
  • Explains things in ways you can understand

When you and your doctor work together as a team, you’ll get better health care. Try the following tips to find a doctor who’s right for you.

Research your doctor.

If you have health insurance, you may need to choose a doctor in their network. Some insurance plans may let you choose a doctor outside the network if you pay more of the cost.

What you should know about your doctor:

  • Contact information, Locations and Gender. 
  • License Information. It is important to know if your doctor is licensed to provide the care that you need.
  • Education. To learn more about your physician’s background EZDoctor Reports contain information regarding where they studied, graduation date, board certifications, as well as their internship, residency and fellowship. This will help you make an educated decision regarding your doctor’s training and ability.
  • Hospital Affiliations/Privileges.  Its common practice for a doctor to have their office in one location and perform treatment in a separate location. For example, you could go to a doctor’s office for a consultation regarding your knee and that doctor might provide treatment and/or surgery at a hospital that he is affiliated with or has privileges. By having this information before hand, it can help you in deciding whether this doctor would be the most convenient for you.
  • Procedure Pricing Information. When taking care of any health concern, one of the main things we consider is the cost associated with any procedures that might be necessary. An EZDoctor report will display an average charge for procedures performed by the physician you are reviewing.
  • Patient Referral Summary.  Primary care physicians, when needed, refer patients to a specialist. Especially when they face a diagnosis that is beyond their Scope of Practice. With an EZDoctor report you will see the  physicians referral pattern.
  • Pricing/Prescribing Habits. Is your  doctor more likely to prescribe a name brand versus a generic drug? Despite your preference, by seeing a breakdown of the most common prescriptions a physician orders you can get a clear view of his prescribing tendencies and average price per prescription.
  • Disciplinary Actions. Finding out if a physician has been sanctioned or not by a state medical board can be very useful when it comes to selecting a doctor to visit. Equally important is to know  what those infractions were related to.
  • Criminal Offenses. While federal criminal records are not available to the public, EZDoctor reports include state government records that indicate whether a physician has ever been charged or convicted of a crime. Allowing you to have this information prior to any consultation and/or treatment.
  • Malpractice Claims. You have the right to know if your physician has been involved in any incidents regarding his medical care. From surgical and medication errors to misdiagnoses, EZDoctor will provide the information you need.
  • Patient Reviews. It’s always good to know what other patients are saying about a physician. EZDoctor reports collect patient reviews from multiple sources.

Other important questions to ask about the doctor:

  • Is the doctor taking new patients?
  • Is the doctor part of a group practice? Who are the other doctors?
  • Who will see you if your doctor isn’t available?
  • Which hospital does the doctor use?
  • If you have a medical condition, does the doctor have experience treating it?
  • What languages does the doctor speak? 

You can find all the information you need on a physician by obtaining an EZDoctor Report. Go to ezdoctor.com now to get started! 

Source: healthfinder.gov

5 Supplements Every Woman Should Take



Calcium

Why You Need It: Everyone knows calcium builds strong bones, but this mineral is also crucial for other functions, such as transmitting nerve signals.Women ages 19 to 50 need 1,000 milligrams per day. Figure out how much you get from food and drink, and supplement the rest.

Daily Dose: Women ages 19 to 50 need 1,000 milligrams per day. Figure out how much you get from food and drink, and supplement the rest.


Vitamin D

Why You Need It: Not only does D help the body absorb calcium, it also might play a role in preventing colon cancer, breast cancer and diabetes.
Daily Dose: 2,000 international units (IUs) of vitamin D-3 in the winter. In summer, drop down to 1,000 IUs or skip it on days you get lots of sun.


Fish Oil

Why You Need It: Low levels of these healthy fats can lead to internal inflammation, one culprit behind heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

Daily Dose: 1 to 2 grams (1,000 to 2,000 mg). Take fish-oil supplements with food, which absorbs the oil and staves off fishy burps.


Probiotics

Why You Need It: Probiotics, or good bacteria, have been shown to assuage gastrointestinal problems, like diarrhea, and even help reduce colds.

Daily Dose: One capsule with 10 billion colony-forming units (CFUs), preferably in the morning so it can aid your digestion throughout the day.


Folate

Why you need it:  You need folate to look healthy. Our cells need it to make DNA, and without DNA, cells wouldn’t function properly. Nor would they make new cells and tissue, such as skin and hair.  During pregnancy, especially the first couple of weeks when women often don’t know they are pregnant, folate is critical in preventing neural tube abnormalities in the fetus, such as spina bifida. 

Daily Dose: Healthy, non-pregnant women should look for a multivitamin supplement providing 400 micrograms daily. Pregnant women should take a prenatal supplement with 400-800 micrograms of folate. Talk to your obstetrician or gynecologist about taking folate along with other key supplements that can support a baby’s development.


Source: Allyou.com