Can Health Insurance Save You Money?

Health insurance open enrollment season is upon us, which means you’re trying to decide the best health insurance option for your family.

There are definitely cases where health insurance is a necessity, such as if you’re pregnant, diabetic, or suffering from chronic conditions requiring extensive medication or treatments. However, if you’re a healthy adult wondering whether it’s worth the deduction, you might want to consider whether health insurance is right for you. A huge factor to consider is whether or not your insurance plan is actually saving you money.

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Halloween Dangers for Children with Food Allergies

 

With Halloween just one week away, kids across Kansas City are getting ready to go trick-or-treating. Costume preparations are underway, as well as making sure you have enough candy for the day.

However, for some children, Halloween treats have tricks that parents may not have anticipated. Parents, if you aren’t sure if your child has a food allergy, you could be inadvertently putting them at risk when you let them bite into that candy bar.

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Employers: Help Your Employees By Providing Flu Shots

It’s that time of year again – time for FLU SHOTS!

In 2010, experts decreed that everyone older than 6 months of age needs to get a flu shot. The flu is a common virus that impacts nearly 20% of Americans each year (according to CDC.) Many people experience different side effects but the flu virus usually brings about nausea, diarrhea, high fever, exhaustion, and soreness. These symptoms can knock out an employee for days, if not weeks.  Continue reading “Employers: Help Your Employees By Providing Flu Shots” »

Help Your Teen Understand STDs

We all know that kids and teens do not become perfect angels overnight. Even as school is back in session, it’s still important to have important conversations with your teens about responsibility. Though some kids are blessed with common sense, many teens love to party with friends, date new people, and try new things, but if they’re not careful, they could be exposed to STDs.  Continue reading “Help Your Teen Understand STDs” »

Mental Illness Does Not Discriminate

 

The month of September is dedicated to Suicide Prevention and Awareness and the first full week of October is Mental Illness Awareness Week. There is a wide variety of mental illnesses, from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to Alzheimer’s and drug addiction. In 2015, an estimated 43 million Americans with a diagnosable mental disorder. A great many suffer from more than one illness at a time. Continue reading “Mental Illness Does Not Discriminate” »

How Your Workplace Can Benefit from On-Site Flu Shots

Cold and flu season is rapidly approaching, and it’s the perfect time to think about on-site flu vaccinations for your workplace. While it may cost money initially for on-site flu shots, it can save you in the long run as far as productivity and time off work are concerned. Here’s why.

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Run a 5K with Your Office

There are dozens of ways to help your employees increase physical activity – during work hours and at home. We can’t wait to cover many of those tips in the blog. But today we’ll focus on one tip to get your employees moving – run a 5K race together.
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Skip the Scrip: Order Lab Work Yourself

Walk into your nearest Walgreens or CVS, and you’ll experience the latest growing trend in the healthcare market: direct-to-consumer healthcare services. No longer does having your throat checked for strep require an appointment with your physician, or even waiting for hours at urgent care. Now, you can go to your local “walk-in” clinic at your pharmacy retailer and leave with a prescription to get you back on your feet in a matter of days. This growing trend of patient’s taking healthcare into their own hands isn’t only stepping on the general practice toes; it’s flooding into every area of health care, including the lab work industry. Continue reading “Skip the Scrip: Order Lab Work Yourself” »

National STD Rates are Rising: How Can You Protect Yourself?

According to the CDC, national rates of syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia cases have risen for the fourth year in a row. In 2017, almost 2.3 million cases were diagnosed with one of these three STDs. That number breaks the 2016 record by more than 200,000 cases. In light of this public health crisis, what can you do to ensure that you are staying safe? Test Smartly Labs has some recommendations of steps you can take to avoid joining this troubling statistic.  Continue reading “National STD Rates are Rising: How Can You Protect Yourself?” »

The Powassan Virus: What Is It & How Can I Prevent It?

 

Powassan (POW) virus is a rare, but often serious disease that is spread by infected ticks. POW virus is one of a group of arthropod-borne viruses (arboviruses) that can cause swelling of the brain. The virus was first recognized in the small town of Powassan, Ontario in 1958. Due to its ability to cause encephalitis, it was and still is considered a very serious tick-borne illness. Continue reading “The Powassan Virus: What Is It & How Can I Prevent It?” »