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Writing Your Own Final Chapter

It’s about writing your own final chapter National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD), April 16, is a day to encourage everyone ages 18 and older to have family discussions about personal values and beliefs, to choose a spokesperson, and to complete a health care proxy. “Most people near the end of life lack the ability to make their own decisions about the treatment they wish to receive, as well as ... »

Don’t Risk Your Life – Colon Cancer

Get screened for colon cancer   Tens of thousands of adults in upstate New York are gambling with their health by choosing not to be screened for colon cancer, according to research findings reported by Univera Healthcare. Among those adults who are not screened, only one in four are reporting that a doctor or health professional has recommended that they be tested for colon cancer. Colon can... »

Worst February in Years for Flu!

Univera Healthcare Says This is the Worst February in Years for Cases of the Flu Univera Healthcare reviewed New York State statistics on confirmed cases of the flu for the past three flu seasons and found that once again, February looks to be when the flu begins to peak. February of this year produced nearly the same number of confirmed flu cases reported in all of last year and more than all of ... »

Internships Available at Univera Healthcare

About 60 summer internship positions available at Univera Healthcare and its Corporate Parent Univera Healthcare and its Rochester-based parent have about 60 summer internship positions available for college students at its locations in across upstate New York. Summer internship positions include jobs in information technology, marketing, customer operations, finance, human resources, corporate co... »

Encouraging options to high-cost specialty drugs

By Mona Chitre Have you ever wondered why health care spending in the U.S. often exceeds that of other industrialized nations who have health care outcomes similar to ours? It turns out that one reason for this difference is our lack of approved biosimilar medications to compete with high-priced, brand-name biologics. Biologics are heavily advertised and very expensive specialty medications that h... »

Feel Like You Have the Flu? Here’s What You Should Do!

We are experiencing a particularly severe flu season As the number of local flu cases increases so too is the concern about what to do if you think you’re getting the flu. “Flu is easily spread and with this particularly severe flu season, it’s understandable that people may be concerned if they experience flu-related symptoms,” said Richard Vienne, D.O., vice president and chief medical officer a... »

College Students Should Check Out Telemedicine

By Richard Vienne, D.O. Having a first-year college student come home for holiday break is exciting for parents. The wide-eyed freshman you delivered to the university last fall has returned as a savvy collegian for the first extended visit back home. Your student learned to balance academic life and social life; he/she is able to get up, get fed, get to class and get to bed without your supervisi... »

The Skinny On Sweet and Salty

by Peter Kates Food cravings are rarely for kale or cauliflower. More likely, they’re for something sweet, or salty. Here is what you need to know about these two substances. Sugar: Sugar is a carbohydrate that gives you energy. The healthiest form is in fruits, vegetables, grains, milk and yogurt. These foods also provide vitamins, minerals and more. Sugar from sweetened beverages, desserts and s... »

Peak Season for Children with Asthma

Peak Season for Children with Asthma A spike in asthma symptoms and flare-ups among children who have asthma is expected to start in late August and continue through the end of September, according to a review of past claims data and public health records by Univera Healthcare. “An increase in the number of children’s asthma-related medical visits, asthma attacks and hospitalizations occurs each y... »

Are your kids’ vaccinations are up to date?

Make sure your kids’ vaccinations are up-to-date! If you have school age children, your summer home work is to check to see that their immunizations are current. If the medical file you keep on them at home isn’t complete, call their pediatrician to see if any immunizations are needed before the first day of school. “It’s important for adults to keep up with their family’s immuni... »

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