June 6, 2019
Smartphones, tablets and video consoles can be addictive. They interfere with sleep. They draw kids into an alternate universe, often distracting them from more productive — and healthier — real-world activities. And they are linked to anxiety and depression, learning disabilities and obesity.
That’s according to a growing body of research emphasizing the physical and psychological dangers of heavy screen use.
“Nobody should spend eight or nine hours doing anything except sleeping and working,” says Dr. Sina Safahieh, medical director of ASPIRE, the teen mental health program run by Hoag Hospital in Orange County, Calif.
Yet for many teenagers, mine included, cellphones and social media are also indispensable tools for planning their social lives, keeping up with schoolwork and staying in touch with out-of-town friends and relatives.
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This KHN story first published on California Healthline, a service of the California Health Care Foundation.
June 7, 2017
Taking charge of your health and making informed decisions are important steps toward successful and long-term well-being. In June, Health Net will offer a live call/webinar geared to help increase your awareness of all the wellness resources, tools and support you have available as a Health Net member. The Health Net’s Wellness Tools for Members and Prospective Members webinar can help you begin an active health-oriented routine and send you on your way to living a healthier life.
Even when you’re feeling fine, it’s important to take preventive measures to help manage your health and identify potential health risks. This class demonstrates how each of our Health Net member resources – including our nurse advice line, healthy discounts program, wellness programs, mobile app, telephonic and online resources – are uniquely designed to provide the information you need to generate a healthier lifestyle.
The Health Net’s Wellness Tools for Members and Prospective Members webinar will be held on Wednesday, June 21, from 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. Pacific time. You can register by clicking on the link below.
Remember, the monthly webinars are offered to all Health Net members and to the general public. Feel free to share this information with your friends and co-workers!
April 25, 2017
It’s to your advantage if your doctor or dentist gets a little mouthy during your next checkup. A thorough mouth exam can protect you from oral cancer.More than 30,000 cases of the cancer are diagnosed in the United States each year, according to the National Cancer Institute (NCI).Scientists continue to study the disease to learn its cause and how to prevent it. Two known causes are tobacco and alcohol use.
What is oral cancer?
Like cells anywhere in the body, cells in the mouth can start dividing uncontrollably and form tumors. The cells in cancerous tumors can break away, travel to other parts of the body, and start new tumors in other tissues or organs.
Oral cancer may affect the tongue, gums, inside of the cheeks or very top of the throat, where it meets with the back of the mouth.
Symptoms of oral cancer
Oral cancer usually occurs in people older than 60, but it can strike at any age. If any of the following symptoms last more than two weeks, the NCI recommends seeing a dentist or doctor:
- A sore in the mouth that doesn’t heal.
- A lump or thickening in the cheek.
- White or red patches on the gums, tongue or lining of the mouth.
- Soreness or a feeling that something is caught in the throat.
- Trouble chewing or swallowing.
- Difficulty moving the jaw or tongue.
- Numbness of the tongue or mouth.
- Swelling of the jaw that causes dentures to fit poorly.
Diagnosing oral cancer
An abnormal area in the mouth may require a biopsy. This involves removing some of the tissue and checking it under a microscope for cancer cells.
If the biopsy reveals cancer, x-rays and other tests will be done to see if it has spread beyond the mouth. The test results will help your doctor form recommendations for treatment.
Content from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona