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Monthly Archives: November 2013

FSA or HSA: Use It or Lose It

FSA or HSA: Use It or Lose It

The end of the year is approaching fast. Do you know the details of your Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or Health Spending Account (HSA)? Each plan has advantages and disadvantages, and new rules have recently been put in place to make FSA’s more appealing. FSA or HSA? Health savings plans and flexible spending accounts are [...]

November 26, 2013 Ashley Blood Testing, Health Screens, Miscellaneous health topics Comments Off on FSA or HSA: Use It or Lose It

“Movember” Brings Humor and Awareness to Men’s Health Issues

“Movember” Brings Humor and Awareness to Men’s Health Issues

For years, November was mostly characterized by turkey dinners and early Christmas shopping. These days, however, it’s taken on new meaning, thanks to a powerful movement aimed at supporting male health. Dubbed “Movember,” this month-long charity event asks men to don attention-grabbing mustaches to raise awareness about serious health issues that shorten lives. In doing [...]

November 11, 2013 Ashley Cancer screenings, Men's Health Comments Off on “Movember” Brings Humor and Awareness to Men’s Health Issues

Way before the baby, test your folate

Way before the baby, test your folate

Folic acid is a B vitamin that the body needs to make new cells.  It’s critically important to women who are planning to get pregnant because folate or folic acid can help prevent birth defects such as spina bifida and anencephaly. Both of these defects occur very early in fetal development when development of the [...]

November 7, 2013 Susan Nutrition, Women's Health Comments Off on Way before the baby, test your folate

Get more from your health-care budget

Get more from your health-care budget

As the tax year comes to end, it’s time to think about how you’re going to save for 2014 health-care expenses and how you’re going to spend remaining HSA and FSA dollars. The difference between health savings and flexible spending accounts Both health savings accounts (HSA) and flexible spending accounts (FSA) reduce your taxable income.  [...]

November 7, 2013 Susan Blood Testing, Health Screens, Miscellaneous health topics Comments Off on Get more from your health-care budget

High blood pressure med can mask hyperthyroidism

High blood pressure med can mask hyperthyroidism

If you’re on blood pressure medication—and having trouble sleeping at night, consider testing the tiny (but mighty) thyroid gland. When the thyroid is over active—a condition called hyperthyroidism—production of too much thyroid hormone “speeds up” the body causing rapid pulse, higher blood pressure, tremors, anxiety and nervousness. In older adults, symptoms of over-active thyroid are [...]

November 7, 2013 Susan Men's Health, Thyroid Screens, Women's Health Comments Off on High blood pressure med can mask hyperthyroidism