Advice, insights, and true stories about your health and care.


STD awareness and testing is important for long-term health
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It’s important to get tested for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) because the consequences are so severe. Infections caused by STDs can have no symptoms and lead to chronic pain, an inability to get pregnant, and more. What’s worse: the only way to know if you’ve got an STD is to get tested because some have no symptoms. If you’re 13 to 65 and sexually active, read more to be aware, get tested, and stay healthy.

Awareness and testing

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  • Sexual health
National Children’s Dental Health Month
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About 20% of children aged 5-11 have at least one untreated cavity. Untreated cavities can be painful, and can make eating, speaking, and learning difficult. Children with untreated cavities and poor oral health miss more school, and receive lower grades, than classmates whose mouths and teeth are healthy.

Prevent cavities

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  • Prevention
HPV and cervical cancer: Know the risks and how to protect yourself
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Human papillomavirus (HPV) is so common that four out of five women will contract it by age 50. For most women, it goes away on its own. But for many, it can cause cervical cancer. Learn what the risks are and how to prevent it.

Know the risks

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  • Prevention
Get the facts about antibiotics
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When it comes to illness, we all want to get better fast. But each illness requires different treatment. Antibiotics are meant to treat bacterial infections. Using them for anything else can lead to more dangerous illnesses. Stay safe. Know when it’s the right time to use antibiotics.

Get the facts

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  • Prevention
Managing your diabetes: You’re not alone
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You do a lot on your own to manage your diabetes. And that's a challenge! We want to remind you that as a diabetic, you have a large support team. We’re here to help you learn who they are, what they do, and how they can help you.

Meet your team

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  • Chronic conditions
Flu shots and COVID-19 FAQ’s: What you need to know
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Getting the flu shot this year is essential in preventing a 'twindemic' through the fall and winter. Here are answers to your questions about Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the flu, your flu shot coverage, and finding an in-network provider.

How to stay safe

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  • Prevention
  • Vaccines
Knowing and preventing type 2 diabetes
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Type 2 diabetes is on the rise in the United States, for adults and children. Read about the risk factors and symptoms, how to prevent developing type 2 diabetes, and resources available to help manage it.

What to know

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  • Chronic conditions
Diabetes—A growing epidemic
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There isn’t a cure for diabetes, but it can be controlled. Healthy lifestyle habits, taking medicine as needed, getting diabetes self-management education, and keeping appointments with your healthcare team can greatly reduce its impact on your life.

Know the facts

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  • Chronic conditions
What to know about breast cancer screenings
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Breast cancer awareness comes every October, but for women, it should be year-round. Know your options for screening, when you should get screened, and how to go about getting them. Your breast health is important every day of the year.

Explore your options

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  • Prevention
Chronic pain and safe pain management
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Living with chronic pain can impact a person’s quality of life, causing changes in mood, ability to do day-to-day activities, and even depression. But sometimes our best medications come with risk. Chronic pain is often treated with opioid pain relievers, which can lead to addiction and overdose. So when taking these medications, be aware of the signs.

Manage pain safely

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  • Chronic conditions
  • Prevention
Get screenings and catch cancer early
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Unfortunately, cancer doesn’t start when you get symptoms. Cancerous cells can be found in your body before the cancer becomes a problem. That’s why it’s best to get cancer screenings when they are recommended. If you find cancerous cells early enough, outcomes are better! Here are some key screenings you should consider.

Get screened

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  • Prevention
Mental health awareness: What to know
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Mental health conditions — from stress to anxiety to depression — are more common than you think. If you feel you may have a mental health condition, the first thing to know is that you aren’t alone.

What to look for

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  • Chronic conditions
COVID-19 (Coronavirus): Tips for awareness and protection
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There has been a lot in the news about the coronavirus. Are we safe in the United States? Here’s what you need to know to protect yourself.

Stay safe from COVID-19

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  • Prevention
Five things you can do for healthy eyes
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As you age, so do your eyes. Protect them now so they’re still healthy later. Here are five excellent tips to get you started.

Tips for healthy eyes

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  • Prevention
The ABC(D)s of Medicare coverage in Pennsylvania
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Choosing a Medicare plan can be overwhelming, but having the right information can make things much easier. With a short period of time to enroll, knowing the facts about Medicare before you make decisions about your healthcare can make all the difference in your enrollment experience.

Read more about coverage

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  • Medicare
Advantages of Medicare Advantage plans
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Medicare Advantage is an alternative to Original Medicare and is also known as Part C coverage. They cover everything Part A and Part B cover, with or without hospice care, and usually much more.

Find out about part C

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  • Medicare
A healthy pregnancy starts before baby is on board
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You don’t need to wait until you are pregnant to plan a healthy pregnancy. Start ahead of time with a preconception care visit with your healthcare provider.

Learn about prenatal care

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  • Pregnancy
Vaccines for adults
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Most of us get immunized as children, but we need more vaccines when we are adults. Find out which shots you need, where you can get them, and why they are important.

Find out

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  • Vaccines
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