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Anthem Health Insurance hacked

On February 5, Anthem Health Insurance was the target of an outside security breach that resulted in the theft of 80 million patient records.  Hackers gained access to Anthem’s IT infrastructure using custom malware.

Both previous and current insurance customers are affected. Anthem reports that credit card or medical history related information were breached. Here is what was stolen:

  •  Name
  • Birthday
  • Medical ID/Social Security Number
  • Address
  • Phone Number
  • Email Addresses
  • Employment Information
  • Income Data

Anthem will be contacting those directly affected and offering free credit monitoring and identity protection.

Facts about the Measles Outbreak

Measles can be spread by an infected person who coughs or sneezes. The droplets can remain suspended in the air for up to two hours.

Measles starts with a fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and sore throat, followed by a rash that spreads all over the body.

Once infected with the measles, a person is infectious for four days before and four days after the appearance of a rash.

One in 1000 thousand people infected by the Measles die.

In the United States, widespread use of the measles vaccine has let to a greater than 99% reduction in measles cases.

Recently, a wealth of misinformation has led to parents choosing not to vaccinate their children. This resulted in an outbreak of the Measles when un-vaccinated children were infected by international travelers that were infected with the Measles.

Ebola Essential Facts

I’m sure you’ve seen and read a lot of reports in the news lately regarding the Ebola virus. Unfortunately,  it’s been difficult to discern between what is scientifically based fact and what is simply just rumor.

The 2014 Ebola epidemic is the largest in history, affecting many countries in Western Africa. One imported case from Liberia and two cases acquired by associated healthcare workers have been reported in the United States. 

Aveon Health has compiled some important facts about the Ebola Outbreak so that you and your family can be informed of the real risks associated with this disease.

Click on the links below for a breakdown of the facts surrounding the Ebola epidemic:

Ebola Signs and Syptoms

Ebola Transmission

Risk of Ebola Exposure

Ebola Prevention

Ebola Diagnosis

Ebola Treatment


5 Common Diabetes Myths

Diabetes Myths

Diabetes Myths

Did you know that it is estimated that 25.8 million Americans have diabetes? That is 8.3 percent of the U.S. population. Considering that statistic it is hard to believe that there are still so many myths and misconceptions about the disease. It is our goal to squash the rumors so that diabetes does not get inaccurately stereotyped.

So here are the facts, folks. With the help from the ADA and we have provided the most common diabetes myths. Please share with your friends and family.

Myth 1: Diabetes is not that serious of a disease.

Fact: If you manage your diabetes properly, you can prevent or delay diabetes complications. However, diabetes causes more deaths a year than breast cancer and AIDS combined. Two out of three people with diabetes die from heart disease or stroke.

Myth 2: If you are overweight or obese, you will eventually develop type 2 diabetes.

Fact: Being overweight is a risk factor for developing this disease, but other risk factors such as family history, ethnicity and age also play a role. Unfortunately, too many people disregard the other risk factors for diabetes and think that weight is the only risk factor for type 2 diabetes. Most overweight people never develop type 2 diabetes, and many people with type 2 diabetes are at a normal weight or only moderately overweight.

Myth 3: People with diabetes should eat special diabetic foods.

Fact: A healthy meal plan for people with diabetes is generally the same as a healthy diet for anyone – low in fat (especially saturated and trans fat), moderate in salt and sugar, with meals based on whole grain foods, vegetables and fruit. Diabetic and “dietetic” foods generally offer no special benefit. Most of them still raise blood glucose levels, are usually more expensive and can also have a laxative effect if they contain sugar alcohols.

Myth 4: You can catch diabetes from someone else.

Fact: No. Although we don’t know exactly why some people develop diabetes, we know diabetes is not contagious. It can’t be caught like a cold or flu. There seems to be some genetic link in diabetes, particularly type 2 diabetes. Lifestyle factors also play a part.

Myth 5: If you have type 2 diabetes and your doctor says you need to start using insulin, it means you’re failing to take care of your diabetes properly.

Fact: For most people, type 2 diabetes is a progressive disease. When first diagnosed, many people with type 2 diabetes can keep their blood glucose at a healthy level with oral medications. But over time, the body gradually produces less and less of its own insulin, and eventually oral medications may not be enough to keep blood glucose levels normal. Using insulin to get blood glucose levels to a healthy level is a good thing, not a bad one.

To find out more about proper diabetes care and additional diabetes myths, please visit If you have diabetes or if you are experiencing any health issues, please book an appointment today to visit with one of the Diabetes Care Program doctors at Aveon Health.

Benefits of Weight Loss


Weight loss in individuals who are overweight or obese can reduce health risks, increase fitness, and may delay the onset of diabetes. It could reduce pain and increase movement in people with osteoarthritis of the knee. Weight loss can lead to a reduction in hypertension (high blood pressure), however whether this reduces hypertension-related harm is unclear.

Insomnia Treatment

Different types of medications are effective for treating insomnia. However, many doctors do not recommend relying on prescription sleeping pills for long-term use. It is also important to identify and treat other medical conditions that may be contributing to insomnia, such as depression, breathing problems, and chronic pain.

Flu Treatment

According to the World Health Organization: “Every winter, tens of millions of people get the flu. Most are only ill and out of work for a week, yet the elderly are at a higher risk of death from the illness.

Back Pain Diagnosis

In cases in which the back pain has a persistent underlying cause, such as a specific disease or spinal abnormality, then it is necessary for the physician to differentiate the source of the pain and advise specific courses of treatment.