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HuffPost Live: Can An Online Therapist Solve Your Problems?

Posted by Catherine Anderson

Nov 12, 2014 5:34:46 PM

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Topics: therapy, amwell therapy, company news

How to Avoid Looking like a Lobstah this July 4

Posted by Catherine Anderson

Jul 3, 2014 9:00:00 AM

sunscreen_to_fight_sunburnsAt the beach house?  In your hotel room? No worries. You don’t need to abandon your vacation to get the skin care you need.

The Fourth of July is mere days away – and as we head into the “dog days of summer,” many people make beach time a top priority. In an attempt to soak up as many rays as you can, it’s easy to forget the health implications of bad sun burns.  According to the CDC more than one-third of adults and 70% of kids admited to getting sunburned in the past year.

The mechanics behind a sun burn are pretty simple, but they reveal why sun protection is so critical. The short story is that the sun gives off UVA and UVB rays that reach earth and can cause sun burns, early aging, and skin damage in humans – not all is visible to the naked eye. This slide show from the Mayo Clinic shows different types of sun damage and prompts you when to talk to a doctor or get a spot checked.

Don’t worry, there are lots of ways to prevent sunburns altogether:

Sun Protection 101

  • Check the weather and avoid direct sun exposure between 10 am and 4 pm
  • Know your skin type and monitor the time you spend in the sun
  • Wear a hat with at least a 4 inch brim to shield your face, neck, and ears
  • Use sunglasses with UV ray protection to keep from damaging your eyes
  • When you do spend a chunk of time in the sun, WEAR SUNSCREEN
  • Check SPF factor listed on the sunscreen bottle and apply as the instructions direct
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Topics: see a doctor online, skin care, sun burns

10 Reasons to Quit Smoking – and to Get Help from a Doctor Online

Posted by Catherine Anderson

Mar 12, 2014 9:22:50 AM

quit_smoking_talk_to_doctor_onlineAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Tips From Former Smokers, it’s really hard to quit smoking. In fact, people who have successfully overcome their Nicotine addiction say that it’s one of the hardest things they’ve ever done in life.

Why is smoking so addicting? This is because the more you smoke, the more Nicotine you need in your system to feel “normal;” it’s a vicious cycle that can be hard to break.

When you do finally overcome the initial withdrawal phase, the cravings for tobacco do not go away. Often, they are present for many years, which is why it’s important to have an ongoing support team to stay tobacco-free.

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Topics: talk to a doctor online, quit smoking, Lifestyle Changes

Keeping the Winter Blues at Bay

Posted by Catherine Anderson

Feb 24, 2014 3:20:32 PM

Keep_the_winter_blues_at_bayThis time of year is rough on everyone in the family.  Kids have way too much energy and are sick of bundling up to go outside. Often, the snow banks are dirty and icy – too hard to use a shovel or to make a proper snow cave.

The winter is wearing on adults too; long, dark days trekking to and from the office leave them feeling exhausted. Little sunlight and persistent cold weather can do a number on our moods and also, often, our immune systems, making us more susceptible to sickness. So how can we work to counter the winter blues?

Many sites like BodyandSoul.com, Parents.com, and Forbes.com provide helpful tips for surviving winter. Here’s a list of our favorite ways for you and your family to stay healthy and add some variety to gloomy days:

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Topics: seasonal affective disorder, talk to a doctor online, mental health

Keeping Your New Year's Resolution a Secret? You're Not Alone

Posted by Catherine Anderson

Jan 10, 2014 9:30:00 AM

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It's a new year - and that means it's goal-setting season; a time when people decide what they would like to achieve for the upcoming year and their hopes for the country as a whole. So what do Americans care about in 2014? Not surprisingly, people's number one resolution is to lose weight, followed closely by eating better, taking care of family and quitting smoking.

But the funny thing is, people are loathe to tell anyone about their resolutions. Perhaps this is why just eight percent of people actually keep their resolutions months later.

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Topics: new years resolutions, weight loss

Becoming a Healthier You

Posted by Catherine Anderson

Jan 8, 2014 9:03:00 AM

blogAs we kick off 2014 and start fresh, think about your health as you make your list of goals for the year. If any of these common resolutions appear on your list, it may be a good idea to speak with a health professional.

Making resolutions is one thing, but sticking to them can be the real challenge. If you want to improve your health in the long-term, you have to be dedicated to making all around lifestyle changes.

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Topics: new years resolutions, health goals

3 Tips For Planning a Healthier Thanksgiving

Posted by Catherine Anderson

Nov 22, 2013 9:05:21 AM

thanksgiving_nutrition_tipsTurkey day is less than a week away – and that means that grocery stores are beginning to fill up, people are wrapping up large work projects, packing their bags, and gearing up to see family and friends for the holiday. It’s a wonderful time of year for all Americans to gather together and remember our history – over good food and drink. That being said, there are also many health pitfalls that can add stress and anxiety to the affair.

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Topics: family nutrition, easy meal planning, thanksgiving

Tried and True: An Apple a Day

Posted by Catherine Anderson

Nov 12, 2013 11:55:49 AM

apple-181193_1920It might sound old school, but take our advice: eat a piece of fruit or two or three daily.

Apples are high in vitamins and nutrients, providing you with natural sugars that boost your energy, without adding a large number of calories –as other options such as fruit bars or chips might.

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Topics: nutrition, easy meal planning

Boo! Why Seeing a Doctor Online Isn’t So Scary After All

Posted by Catherine Anderson

Oct 21, 2013 2:54:00 PM

ghostWith Halloween right around the corner, I can think of a handful of things that are much scarier than seeing a doctor online. Then again, I am a wimp when it comes to anything involving ghosts, zombies, or apocalyptic thrillers. Telehealth, on the other hand, doesn’t scare me so much. Some might say that it’s because I’m Generation Y, but I think that it has more to do with the fact that I’ve found easier, faster access to healthcare so useful in my busy life.

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Topics: halloween, see a doctor faster, online doctor

Did the Flu Shot Make Me Sick?

Posted by Catherine Anderson

Oct 17, 2013 4:47:00 PM

flu shotEveryone says “Just do it!” Get the flu shot and you’ll be doing yourself a favor for the rest of the season. They tell you that it’s worth it. When everyone else is stuck in bed feeling miserable, you’ll be out enjoying yourself!

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Topics: online doctor, flu vaccine, common cold

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