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Topic: online healthcare programs

January 20, 2019

Tattoos that can change color with changes in your body, sounds like witchcraft but it's happening

Can you imagine a tattoo that changes color according to changes in your body? Or underwear that continuously monitors those changes? Researchers are working on just such innovations in the wearable medical technology field, toward the ultimate goal of quick and personalized 24/7 monitoring to improve health, while making doing so easy on both patients and physicians.

Here are a few developments in the wearable medical technology field that are sure to launch medicine into the future. These products along with our online doctor visits can be soon the future of primary care.

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Topics: online healthcare programs, virtual doctor consultation, online doctor, online doctor consultation, modern medicine

January 18, 2019

1 in 4 US antibiotics may be inappropriately prescribed

A recent analysis provides more evidence that inappropriate prescribing of antibiotics is common in the US. Researchers from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI, Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, MA; and Northwestern University in Chicago, IL, analyzed prescription data on 19.2 million people.

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Topics: Health Facts, cold treatment, online healthcare programs, online doctor consultation, virtual doctor consultation, talk to a doctor online, health care, online doctor

January 17, 2019

For 2019, Employers Adjust Health Benefits as Costs Near $15,000 per Employee

With the cost of employer-sponsored health care benefits expected to approach $15,000 per employee this year, large U.S. employers continue to make changes, new research reveals.

Many want to hold down cost increases and are steering employees toward cost-effective service providers, such as telehealth options and high-value in-plan provider networks, according to the nonprofit National Business Group on Health (NBGH) survey 2019 Large Employers' Health Care Strategy and Plan Design. The survey was conducted from May to June with 170 large employers as they finalized their 2019 health plan choices; more than 60 percent of respondents belong to the Fortune 500.

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Topics: When to use telemedicine, Employee Benefits, Workforce Medicine, virtual doctor consultation, online doctor consultation, online healthcare programs

January 14, 2019

Who knew this about flu? Five hidden benefits of getting your flu shot

Getting the flu vaccine is not only your best shot at beating the virus—it could help in other ways you may never have realized.

With flu season quickly gathering momentum, it’s not too late to get your shot to protect you through the remaining winter months. Last year’s flu season was long and brutal, the worst in 4 decades, with more than 80,000 flu or pneumonia-related deaths nationally.

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Topics: cold treatment, health care, doc in a box, virtual doctor consultation, online doctor, online healthcare programs, talk to a doctor online

January 12, 2019

This Is the Filthiest Item in Your Doctor’s Office

The dirtiest thing in your doctor's office probably isn't what you think. Here's just how gross it is, and how to avoid it and why you should choose a online doctor consult. 

Doctor visits should help us beat the common cold, prevent health issues, and generally keep us well. But beyond sick people coughing and sneezing in the waiting room are germs in places you never knew. In fact, new research conducted by found that the item with the most germs is actually the clipboard pen used to sign paperwork.

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Topics: Health Facts, talk to a doctor online, online healthcare programs, online doctor consultation

December 17, 2018

FDA approves new drug to treat influenza

Today, the US Food and Drug Administration approved Xofluza (baloxavir marboxil) for the treatment of acute uncomplicated influenza (flu) in patients 12 years of age and older who have been symptomatic for no more than 48 hours.

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Topics: online healthcare programs, health care, virtual doctor consultation, doc in a box, online doctor consultation, When to use telemedicine

December 13, 2018

How much caffeine is too much?


Do you drink just one cup of coffee or tea first thing in the morning, hoping the caffeine in it will jump-start your day? Do you follow it up with a caffeinated beverage or two and then drink several more cups of coffee throughout the day?

Does it matter?

According to scientists at the FDA, caffeine can be part of a healthy diet for most people, but too much caffeine may pose a danger to your health. Depending on factors such as body weight, medications you may take, and individual sensitivity, “too much” can vary from person to person.

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Topics: online healthcare programs, online doctor consultation, When to use telemedicine

October 22, 2018

Do I Need to See a Doctor? How to Know if a Virtual Clinic Visit is Enough

When we start feeling sick or uncomfortable, the first question we ask ourselves is, “Do I need to see a doctor?” While some ailments like the common cold can be treated with over the counter medicine, home remedies, and plenty of rest, it’s always a good idea to see a doctor whenever possible. Doctors can catch things we don’t notice, help us prevent problems from getting worse, and prescribe the proper medicine after diagnosing the disease or injury.

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Topics: doc in a box, online doctor consultation, physician assistant, online doctor, health care, online healthcare programs, virtual doctor consultation