Hear from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas doctors themselves on health and wellness-related issues.

Are generic medications good for you

The Doctor’s Note: Should you use generic meds?

Does the cost of your medications cause you to question their value to your health? Prescription drug costs have increased rapidly in recent years. One way to reduce your costs … Continue reading The Doctor’s Note: Should you use generic meds?

Can an universal influenza vaccine exist?

The Doctor’s Note: Can a universal flu vaccine end annual vaccination?

You’ve probably heard about this season’s flu outbreak, because it is more severe than in year’s past. In this week’s blog, Dr. Callahan, who recently joined the BCBSKS staff, shares … Continue reading The Doctor’s Note: Can a universal flu vaccine end annual vaccination?

What do I need to know about lowering my cholesterol

The Doctor’s Note: Cholesterol: know your number, know your risk

Did you know elevated cholesterol contributes to nearly half a million heart attacks annually? That is a staggering number. For most of us, heart attacks and stroke can be prevented … Continue reading The Doctor’s Note: Cholesterol: know your number, know your risk

The Doctor’s Note: Should I go to the emergency room?

Summer is here! The warm weather and long days offer us extended opportunities to be outside and active. It can also create opportunities for injury or illness that may happen … Continue reading The Doctor’s Note: Should I go to the emergency room?

The Doctor’s Note: Does stem cell therapy live up to its hype?

“Hey Doc, all of my friends are on a gluten-free diet! Is this the latest fad since Lyme disease or is it time for me to switch to gluten-free beer?” Advertisements for gluten-free foods are everywhere. Grocery store aisles, restaurant menus, and even the beer cave in the local liquor store have people asking. At […]

The Doctor’s Note: Exercise and Mental Health

The connection between physical activity and mental health has been extensively studied, and several theories have been developed about it. For example, during the aging process, physical exercise might represent … Continue reading The Doctor’s Note: Exercise and Mental Health