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Health and Wellness News Center

Keeping Highmark Blue Shield members updated with relevant resources, our health and wellness articles offer a variety of ways to maintain your mental and physical health.

  • Let us help you manage your COPD

    Let us help you manage your COPD

    November 05, 2022

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is recognized as the third leading cause of death in America. If you smoke or are regularly exposed to secondhand smoke, you are at risk for developing COPD.
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  • World Diabetes Day

    World Diabetes Day

    November 04, 2022

    World Diabetes Day is Monday, November 14, 2022. According to the International Diabetes Federation, there are 537 million adults (1 in 10) living with diabetes, worldwide. The number of people living with diabetes is expected to rise to 643 million by 2030. In addition, one in two adults with diabetes remain undiagnosed; the majority have type 2 diabetes.
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  • Palliative Care

    Palliative Care

    November 03, 2022

    You or your loved one is diagnosed with a chronic illness. Originally, the symptoms could be managed with medications and other treatments but now is requiring more frequent and intense treatments to help manage the disease. You are shocked when the doctor talks to you about enrolling you or your loved one in palliative care. What does that mean?
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  •  Don’t Be Embarrassed by Your Bladder

    Don’t Be Embarrassed by Your Bladder

    November 02, 2022

    In the United States, approximately 20 million women and 6 million men will experience urinary incontinence at some point in their lives. The risk of urinary incontinence also increases with age — up to 35 percent of people age 60 and older experience symptoms.
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  • Caregiver Support: You’re Not Alone

    Caregiver Support: You’re Not Alone

    November 01, 2022

    Loved ones face many challenges when it comes to caring for chronically ill family members. This includes taking care of themselves, because if they are sick, they may not be able to tend to their loved ones’ care.
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  • Health Literacy

    Health Literacy

    October 04, 2022

    Did you know that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nine out of 10 adults struggle to understand and use health information when it is unfamiliar, complex or filled with medical terms? Because of this misunderstanding, there is a higher chance of not following the doctor’s orders, leading to complications, increased healthcare costs or even death (Talking points about health literacy, 2016).
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  • Domestic Violence Awareness

    October 03, 2022

    October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic violence, also called domestic abuse, is about one person exhibiting power and control over another and can include both physical and emotional abuse.
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  • Learning More About Depression

    Learning More About Depression

    October 02, 2022

    This year has been a challenging year for many of us. People continue to report high levels of stress and isolation, both of which have been shown to increase the risk of developing depression.
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  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    October 01, 2022

    October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Early detection and awareness are the best defenses against cancer.
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  • What You Should Know for the 2022-2023 Flu Season

    What You Should Know for the 2022-2023 Flu Season

    September 03, 2022

    Getting a flu vaccine every year is the best way to protect yourself and your family from flu and its potentially serious complications. The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older get vaccinated by the end of October.
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